I can’t tell you how to get turndown service every night, but I can show you the best ways to make your bedroom feel like a hotel room. It’s easier than ever to find the same sheets, mattresses, and more that your favorite hotels use. Follow these tips to get five-star-worthy sleep every night.
Recreate Your Favorite Hotel Bed
Want to recreate the feel of your last Marriott stay at home? You can buy the same experience at Marriott’s online shop, which sells the same brand of mattresses, bedding sets, and pillows that are used in the hotels.
Want to find your favorite hotel’s beds at a more affordable price? It’s fairly easy to find what mattress the property uses with a quick online search. For example, Westin touts its world-famous Heavenly Bed, but it’s a widely known secret that the Heavenly Bed is just a Simmons Beautyrest mattress, which you can find for much cheaper at places like Wayfair.com. Added bonus: Wayfair allows you to return mattresses for free for up to 100 days after you buy it, so you can really sleep on your decision.
Discovered your new favorite pillow on a hotel’s pillow menu? Find out which pillow it was using DOWNLITE’s hotel bedding finder search engine. The brand makes pillows for a number of different hotel chains, so you can find the exact model you want and then purchase your pillow on Amazon. Or go directly to the hotel’s website—like Marriott, many other brands have their own bedding shops.
Sheets and Blankets
Even if you don’t splurge on a new mattress, topping off your old bed with luxurious new sheets can transform your sleep. The majority of luxury hotels use all-white bedding for that crisp and clean look, so emulate that style for upscale impact. Look for high-thread-count sheets made from percale, which tends to feel lighter and airier than other materials. The Company Store’s 400-Thread Count Supmia Percale Sheet Set is made from American-grown cotton that feels amazing—the set has an option for an extra-deep fitted sheet so you don’t have to fight with a fitted sheet that slides off the corners of your mattress in the middle of the night.
Luxury Hotels use duvets rather than old-fashioned comforters—this helps rooms look cleaner and more pulled-together, and allows just the cover to be washed in between guests, rather than the whole comforter. Garnet Hill’s Signature Down-Alternative All-Season Comforter is the perfect choice, thanks to its cruelty- and allergy-free filling, which gives you weight without overheating. This duvet manages to be light in the summer months but still cozy during the winter.
Top off the bed with an extra blanket for warmth (or just for style). Garnet Hill’s Twisted-Rib Cashmere Throw is made from an indulgent 100 percent cashmere knit that’s sourced from purebred Kashmir goats in Mongolia to make the softest blanket I’ve ever felt. For something a little lighter, The Company Store’s Cotton/Bamboo Blanket is the perfect layer for summer months when most other blankets are too hot.
The best hotels have blackout curtains that leave your room pitch black, no matter the time of day. Splurge on remote-controlled blackout roller shades that can open and close without you needing to get out of bed. Or, for the more frugal and less lazy among us, a good pair of blackout curtains will not only block light but also insulate the room in winter and keep the heat of the sun out in summer.
Dimming the lights before bed lets your body know it’s time for sleep. A dimmable table lamp for your nightstand allows you to read or relax with minimal light.
Hang a calming photo across from your bed to help you unwind and clear your head before going to sleep. Photo-printing site Fracture will print your photos on glass for a luxury look with no frame required.
Add a plant that doesn’t require much light or maintenance to your bedside table—studies have shown that plants can help purify the air, helping you breathe better at night.
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Caroline Morse Teel is a Principal Editor at SmarterTravel. Follow her on Instagram @travelwithcaroline.
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