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Sleep Menu Hits the Right Notes at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

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  Site Where: 230 N Michigan Ave [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
May 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to European folklore (and Metallica) a late night visit from The Sandman brings deep sleep and dreams. Which is a lot less creepy than the name implies — because frankly, “The Sandman” also sounds like some kind of serial killer summoned by chanting his name in the bathroom mirror. Just saying.

Luckily (or not, depending on your predilection for heavy metal and horror movies) it’s the former, shuteye-inducing Sandman paged by the new “Sleep Menu” available at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. The menu offers complimentary rentals of simple aids like ear plugs and extra blankets, plus a humidifier and a sound machine full of sleep-inducing background noise: Thunder, white noise, babbling brooks and whatnot. (Ask nicely, maybe they’ll upload Lady Gaga’s latest. ZING!) Drop a little extra dime, and you can get anything from a relaxing eye mask to chamomile tea, a Hot Toddy to a bottle of “Relax” brand wine.

And of course, you’ll be resting your head in the same Hard Rock where music stars like Cyndi Lauper and Boyz II Men have recently caught some Z’s. Guy Fieri too, but we weren’t going to mention that. We’re going for sweet dreams, not high-cholesterol nightmares.

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The Westin New York Times Square Wants You To Go To Bed Now

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  Site Where: 270 West 43rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel wake-up calls are fairly standard--the hotel calls you at your desired time and lets you know it's time to wake up. But some travel-weary guests could do with a Hotel Go-To-Bed call, which would remind them to get a good night's sleep, especially if they've requested an early wake-up call.

And now these early riser but late to bed folks have a hotel who's looking out for them. The Westin New York at Times Square just launched a new Rest Well Calls program to aid guests in getting a good night’s sleep.

After arranging a wake-up time, staff will also give guests a ring the night before, alerting them that it is time to go to their (Westin Heavenly) bed. The hotel will give guests an hour to power down their devices and will let them get a full seven to eight hours of sleep before calling with the wake-up call.

"“We have seen a trend in wake-up call requests coming in at times that make it impossible for guests to be getting the sleep that they really need,” said General Manager Sean Verney in a press release. “Our mission is to ensure that guests leave feeling better than when they arrived, and the new Rest Well Calls will help both leisure and business travelers to get the right amount of sleep.”

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6 Things to Know About the Life and Maintainence of a Hotel Mattress

September 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (2)

All this week, we'll be talking about Hotel Beds--where to buy 'em, how to make 'em, how to trust 'em (see story below!) 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! We're not sure about you, but we like to know a little bit about the different beds in which we sleep. At the end of the day, hotels are simply community beds, a concept that brings up a few questions: How often is the mattress replaced? Or worse... what about those spills and stains? We caught up with Philip Ridgway, Director of Housekeeping at the Four Seasons San Francisco, to get some answers. Here are 6 things to know about the life of a hotel mattress:

1. All the mattresses in the Four Seasons San Fran are the same, and they are made specifically for the brand. They are usually ordered on a large-scale by the corporate office and delivered directly to the individual hotel. They typically try to replace the whole hotel at once about every ten years, unless there’s an incident where one has to be switched out.

2. Speaking of incidents, don’t worry about spilling that glass of wine. Just don’t set the room on fire. Four Seasons will only charge in the case of gross negligence, like if you had a huge party and literally (not figuratively) set the sheets on fire. They won’t charge you for a small spill or if your kid wets the bed. Those things happen. The best thing to do is just be honest and let housekeeping know.

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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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Ibis Hotels Will Turn Your Slumber Into a Work of Art

Where: 77 rue de Bercy , Paris, France, 75012
September 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM | by | Comment (1)

Ibis is showing guests that they can be their most creative but when they're fast asleep in bed. A select few European Ibis hotels are taking part in a new interactive program called "Sleep Art," which has to be the most unusual example we've seen in a while of cool art being integrated into the hotel experience.

Basically, guests sleep on a special mattress, which analyzes their movements, and then sends that data to a robot arm programmed to create a unique painting based on the information (kind of like the Yobot's long-lost cousin!). Since every person has a different way of sleeping, every painting will be one-of-a-kind.

And if you love the idea of bringing home a work of sleep-induced art, but are too creeped out by the presence of a soulless robot arm twitching and whirring next to your bed, then worry not. The mechanical arm is actually located in a remote studio in Paris. Which leads us to think the whole "Sleep Art" initiative isn't about expression creativity at all, but rather an opportunity for Ibis to flaunt its strong WiFi signals.

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Where Can An Olympic Tennis Player Go In NYC For A Little Peace and Quiet?

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  Site Where: 299 Madison Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
August 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day, we were reading a story about British Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray, who bragged about getting to stay in "a lot of different hotels" during his seven-year career. Lucky him. Now Murray's in New York City for this year's US Open tournament (which got underway yesterday), and he's saying he's after a quieter hotel, to help him focus when he's not on the courts.

Which got us thinking: where do people go in New York when they need extra quiet? Well, the first answer might be, "not New York." But we know there's more to it than that. Indeed, plenty of Manhattan hotels are in the business of making you completely forget you're in Manhattan at all.

The trick is where to find 'em...

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The 5 Best Hotels to Get Some Much-Needed Shuteye

July 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM | by | Comment (1)

It doesn’t matter how beautiful or funky or luxe a hotel is – if they don’t take sleeping seriously, they’re missing the point entirely. If we don’t get our proper shuteye, then we’re seeing all of the amenities and other hotel niceties through bleary eyes coated with a thick layer of crankiness.

The following hotels are down with the whole sleep thing and want to make it as easy as possible for you.

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Don't Get Too Comfortable At The Ellerman House's Art Gallery

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  Site Where: 80 KLOOF RD BANTRY BAY , CAPETOWN, South Africa, 8005
February 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

The art gallery at the Ellerman House contains one of the best collections of contemporary South African art in the whole world. As a result, it's become a favorite among art collectors who go just to admire the hotel's private collection as well as take trips to other galleries in Cape Town.

But it's not just the art that's special here. The gallery itself, which is located in a cellar underneath the pool, is a fairly interesting space too. Because Ellerman House sits on a hill, the cozy gallery manages to both feel like an underground hideout while also offer some stunning views of the Atlantic ocean. And though you wouldn't exactly want to spend the duration of your stay holed up in the vault (it's only one room big), it certainly makes for a peaceful retreat.

Or, in the case of one recent guest, a great spot for napping.

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We Can't Imagine Having Trouble Sleeping at The Plaza Athenee But If You Do...

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  Site Where: 25 Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France, 75008
February 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

For the most troubled sleepers, not even the finest sheets in one of the best luxury hotels in the world can help you catch some much-needed Zs. But now at the swank Plaza Athenee Hotel in Paris, there's a scientific solution to insomnia and jetlag symptons with the NightCove Sleep Solution that's been installed bedside in the hotel's Art Deco Suites.

Developed by the Sleep Clinic at Hotel-Dieu hospital in Paris, this device is a unique bedside lamp that helps improve the quality of sleep by bathing guests in selected light wavelengths and sound frequencies that are specially adapted for the physiological needs of sleep. Click on "Sleep/Anti-jetlag/Nap" to stimulate melatonin with a red glow and the hush of waves, then greet the day with a "Wakening" of soft music and blue light similar to early daylight.

Like we said, we can't imagine having trouble sleeping at the Plaza Athenee which is one of the most sublime forms of hotel heaven but if you do, at least you know the hotel can help you out.

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How Do You Get to Sleep in a Strange New Hotel Bed?

July 5, 2011 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (5)

Looking at this, we're already mapping out our best strategy for falling asleep as quick as possible.

Welcome to Unofficial Sleep Week on HotelChatter! An entire week (ok, really just four days) devoted to hotel sleeping habits, hotel beds and hotel amenities designed to help you get the best rest.

What actually inspired this post was a recent Hotels.com survey on the sleeping patterns of travelers in hotels. Some sample discoveries? Ozzies prefer TV to sex, Hong Kong guests like to eat in bed, Indian travelers care the most about the hotel mattress quality, Spaniards like to get frisky and Mexican guests think the hotel beds are better than their ones at home.

The survey also touched upon some other sleep habits of travelers, specifically how they get to sleep in a new hotel bed. While hotels are in a fierce competition to provide the luxest bed in hopes of giving their guests the most supreme sleep possible, sometimes our travel-weary bodies can't adjust to a foreign hotel bed on the first night.

And since good old U.S. of A seems to have been left out of the survey, we thought this was a good time to ask you dear readers how do you get to sleep in a strange new hotel bed?*

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