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A good night’s rest is essential for all travelers, whether they’re on an extended vacation or a brief stopover. For this reason, many leading hotel chains stock their rooms with high-quality mattresses that provide comfort and support for all guests. Although hotel mattresses undergo frequent – and in some cases, nightly – use, the best hotel beds are made from durable materials that help reduce sagging, deterioration, and other forms of wear and tear.
Though each hotel chain offers a different sleep experience, most stock their rooms with foam, innerspring, and/or hybrid mattresses; other mattress types, such as latex and airbed models, are very rare in hotel rooms. Because many sleepers have a positive experience on these beds, a growing number of hotel chains allow previous guests to directly purchase mattresses from them; some also make their beds available on Amazon.com and other retailer sites.
This guide discusses the most popular mattresses found in hotel rooms and offers some tips for guests who would like to buy the same bed for personal use. Below you’ll find our picks for the best hotel mattresses available to private buyers. Our choices are based on a combination of verified owner and customer experiences and our own product research and analysis.
Our Editor’s Pick is the Sheraton Hotels Bed, a luxury innerspring constructed with high-quality foam comfort layers and a pocketed coil support core. The mattress is considered ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, or a 5 on the 1-10 firmness scale. This makes it ideal for side and back sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less, as well as people with chronic pain who prefer beds that conform closely. The mattress also includes a quilted pillow-top cover for added cushioning and comfort.
As an innerspring, the Sheraton Hotels Bed also sleeps reasonably cool due to consistent air circulation through the coil layer. The foam layers also isolate motion transfer to a noticeable extent, while thicker coils line the perimeter to give the mattress very strong edge support. A box spring is included with all purchases; low-profile (5.5″) and high-profile (8.5″) box springs are available. The Sheraton Hotels Bed is backed by a 10-year warranty.
Our Best Value hotel mattress is the Heavenly Bed from Westin, which is manufactured by Simmons Beautyrest. This premium innerspring cushions sleepers with a plush, quilted pillow-top cover and polyfoam comfort layers, while resilient steel coils reinforce the bed and minimize sinkage along the edges. The spring-based support core also promotes strong airflow, allowing the bed’s surface temperature to remain cool and comfortable for most.
The ‘Medium’ (5) feel of the Heavenly Bed is optimal for side sleepers; comfort layer foams cradle the sleeper’s shoulders and hips, which improves their spinal alignment and alleviates aches and pains. The mattress is also highly responsive, making it good for sex. The Westin Heavenly Bed is backed by a 10-year warranty.
The W Hotels Bed is ideal for couples because it is both responsive enough for sex and also capable of isolating motion transfer. The bed is made with a plush, quilted pillow-top and foam comfort layer that offer a ‘Medium’ (5) feel. The materials absorb and minimize motion transfer more than most competing innersprings, while the pocketed coils in the bed’s support core suppress noises to a significant extent. These factors can help couples cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.
The mattress also sleeps exceptionally cool, making it optimal for those who sleep too hot on all-foam beds and hybrids. The reinforced edges protect the perimeter from sinkage, as well. All purchases of the W Hotels Bed include a 9″ box spring; with the 13″ mattress, this gives the bed an above-average profile that can be helpful for heavier people. The mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty.
The Marriott Bed offers a different experience than most competing hotel mattresses. For one, it is a non-spring bed made with an open-cell polyfoam comfort layer and a high-density foam support core. It also has a 9″ profile, making it relatively short for a hotel bed, and its ‘Medium Firm’ (6) is also firmer than average. The Marriott Bed is optimal for back and stomach sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds, as well as heavier side sleepers. Most people in these weight groups report less back pain after sleeping on the bed.
The bed is also a great option for couples who are sensitive to movement or noise because it isolates motion transfer very well and is virtually silent when bearing weight. All purchases of the Marriott Bed include a box spring foundation, which measures 10.5″ thick. The mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty.
Even when traveling, a comfortable mattress is essential for healthy sleep. For this reason, many leading hotel chains stock their rooms with high-quality mattresses designed for comfort, support, and durability. Some chains hold exclusive partnerships with mattress manufacturers and allow previous customers to purchase new beds from the hotel and/or through third-party retailers. This enables hotel guests to recreate the comfortable sleep experience within their own bedroom.
This buying guide discusses some of the most common sleep issues for hotel guests and how using a high-quality mattress can address these problems. We’ll also cover the most common types of mattresses found in today’s hotel rooms, some tips for buying a hotel mattress from the chain or through a retailer, and some helpful strategies for getting a good night’s rest while staying in a hotel.
Although hotels, hostels, and other overnight accommodations offer comfortable, private sleep settings, guests frequently experience the following problems when staying in a hotel room:
A hotel mattress may not address these issues on its own. However, by proving a comfortable and pressure-relieving sleep surface, the right hotel bed can mitigate sleep issues for travelers and ensure a good night’s rest regardless of environmental factors. In the next section, we’ll look at the most common types of mattresses found in hotel rooms today.
Mattress shoppers can choose from a wide range of models that vary by material construction. Hotel sleepers are a bit more limited when it comes to mattress selection, since some of the most common mattress types – such as latex and airbed models – are rarely used in hotels. The three most common mattress types found in hotels are:
|Foam||Foam mattresses have become very popular in recent years. This is especially true of beds made with viscoelastic polyurethane foam, also known as memory foam, a material that softens and sinks when it comes into contact with body heat, and then returns to its original shape when cooled. Instead of memory foam, some mattresses feature standard polyfoam that does not respond to temperature as much. All-foam beds also feature a support core made of high-density memory foam, which minimizes sagging; without this layer, most sleepers would sink excessively.|
|Innerspring||Innersprings dominated the mattress industry for decades, and are still the most widely sold mattress type in the U.S. Most are constructed with polyfoam and/or memory foam comfort layers. The support core features steel-tempered coils; pocketed coils encased in fabric are most common, but non-pocketed coil types – such as bonnell, offset, and continuous-wire – may also be used.|
|Hybrid||A hybrid is a specialized type of innerspring that must, as a rule, include comfort layers of memory foam and/or latex and a pocketed coil support core. The comfort layers offer body conforming and pressure relief, while the pocketed coils minimize noise and allow cooling airflow to circulate freely. This creates a balanced sleep experience for sleepers who enjoy the soft body hug of foam beds and the consistent support of innersprings.|
Each of the three bed types detailed above varies in terms of certain performance factors used to evaluate mattress quality and durability. The table below illustrates key differences and similarities between foam, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses.
|Performance Factor||Criteria||Foam Mattress Rating||Innerspring Rating||Hybrid Rating|
|Durability||The average mattress needs to be replaced after seven years of continuous use.||Good - Foam/memory foam beds have an expected lifespan of about 6.5 to 7 years, which is comparable to the average mattress.||Fair - Innersprings are more susceptible to sagging and early deterioration; expect to replace an innerspring bed after six years of regular use.||Fair to Good - Hybrids tend to be slightly more durable than innersprings, but their expected lifespan is about six and a half years – which is lower than average.|
|Conforming ability||Some beds hug the body closely while others conform very little, but the best beds conform consistently to the sleeper’s heaviest and lightest areas.||Very Good - Most memory foam mattresses offer consistent conforming, regardless of the firmness; a wide range of firmness options ensures most sleepers can find a suitable model.||Poor to Fair - Many innersprings are constructed with thin comfort layers of standard polyfoam; the materials may conform closely but usually inconsistently, and the beds are more susceptible to sagging and wear.||Good - Because they contain conforming comfort layers of memory foam and/or latex, most hybrids have a fairly consistent conforming ability and provide comfortable weight distribution.|
|Pain/pressure relief||Mattresses that maintain a supportive, sag-free structure and conform consistently typically alleviate the most discomfort in sleepers.||Very Good - Many sleepers find that memory foam provides the highest levels of pain and pressure relief – though choosing the right firmness is essential.||Fair - Innersprings may alleviate discomfort for some sleepers, but pain and pressure relief potential is minimal compared to other mattress types.||Good to Very Good - Many hybrids – particularly those with thicker comfort systems – alleviate aches and pains to the same extent as all-foam beds.|
|Support -||Beds that maintain an even, flat surface with very little sagging provide the best support for sleepers.||Fair to Good - Mattress foam softens over time, often leading to sagging in areas that usually support the sleeper’s heaviest areas, but beds with thick, high-density base layers can withstand sagging reasonably well.||Good - Support is a key strength of innersprings, especially for models with lower-gauge coils and reinforcement foam in the support core; however, many innersprings begin sagging after a few years of use.||Good - Like innersprings, hybrids are susceptible to early sagging, butmost provide average to above-average support; this is particularly true for models with high-density foam encasing the pocketed coils.|
|Temperature neutrality||Some mattresses absorb body heat from sleepers, causing them to feel excessively hot or warm, while others regulate temperature well and sleep fairly cool.||Poor to Fair - Mattress foam retains a fair amount of body heat and often sleeps hot; some manufacturers infuse their foams with gel, graphite, and other cooling materials to mitigate this issue, but some sleepers still find the beds uncomfortably warm.||Good to Very Good - Innerspring mattresses circulate air through the coil layer(s) fairly well, resulting in consistent temperature regulation and cool, comfortable sleep for most.||Good - Hybrids also circulate air through their coil layers very well, but memory foam/latex comfort layers may absorb body heat from sleepers and counteract the airflow to some extent.|
|Motion Isolation||Some mattresses are engineered to isolate motion transfer whenever someone gets into/out of bed or switches positions, which can reduce sleep disruptions for couples.||Very Good to Excellent - Most all-foam beds isolate motion transfer to a very noticeable extent.||Poor to Fair - Most innersprings are quite responsive, resulting in noticeable transfer whenever movement occurs.||Good - Though hybrids can be responsive, their thick comfort layers often absorb and isolate transfer to a noticeable extent.|
|Sex||Mattresses that respond to movement tend to be the best for sex; those that conform closely to sleepers can cause uncomfortable sinking sensations.||Fair - Mattress foam is not very responsive; unless the mattress is exceptionally firm, it will likely cause sleepers to sink during sex.||Very Good to Excellent - Innersprings are considered by many to be the best for sex, as they are highly responsive to movement and very springy.||Good to Very Good - Hybrids can be fairly responsive and suitable for some couples, though their foam/latex layers make them less responsive than innersprings.|
|Noise potential||Most mattresses made today are fairly quiet, but some internal components can squeak, creak, or make other disruptive sounds.||Excellent - With rare exception, all-foam mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.||Poor to Fair - The coils in innersprings often squeak when bearing weight, and may also produce sounds when someone moves.||Good - Hybrids have pocketed coils, which tend to be quieter than other spring types – but squeaks and creaks may occasionally occur.|
|Odor potential||All new mattresses emit VOCs that cause off-gassing odor, but some are associated with stronger and/or more persistent smells than others.||Fair - Many all-foam beds emit initial odors that persist over time, but few are associated with excessive smells that affect the owner’s experience.||Very Good to Excellent - Because innersprings circulate air very well, most off-gassing odors dissipate in a matter of days.||Good to Very Good - A hybrid’s odor potential often depends on the thickness and materials in its comfort system, but most models are not associated with inordinately strong smells.|
|Edge support||Mattresses may develop sinkage along the perimeter where owners tend to sit, but some beds are equipped with safeguards to prevent the edges from wear.||Poor to Fair - Some all-foam beds have thick, high-density foam bases that help protect the edges, but most develop sinkage along the perimeter after a few years of use.||Very Good to Excellent - In many innersprings, the coils act as a load-bearing layer that reinforces the edges and minimizes sinkage over time.||Very Good - Pocketed coils are not as resilient or strong as other coil types, but many hybrids today have coils encased in high-density foam for added edge support.|
|Average price range (Queen)||The average mattress costs $1,100 in a Queen size||$700 to $1,300 - Foam mattresses have relatively inexpensive price-points compared to other bed types.||$600 to $1,200 - Innersprings have the lowest average price-point among all five major mattress types.||$1,300 to $2,000 - Hybrids have a fairly high average price-point, though they are less expensive than latex or airbed mattresses.|
Whether you settle on a foam, innerspring, or hybrid hotel mattress, here are a few important variables to consider before finalizing your purchase:
Mattress firmness is measured on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Most mattresses sold today fall between 3 (‘Soft’) and 8 (‘Firm’).
Mattress shoppers can use certain individual factors and preferences to determine their most suitable firmness setting. One of these factors is bodyweight. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds often find that softer mattresses provide closer body conforming and more pain/pressure relief; firmer mattresses may not sink enough beneath their bodies to conform or alleviate discomfort. People who weigh more than 230 pounds usually prefer firmer mattresses because – unlike softer mattresses – they support their bodies without sagging excessively. People who are considered average weight (130 to 230 pounds) usually find mattresses with moderate firmness – some conforming but minimal sagging – are the most comfortable options.
Sleep position is another important consideration for firmness. Side sleepers usually need softer beds that will cushion their heaviest areas, such as the shoulders and hips, in order to align the spine and reduce aches and pains. Back sleepers already have spinal alignment, so they need a mattress that will conform to their body without sinking at the shoulders or midsection. Stomach sleepers often prefer the firmest mattresses because they maintain an even surface that won’t cause their stomachs to sag excessively, which leads to spinal misalignment.
However, factors like bodyweight and sleep position do not necessarily determine the best firmness. For many, this factor comes down to personal preference: do you enjoy sleeping on plush surfaces or firm ones? Our advice if you’re unsure: visit a brick-and-mortar mattress store and ask to test out beds with different firmness settings. Try each one for several minutes to experience the full effects.
Mattress thickness is another variable tied to sleeper weight. The average mattress measures 10″ thick. However, models sold today may range from 6″ to 18″.
Lighter people usually find that thinner, lower-profile beds are easiest to get on and off of; thicker beds also tend to be softer, and getting up can be challenging. Heavier people, on the other hand, often prefer thicker beds for the same reason: getting off of and onto a high-profile mattress is easier for larger people.
Also, keep in mind that box springs and other foundations can add several inches to the bed’s overall profile. If you prefer moderately thick beds and have a sizable foundation, then a lower-profile mattress might be the best option.
One thing to keep in mind about hotel mattresses is that the price-points are usually higher than average. This is largely due to the prevalence of online mattress brands, which enjoy low overhead costs due to a lack of brick-and-mortar stores and drive down average bed prices as a result. Brands with multiple locations – and by extension, hotels – sell their beds at more expensive price-points to account for overhead costs.
Many hotels offer mattress and box spring bundles, allowing customers to purchase both at a reduced rate. Some require customers to purchase both, while others offer a ‘mattress only’ option. If you already have a box spring that is in decent shape, then a standalone mattress may be the most cost-effective option.
Most mattress sellers offer free standard shipping within the contiguous U.S., and some also provide in-home assembly and/or old mattress removal for additional charges. Hotels are less likely to offer free shipping; many calculate shipping charges based on the cost of the item, with more expensive products resulting in higher delivery costs. Hotels rarely – if ever – offer in-home assembly or old mattress removal. However, be sure to read the seller’s fine print to see which options are available.
Most hotel mattresses require longer delivery times – up to five or six weeks, in some cases. Comparatively, most mattresses from online brands reach their U.S. destination in 10 business days or less. Keep in mind that, for most standard deliveries, the shipping personnel will leave the mattress on the customer’s doorstep. This may be a security concern for some, so always check with the seller to see if you can take extra precautions (such as requiring a signature for delivery).
Most mattress brands offer sleep trials. During these periods – usually at least 90 consecutive nights – customers may test out their mattress and, if not satisfied before the trial expires, return their bed for a full refund. For hotel mattresses, return policies are usually different. Most do not offer sleep trials and will only accept returns for unopened/unused beds. The same is true for most third-party retailers, though Amazon.com offers a 30-night sleep trial for many mattress models.
All mattress warranties are non-transferable, meaning they are only open to the original purchaser. The average warranty spans 10 years in length, but some extend 25 years or longer. During the warranty period, the manufacturer will replace, repair, or refund mattresses with recognized defects, such as excessive sagging or manufacturing flaws in the structure that cause materials to deteriorate prematurely.
The most important factor to consider with a mattress warranty is nonprorated vs. prorated coverage. During the nonprorated period, owners do not pay any additional charges – apart from shipping and handling costs – to have their defective mattress repaired or replaced. When prorated coverage kicks in, owners must usually pay a certain percentage of the original mattress price multiplied by the number of years of ownership. In most cases, prorated charges increase with each subsequent year.
Let’s say a $1,000 mattress is covered under a 20-year warranty that includes 10 years of nonprorated coverage and 10 years of prorated coverage. During prorated coverage, owners must pay 5% of the original mattress price for each year they’ve owned it. This means in year 11 – the first prorated year – they must pay 55% of the original price (5% x 11). During year 12, they pay 60% (5% x 12), and so on. By the time the warranty expires, they’ll be paying 95% of the original price for a mattress replacement.
Most 10-year warranties are entirely nonprorated. Warranties spanning 15 years or longer often have prorated phases, though some are longer than others. In some cases, a 15- or 20-year warranty will only have two or three years of nonprorated coverage.
Most hotels with exclusive mattresses sell their beds directly to customers – and in many cases, buyers must purchase the mattress in this manner. In addition to direct sales, some also sell their mattresses on Amazon.com or through other third-party retailers.
Always avoid buying mattresses from private sellers. You can’t be certain whether or not the mattress has been used, and purchasing from private sellers nullifies any chance of warranty coverage.