We know that sleep is critical to workplace performance, internal health and regular, everyday function as a human being. And yet, way too many of us suffer along without sleep... even while we're on vacation.
Thankfully, these hotels make getting some z's a lot easier. A whole bevy of U.S. resort brands and individual properties are placing a newly-invigorated focus on sleep, with options for those seeking luxury and those sticking to a budget. From specialty mattresses to WiFi-free programs to curated menus that deliver all sorts of bedtime tools and treats, these properties are a happy reminder that sleep is important, and that it's a very important part of travel.
The Four Seasons
Various locations across the U.S.
The luxury sleep experience hits its peak at U.S. Four Seasons hotels, where heat-absorbing mattresses keep you still when your partner moves during the night. Rooms are soundproofed, and turndown service can include tea, temperature control and soft music. The staff even has a special sheet-folding technique that allows guests to easily wiggle their feet, so they never feel too tightly tucked in.
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
MGM's Stay Well® rooms feature air purification, Vitamin C infused showers, aromatherapy and healthy food menus. Soft, warm lighting minimizes disruption to circadian rhythms so guests can get a consistent night's sleep. There's subtle red lighting at night so as not to suppress melatonin levels, and dawn simulators wake guests naturally in the morning.
Hotel Saint Cecilia
Here, guests can hit the hay on a Hästens bed, known as one of the most luxurious beds in the world. At up to $60,000 in cost, the Swedish-made, horse-hair stuffed mattresses ooze luxury: simply laying on one will drive you toward a dreamy night's sleep. The hotel features just five suites -- along with studios and bungalows -- for a delightfully relaxing atmosphere that encourages restfulness.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Starwood's Westin hotels are famous for their Heavenly Bed, with an all-white design, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding, five pillows, three sheets and a custom-designed mattress. It's so beloved, in fact, that 100,000 guests have already purchased beds for their homes. Future features at Starwood hotels might include lighting that adjusts guests' circadian rhythms and bedroom walls that look like forests.
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hilton’s specialized Canopy Bed has fabric that regulates heat flow and wicks moisture from the body. Given that sleeping in a cooler environment leads to better rest, the bed also incorporates memory foam infused with Microsupport gel that reduces pressure and heat build-up in the body overnight.
Here, luxury rooms feature Good Night LED bulbs, which reduce blue light exposure to better maintain your body’s natural sleep cycle. The resort consulted with a sleep specialist to outfit rooms with the bulbs, which use the same light-filtering technology developed for astronauts in space.
The Benjamin Hotel
New York, New York
Sleep medicine expert Rebecca Robbins leads the Rest & Renew program, which makes sleep this hotel's top priority. Not only are there wake-up calls, but concierges place "work-down" calls, too -- they'll ring you an hour before bedtime, with a reminder to shut off devices and prepare for sleep. Don't forget the pillow menu, sleep masks, blackout curtains, white noise machines and an excellent lullaby music library.
Sleep Inn Hotels
This cost-friendly brand is revamping to grow even truer to its title, with soft lighting, sleek designs and warm colors that make guests feel less overwhelmed and more zen during their stay. They're strategically placing elevators and TVs in order to reduce noise, and high-quality bedding and pillows have become a priority.
The Hermitage Hotel
The pillow menu here isn’t just an afterthought amenity; it’s a passion. If the goose-down, buckwheat, latex foam and memory foam pillows waiting in your room aren’t enough, call for reinforcements: neck pillows, body pillows, water pillows, reading pillows, leg pillows and diamond-filled pillows. (Ok, the last one is made up). It’s all free, but if you develop a particularly strong pillow bond during your stay, they’re all available for purchase at checkout.
Lorien Hotel & Spa
Here guests find a “Dream Button” on their guestroom phone that lets them choose from the Dream Service Menu. There are scent diffusers to relieve tension, bedtime books for a calming lullaby read, and sleep masks to block the outside world. Choose from an extensive pillow list -- and for little ones, the menu also includes children’s books, humidifiers and special nightlights.
Library Hotel Collection
New York, New York
These boutique hotels in Manhattan (with two additional locations in Budapest and Prague) offer a carefully-curated Escape to Serenity program, where you can request a range of complimentary items that help you prepare for sleep, such as fleece blankets, featherbed mattress toppers and hypoallergenic Micro Gel fiber pillows. The Sleep Phones are another favorite accouterment: These headphones emit soothing sounds as you fall asleep.
New York, New York
Through a partnership with the innovative specialty sleep retailer Sleep Studio, WestHouse lets you tailor your sleep experience with sleep masks, aromatherapy oils and Sleep Studio’s proprietary system of bespoke mattresses.
Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, Vermont
To get parents and kids working together toward better sleep, this mountain resort offers a Family Camp package where mobile devices are highly discouraged. WiFi is available only in the Family Camp's main lodge, and most Family Camp rooms are WiFi-free. Staff encourages families to put down their devices and enjoy games, water sports, chef-made meals and the great outdoors as they slow down and rest together.
New York, New York
Guests typically visit this extended-stay property for 30 days or more, allowing plenty of time for immersion in the AKA Sleep School. AKA’s four Manhattan properties have partnered with the New York University School of Medicine Sleep Disorders Center and the New York Sleep Institute to have experts available for in-room sleep screenings, for an additional fee. Complementary features include in-room lightboxes, blackout curtains and sleep seminars on topics like bedtime routines and sleep apnea.
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