March 16, 2015 - Marshall Coyle
Genuine Major Luxury Hotel Mattresses
Here is a listing of many major hotel mattress data including probable selling price. These prices are subject to fluctuation and you should call the hotel to check current prices if you are shopping around. They rarely go down, but not completely unheard of.
If you found a mattress in a good hotel to be comfortable, that is no surprise. These are not the same as mattresses made for home use. You don’t lose hundreds of dollars a night if beds remain empty because guests don’t ever come back again. These mattresses are designed to make guests comfortable for no more than 18 months and then be discarded or recycled. Most are two sided and housekeeping staff is expected to flip at least once a week. Many hotels with two sided mattresses flip them after each occupancy. While they can last up to six months longer, 12 months is the average planned usage before they are no longer considered suitable for paying guests. This is universal with all chain hotels and most individual large expensive lodgings . You were sleeping on a lot of cheap soft foam and compressible fibers that briefly feels terrific, and costs less to the mattress maker than almost anything else used to cushion a mattress. Authentic luxury hotel mattresses are perfect for the temporary job they are designed and constructed for. Pampering a guest for a short stay, and do the job well for 12- 18 months as demanded by the lodging industry.
Ironically, because these purpose-built mattresses do not have to last at least for the 4-6 years that Simmons, Serta, and Sealy plan for home-use mattresses, these cheap-foam/innerspring mattresses can be made super-comfortable and still cheap enough for the hotel’s stringent budgets. You will note the retail prices when available if you care to order one, and know that the hotel pays less than half of listed prices as do most retail stores. Usually they pay only about 45% of their list price. When you buy a queen $1,997 Crowne Plaza mattress, it is the equivalent of a $900 factory direct, but the equally comfortable factory direct may last more than eighteen years and the hotel mattress no more than eighteen months.
Large hotel chain mattresses most likely are made by a major brand maker and get it’s lushness from layers of super soft non-gimmicky old fashioned non-memory polyfoam sometimes with some cotton or polyester fiber, good for at least a year or 18 months of abusive use. Typically 100% polyurethane foam padding over a resilient spring. The coil counts are also lower than consumer mattresses, as they do not have to last as long. Hotels almost never use any memory foam because the of the unavoidable warmth and frequent odors. They are not overly concerned about the negative long-term health aspects, but are extremely concerned about guest minute-to-minute comfort. Strange chemical odors from many memory foams do not make for happy guests. To complete the aura of comfort, luxury pure cotton sheets usually cover these mattresses with counts starting at 200 threads per inch and going up.
MATTRESS: Serta Hotel Quality Perfect Sleeper: 11.5″ thick; 800 coils to king size padded with very thick polyfoam.
Available at selected hotels. Buy a queen for $1,977 and a King for $2,677
PILLOW 7 pillows; choice of down, feather, or polyfill on every bed
SHEETS 200-thread-count, 60/40 cotton-poly blend
BED COVER Down duvet with cover
EXTRAS Designated Quiet Zones; all rooms have sleep CD’s and kits with lavender spray
MATTRESS: The Custom Four Seasons Ultra Plush Pillow Top by Sealy; 13 1/2 inches thick; 848 wire tied coils in a king. Made by Sealy, but uses a less expensive innerspring core than used in consumer Posturepedics. Filled with layers and layers of basic cheap polyfoam with super soft polyfoam in in quilt. Sold at selected hotels for $3,000, and $4,000
PILLOW 4 feather-and-down pillows; foam, hypoallergenic, or buckwheat available on request
SHEETS Vary by property: All are 100 percent Egyptian cotton; some are by Frette
BED COVER Down duvet with cover
EXTRAS Quiet music at turndown, such as Blue Marble’s “Deep Sleep 101” CD
Hilton Suite Dreams Bed
MATTRESS: Serta Hospitality Perfect Sleeper pillow top appearance ; 12 1/2 inches thick; 848 coils to king size. Sold at many, not all Hiltons for $1,998 and $2,788
PILLOW 5 down-filled or hypoallergenic pillows on king-sized beds; four on queen-sized beds
SHEETS 250-thread-count; cotton-poly blend (percentage varies by property)
BED COVER Down duvet with triple sheeting; decorative throw
EXTRAS Specially designed, user-friendly alarm clocks
Hyatt Grand Bed (MAY NOT CURRENTLY BE AVAILABLE)
MATTRESS: Sealy Posturepedic; 13 inches thick; undisclosed coil count, price in flux- you have to call for current price. and like the others is basically a lot of layers of polyfoam on a firm innerspring. Call for price
PILLOW Choice of 9 feather or down pillows on king-sized beds; 7-8 on queen-sized beds
SHEETS 250-thread-count; 70/30 cotton-poly blend
BED COVER Down duvet with triple sheeting
Marriott (includes Marriott, JW Marriott, and Renaissance)
MATTRESS: (no pillow tops) Varies by property: Most are special Serta Perfect Sleeper (11 inches) with 800 coils in king. $3,499 Queen, $2,999 king. Experimenting with spring-free solid Polyurethane foam (not memory foam) mattresses to save money.
PILLOW 6 for king-sized beds, 4 for double. “Down-surround” pillows—a feather core covered by down
SHEETS 300-thread-count; 60/40 cotton-poly blend
BED COVER Down duvet with cover; bolster pillow; decorative bed scarf
EXTRAS Company guarantees that duvet cover is washed between stays instead of triple sheeting.
Ritz-Carlton (the best quality in this group, still not consumer components but better than other hotels)
MATTRESS: Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns and Foster labels. Same mattress made on same assembly line, but label varies by property. 11 1/4 inches thick; 939 coils (king-sized) reported in 2016 Queen set-$2,799 King-$3,999 It has a better spring core, and is a better buy, than many of the others that are just foam and more foam on a basic coil spring. This price is not certain: check with hotel for final price
PILLOW Varies by property, but choice of hypoallergenic down or foam pillows
SHEETS 300-thread-count; 100 percent cotton Frette linens
BED COVER Down duvet with cover at most properties; currently phasing out triple sheeting
EXTRAS Sound machines and extensive pillow menus (varies by individual hotel)
Sheraton Sweet Sleeper
MATTRESS Sealy Posturepedic Plush Top mattress not Pillow Top; 11 1/2 inches thick; 899 coils. Fairly similar to Ritz Carlton Sealy but firmer and a little better value..2016 reported $2,699 queen, and $3,799 king. (UNABLE TO VERIFY PRICE)
PILLOW Choice of 5 feather-and-down or allergy-sensitive pillows on every bed
SHEETS 230-thread-count; 40/60 cotton-poly blend
BED COVER Polyfill duvet with cover; fleece blanket
EXTRAS Also sells a Sweet Sleeper dog bed ($225) no information
Westin Heavenly Bed “the least mattress for the most money”
MATTRESS Simmons mattress; Not Beautyrest Label or Pillow Top.12 1/2 inches thick; 900 coils to king. Layers and layers of inexpensive polyfoam. Queen $$2,770, King $3,840 / price includes sheets and pillowcases
PILLOW 5 feather-and-down pillows, including a bolster pillow, on every bed
SHEETS 230-thread-count; 100 percent cotton
BED COVER Down blankets (triple sheeting) and polyfill duvet with cover
EXTRAS Also sells white mink-trimmed eye masks ($275) and a Heavenly Dog Bed ($225)