Answer: White low cost towels with easy to find replacements
Why do I need easy to find replacements for my short-term rental Towels?
Having what you need when you need it is key to running a successful rental business. If you don’t have a consistent source for replacements then you will end up wasting a ton of time. Every time a guest ruins a towel you have to scour the Amazon jungles or dig through warehouse clearance bins. And most of the time, they will not have the same towels, so now you have to sort through towel sets after every wash (another waste of time). Having a reliable source for a replacement just makes hosting easier and less time consuming.
Why should I NOT spend a lot of money on towels for my short-term rental?
Because you will be buying a lot of towels and expensive towels quickly eat up your profits. The standard towel set for every guest is one bath towel, one hand towel, and one washcloth. A solid rule of thumb is at any given time have three sets per possible guest. If your short-term rental sleeps two guests then you should have 6 sets or 18 towels. One set is out for guests to use, one is ready for back up or quick changeovers, and the third is for the eventual emergency. So given that math and how often guests ruin towels, you can see how the cost expensive towels can start to add up.
Why use white towels for my short term rental?
They look great photographs, appear clean to guests, and are easier to clean for hosts. That’s right, white towels are easier to clean. Guest various potions and lotions will damage colored towels and cause them to become discolored. And once that happens there is nothing to do but throw them out or make them cleaning rags. White towels, on the other hand, are resistant to this type of discolorization because a good whitner will make them usable again. Ever notice how hotels seem to excessively use white towels? This is because they last longer and look cleaner to guests.