Why We Love Hotels
A CLEAN SLATE:
One big reason that we love hotel rooms is their emptiness. They’re free of the evidence of everyday life—the bills, stray socks, dirty dishes —leaving them full of possibility. They are a blank canvas that we the new occupant and ultimately make our own. A clean slate in which to begin a new day. No vistages or reminders of anyone who stayed there before us.
While your rental property is not a hotel, still as the owner it would be advisable to eliminate as much clutter as you can in preparing the place for renters. Storage isn’t just closets and dressers. Don’t forget about trays, which hotels rely on to corral smaller items.
Yes, hotel closets and dressers stay empty for the simple reason that nobody lives there, but you can still go through your storage at home and purge it of unnecessary stuff. Many of us hold onto odds and ends, mystery keys, old towels, and the like—because we think we might need them “someday.” However, unless you have a definite date for that “someday,” you should toss these objects now.
Hotel rooms are so restful on the eyes because they feature soothing, neutral shades like beiges, creams, and grays. Brighter colors are limited, and they’re strategically deployed to provide pops of contrast.
Most hotel rooms make their beds with white sheets, because they seem so crisp and clean. And they help reinforce the impression that the room is a blank slate waiting for you.
Most hotel beds possess headboards because managers know that guests like to be able to sit up and check their devices, watch TV, read a book, or eat. Decor-wise, a headboard is also a chance to make a visual statement as the focal point of the bedroom. It also adds a touch of luxury especially if they are padded and upholstered.
LAYERED BEDDING, LINENS, TOWELS
Hotel beds have lots of layers to make them feel luxurious. The typical hotel bed is topped with a throw or blanket, which serves two purposes: to give extra warmth and to offer a different color, pattern, or texture, like nubby, woolen, or shaggy. Hotel beds usually contain at least three sizes of pillows—oversize, standard sleeping size, and small—which represents another opportunity to introduce a contrasting fabric, color, or pattern. Finally, fine hotels splurge on deep, pillow-top mattresses to coddle their guests, but placing a down featherbed or mattress topper in down or lambswool can provide a similar cushioning sensation. Just as with sheets, good hotels never skimp on towels. And just like sheets, hotel towels tend to be white. Hotels know that white towels send a positive message—of cleanliness, warmth, and comfort. So switch out colored towels for plush white ones.
Hotel rooms are always designed to contain multiple sources of lighting. While some of them might be overhead fixtures, a greater number are usually freestanding lamps, with dimmers so that people can adjust for brightness. And having a light on each side of the bed—whether sconces or lamps—is a hotel-room must.
When was the last time you saw Venetian blinds in a hotel room? Hotels stick to curtains and shades because these can be layered to furnish different levels of coverage, including a sheer curtain to allow maximum light while maintaining privacy and a blackout lining to make the room dark for sleeping. The layers also add insulation, keeping air-conditioned rooms cool and heated rooms warm. While you may not feel the need for such layering at home, it’s a good idea to invest in a window covering that blocks out sunlight and keeps you from waking up at dawn.