Hotel bedding has been a major focus of marketing for many hotel chains in recent years. Often dubbed the ‘amenity war’ hotels are constantly trying to one up each other about their amenities and chief amongst them is their bedding. For many consumers hotel bedding is seen as the gold standard for luxury, comfort and style. In reality what hotels really use in their rooms is much different then how department stores and catalogs position their hotel collections. Most stores will classify a higher thread count story as being ‘hotel’ (this might be a 400 to 500 TC fabric).
What happens is that as department stores and catalogs try to one up their own retail competition their ‘hotel collections’ are dramatically different then what a hotel really uses. So in reality hotels use a 230 to 300 TC cotton or poly/cotton fabric with light weight fillings versus the high thread count, high fillings used at a store.
What Comforters Do Hotels Use?
Hotels generally like to use a light to medium weight blanket or comforter. Often times this blanket or comforter uses a 230 thread count cambric cotton fabric. Typically most hotels do not use down bedding and instead use a polyester down filling. In some cases they use a down alternative which acts very much like a down filling. Hotels use a lighter weight product because most of their bed features layers which the guest can turn down as needed versus an all in one warmth level.
Hotel comforters are designed with a standard size in mind – in fact about 95% of most hotels use the same size bedding. The blanket or comforter sizes typically used at a hotel include:
- Twin – 66 x 86 or 66 x 90 inches
- Full/Double – 82 x 90 inches
- Queen – 90 x 90 inches
- King – 104 x 90 inches
Hotels need to maintain consistency in their bed sizing – so the sheets, blankets, duvets, comforters and blankets all mesh on the bed.
What Is So Unique About Hotel Bedding?
Here we find a little bit of everything at play ranging from ‘you’re on vacation’ – so everything seems better to those who travel for business purposes and experience bedding different then their home. Somewhere in between lies reality – the blend of newness and a touch of everything is great – even the water! Consumers are creatures of habit – so they cling on to their yellow stained pillows for too many years afraid to give them up. Then when they travel and enjoy different styles of bedding then they are used to they must have it for home.
Unique Hotel Bedding Features
Hotel comforters have some unique characteristics to them that make them so unique. First off all hotel comforters typically feature comforter loops which are woven fabric loops which work in tandem with duvet ties. Loops and ties are used to keep the comforter from sliding around in the duvet as well as making linen changes easier for the housekeeping staff. Another unique factor for hotel comforters is the fabric has to be durable enough to survive the rigorous cleaning process used by hotels – from cleaning agents to extreme ‘g-force’ drying machines. Lastly, hotel duvet covers typically feature hidden pockets that the housekeeping staff can use to help in the process of making the beds.