Hotel Beds

Guests at the hip Thompson LES sleep on 400-thread-count Sferra linens.

We’ll admit it: We are name-droppers here at Oyster. We love us some some soft Frette and Sferra sheets.

So what exactly makes for soft, plush, feels-like-you’re-sleeping-on-a-cloud linens? As we learned from the hilarious Aziz Ansari, thread count isn’t everything. Hotels love to brag about it, but other factors like fiber quality, yarn size, and finishing matter just as much. With the luxury brands below, travelers can be sure to get a decadent night’s sleep on a high-quality weave.

The best sheets tend to come from Italy, so to help you distinguish these brands we associated each with an elite Italian sports car.

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It doesn’t matter if you stay in a cheap motel or at an uber-luxe hotel overlooking Central Park — if the mattress isn’t comfortable, it can ruin your entire vacation. And as you know, you can’t return a bad vacation. So we at Oyster.com sleep on the job. You’ve read that correctly; we test out hotel mattresses around the globe so we can give you the low-down on which mattresses will help you catch some serious zzz’s. No more counting sheep! These hotel mattresses will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

The Mattress: Tempur-Pedic

The Regular King Room at the Hotel On Rivington; New York City, NY The Regular King Room at the Hotel On Rivington; New York City, NY
  • You’ll love it because: Tempur-Pedic mattresses – in every room at the Hotel on Rivington – are like form-fitting, weight-distributing sponges created just for you. Not only are these mattresses designed to adjust with your movement — whether you sleep on your side, stomach, back, or all three – in order to maintain proper spinal alignment, but they are also designed to relieve pain at key pressure points.

Check out more amazing sleeps after the jump.

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The New York Palace

The New York Palace

Hotel beds are typically used for four things: sleeping, watching TV, babymaking, and, unfortunately, lying awake and irritated by crappy sheets, thinking about how much you wish you’d selected a hotel with a better bed.

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Since option four totally sucks, check out our slideshow of the very best hotel beds, all of which feel as good as they look. Trust us; we’ve slept in ‘em ourselves.

Whether it’s a plush mattress, linens you could never afford to buy for your own bed, pretty headboards, or lots of rolling-around space, our picks for the dreamiest hotel beds just might make you reconsider any weekend plans that require you to be vertical. Just be grateful we didn’t post this on a Monday morning. You’re welcome.

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Frette linens at The Betsy Hotel, Miami

 Ah, the unmistakable feel of Frette linens: impossibly high thread counts; gloriously soft pillowcases; washcloths fluffed in heaven – the brand has been in (and touching) our faces at luxe hotels everywhere, from the towels at NYC’s Tribeca Grand and the bed linens at The Pierre to the “yummy yummy yummy” sheets at Miami’s Betsy and the white waffled blankets at Casa de Campo in the DR.

If you’re a Frette fan and, like us, you logged onto the Frette website once upon a morning-after and quickly came upon the realization that outfitting your bed in the sweet sheets was financially out of the question ($2,095 for a sheet set), we’ve got a present for you. Hint: it’s a sale. Read More »

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What Grand luxury looks like.

What 'Grand' luxury looks like.

What reality looks like.

What reality looks like.

Something tells us that Lindsay Lohan and her handlers would not be impressed with this: check out the rumpled bed linens we encountered at the luxe NYC celebrity haunt The Soho Grand. Our reporter assures us that she did not, in fact, sleep in this bed before she snapped these shots. And yes, the photo on the left is the bed (with picture-perfect linens) promised to us by the website.

Maybe someone on the housekeeping staff needs a raise. Or fewer rooms to clean. Or Lohan and her latest squeeze need to work harder to cover up their quickie (kidding!)

Click through to the gallery to check out this bed from all angles; if you look closely, you can just make out the imprint of someone’s butt on top of the duvet. Grand, indeed.

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Westin Las Vegas Heavenly Bed

The Heavenly Bed at Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa

Apparently, many of us would rather have a sleeping pill on our hotel pillows at turndown than a piece of chocolate — and we’d rather have a night of decent shut-eye than an evening of hot and steamy lovemaking.

According to the results of a sleep study conducted by Westin Hotels (which surveyed 12,500 travelers in 10 countries), our sleeping habits are pretty rough these days — especially compared to the results of a similar study done by Westin in conjunction with the launch of the chain’s signature Heavenly Bed ten years ago.

A quickie breakdown of the numbers this time around:

  • 60% of respondents say their PDA’s have prevented them from getting sleep (duh)
  • 25% would pay $100 for a hotel room with a good bed
  • 57% claimed that a great hotel bed “provides a better sleep experience than at home”
  • 51% of U.S. respondents prefer a good night’s sleep to good sex (!)– compared to only 31% ten years ago
  • 42% would be down for a sleeping pill on their pillow at turndown rather than a piece of chocolate

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