There’s something incredibly special about a hotel bed. Why are hotel beds so comfortable? Is it the fluffy duvet? The crisp white sheets, tightly pulled? The chocolate on the pillow? Is it the simple fact that someone else made the bed for a change? And how do they make the bed so fluffy?
What Makes a Hotel Bed Unique?
Hotel beds around the world may be special in different ways, but they have a few things in common. They are generally made with two flat sheets instead of one; read our step-by-step directions on how to make a bed hotel-style here. And hotel beds start with crisp white sheets made of percale, just like our newly launched bedding.
Why are Hotel Sheets Made of Percale?
On the loom, percale is woven tightly so that it has a structured and crisp feel; it’s also more durable than flexible fabrics such as sateen, so it can withstand the frequent washing and ironing that hotels require. Our percale has that same crisp, structured nature, with an extra dose of comfort.
Favorite Hotel Beds Around the World
Sara Bliss—author of the blog Hotel Chic and the 2017 book Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes—shares with us her five favorite hotel beds. “All for completely different reasons!” she says.
1. 1 Hotel, Brooklyn, New York City, and Miami
“The beds at all the three locations are the most comfortable I have ever slept in thanks to eco-friendly mattresses from Keetsa,” says Bliss.
2. Hotel Recamier, Paris
I've always been obsessed with the beds at this Paris hotel. Owner Sylvie de Lattre and designer Jean-Louis Deniot incorporated 1930s-inspired prints onto canopies created with fabric and hung from ceiling rods. The canopies amp up the cozy factor in a small space.
3. Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs
Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard covered headboards in bold suzanis. He paired the look with all-white bedding and duvet colors, plus striped bed skirts and bolster pillows for a modern take on exotic style.
4. Firmdale Hotels, London and New York
Designer Kit Kemp is known for artfully mixing bold colors and lots of different prints. She's the design genius behind Firmdale Hotels. She upholsters walls in fabrics, uses oversized headboards in fun silhouettes like scalloped-edging, and splashes prints on curtains, headboards, and pillows. She keeps beds a crisp white with doubled up pillows, a white quilt for warmth, and a decorative pillow for color.
8 Ideas for Making a Hotel Bed At Home
Bring some of that hotel magic to your own home. Missy Tannen, our Co-Founder and Head of Product Development, and Sara Bliss, author of the blog Hotel Chic and the 2017 book Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes, offer a step-by-step guide to making your bed feel hotel-special.
1. Iron your sheets (a little).
“A hotel bed has fresh sheets that have been pressed. That look is not just going to come magically! To achieve the effect at home, use a warm iron or steamer on our percale sheets,” says Missy. “A little shortcut for how to make a hotel bed at home: Iron just the pillowcases and the hem of the top sheet.”