Which bedding do luxury hotels use? Hoteliers share their secrets for a five-star bedspread

I asked top hoteliers and head housekeepers all about their sheets and shams, so that you can get that hotel look and feel at home

The Four Seasons Signature Mattress, made up with Dobby Sateen cotton sheets, looking out onto a desert view.
(Image credit: Four Seasons)

As H&G's resident sleep writer, I'm often asked: 'which bedding do luxury hotels use?' The questions continue: how do they get their sheets so soft? How do they plump their pillows just so? How do they tuck the blanket so tight?

If you really want to know how to bring home that five-star feeling, then you've come to the right place. I asked top hoteliers to share their secrets, pick out the best products, and show us how to create a hotel-worthy at home.

You'll need the best bed sheets for a crisp, cool finish, the best duvet insert for maximum loft, and the best pillow to rest your head, plus a few finishing touches to tie it all together. Good news: you can get the luxury look and feel for less when you shop with the specialist sleep stores, rather than the hotel boutiques.

Which bedding do luxury hotels use?

Along the way, we'll bust some bedding myths and identify the best bedding for every sort of sleeper, so that you can enjoy a sleep retreat from the comfort of your own home.

Signature sheets

The Ritz-Carlton Signature Sheets on a bed.

(Image credit: The Ritz-Carlton)

I don't know about you, but the first thing I notice about a hotel bed is the sheets. Back home, I tend to sleep on a flat sheet with a comforter thrown on top, so it feels like a real treat to slip between silky sheets. I asked Alex Ekbatani, CEO of ette hotels, what makes the best hotel bed sheets.

According to Alex, it's all in the details. That's why he partners with Frette, luxury linen makers since 1860, to get total creative control over his bed and bath linens. He believes that 'the meticulous selection of cotton sateen linens, adorned with an elegant saddle white rim of embroidery and featuring the distinctive ette logo on the pillowcase, speaks to our commitment to excellence'.

Headshot of Alex Ekbatani.
Alex Ekbatani

Alex is the CEO of ette hotels, a luxury hotelier group under Rosemont Hotels. He's something of a nomad himself and reckons he's circled the globe several times over in the course of his five-star travels.

When you get into a hotel bed, and you feel the silkiness of the sheets, that's sateen: a tight weave with an attractive sheen that's soft against your skin. Sateen is beautiful, but it wrinkles easily, which is why ette's housekeeping staff take such good care of their sheets.

Cotton sheets are a classic for a reason, but a percale weave could prove more manageable. Simply knit, with a one-thread-over, one-thread-under structure, percale is strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of regular washes, with optimal airflow for hot sleepers.

Quality comforters

The Marriott Bedding Collection on a bed.

(Image credit: The Marriott)

I used to struggle to style a comforter. Where sheets look neat and tidy, a comforter can bunch up on the bed, creating lumps, bumps, and cold patches that have no place in a home or a hotel.

When I asked Christopher Perone, General Manager at NoMad London, for his styling advice, I thought he'd tell us all how to do hospital corners. Instead, he encouraged me to let it all hang out. 'At NoMad, we maintain a more residential approach for making our beds,' he says. That means 'not tucking in the duvet all the way around', but letting it fall to the floor for a dramatic drape. Christopher thinks 'this helps to achieve a more relaxed visual'.

Headshot of Christopher Perone
Christopher Perone

Christopher helped to launch the original NoMad NYC back in 2012. He brings more than 20 years of operational experience to his new role as General Manager at NoMad London.

By their very nature, hotel beds tend to feel a little impersonal. They're designed to suit every sort of sleeper, whether they prefer the feel of fluffy down to that of a down alternative. When you're curating your own sleep sanctuary, you get to tailor it to meet your needs.

If you're a hot sleeper, I suggest you invest in the best cooling comforter to see you through the night sweats and the hot flashes. Cold sleepers should snuggle up under the best warm comforter, while eco-conscious shoppers could consider organic duvet inserts.

Plush pillows

Sofitel Memory Foam Pillows against a wood wall.

(Image credit: Sofitel Boutique)

I tend to have a little trouble with hotel pillows. As a stomach sleeper, I appreciate a pillow that's flat, yet firm, to save my neck from straining. In my experience, hotel pillows are plush, yet insufficiently supportive.

I asked Alex how he handles pillows at ette hotels. He advocates for 'A balanced blend of soft and firm pillows, tailored to meet the unique preferences of each client', regardless of their sleep position. It sounds like the ideal solution.

Even if you prefer a plush pillow, Alex argues that 'the firm pillows serve as an ideal canvas to showcase the artful display of decorative shams and other design embellishments'.

It's all about the accents

A plush bed frame, fitted with a mattress, sheets, and throw pillows, beneath a chandelier, against a white wall.

(Image credit: Soho Home)

A hotel-worthy bed is incomplete without one, two, or five of the best throw pillows. Adding a throw pillow is an easy and affordable way to spice up your plain white sheets and add some depth and dimension to your bedspread.

Personally, I like to spread a cozy throw over the end of my bed to keep the comforter in place and add some touchable texture. A lightweight blanket makes a great alternative in the summer for hot sleepers who like a layer.

If you've got a little cash to spare, and you're keen to upgrade the look and feel of your bedroom, then you could even swing for one of the best bed frames. Hotel bed frames tend to feature plush upholstery in neutral shades to complement any color palette.

Alex is a big believer in accent pieces. 'Not only do these vibrant additions serve as an expression of personal style, but they offer the freedom to switch seasonally, effortlessly transforming the mood and ambiance of the bedroom.'

Final thoughts

If you've ever wondered 'what mattresses do hotels use?', I've got the answer. I scoured the sites of the world's best hotels, from the Marriott to the Mandarin Oriental, to work out which beds they use and what it would cost you to bring it home.

Ashley Chalmers
Contributing Editor

Ashley Chalmers is a freelance writer for Homes & Gardens with over 10 years' experience as a digital writer and content creator. Ashley started her career in entertainment and fashion PR in New York, before moving to the French countryside and taking up travel blogging. Now, Ashley lives in London. Her passion for travelling is only matched by her love of making her house feel like a home, and she loves to include her finds from around the world in her decor.