A Luxury Hotel Sleep Experience At Home
Do you sleep better in a hotel room? I definitely do. I have often wondered why - do I exhaust myself while traveling, do I relax more on the road, is it the black out curtains or is it the bed itself? Probably all of the above, but I do know that the beds in many five star hotels feel like you are falling asleep on a cloud.
The best hotels usually offer beds with a quality mattress, feather bed toppers, crisp sheets, lots of down pillows and a fluffy duvet on top. While I have tried hard to re-create this experience at home, it is never quite the same as falling into a freshly made bed at a fine hotel.
Did you know that several luxury hotel chains actually sell their beds for people to use at home?
Four Seasons has partnered with Simmons mattress company to provide a signature sleep experience - they also sell pillows and bed linens BUT they are not sold in stores - you must purchase them directly through a Four Seasons Hotel.
Westin is known for their "Heavenly Bed" - you can purchase the entire line at the Westin Store. I will attest to its comfort - I find that Westins are always a reliable choice when you are booking a large chain hotel, mostly because of their use of the "heavenly" products.
The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas offers one of the most comfortable sleeping experiences I have EVER had - while they don't offer it online, they do sell their entire bedding package - the "Wynn Dream" mattress and box spring ($3100 for the pair), pillows, sheets and duvet cover - in their Hotel Shop. I came SO close to splurging on the whole shebang after my recent stay at the Wynn.
Hästens matresses are a high end Swedish brand known for its extraordinary level of craftsmanship. While they are a real splurge with prices starting at $5000, their web site has a hotel locator so you can stay at a hotel with a Hästens mattress BEFORE you purchase one (or just to experience their legendary product for a few nights.)
If you aren't in the market for a new mattress set right now, you can still get that luxe hotel feel at home with these simple tips...
-Keep your bed mostly white - white linens have been tested to have a "halo effect" on travelers. Want some color? Add a pretty coverlet or a cashmere throw at the end of the bed for decoration.
-Splurge on your linens - make sure you purchase ones with a high thread count - the best hotels use a minimum of 300 thread count. Many hotels use Frette linens - yes, they are worth the splurge! Keep your linens extra crisp by splurging on having them professionally laundered (or take the time to iron them).
-Top it with a down duvet with a high thread count duvet cover. For European style luxury, buy two twin duvets so you each have your own duvet.
-Add a feather bed mattress topper under your fitted sheet - turn into almost any mattress into a luxe experience by adding a down topper.
-Use lots of down pillows with, once again, high thread count pillowcases. Experts recommend six pillows for a king bed, four for a queen or double bed.
-Make your bed every morning, so at night you will be getting into a crisp freshly made bed - is there any better feeling?
Want more? Check out this video showing you how to make the bed just like at your favorite hotel:
Now, if only I could find someone to bring a room service tray to me each morning for breakfast!!!