You’ve seen the advertising, with the happy couple in flowing comfortable clothes, sipping champagne in front of a rose petal strewn bed. It’s all designed to get you to book hotel stays to treat yourself to something different to day to day life.

Accommodation providers make a lot of money selling this dream. Come to their establishment and have some time being pampered, leaving rejuvenated, fresh and becoming a new person. So they want you to believe.

I Never Sleep Well On Hotel Stays

Apparently there is nothing like sleeping in a bed that is not your own. Now I don’t know about you, but I find it fairly difficult to get some shuteye when I’m staying in a hotel.

First, there is the temperature issue. Is the air conditioning too weak for the tropical climate? Or is it so strong that you are shivering with icicles hanging off your nose while in room? This has a huge impact on whether you will head off to dreamland or be tossing and turning sweating and swearing all night.

Next up, there’s the bed. If you are very lucky or staying in a pricey palace, it will be flat and comfortable. Otherwise it’s a crap shoot, with lumpy beds and tatty linen. Nothing says “someone else has been here before you” than a bed with dips and curves beneath you.

Finally, there’s the cleanliness issue. Take a blacklight to any hotel room and it would look like a crime scene. Since the marketing is aimed at couples having a relaxing stay (Champagne glasses in hand!) one can only imagine what happens after hours. Enjoy your sleep!

Overall Thoughts

I have had hotel stays where I have slept well. Usually it’s in a place where they have invested in a comfortable bed, and not some industrial hotel supplied “this hard wearing bed will last 20 years” type job. Those stays have been lovely, but few and far between.

Surprisingly I’ve found it’s either the cheap and cheerful chains like Premier Inn or the very high end five star hotels that have the best beds. All the ones in the middle (the brands that likely come to mind immediately) seem to have pretty crappy beds. Add to that the temperature issue and possibly unusual noises outside in corridors and so on and a rejuvenating stay it is not.

What do you think? Do you find you sleep well when staying at a hotel or not? What makes it easier or more difficult than at home? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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