We all have our own hacks for getting a good night’s sleep, but hotel staff definitely have a few tricks up their sleeve – after all, they’re used to catering to a whole host of different guests.
Now, one hotel manager has spilled some of their secrets for ensuring beds are as comfortable as possible.
Since holidaymakers can’t stay in hotels just quite yet (in England it’s hoped they can reopen from May 17) Tanja Furby, the Hotel Manager at the five-star The Grand York, has shared some handy advice for creating your own luxury hotel bed experience at home.
One of her biggest tips? Ditch the fitted sheet. “To achieve a premium feel we use flat sheets, tucked expertly in each corner of the mattress,” she reveals. For the linen itself, opt for “breathtable, light, yet clean and crisp” fabrics. A high thread count is also “hugely important”, with Tanja recommending anything above 250 for a luxury feel.
When it comes to pillows, having a few different options could be the key, whether you’re using some extras to prop yourself up while reading in bed, or trying to work out the best firmness for you.
In fact, it’s why you’ll often find a large number of pillows in hotel rooms; Tanja says that “offering guests more pillows than they may typically need for sleeping, as well as multiple firmness options, enhances the bed experience and makes it a comforting place to relax both awake and asleep”.
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There’s a similar strategy for hotels when it comes to picking mattresses, with Tanja explaining that “medium to firm mattresses are preferable, as they suit the widest range of sleeping styles”.
If you’re struggling with your mattress at home, she recommends a mattress topper to help adjust the firmness, although adds that a hybrid design could be a better option than memory foam as the latter isn’t always heat regulating.
It’s not just about the bed itself; the position is just as important.
She explains that her team “always make sure the beds are placed in the optimum position with space for bedside tables and easy access to in room lighting and plug sockets”.
Whatever your bedroom layout, she recommends trying to centre your bed on the longest wall in the room, and using bedside tables and lamps to ‘create a sense of balance’.
What are your tricks for getting a good night’s sleep? Let us know in the comments below.