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The Best Hotel Mattress To Buy Online
For frequent travelers, there’s something extra special about a hotel mattress. For some reason, it’s more comfortable than the bed they have back home even if it’s not as expensive. In this review we tried to match up high quality beds with those seen at various hotel chains, so when you ask yourself, “What mattresses do hotels use?” we’ll help you find a sufficient answer. For those of you that are saying to yourself “Land the plane already,” below is a bullet point list of the best hotel mattresses, according to our editors.
W & Davenport Mattress –Helix Dawn Luxe
Four Seasons Mattress –Saatva Classic
Hilton & Double Tree Mattress –Bear Hybrid
Marriott & Hyatt Bed –WinkBeds Classic
Sheraton & Westin Mattress –Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid
Best Serta Hotel Mattress –Beautyrest Black
Omni & Wynn Bed –Idle Sleep Hybrid
Just to reiterate, these beds are similar to those seen at these large hotel chains, but are not the exact same beds. For example, we might say “Four Seasons,” but a more apt description is “similar to mattress collection seen at Four Seasons hotels.” We just tried to keep the descriptors shorter since we’re covering a lot in this luxury hotel beds review.
Best Hotel-Quality Beds Overview
In this review, we tried to match up high quality beds with those seen at various hotel chains. As we mentioned, hotel operators aren’t always forthcoming with the exact mattress they use, so we tried to pick suitable replacements that are as nice as, if not nicer than, what you’d sleep on at Davenport hotels, as an example.
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Helix Luxe – W & Davenport Hotels Mattress
This is a coil bed with a pillow top, but it’s not quite that simple. The entire Helix mattress collection is designed to be semi-custom, meaning you can go through a quick sleep quiz on their website to get a model that best fits your personal preferences. They make several different firmness and support options, allowing Helix to have a bed for every type of sleeper.
Why we picked this mattress: We love how they make several different firmness and support options, allowing Helix to have a bed for every type of sleeper. All of them feature individual branding and have handles, a pillow-top, thick gauge coils, and a breathable cover. Helix luxe is a premium mattress built to accommodate just about anybody.
Saatva Classic – Four Seasons Mattress
If you’ve done any research online for luxury mattress brands, Saatva has no doubt popped up. This is an innerspring bed that has two layers of coils and a Euro top cover. Not only that, Saatva is available in the following comfort profiles: Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. For the money, it’s hard to find a better bed than Saatva Classic.
Saatva uses innersprings as its base and pocketed coils for an additional layer of support. Its main comfort layers are memory foam and a plush pillow top. You can see as well that Saatva has an off-white cover. Interestingly, it is an organic cotton cover that’s one of our favorites.
Four Seasons Mattress Review
Why we picked this mattress: The variety of comfort profiles means it suits all sleeper positions, and its supportive construction makes it ideal for any body type. It also has a combination of premium materials, providing a look and feel of a mattress you’d find in the Four Seasons.
Bear Hybrid – Hilton & Double Tree Mattress
This is a thick and comfy pillow top mattress from one of the top online brands. It has 8″ coils, gel memory foam, and other comfort foams. Perhaps the best thing about Bear Hybrid—besides its accommodating feel—is its Celliant cover. “What is Celliant?” you might say. Well, it’s a material that apparently can help to improve sleep quality and recovery times, among other things. You can learn more about Celliant on Bear’s website.
Bear Hybrid comes in just one firmness level (around a medium), but can accommodate all sleeping styles. And, thanks to those 8″ pocketed coils, it’s a highly supportive mattress with great edge support.
Why we picked this mattress: Perhaps one of the best things about Bear Hybrid—besides its really great value—is its Celliant cover. It’s a material that is supposed to help improve sleep quality and energy levels when you wake up, among other things. Not only that, but Bear Hybrid can accommodate all sleeping styles and body types. We think it has a nice fluffy pillow-top feel, and is reminiscent of the mattress you’d find at Hilton & Double Tree.
WinkBed Classic – Marriot & Hyatt Bed
WinkBeds have three different beds on their website, but their classic mattress could be the nicest bed sold online. It’s extra supportive, but has a giant fluffy pillow top that is made in part of a plant-based tencel fiber. You can try WinkBed in a Softer, Luxury Firm, and Firmer feel profile, which is why we say that they make a bed for all sleeping styles.
If the overall look of the mattress doesn’t impress you, surely the support will. WinkBed has two layers of coils that allow it to support all body types, including heavy individuals.
Why we picked this mattress: If there is one brand online that makes us think of a luxury hotel mattress, it’s WinkBed. It’s built to be extra supportive and long-lasting, but also extra comfortable too. We also love the fluffy pillow-top feel it offers, and its accommodating firmness profile options. It’s a thick, and premium mattress that looks and feels like it belongs in an extremely luxurious hotel.
Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid – Sheraton & Westin
This is one of our favorite hybrid mattresses, especially for side sleepers (even though they do make other firmness levels). It has pocketed coils, various comfort foams, and an ultra-plush cover. Nest Alexander can even be split vertically to offer two different firmness levels on the same mattress.
Nest Alexander Hybrid is the type of bed that people nestle into—it’s a cozy mattress, so to speak. It’s definitely not short on comfort.
Why we picked this mattress: Nest Alexander offers that plush feel that makes you go “ahhh” when you lay down on it — similar to mattresses furnished inside Sheraton & Westin. If you love that ultra cozy feel, but still want a mattress that’ll offer ample support, we think this is a great option. We also love their accommodating split design if you want a different firmness level on each side.
Beautyrest Black – Best Serta Hotel Mattress
As we mentioned above, you won’t see the name “Serta” anywhere on this mattress, but Beautyrest is a product of Serta-Simmons. Additionally, while this particular model is not featured at any hotels that we’re aware of, it does bear a striking resemblance to many of the other hotel mattresses we’ve seen from Serta.
The BeautyRest Black is a great option for all body types and is available in multiple different options; a base model, a cooling model, and a model that offers both cooling and pillow-top comfort. We think it has a medium-firm firmness level, and is ideal for most sleepers except side sleepers who love a plush feel.
Why we picked BeautyRest Black — The reason we picked this as the best hotel mattress from Serta is that it’s supportive, comfortable, and relatively affordable given that it’s a luxury mattress. We don’t love it for side sleepers, but back and stomach sleepers that want a firmer, supportive profile should really like this mattress.
IDLE Hybrid – Omni & Wynn Hotels
Why we picked this mattress: There are relatively few flippable mattresses on the market, but IDLE Sleep makes some of the best. It’s ultra comfortable if you like a supportive innerspring feel with a soft comfort layer, and the price isn’t too bad for a premium mattress that offers a luxury experience.
The IDLE Sleep flagship mattress not only has coils, but also comes in both a Medium or Luxury Firm. Overall, the bed has a soft, comfortable feel, but you can still tell that it has plenty of support thanks to the coils.
The bed sells for a reasonable price and is very accommodating for all sleep styles. We recommend the Medium model for side and combo sleepers, and the Luxury Firm to back and stomach sleepers.
How We Picked These Hotel-Quality Beds
There was some legwork involved in the making of this list. We started by going hotel by hotel and tried to learn as much as we could about their respective mattress. In some cases we had to call customer service just to figure out whether a bed had coils or not. We then compared each bed to a mattress that we’ve reviewed in the past.
Our goal was to find the right bed and then select a comparable product that was more affordable, more widely available, or had more consumer friendly policies. For instance, most hotel mattress brands do not offer free returns or a trial period. Most of the beds we selected, however, do. We were trying to think from a consumer intent standpoint. In other words, let’s try to find a mattress that is as good as (if not better than) the one featured a hotel and tell consumers about it.
Best Hotel Mattress Brands
Most of this post focuses on beds that we highly respect and consider to be nice enough for a luxury hotel operator. In this section, however, we assembled a not-exhaustive list of the best hotel mattress brands:
- Helix Sleep
- Brentwood Home
- Nest Bedding
- IDLE Sleep
The largest suppliers of hotel mattresses seem to be Serta-Simmons (owns Beautyrest) and TempurPedic-Sealy International. We noticed they have beds in Fairmont Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, and plenty of others. Typically the hotel chains are purchasing directly from the brand or a distributor, not a retail store.
Online vs In Store
Of course, shopping for a mattress in a store is great because you can lay on the mattress and get a real feel for it before bringing it home. However, mattress shopping online has never been easier. Mattress brands largely offer a generous trial period and return policy, giving you the peace of mind to go ahead and order a mattress online without being completely committed to buying it. You’ll also pretty much always get free shipping and free returns, and most brands make the process of ordering (or returning) as easy as possible.
What Kind Of Mattress Do Hotels Use?
The construction of a mattress is quite literally how it’s made. You can find all-foam mattresses or hybrid mattresses, which will include foam and coils. While an all-foam mattress can provide pressure relief, not everyone likes these mattresses because they don’t offer as much support as a hybrid bed made with a durable innerspring base.
Many hotel beds are luxury mattresses, which means they come at a higher price point. However, you can find some of these mattresses at a more budget-friendly cost. If you’re looking to replicate your favorite hotel, though, look to spend at least $1,000.
Hotels often go with a medium firmness because it’s the most likely to suit the most people. You’ll find that most of our selections are the same way (or come in a variety of firmness levels). A mattress with a soft profile is best for those who sleep on their side, and a firmer profile is ideal for those who sleep on their backs and stomachs.
Sleeping hot is never fun, so hotels will usually seek out beds with innersprings to provide increased airflow, or ones that don’t retain heat as badly as traditional memory foam.
Obviously hotels have a ton of guests, so choosing a durable mattress is important. They’ll want a mattress that is long lasting and made well so it will hold up for a few years and plenty of guests of all shapes and sizes. This often comes with a higher price point, but it’s worth it.
A mattress’s edge support is how firm the edge of the mattress is, something important for anyone who shares a bed and finds themselves off to the side while sleeping. Hotel mattresses tend to have good edge support, so this is a factor you’ll want to keep in mind.
Motion isolation is another factor that comes up when sharing a bed, because it’s how much the mattress will isolate your movement. If you sleep with a partner who moves a lot, you want a mattress that’s good at deadening movement. Mattresses with more foam tend to isolate movement better because it absorbs the motion. Because hotel mattresses are often hybrids, they’ll have better motion isolation than standard innerspring mattresses.
Best Mattress Materials
Hybrid mattresses will include a combination of two or more materials, like foam and pocketed coils for example.
Mattresses that are innerspring mattresses have an innerspring or coil system inside. These mattresses provide a lot of bounce and airflow, but because of that, they can be tough for anyone who is a light sleeper or shares a bed with someone who moves a lot.
Memory foam is a viscous and contouring type of foam that you’ll feel like you’re sinking into while you sleep. It tends to be pressure relieving, but can also retain heat unless it has some type of temperature regulating tech.
This foam has a spongy feel and has a lot of bounce to it. You won’t sink into latex foam as much as you will memory foam, and it’s also generally cooler to sleep on because it’s aerated.
This foam can either act as a dense support layer, or a light and comfy top layer. Overall, it has a classic neutral-feel that isn’t as slow responding as memory foam, but more contouring than latex foam.
Comparing Price on Hotel Beds
|Mattress||Twin||Twin XL||Full||Queen||King/Cal King|
|Helix Dawn Luxe||$995||$1,249||$1,499||$1,799||$2,199|
Best Hotel Mattress Recap
|Mattress||Similar Hotel||Firmness Level|
|Helix Dawn||W Hotel & Davenport||Firm|
|Saatva||Four Seasons||Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm|
|Bear Hybrid||Hilton & Double Tree||Medium|
|WinkBed||Marriott & Hyatt||Softer, Luxury Firm, and Firmer|
|Nest Alexander||Sheraton & Westin||Plush, Medium, and Luxury Firm|
|BeautyRest Black||Best Serta Hotel Mattress||Medium|
|IDLE Hybrid||Omni & Wynn Hotels||Medium or Luxury Firm|
A hotel mattress is a bed that’s specially designed for a hotel, or that looks like it belongs in a hotel. Typically, these are innerspring mattresses. Some will have a pillow top, and others will just feature coils and a layer of foam.
There are only a handful of brands that actually makes mattresses featured at hotels. These include Sealy, Serta-Simmons, and Beautyrest. That said, there are plenty of online mattress brands that make beds really similar to those featured in hotels, including Saatva, WinkBed, Bear Mattress, Nest Bedding, etc.
Most of the hotel beds are pretty expensive ($2,000 or more), especially if you buy them through the hotel’s online shop.
Most of the time, this has to do with the fact that the hotel mattress is designed for longevity. They are extra supportive and typically firm. You mattress at home is probably old and softer. If you’re dealing with back pain, you might consider purchasing a firmer, more supportive mattress.