Even at the finest luxury hotels, sleeping while away from home isn’t always as easy as you would like. Some memory foam mattresses are too firm. Oversized down pillows are often too soft. Don’t even get us started on the frustrations that come with unraveling three layers of sheets just to get into bed. Trust, we understand your nighttime plight. That’s why we’ve tested out five of our favorite hotels with great sleep amenities, featuring everything from pillow menus and snooze-worthy spa treatments to special sleep consultants as part of their staff.
The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
After a long night of rocking out at downtown Nashville’s many honky-tonks, it’s time to sleep in style at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. In addition to much-loved bedding by cult-favorite brand Omaha Bedding Company and luxe Frette linens, guests can order pillows just the way they want them. Stick with the standard goose-down pillows or opt for buckwheat, latex foam — perfect for allergy-sensitive guests — memory foam, or special extras such as neck, reading, body, water or contoured leg pillows. Borrowing the soft stuff is gratis, but the hotel also sells the goods if you care to take your good night’s sleep back home with you.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek, CO
Beaver Creek’s newest Four-Star hotel is serious about its shut-eye. From April 11 to 13, the resort is offering a Retreat to Sleep, where guests can enjoy a wellness escape focused on helping you feel better inside and out through sleep knowledge and improvement. Indulge in a slumber massage, practice relax and renew yoga or learn to prepare healthy meals in hands-on cooking demos. Can’t make the retreat? Not a worry — the hotel is committed to rest all year long, offering a special sleep elixir with chamomile and apple cider at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill and on the in-room dining menu, as well as providing a special Sound Sleep Channel with soothing noises on the in-room televisions designed just for the hotel by sleep expert Dr. Jeffrey Thompson.
The Dorchester, London
This lavish Five-Star property knows how to get the details right — and there’s no better way to wind down in luxury than with a sublime spa service. Book the Sleep Deeply massage at the Four-Star spa to experience this truth for yourself. But this isn’t any ordinary rubdown. The 100-minute treatment (about $316 US), only bookable in the afternoon and evenings, includes a head-to-toe massage designed to help you drift off to dreamland.
Adults aren’t the only ones who need to slumber soundly each night. Children require between eight and a half and 14 hours of proper rest, depending on their age, and travel can often be more disruptive to their sleep schedules than to their parents. The Four-Star Waldorf Astoria Chicago offers a Nighty Night For Children bath service for $40, where parents can order up a soak complete with lavender (a scent known for promoting relaxation) bath ice cream, a tub toy and lotion.
The Benjamin, New York City
Credited as one of the first hotels to jump on the sleep train, New York City’s The Benjamin takes its winks very seriously. In addition to its on-staff sleep consultant, Rebecca Robbins, the hotel offers a branded line of Rest & Renew amenities, which features pillows perfect for your “sleep type” (side sleeper, back sleeper, and so on) as well as extras such as an aromatherapy temple treatment, signature eye mask and special selection of bedtime bites (peanut butter sandwich, fresh fruit salad) designed with just the right mix of protein and carbohydrates to ensure you are satisfied until morning. The hotel also takes the concept of a wake-up call one step further — guests can request a work-down call as well. This service reminds guests to power down electronics before winding down for bed because the light and noise from those devices can interfere with the neurotransmitters that help encourage healthy sleep. Of course, if you need a bit more help dozing off, you can read a copy of Sleep for Success!, a book Robbins co-authored with Dr. James B. Maas, placed in each room, or request a one-on-one consult with her as well.
Photos Courtesy of Dorchester Collection, Hyatt Hotels and Waldorf Astoria Chicago