Whether it’s the luxurious bathrobes, a floral scent wafting through the lobby or fancy bath products, hotels know how to make guests feel like they never want to leave.
But the vacation doesn’t have to end. Increasingly, travelers are bringing that relaxed feeling home by purchasing the same luxurious sheets or the mattress brand that provided such a great night’s sleep. They’re lounging at home in their personal version of the hotel bathrobe, or using the hotel’s sweet-smelling bath products.
Homeowners can recreate their own getaway experiences without walking out the door, says Christopher Draghi, cofounder of Source Adage Fragrances, a perfumery and apothecary in Hudson, New York, and former art director for W Hotels. “Escape is very important for the hospitality industry.”
Some independently owned hotels only sell their products on-site, but others offer their goods on their websites or through Amazon, Wayfair or other big online retailers. But if you've been impressed on a hotel stay, try these items in your own home.
Many hotels sell signature loungewear, such as bathrobes, slippers and pajamas.
Kiko Singh, 40, of San Francisco, a vice president and principal at Brayton Hughes Design Studios, still wraps herself in the plush bathrobe a friend purchased for her at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Singh’s home state of Hawaii. The hotel’s flower logo, featured on the robe, reminds her of special memories created at the hotel, which she has visited regularly since childhood.
“It’s really transporting me back to when I’m there,” says Singh, whose San Francisco-based company specializes in hotel design.
Other hotels that offer robes include Westin Hotels & Resorts, which sells a variety of bathrobes on its store site ($79 to $120), including a kid-sized version ($79). Kimpton Hotels offers 17 different robes in a range of patterns, including leopard print and herringbone ($99–$175). To sleep like the rich and famous, check out the pink-and-white-striped pajamas (starting at $375) or eye masks from the Beverly Hills Hotel. And when you wake up, sink your feet into plush slippers from the St. Regis or W Hotels ($28 each).
Bed and bath
A good hotel stay starts with a good night’s sleep. That may mean a luxury mattress, fluffy pillows, a cozy comforter and high-thread-count sheets. If you had the best sleep of your life at a hotel, you can replicate that experience at home.
St. Regis sells deluxe box springs and mattresses, which can be purchased with or without sheets, for between $1,596 and $4,732, while Westin’s Heavenly Bed mattress and box spring retails for between $995 and $2,395. Hotels including Marriott sell not only fluffy feather and down pillows for comfort but decorative throw and accent pillows as well.
Upgrading thin sheets and investing in a nice mattress can bring a high-end hotel feel to the home bedroom, says Bill Dowling, director of sales and marketing at the Valley Hotel, a Hilton Curio Collection property that opened this year in Birmingham, Alabama.
High-thread-count sheets are worth the investment and hold up well in the washer, he says. “The quality feels better — they just feel softer and more luxurious.”
Hilton also sells its bed and bath collections, including sheets, mattresses and pillowcases, online. Look for mattresses with extra coils, which will offer better spine support and reinforced edges that prevent sagging, Dowling says.
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Food and drink
Stock your pantry with hotel-brand gourmet snacks, sauces and spices so you can savor your vacation at home. DoubleTree Hilton sells its signature chocolate chip cookies — whose sweet scent wafts through its lobbies — online and shares the recipe with home bakers. The Tides Inn, an independent hotel in Irvington, Virginia, offers assorted foods in the lobby, including a signature coffee, Virginia peanuts and bourbon-and-chipotle hot sauce.
Marriott and other hotels sell cocktail mixing sets and other high-end barware so you can mix drinks like your favorite bartender.
Design that hotel feel
Another way to create a hotel vibe at home is by emulating the decor and incorporating vacation memories. Framing travel photos or decorating your walls with art purchased on trips lets you relive adventures daily, Singh says.
Hotels also often design guest-friendly “nooks” to make their lobbies more inviting. At home, create your own peaceful space with a favorite chair, books and warm lighting, Draghi says.
Hotels are aiming for “whatever makes you comfortable and relaxed and … will make you loyal and come back,” Draghi says. Those same things can inspire you in your own home.
Julekha Dash is a contributing writer who covers food, travel, art and business. A former business writer for the Baltimore Business Journal and Computerworld, her work has also appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Wine Enthusiast and Architectural Digest.