Frequently, a customer’s night in a hotel will trigger a visit to our store. “I slept so well on the bed at the Westin, the Sheraton, the Marriott, etc,” my customer will exclaim. “I loved it so much that I pulled the covers off the mattress and looked at the label! I want a bed JUST like that one!”
Consider the following:
- Unlike your mattress at home, the hotel mattress was probably NOT worn out. It was probably relatively new, so it offered nice support for your body.
- You may think that nice hotels have the most expensive mattresses for their guests, this is not usually the case. Most hotels order mattresses in bulk directly from mattress manufacturers, and though the specifications for these mattresses are certainly adequate, the mattresses in hotels are rarely top-of-the-line in quality.
- Don’t discount the effect of high quality bed sheets on your overall impression of the bed. The luxury of the mattress pad, layered with crisp white bed sheets, nestled neatly under a fresh down comforter with a clean cotton duvet cover could seriously hamper your ability to properly judge your night’s sleep.
What can we learn from this??
If your mattress is worn out, and you are not sleeping well, you need a new one. But don’t order it directly from the hotel. If you order the mattress set directly from the hotel, you will pay double what you would pay for a mattress with the same specs in a typical sleep shop. Also, “Good Sleep” is the product of many factors. Of course, having a supportive, comfortable mattress is one of the most important factors. But other factors may be just as important: a darkened room, a comfortable room in terms of temperature, a lack of noise or the addition of white noise, and soft bed sheets that fit properly. So at the hotel, was it really just the mattress, or was it the atmosphere that helped you sleep better than you normally do?