One of the uncontested joys of staying in a luxury hotel is sleeping in a ridiculously comfortable bed.
For those missing that dreamy experience – and we would imagine that’s quite a few people – here are some top tips from hotel staff, a design expert and the founder of a linen company that supplies some of the poshest properties in the world on how to make your bed at home five-star-stylish and comfy.
From the ideal thread counts for sheets (and the famous hotels that use them) to the art of the hospital corner and from toppers to tog numbers, here’s how to sleep in the presidential suite – every night!
Don’t lose the thread
The Lanesborough hotel in London (pictured) uses linen with a 200 thread count in some of its rooms, a yarn that’s ‘cool and crisp’, according to Robert Lancaster-Gaye, the founder of Tielle Love Luxury, which supplies thousands of five-star hotels with bedding and accessories
To succeed in the quest for five-star hotel bed heaven it’s vital to cotton on to linen ‘thread counts’ – and to remember that bigger isn’t always better.
Robert Lancaster-Gaye, the founder of Tielle Love Luxury, which supplies thousands of five-star hotels with their linen including London’s Savoy, Connaught, Dorchester and Rosewood, revealed all.
He told MailOnline Travel: ‘Many people believe the myth that bigger is better regarding thread count. Thread count is no measure of quality. It is purely a construction term. High-quality products are dependent on the quality of the yarn, the processing and the finishing.
‘For the best five-star hotels, we usually recommend a high quality 300 or 400 thread count. This is because thread count is the number of threads in a square inch of fabric and as you squeeze more in, the yarn needs to be finer, which tends to mean the yarn is of higher quality.
‘But there comes a point where the number of threads are so tightly packed the fabric becomes impermeable – which means it’s possible it can’t be cleaned as thoroughly as lower-thread-count fabric as water cannot pass through it.’
Robert revealed the fabric feel and look of the thread counts that matter – and famous hotels that use them.
He recommends a 200 thread count ‘if you’re looking for a cool and crisp matt finish’.
‘It’s a simple, classic construction and can be found at The Lanesborough hotel in London,’ he revealed.
Fancy a semi-matt, smooth and sateen fabric? Then go for a 300 thread count, as seen at Firmdale Hotels, which has a portfolio that includes London’s Ham Yard and Soho hotels, and The Pig hotels.
Fancy a semi-matt, smooth and sateen fabric for your bed linen? Then go for a 300 thread count, said Robert Lancaster-Gaye, as seen at Firmdale Hotels. Pictured is a room at the group’s Soho Hotel in London