Pamper Your Houseguests, Hotel Style
Ever wondered where hotels get their creature comforts—and where you might, too? Consider upgrading your guest suite with these items for bed and bath
After years of fielding queries from well-rested travelers who were threatening to pack up not only the shampoo but also the bed, a number of hotels got wise and went into the bedding-retail business. Today you can buy a mattress just like the one you sank into at the Marriott. Or Westin. Or Hilton. And so on. Best part: If you need shopping advice, you can dial the hotel's nice-sounding "mattress concierge."
The W's mattress selection includes the Plush Top, made by Simmons (queen, about $1,600). But that's not all (they want you to buy). To replicate the true W experience, the W advises springing for a feather-bed topper (about $189), too. Oops, and a W feather-bed topper protector (about $65). Don't forget the W box springs. And the W bed frame! All items are available at W Hotels The Store.
Alas, there's one other little hitch: Unlike most mattresses, this one doesn't come with a money-back comfort guarantee. Still, once you have guests raving about what-a-great-night's-sleep-we-had, why would you ever send it back? And just be glad you escaped without buying the sheets.
As long as you are committed to sparing your guests' backs, think about giving them a bench where they can plunk a suitcase or sit to lace up their shoes. You can position this discreet leather number from Room & Board at the foot of your guest bed. Or, if you were to place it near your foldout bed, it could catch bags today, and later on, when the bed reverts to a sofa, the bench could move in close and act like a coffee table.
From $399; Room & Board
A shower away from home always seems better, doesn't it? And yet hotel showerheads are subject to the same water-saving measures that long ago robbed your bath of its spa spirit. So meet Speakman, veteran maker of durable hotel showerheads, which are now available to homeowners. The chrome Icon, which dates to 1950, is made of heavy brass and uses eight novel piston-plungers, multiple jets, and adjustable spray patterns to squeeze as much pleasure as possible out of the eco-conscious, water-saving limits of 2 and 2.5 gallons per minute. It's called Icon for a reason: You will recognize it immediately and feel right at home, or rather away.
About $161; Speakman
One of the easiest ways to pamper guests, and maybe discourage them from spreading their things everywhere, is to provide a catchall for their toiletries. We like this 12-by-8-inch silver-lacquered tray from West Elm. If you want to lay it on, there are coordinating accessories like a silvery toothbrush holder and matching tissue box. Though, come to think of it, you want your guests to enjoy their stay, not stay forever.
About $19; West Elm