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Old 05-02-2008, 02:23 AM
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What makes the Doubletree Hotel beds so comfy?

Damn, I'm not sure how to phrase this question, although I'm pretty sure there's an answer.

I am not known for being any good at sleeping, and particularly when traveling. But I slept amazingly well at a Doubletree Hotel a few years ago, so well that I actually wanted to buy the bed and send it home.

So it turns out you can actually do that. But what I'm trying to figure out (before I spend a ton of money on something that's not going to work) is if anyone can isolate the elements that makes this such a great bed. Or, in other words, what exactly did I like about it?

The website where you can get this stuff offers the usual stuff like mattress, box spring, mattress topper (aha, was that it?), featherbed (on the website it looks like you sleep on top of this rather than under it), down coverlet, pillows.

As I said, I just wanted to take that bed home. Had I know it was actually possible I might have paid more attention to just what it was I was sleeping on. I'm sure that somewhere there's a Doper who's spent a night or two at a Doubletree. What's on that bed?
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:43 AM
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I'm pretty sure the mattress is a Serta, Doubletree is part of the Hilton family and Hilton uses Serta in most of their hotels. I saw a cross section of the mattress and it has a pillowtop as well as memory foam inside the mattress.If I remember correctly it also has the individual springs to give more stability.
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:06 AM
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I used to have a featherbed (the kind you sleep on top of) along with a down comforter or coverlet.

I went blissfully to sleep whenever I laid down on it. It was the coziest thing ever. And this was on a 1" foam pad ON THE FLOOR.
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Old 05-02-2008, 06:45 AM
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You actually *can* buy it for home.
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:05 AM
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I don't usually like a soft bed, but the last time I stayed in a Doubletree I slept like six rocks.

It was, however, the one attached to Johnson and Wales university, and everything in it was so good I wondered if it was a project hotel for the hotel management people and the cooks and such. I mean, the fries I had at 10:30 as the restaurant was closing were some of the best fries I have ever had. The rooms were super-nice and way underpriced. The service was impeccable. Made me suspicious.
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:01 PM
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Yes--except you can't get the mattress and box spring online. So what if that was the crucial element?

I'm just saying, I don't want to spend a couple of thousand dollars and not get the exact thing I want.

But I think it might have been the featherbed.

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Old 05-02-2008, 04:06 PM
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It's the cookies that do it for me
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:22 PM
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Yes--except you can't get the mattress and box spring online. So what if that was the crucial element?

I'm just saying, I don't want to spend a couple of thousand dollars and not get the exact thing I want.

But I think it might have been the featherbed.
Ok, I know a thing ro two about beds, and the Double Tree beds are in fact very comfy - how do I know? Well the very informed salesman at sleepies [yes the matress factory ad that has been burned in everyone's mind who owns a TV] Anyway - the guy said that Double Tree and other hotels do by good beds, and I think they are Serta's. HOWEVER - The problem with pinpointing one particular bed is that when a mattress is made it has a certain type of cotton placed in it. And that certain type of cotten is particular to the cotton farm where it was harvested, and if one year there was a drought, or exceptionally rainly, the cotton in the beds is slightly different, meaning EVERY bed is different. There may be beds made exactly the same but non are perfectly equal.

So - Hillarity - I think buying a double tree bed is a good idea, but please don't get your hopes up so high that it will be EXACTLY the same, as odds are it will not. Happy Sleeping !
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:31 PM
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It isn't the cookies so much as that they're warm.
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Old 05-02-2008, 04:38 PM
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Ok, I know a thing ro two about beds, and the Double Tree beds are in fact very comfy - how do I know? Well the very informed salesman at sleepies [yes the matress factory ad that has been burned in everyone's mind who owns a TV] Anyway - the guy said that Double Tree and other hotels do by good beds, and I think they are Serta's. HOWEVER - The problem with pinpointing one particular bed is that when a mattress is made it has a certain type of cotton placed in it. And that certain type of cotten is particular to the cotton farm where it was harvested, and if one year there was a drought, or exceptionally rainly, the cotton in the beds is slightly different, meaning EVERY bed is different. There may be beds made exactly the same but non are perfectly equal.

So - Hillarity - I think buying a double tree bed is a good idea, but please don't get your hopes up so high that it will be EXACTLY the same, as odds are it will not. Happy Sleeping !
Mattress salespeople in general, and Sleepy's mattress salespeople in particular, say all manner of stuff that is completely ludicrous. The story you got is a variation on the typical mattress salesman hustle of "This is the same mattress the hotels buy." He has probably had people come back and complain that the mattress was, in fact, nothing like a hotel mattress. So he crafted this story to explain the difference away.
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:34 PM
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The problem with pinpointing one particular bed is that when a mattress is made it has a certain type of cotton placed in it. And that certain type of cotten is particular to the cotton farm where it was harvested, and if one year there was a drought, or exceptionally rainly, the cotton in the beds is slightly different, meaning EVERY bed is different. There may be beds made exactly the same but non are perfectly equal.
I work at a company that does some work in the cotton industry. The quality of cotton is classed using a fairly large number of factors (I'm not sure of the exact number but I believe it's between 10 and 20). We have contracts to buy most of our cotton from multiple warehouses around the country. Those warehouses service several cotton gins in their region, and each gin in turn services several farms.

When we sell our cotton, the customer requests a specific quality of cotton (with a specified degree of variation) from us which we deliver. We don't know, nor do we care, where the cotton was grown - we only look at quality. Consistency is a big deal.

Bottom line, I find it hard to believe Serta is buying it's cotton from specific farms. If they are buying from the open market then consistent quality shouldn't be a problem because somebody somewhere is producing the quality of cotton they need.
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Old 05-03-2008, 02:46 AM
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I slept like six rocks.


That almost makes it worth being up at this hour.
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