The most attractive place any hotel room - a bed, always with high mattresses, fluffy pillows, and perfect white sheets. Bedding for a good hotel is not only a guarantee of a sound guest's sleep, but also a source of pride, as well as a guarantor of an impeccable reputation. Therefore, five-star hotels give it exactly as much attention as interior design or drawing up a wine list.
Why bed linen? First, scientists have long been convinced that we spend about a third of our lives in sleep. With this in mind, sleep equipment should be recognized as the most underestimated factors that affect our well-being and health. Secondly, it is important for the hotel that the guest is in a good mood, and here again sleep plays a key role: everyone is familiar with the gloomy state caused by insomnia or fatigue.
The first principle that every self-respecting hotel adheres to is that bed linen should be completely white. The logic here is simple: white is a symbol of purity. It is impossible to hide even the smallest defect or stain on it, which serves as a proof of the quality standard and that the hotel staff pays great attention to the hygiene and comfort of the guests. In addition, such underwear visually increases the space.
The Westin Hotel Room © facebook.com/pg/westin
However, this was not always the case. Until the 1990s, hotels often used colored linen because it was much easier to care for. The American chain Westin Hotel & Resorts became a revolution in bedding design, which was the first to conduct research and find out that white is the color that guests love the most. Such linen evokes a feeling of novelty and inspires confidence not only in the bed in the room, but in the entire hotel.
White underwear is also beneficial from a practical point of view. The use of bedding and bath linen in the same shade allows one wash.
Typically, hotels use natural cotton or high-density satin sheets. When a manager decides which material is best to buy, he first of all proceeds from the capabilities of the bed linen care service. A hotel with its own washing, drying and ironing equipment can afford cotton sheets, although this material is not easy to make friends with: it often puffs up and wrinkles quickly. Hotels with limited ironing facilities choose linens made from a more elastic polycotton - a blend of natural cotton and synthetic fibers.
1 of 3 Bed linen Italian brand Frette © frette.com © frette.com © frette.com
The undisputed favorite of hoteliers is the Italian brand Frette, founded in Monza, near Milan, in 1860. During this time, she fell in love not only with guests of luxury hotels, but also with members of royal families. Today, the brand's textiles can be found in the finest hotels, from London's Claridge's to Hong Kong's The Peninsula, St. Peter's Basilica and the Orient Express.
Frette manufactures tablecloths, towels, bathrobes, napkins and sets standards for colleagues in the bedding industry. The Italian brand is also found in Russian hotels. Among the excellent students: Barvikha Hotel, Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow, Ararat Park Hyatt, Metropol, National and Four Seasons. Prices for sheets start at $ 340, for sets - from $ 475. The company has a large assortment, and the colors, of course, are not only white.
1 of 4 Penthouse Suite at Ararat Park Hyatt, Moscow © hyatt.com Mayfair King at Claridge's hotel, London © claridges.co.uk Deluxe Rooms at The Peninsula, Hong Kong © peninsula.com
Another respected brand in the bedding market is Sferra. Its story began in 1891, when the Italian Gennaro Sferra managed to get on a steamer going to America. Over time, the company turned into a family business: Gennaro's sons continued to deal with the business. They made the Sferra brand synonymous with luxury. In 2008, the company introduced its current bestseller, a set of the rarest Egyptian cotton SFERRA Giza 45 Collections (from $ 1,385). Sferra Classic White Sheets start at $ 130.
Bedding and beds
Lingerie selection is only half the battle. It is much more difficult to find quality bedding that will provide maximum comfort while sleeping. When choosing a blanket, you should pay attention to such a characteristic as "tog". It determines its heat transfer, which can range from 4.5 to 12 units. Hotels buy blankets for the summer with an indicator of 4.5 units, for the winter - 10. You can find the same crisp blanket in the stores of the German brand Mühldorfer. The company has been operating since 1920, is appreciated in European countries and is very popular among hotels around the world. Down and feathers are collected from geese that graze in Bavaria, surrounded by rivers and forests. Perhaps that is why the list of the brand's clients includes practically all of Europe, part of Africa, the Middle East and Arab countries, The Peninsula hotels and about twenty famous Russian hotels. The price for Mühldorfer pillows starts from 2700 rubles, and for blankets - from 14000 rubles.
Blankets of the German brand Mühldorfer © muehldorfer.ru
Two more brands to trust when choosing bedding are Dumas Paris and Hanse. The former works primarily with French hotels and serves such giants of the industry as Sofitel, Pullman, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap Ferrat and Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo. The cost of Dumas Paris winter blankets ranges from $ 370 to $ 830, summer blankets - from $ 240 to $ 600. The German brand Hanse works with hotels Bvlgari, Hyatt, Waldorf Astoria, Le Meridien. The main pride of the company is family production, which has been in the fourth generation. German prices are slightly more affordable - a blanket can be bought for $ 109 or $ 300, a pillow - for $ 51 or $ 109.
1 of 4 Dumas Paris © dumas-paris.com © dumas-paris.com © dumas-paris.com © dumas-paris.com
Lately, many hotels are starting to open their own stores, where you can find everything from toothbrushes to beds or wardrobes. For example, the Marriott hotel chain offers a huge variety of home furnishings, including beds, linens, pillows, coffee makers, and decor items. A set of six bedding sets for $ 573, a branded pillow for $ 75, a mattress for $ 1,095, and a bed for $ 1,700.
1 of 3 Bedding Marriott Bed & Bedding Set © europe.shopmarriott.com Marriott Feather & Down Pillow © europe.shopmarriott.com Marriott Bath Towels © europe.shopmarriott.com
Some of the best beds are produced by the Westin network. She created her signature bed, The Westin Heavenly Bed, in 1999 in collaboration with Simmons. The total height of her mattress reaches 30 cm, and the base unit adds another 33 cm. The cost of the bed starts at $ 3195, but if you wish, you can buy only a mattress, which will cost $ 1000 cheaper. The minimum price for a complete hotel set with pillows and bedding is $ 5000.
1 of 3 The Westin Heavenly Bed © europe.westinstore.com © europe.westinstore.com © europe.westinstore.com
Beds from W Hotels are slightly cheaper, around $ 2,500. In the store, of course, you can buy blankets and pillows separately, as well as bathroom accessories: bathrobes (from $ 90), a set of Bliss cosmetics ($ 110), candles ($ 45) and home fragrances ($ 41).
By the way, if you noticed that in some hotels the beds are covered with pillows of different shapes and sizes, then there is an explanation for this: each of them has its own hardness and is intended for different parts of the body. For example, Hilton provides guests with three different types of pillows: feather, combo, and down. Some hotels make up a “pillow menu”, which includes bedding, orthopedic and anti-stress, - filled with camel hair, bamboo, buckwheat, latex. It is very important that hotels must renew their pillows every two years. This rule should not be neglected if you want to make your sleep at home as sweet and strong as at the hotel.>