Most of us feel that we get a far more comfortable night's sleep when we stay in a hotel, but what are hotel mattresses made of that makes them feel so comfy? Let's take a look at some common types of hotel mattresses and share some tips to help you achieve that hotel level of luxury comfort at home.
What are hotel mattresses made of?
There is no one specific material or collection of materials used to make commercial mattresses. Just like domestic mattresses, fabrics, materials and construction methods vary between brands, manufacturers and models.
Many hotels purchase traditional sprung mattresses, which use either open coil or pocket spring systems. Pocket spring mattresses have individual pockets to contain each spring so that the springs move independently. They tend to offer better pressure relief than open coil mattresses and they're less susceptible to sagging. Plus, they reduce the amount of movement transfer that occurs when one person rolls over, which can improve sleep quality when two people are sharing a bed.
Open coil mattresses have interconnected springs. They're usually more affordable than pocket sprung mattresses and they often feel firmer, but they do tend to generate a lot of movement when sleepers roll over. Since hoteliers want to prioritise guest comfort, pocket spring mattresses tend to be favoured in hotels because of the optimum comfort they provide and their durability.
Product: Ambassador 2000 Mattress
Memory foam moulds to the shape of the body to distribute weight evenly and minimise pressure. Memory foam mattresses can therefore provide an incredibly comfortable night's sleep, particularly for those who are susceptible to aches and pains in the joints. They are also hypoallergenic, which means they won't harbour dead skin cells or dust mites that could lead to allergic reactions. These benefits make memory foam mattresses an appealing choice for hoteliers.
However, memory foam does not have any bounce to it; the body simply sinks into it, and some people find these types of mattresses difficult to move around on. Furthermore, memory foam can become very warm and lead to users feeling hot and uncomfortable.
Hybrid mattresses combine springs and memory foam to deliver the best of both worlds. Memory foam usually serves as a top layer to provide pressure relief and serve as hypoallergenic protection, while springs offer a supportive base and a level of bounce. The spring layer can also help to promote airflow to maintain cool temperatures.
Since hybrid mattresses can contain multiple layers to optimise comfort, they're a popular choice with hoteliers. The aim is always to offer optimum comfort to a very wide variety of users, and hybrid mattresses tend to satisfy a good range of preferences and needs.
Hoteliers are willing to invest in high-quality mattresses to ensure their guests get great sleep. Plus, high-quality materials tend to mean that the mattresses are as durable as possible and last for many years. But exactly what are hotel mattresses made of that makes them high quality? Often, they contain luxurious natural materials like wool, silk, mohair and bamboo.
Hotel mattresses also often feature advanced technology, such as odourless, skin-safe bed bug protection, and breather vents to aid ventilation. They might also have luxurious damask and additional side stitching to optimise comfort, support and durability.
Product: Memory Comfort Mattress
What makes hotel mattresses so comfortable?
Most hotels use medium-firm mattresses to suit the needs of as many different guests as possible. Furthermore, firm mattresses tend to provide better longevity than soft ones and hoteliers must choose mattresses that will last. If you find that hotel mattresses feel exceptionally comfortable and you want something of similar firmness, you ought to look for a medium-firm mattress.
However, other factors contribute to hotel beds being so comfortable, and they have nothing at all to do with the mattress itself. The following tips could help you to get closer to that luxury hotel feeling at home.
Some hotels use cushioned mattress toppers to add a layer of sumptuous softness that makes guests feel like they're sinking into an incredibly luxurious, fluffy bed. These also help to provide an extra layer of protection for the mattress which is a bonus for hoteliers.
High quality bedding
Hotel bedding is washed far more frequently and often at higher temperatures than domestic bedding. Sheets must therefore be very good quality and with a high thread count to ensure they remain in good condition wash after wash. Investing in premium, 100% cotton bed sheets could help you to achieve that hotel level of luxury and comfort at home. Taking the time to iron sheets to achieve a crisp finish also adds to the hotel effect.
Memory foam pillows
Since memory foam is hypoallergenic it makes for a great material for hotel pillows. Plus, it offers a sensation of the head sinking into the pillow for a cosy, peaceful night's rest. Swapping out your normal pillow for a memory foam pillow might help you get better sleep.
Extra large beds
Beds tend to be the focal point in hotel rooms and many hoteliers opt to install generous super king-size beds if the rooms have space for them. When couples sleep in these extra-large beds they tend to get a better night's sleep because they experience less movement transfer when their partner rolls over. There's also something very luxurious about being able to stretch out across a huge bed, so if you have space in your home bedroom to upgrade from a double to a king, or from a king to a super king, you're sure to get that hotel feeling.
Statement upholstered headboards
It's common for hotels to use upholstered divan beds with large statement headboards. Divan beds tend to be very durable and less susceptible to squeaking after years of use unlike metal or wooden bed frames. You can achieve that hotel look at home by opting for a stylish