Ours is a new love affair. Born between the sheets in a sumptuous suite at Hôtel de Crillon in Paris in spring, then one month later, we rekindled our romance in London. I am, of course, talking about the lure and luxury of a hotel bed. The dizzyingly high thread counts, the à la carte pillow menus, the casually rumpled faux fur throws. And of course the blissful night’s sleep that ensues.
Lust soon turned to obsession – as is so often the way – and after my last hotel tryst, I was desperate to know more. A quick rifle through the bedding revealed a white duck down and feather pillows and duvet, a 7cm deep, mattress topper both imported from German brand Hanse, and Belgian bedlinen from De Witter Lietaer all with a thread count of 233.
More – ahem – investigative journalism followed, and revealed I'm not the only one. There are entire industries dedicated to replicating the hotel bed quite literally of your dreams making those cheapskates considering sneaking a robe into their suitcases look like amateurs.
The bed – the bed – from my room at the London Edition is yours for Dhs21,000 which includes linens, pillows, duvet, mattress and a box spring and they'll throw in a bed frame for Dhs460. For that price I'd expect cult hotelier Ian Schrager himself to tuck me in too.
For an investment that's less likely to keep you awake at night, The Luxury Collection – prioprietors of Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, and The Rosewood in London among other esteemed establishments – has a sale on, and for Dhs21,650 you can have my bed at Hôtel de Crillon which includes the actual bed, a mattress topper, four feather and down pillows, one pair of pillowcases, one pillowcase with flange pair – that's housekeeping speak for a border that sticks out – two pillow protectors, one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, one down duvet and one duvet cover.
Short of shipping your entire bedroom in from Paris, the one thing you can do that you're probably not doing already is integrate a mattress topper –starting from Dhs449 at Home Centre, and Dhs531 at John Lewis – into your existing bedding for that hotel bed feel tonight. Late-night room service not included.