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Hampton Inn Upgrades Their Clean & Fresh Beds (And The Post-It Notes Too)

April 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last month, we spotted a marketing initiative at work post-it note on the headboard at a Hampton Inn and Suites that read, "Duvet covers & sheets are clean for your arrival."

The note is all a part of Hampton Inn's plan to assure guests that while Hampton might not be a five-star luxury hotel, the beds (and arguably the most important thing in a hotel room) are clean. And now, Hampton is updating the comforting of the bedding too.

The Clean & Fresh Hampton Bed has new fluffy duvet inserts and covers with streamlined bottom corners. The beds will also have four pillows instead of three and at least one of those pillows will be the Down Dreams Soft pillow, reportedly a guest favorite.

The post-it notes are also getting switched up, although we aren't exactly sure what they will say. If you see them in the wild, let us know!

Meanwhile, Hampton's free breakfast is also getting some new options as well as a new name.

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The Pullman Bed is Not Just Comfy for Guests But for Housekeepers Too

April 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

A new bed at the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower

A hotel bed has to be many things--clean, comfortable, plush, spacious and clean. Yes, we purposely mentioned "clean" twice.

However, so often the bed that fulfills every hotel guests' fantasy (satin sheets not included) is a huge pain for housekeepers to make, over and over, several times a day.

But the pillow top Pullman Bed found at Pullman Hotels does its best to keep both the guest and the housekeeper happy. We learned there's a secret lever under the bed which housekeepers can pump up and down so that they can make the bed without having to bend too far over and without straining their back. Then they can send the bed back down to its regular height once they've finished.

Imagine that? Two backs saved with just one lever. Now, if only the lever could guarantee us a good night's sleep.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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How to Make a Hotel Bed Kimpton-Style (and Dance to a Catchy Tune)

February 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter is no stranger to bed-making tutorials. We've had the folks at Ritz-Carlton demonstrate how to make a bed; we've had the team at DoubleTree share their special bed-making tips and we've had the staff at the Trump New York enlighten us with a tip on keeping duvet covers wrinkle-free. But never have we been told to make a bed like this before.

In honor of National Bed Month next month, Kimpton Hotels had the staff at their Hotel Monaco Chicago sing a catchy song about how to make a bed properly. And then they filmed a music video.

To be honest, we're not so sure we got all the bed-making tips down, we were too distracted by watching the employees sing and dance and throw pillows in the air. Maybe the fourth or fifth time watching it, we'll actually remember the tips.

Considering a hotel bed for your home? Check out what hotel brands have their beds for sale HERE.

[Video: Kimpton Hotels]

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Hyatt Monterey Has Fastest Bed Makers In The West

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  Site Where: 1 Old Golf Course Rd [map], Monterey , CA, United States, 93940
October 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recently had a whole week of hotel bed stories which detailed everything on the average life of a hotel mattress to making a bed, Ritz-Carlton style. In that story, we mentioned it took housekeepers about seven minutes to properly fix the bed to the luxury hotel's strict standards.

Well, imagine our surprise when we received word that seven minutes is TOO LONG to make up a hotel bed. Who would scoff at the Ritz-Carlton in such a way? None other than the Executive Housekeeping department at California's Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

Apparently they can put their money where their mouth is, having won the Bed Making competition at the Monterey County Hospitality Association's Annual Employee Appreciation Day for two years in a row (2012/3). This is the local hospitality sector's version of the World Cup!

How fast did it take their staff to make a bed? 36 SECONDS!

At first, we were awed, and then we frowned a bit. What did that bed look like? Where there corners cut? We corresponded with John Gill, Executive Housekeeper at the property on what it took to win this competition. He gave us the detes.

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The Four Seasons Has a New Recipe For the Perfect Sleep

October 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

Excuse the rumples on this lovely new Four Seasons bed: we just couldn't resist trying it out.

We wonder if Four Seasons were following along with our recent Sleep Week, because they have just now unveiled a fancy new, and customizable, bed.

The new bed is made exclusively for Four Seasons in collaboration with Simmons, and offers guests the choice of a customized bed, with a firm, classic or plush mattress. Customization is made possible with interchangeable bed toppers -- which, as well as enabling quick and easy customization, also prolongs mattress life.The mattress also has a “Gel Touch Foam Center” to absorb extra heat, keeping the guest in a comfortable temperature zone.

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How to Make A Bed, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Style

September 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, we'll be talking about Hotel Beds--where to buy 'em, how to make 'em, how to trust 'em (just wait and see what we mean) and what to do when the bed isn't enough to send you to Sleepyland. Got a hotel bed question or comment? Send it to us!

Little did we know when we started this series that there was such a thing called, "National Make Your Bed Day". Now, we're all for kitschy holidays, but in honor of our weeklong dedication to all things sleep related, we were especially happy to hear there's an actual Bed Making Expert at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantationin Greensboro, Georgia.

Haajar La Roche began working at the hotel in 2002 in the housekeeping department, focusing on public areas and turndown, and is now the head of the housekeeping department. She has supplied three key instructions on how to make your bed, hotel-style.

We wanted to see this in action, so we went to the Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park in New York City and had 9-year employee Diomeda Rosario, one of the hotel's best room attendants, demonstrate La Roche's instructionsso you can try it at home.

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11 Hotels That REALLY Want You to Get a Good Night's Sleep

September 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (9)

All this week, we'll be talking about Hotel Beds--where to buy 'em, how to make 'em, how to trust 'em (just wait and see what we mean) and what to do when the bed isn't enough to send you to Sleepyland. Got a hotel bed question or comment? Send it to us!

Cheap foam earplugs and a thin eye mask lifted from an airline just aren't cutting it any more. Heck, sometimes the plush hotel beds we sink into after checking-in can't always assure a perfect beauty sleep. So it's a really good thing these hotels below have anticipated the arrival of such troubled sleepers like us.

Here are 11 Hotels That REALLY Want You To Get a Good Night's Sleep.

1. The Bryant Park Hotel, New York
The Bryant Park offers a sleep mask in the mini bar and complimentary ear plugs, as well as a sound machine next to the bed that's turned on to nature sounds (or silence, if you prefer) at turndown.

2. 70 Park Avenue, New York
70 Park Avenue offers a practical, and dream-inducing, twist on turn down service by providing melatonin chocolates.

3. Hotel Monaco Chicago
If you're lucky enough to stay in the Tranquility Suite at The Hotel Monaco, you'll get a plush robe, sound machines, and pajamas. Best of all, you'll get to relax in your own cozy sleeping cove, which features an exclusively-designed Simmons mattress, wrapped in super-soft bamboo sheets.

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Hotel Bed Week: Where to Buy Your Own Hotel Bed

September 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (11)

All this week, we'll be talking about Hotel Beds--where to buy 'em, how to make 'em, how to trust 'em (just wait and see what we mean) and what to do when the bed isn't enough to send you to Sleepyland. Got a hotel bed question or comment? Send it to us!

Let's face it. The most important part of a hotel stay is the hotel bed. You can have the finest of fine views, the highest in high technology and the fanciest of fancy toiletries but if that bed is hard as a rock, you're going to wake up hating the hotel.

Fortunately, hotels in recent years have put a lot of money into their bed experience not just by adding comfy posture-friendly mattresses but also loading up the pillows and using luxe linens. And several hotels brands are so passionate about their bed offerings, they think you will even want to buy it after you check-out.

We already listed which hotel brands sold their beds back in 2011 but it was time for an update. Consider this your semi-regular mattress flipping.

Keep reading for the list of hotel beds!

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Tiger Woods Blames Hotel Bed For Skipping Barclays Tournament

August 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

You know Tiger Woods is getting up there in age when he's blaming bad play Wednesday at the back nine in The Barclays tournament at New Jersey' Liberty National Golf Course on account of a stiff neck and back.

How did he get these "injuries"? No, ex-wife Elin Nordegren didn't come at him with a nine iron again. Instead, Woods blames his problems on his "too soft" hotel bed .

"My neck and back are a little bit stiff. It was stiff this morning after a soft bed and just one of those things, sleeping in hotels." he said. "I didn't want to push it, so just took it easy and chipped and putted."

Hmm. If this isn't a Goldilocks moment, we don't know what is. Woods, who is looked to be a surefire winner in this pro-am tournament was asked if he was getting a new bed in time for the FedEx Cup Playoffs on Thursday. He answered with a smile, "What do you think? We'll have something." But will it be enough? The man has apparently been plagued by elbow and back injuries the whole summer.

Now we're not sure what hotel Woods is staying at, as there isn't a boatload of high-end hotels in Jersey City. Perhaps it's time to start traveling with a Tempurpedic, Tiger? After all, there's $10 million at stake here.

In the meantime, what do you think? Is Tiger being a big pussycat by blaming the hotel bed? Have you ever been unable to work thanks to a "too soft" sleeping situation? We'd like to know!

[Photo: John O'Boyle, The (Newark) Star-Ledger]

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Newly-Reno’ed Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen Has a Parisian Vibe

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  Site Where: 34 Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1050
August 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, part of Leading Hotels of the World, re-opened its doors in May after two years of renos. After being cosseted behind scaffolding during the reno, it felt like we were unwrapping a present when we walked in. What struck us immediately was the hotel’s chic elegance that is so often the trademark of Parisian hotels. The fact that Copenhagen’s hottest hotel bar is found here, and it’s a champagne bar to boot, only added to the feeling that we must be in Paris. And – oh wait – the hotel’s name IS Angleterre, which is French for England....

A tad disoriented? Pay no mind; let yourself appreciate the fact that you’re in Copenhagen, surrounded by lush purple flowers and furniture, modern art and beautiful people, in a lovely hotel that offers warm and friendly service.

Hotel d’Angleterre currently has 35 rooms and suites, with 55 more in the works. The rooms really are a hotel lover’s dream, whether you’re a technophile or a custom comfort nut: There is Bang & Olufsen A/V equipment in each room; beds are the Swedish luxury brand, Dux; the custom hotel scent is by Danish brand, Laura Bonné (whose cosmeceuticals are also used in the spa), and the high-tech Swiss Geberit douche toilets have more buttons on their remotes than do the TVs. The rooms even have butler cupboards -- leave your shoes to be shined and they’ll magically disappear and reappear again without any human interaction whatsoever, so continue to dance naked in your room if that’s your thing. Plenty of pics below!

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Oh No They Didn't...Leave the Room Like That

July 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (2)

This is the scene that greeted a recent guest at Harrah's in Las Vegas. Yes, a remote control casually thrown onto the bed and pillows slightly askew. You can read about the rest of the drama for this one unlucky guest over at VegasChatter but this isn't the first time we've encountered a sloppily made guestroom.

There's nothing worse than checking into your hotel--especially late at night and after a long flight--only to find your room looks a little, well, lived in. Eee. We had this happen recently at the Holiday Inn Express Manhattan West Side. Here's how the bed looked when we entered the room.

Not what we want to see after a cross-country flight. Not at all. We've heard other stories of guests to walk into their rooms and find dirty bathrooms, open pizza boxes on the beds, condom wrappers on the floor and other horrors. We ultimately switched to an entirely new hotel. We managed to overlook the bed but not the dirty shower and the loud construction noise.

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Bigger Is Better: The Emperor Bed At InterContinental Park Lane London

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  Site Where: One Hamilton Place, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7QY
June 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

From squeezy European Single to California King, we’ve done a lot of sleeping around here at HC. With hotel beds that is, of course. We hear about sleep concierges and pillow menus, see hotels hawking their goods for you take home, and encounter sheets that are somewhat past their use-by date.

If size is of importance (that’s your dirty mind, not ours), the InterContinental Park Lane might just have most hotels beat with the biggest bed we’ve seen in quite some time in its top-of-the-line Royal Suite. King what? Say hello to the Emperor bed, a whopping 7 feet wide.

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