If the best sleep you’ve had in a very long time occurred while on vacation, then the truth may just be that the relaxing atmosphere of the place you visited and your hotel bed and pillows probably had something to do with it. With many hotels having fluffy pillows, the perfectly tucked duvet and super-soft sheets, sleeping in a fancy hotel bed can be such a treat.

It’s no surprise that a lot of travelers do come away from a trip wishing they could replicate the bedding experience they had while away. Hotel didn’t always place a lot of emphasis on the sleep needs of their guests. It was Westin Hotels and Resorts that was the first hotel to take a closer look at the sleep needs of their customers in 1999.

This resulted in the hotel management spending over $50 million dollars on research in order to find out what constituted the perfect bed for their guests. Hotels now know that one the major concerns of an exhausted traveler is a good night’s sleep and for this reason, a lot of hotels put maximum funds and energy into selecting the most comfortable sleeping materials.

Hotel beds are pillows are bought with the utmost comfort of the guests in mind. They want to create a feeling of sleeping on clouds that will get them coming back for more. If you’ve ever wondered why hotel beds are so comfortable…and if you’re looking to re-create that comfy and cozy feeling of a hotel bedroom environment, check out these reasons:

Why Are Hotel Beds and Pillows So Comfortable?

  1. They have the appropriate bed height

For most people when they choose a bed for their personal use, they are more likely to put the comfort and design of the bed first before thinking of something as “miniscule” as a bed height. However hotels know better. The height of a mattress, in addition to your bed frame, can contribute significantly to the look and even function of a bedroom, not to mention your overall comfort when getting up every morning.

Sleep experts say in general, the average person usually needs a bed with a height of 25 inches (including bed frame and mattress). With a bed that has the appropriate height, you do not have to strain your leg when you are trying to get off the bed, on the other hand, you don’t want to have to hurdle your way into bed every night.

High beds are also beneficial to older guests. An older person needs a bed that they can easily get in and out of without straining their body. A bed that is too low will be a struggle for joints, whereas a bed that is too high will require jumping onto the mattress each evening.

2. Hotels tend to use a higher thread count in their sheets

Cheap sheets come in at around 250 threads per inch; top hotels will use 1000 thread count sheets. These sheets can get pretty pricey but comfort wise, they are worth every penny.

3. They keep the bed and pillows (mostly) white

Think about it: Every fancy hotel you’ve been to has mostly white bedding. Almost all high-end hotels dress their beds in white linens, from an all-white duvet to spotless white sheets. The whiteness exudes a modern coolness and also looks neat and inviting to the eye.

Hotels have also found that the all-white color scheme reads fresh, new and renovated. It creates a calming focal point for your room that’s almost spa-like and meditative. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that white linens are easy to bleach.

4. They tuck everything in

Take a look at the bed the next time you check into a hotel. Not only are the corners of the bed garments tucked in, but so is everything else, right down to the edges of the pillow cases. This gives the hotel room a tailored, polished look so common at luxury hotels.

5. They make use of the right combination

Hotel beds are so soft and comfortable because of the mattress pads/toppers they use and combining it with several mattress covers and bed sheets. Quality of these plays a very important role, for example, natural latex foam mattresses are frequently used in the most luxurious high-end hotels thanks to its durability, breathability, softness and support at the same time. Hygiene matters too e.g. how often all these additional covers are washed.

Usually what creates that “sleeping on a cloud” feeling is a thin layer of a latex foam topper together with 2–3 extra soft bed sheets on top. Feather beds are another type of bed covers that create extra softness. Finally, some of them also make use of good bed linens, such as Egyptian cotton.

6. Top quality mattress

The basics of an inviting bed are a comfortable mattress. Hotels invest in high-quality mattresses because they know that this is fundamental to the bedroom experience. Most hotel mattresses are innerspring and thicker (coupled with a box spring) for a traditionally plush and luxurious feel. If you’ve had your mattress for more than 7 years, it’s likely time for a new one.

7. They have lots of fluffy Pillows

There’s nothing like sinking into a bed with big, fluffy pillows surrounding you. Most hotels have for a queen or king-sized bed, 4-5 pillows. Most hotels will include a down or down/feather pillow along with down alternative options.

These kinds of pillows give you that sumptuous, plush environment. Yes, you might only lay your head on one of the pillows, but the presence of extra pillows gives the bed an ultra-plush experience. Some hotels even allow you to choose the type of pillow you want and how they will be arranged.

8. They have clean sheets

71% of people say they sleep better on clean sheets and this is not surprising in any way. Imagine slipping into a bed with cool, clean sheets. It makes a difference, and hotels know this. Hotel bedding is the standard for most people of quality and comfort. Most hotels do not use a fitted sheet on their beds. Instead, they use one flat sheet on the bed, tucked into the mattress using hospital corners for a smooth fit.

Then they place another top sheet under the comforter or duvet. Hotels primarily do this so they can stock the same sheets and save cleaners’ time in making beds. But it also gives a very neat and clean fit. No saggy fitted sheet pockets or overstretched elastic corners that wear the sheets out faster.

9. They come with a feather bed

Featherbeds add a plush, cozy, cloud-like factor to the bed. This is often the element that makes a hotel bed feel really comfy, making you want to sleep in and cuddle up.

10. Yet another reason why hotel beds and pillows are so comfortable is that most of them are likely younger than what you have at home. Most hotels change their pillows regularly with some changing them once in 6-8 months! This means that most of the pillows are relatively new.

Ajaero Tony Martins