I had a nice long chat with the Director of Something (communications? marketing?) of the Tempur-Pedic(r) brand at BlogHer 2011. Partly I did this so that I could spend a good half-hour lying on the vibrating ergo-adjustable bed they had out on display. YUM! We’d all feel better if we slept on beds and mattresses like that. The other reason was to pump him for info about his company’s presence in hotels.
I dug out a few nuggets that will help travelers with chronic pain who need or want a specific type of bed, such as the Tempur-Pedic or Sleep Number or pillow-top mattress or memory foam mattress topper, when they stay in a hotel. My primary takeaway from several hours of research:
There’s no centralized list for either Tempur-Pedic or Sleep Number beds in hotels. Not worldwide, not nationwide for any nation I could dig up.
What I really want, but don’t have the time or techno-know-how to create is a relational database of hotels, motels, inns, resorts, and cruise ships with specific types of beds. I’d like this database to be searchable by type of mattress, type of bedding (down, hypoallergenic, organic, etc.), by location, by room price, and by type of accommodation. Naturally, this database would need to be updated on a near-daily basis, as information about properties and the beds they offer changes.
Anybody who knows relational dbs want to help me create this monster? EDIT: In the meantime, I’ve started on a plain-jane list of lodgings with Tempur-Pedic beds. Here’s what I’ve got in California so far. More states coming soon.
Individual properties and some chains include information about their mattresses and bedding. Here’s what I’ve gotten from an old Travel + Leisure article:
- Starwood Hotels all have Heavenly Beds
- Raddison hotels all have Sleep Number Beds in specific room
- Marriott hotels have Jamison foam mattress beds
Tempur-Pedic has tried to offer this kind of information in Canada, at least. The company calls the hotels that offer their mattresses in guest rooms Hotel Partners. Use that term when googling to find hotels with Tempur-Pedic beds at your destination. For Canadian Hotel Partners, go here:
I find this list to be both incomplete and out of date, but it’s a place to start.
Sleep Number Beds seem to be more common in U.S. and Canada hotels. You can get a Sleep Number Bed Room at the Radisson Hotels and Resorts chain hotels, for about $10 more than a standard room. The Radisson Sleep Number beds are custom-made for the hotel chain, though I believe it may be possible to buy one for yourself if you love it lots.
The Westin chain revolutionized the upscale hotel bed concept with their Heavenly Beds in the Starwood properties, and now has them in its midpriced motels and Westin-named properties.
That’s what I’ve got for now. I hope to update this post periodically with new and better information.
If you know of any specific hotel, motel, inn, or resort that features a special type of bed, please post it here!