I recently came across a post by Just Travelous in which Yvonne describes her hatred for hotel bed sheets that are tucked in all the way around the mattress. She speaks from my heart. Why do hotels do that? It leaves you to either time-consumingly free said sheets or sleep feeling like a swaddled baby at best, resembling a mummy at worst.
Quite a few commentators complained about this first-world-problem sentiment and of course, it is. However, if you are spending more money for sleeping in 600 thread count Egyptian cotton for one night than you would for buying them, you have no other than first world problems; sometimes that is alright.
I think in this case the complaint is absolutely valid and that any turndown service should include an untucking of the sheets as well as a complimentary chocolate on the pillow. And – no rose petals, please! I am not even saying that out of a point of jealousy because I usually travel without someone to enjoy said rose petals with but what the heck?! They leave stains and are a nightmare to get off. Rather take the whole rose, put it in a vase and place it next to my bed.
In this day in age, another big pet peeve of mine is small plastic water bottles instead of filtered drinking water and the fact that towels get replaced every day even though most hotels say they offer a system that replaces towels only upon request. Or crappy shampoo in tiny bottles instead of one nice big bottle. I don’t steal hotel shampoos unless it is Aesop or Hermes in any case, so I prefer a big, more environmentally friendly bottle that can be refilled by the hotel.
The best hotels beds in the World
Luckily many get it right. So right in fact that I have always been an avid fan of nice hotel rooms and don’t mind paying for them. I don’t care about this home away from home stuff that so many rave about – I want a hotel room because it is nothing like home. Because it is neat and tidy, because turndown service, fluffy slippers, and more pillows than I would ever need. The rest of the hotel and its service is one thing but the piece de resistance is, of course, the hotel bed.
So, what else makes a good hotel bed beside the turndown service and the aforementioned untucked sheets? What constitutes a pillow nirvana that makes you gladly miss the sights of a new place and has you sleep in bed sideways because otherwise, it would just be a waste of space?
I have made my way through quite a few beds through the years. Hotel beds I mean – and get your dirty mind from under the covers! – and have seen a fair amount of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Today, no complaining, I will simply tell you about the best hotel beds ever.
First, I should admit that THE best hotel bed I ever slept in unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore. The Asadang used to be my favorite boutique hotel in Bangkok but has recently closed its doors indefinitely. This bed not only marks the start to my unexpected love affair with Thailand in general and Bangkok in particular but was also incredibly comfortable – if you like a hard mattress that is (I do but have since realized that I am a rare breed apparently).
If you want to get an idea of the overall feel of the place you can still book yourself into its sister property, the Bhuthorn, which is almost as lovely.
But now to my real and still existing favorites. In no apparent order…
The best hotel beds I have ever slept in & that alone are worth a trip
Vida Downtown, Dubai
When you arrive somewhere at 3 am and only have four hours of sleep ahead, you better make them count. That is easy at the Vida though I wish I could have spent a lot more time lying spread-eagled on the entire bed snoozing away. They also had the best assortment of pillows which inspired me to ask my mother for some for Christmas. She asked me what I needed four pillows for and while my answer “So I can sleep as I slept at the Vida!” wasn’t quite satisfactory for her, I got them nonetheless.
Tip: Their sister hotel, Manzil is a little less expensive, but the beds and stunning Burj Khalifa views are the same!
La Mamounia, Marrakech
I don’t even know why I love the La Mamounia so much. I am usually much more a sleek design/ modern touches kind of girl and the Mamounia is steeped in history, Moroccan craftsmanship and offers plenty of velvet and crystal everywhere. But still, I love it and not just because both times I stayed there they gave me a suite and free champagne.
The beds are the softest and coziest and in fact so nice that even my dad couldn’t find anything to complain about (after I untucked the sheets for him because he also doesn’t like being a mummy and there was no turndown service for naps) when I went with him and declared if the beds here were fit for Churchill (he stayed here a lot!) they’d be fit for his nap too.
Tip: Do steal/ take the soap here – it is delicious!
Botlierskop, South Africa
There is something to be said for any luxury tent with a luxurious, furry bed and a bear skin rug to your feet (or more likely zebra as this is Africa, but my mind is a bit fuzzy when it comes to details of this night). Even more so if you are sleeping in this bed on New Year’s Eve, you are in good company, and the fireworks are not only outside.
Tip: Don’t come here alone, Botlierskop is the ultimate Out of Africa experience.
Book a room at Botlierskop here
Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur
After 18 hours of traveling and 6 hours of time difference there is no better view than this:
While smaller people may need to do a little high-volt to get onto the bed (it really is ridiculously high), it will be worth your efforts. The mattress at Villa Samadhi is wonderfully firm, the duvet soft, and the pillows ridiculously pretty. Plus you fall asleep to the gurgling sound of your private jacuzzi in the bathroom and knowing that in the garden below a snapping alligator turtle named T-Rex lives – does life get any better?
Tip: In case you prefer an island destination with your perfect bed, visit their partner hotel Japamala Resorts – same sleeping perfection, but you will be surrounded by monkeys instead of snapping alligator turtles.
Book a room at Villa Samadhi here
Hoshinoya is a small Japanese hotel group that brings the best of Japanese lifestyle to all their hotels – even when you are in Bali.
My bed-futon for a lack of better world had the perfect mix of firm and soft mattress, the most beautiful headboard and the most stunning views in the morning.
Tip: If you are looking for a somewhat different Bali hotel and a bit of Japanese zen this is the place for you!
Book a room at Hoshinoya here
If you are a hotel owner and happen to read this and you think your beds are worthy to make this list – I am more than happy to come over for a trial night. That is if you will untuck my sheets with your turndown service of course!