Hotels are renowned for their luxurious linen, comfy beds and fluffy white towels, but you don’t have to wait until lockdown lifts to experience five-star opulence again.
Mark Hardy, General Manager at The Cavendish London shares his tips on how to add a touch of hotel luxury to your home and recreate some of our favourite hotel experiences at home.
Bed of dreams
We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so why not make it a good one?
To achieve your very own bed of dreams, start by purchasing the perfect mattress. The Cavendish London invests a lot of time in researching and purchasing the right ones for our guests. I would highly recommend memory foam mattresses; they are great for back support and pressure relief. It is really important to rotate your mattress every three months; most mattresses come with care instructions to ensure it lasts and that you continue to have a good night’s rest.
When it comes to pillows, I would recommend replacing them regularly to ensure you have the best sleep possible. Depending on the type of pillow, you should look to replace them every one to two years and give them a wash in between.
And of course, the pièce de resistance, the bed linen. Nothing beats a neatly tucked bed with hospital corners and crisp white linen. To replicate a hotel bed at home use quality linen with a high thread count. As a general rule of thumb higher end hotels typically use linen with a 250 to 300 thread count. To keep sheets nice and soft, wash them regularly with fabric softener.
As a finishing touch, why not add a large quilt across the bottom of your bed? A bed throw is the perfect addition to the hotel bedroom aesthetic, it looks great and is ideal for keeping you toasty as you sleep.
Hotel-style fluffy towels every time
Everyone loves a fluffy white hotel towel, and it is very simple to replicate at home. Firstly, wash your towels regularly and separately from the rest of your laundry. To keep white towels looking bright, I would recommend washing them in hot water with a little bit of bleach.
To get that truly fluffy feeling, towels should be dried in a tumble dryer and away from other clothing and make sure they are 100% dry before taking them out. If you can, buy towels made from high-end cotton. Turkish and Egyptian cotton are popular and great for absorbing moisture and drying relatively quickly.
Little details for a grand experience
When I stay at a property, I always look out for examples of where the hotel has gone out of its way to add a touch more luxury, whether that’s with deluxe bathroom miniatures, a fluffy robe and slippers or a wide tea and coffee selection.
One of my favourite ways to add a little extra opulence is to use scented candles or diffusers throughout my home. Each hotel and brand will have their own scent so it can be hard to pin point an exact ‘hotel scent’, but I would recommend using fragrances such as jasmine and pear or rosemary and lavender for a fresh, classic feel.
Another way to scent your home is with fresh flowers. They are a great and inexpensive way to add a touch of class to your home, whether it’s a small bunch of seasonal flowers or a bright and extravagant bouquet.