Category Archives: Hotel Rooms

6 ways to guarantee your guests a great night of sleep

Hotel-induced insomnia is a common problem for guests. Crippling jet lag, unfamiliar surroundings and frustrating disturbances can all exasperate a guest’s sleep situation. Yet ensuring a peaceful night of sleep for your guests can make the difference between a good and bad hotel experience. Guests need to feel refreshed and energised when they wake, whether they are in for a day of sightseeing or business duties.

Although the sleeping habits of your guests are ultimately out of your control, there are various measures you can implement to help them as much as possible, from staff education to providing the best hotel bedroom supplies. The Benjamin Hotel in Manhattan even has a specially curated sleep programme run by a sleep medicine expert. Featuring a pillow menu and other impressive sleep-inducing offerings, we are not suggesting you need to go to these lengths. Nevertheless, it only take small steps to lead to sweet dreams:

  1. Reduce hotel noise

The squeak of a food trolley being wheeled down the corridor, the persistent ‘ding’ of the lift, or the raucous cheers of a stag do in the neighbouring room. There are a myriad of potential opportunities for nightly disturbances so it is important to reduce them where possible. Install the appropriate level of soundproofing, educate staff and put up tasteful signs to remind guests to keep the noise down during sleep hours.

  1. Comfy hotel bedding

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 12.43.09There is nothing worse than falling into bed at the end of an exhausting day of travelling to be met with a painfully solid ‘thump’. Guests will likely be spending the majority of their time at the hotel in bed, therefore it needs to leave a good impression. Make it so comfy that they drift into a deep sleep the moment their head touches the pillow.

Begin with the mattress but don’t stop there. Provide plush pillows and deluxe duvets. Engulf them with comfort and they will never want to leave, which can only be a good thing. Here at Hotel Supplies, we offer a range of high quality hotel bedding, from luxury goose feather pillows to snug mattress toppers for an additional level of comfort.

  1. Earplugs and eye masks

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 12.43.17For those guests who are particularly sensitive to excess noise and light, offer a practical but luxurious turndown gift. Ear plugs to block out any unplanned noise disturbances and eye masks to keep out excess light. Small gestures that can make a big difference to a night of peaceful sleep.

  1. Do not disturb sign

On the topic of minimising disturbances, deter any unwanted visitors by supplying a do not disturb sign. Especially if your guest has had a particularly late night, having the option to display a do not disturb sign to any early morning cleaners will put their mind at rest that they can enjoy a peaceful lie-in.

  1. Hot water bottle

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 12.43.33To achieve the ultimate level of cosiness, guests will appreciate having the option to cosy up to a hot water bottle. Reminiscent of home comforts, a hot water bottle is a sure-fired way to help your guests achieve a level of contentment that will send them into a dreamy sleep. Choose from our luxurious black quilted hot water bottle cover or our cosy white waffle cover. Safety conscious, hygienic and smart, our hot water bottle range is perfect for keeping even the chilliest of guests warm and comfortable.

  1. Relaxing hotel toiletries

A popular way of bringing on a natural sleep is to have a lovely warm bath or shower before bed. Enhance this method further by providing an impressive selection of hotel bathroom amenities. Choose products that comprise natural ingredients and offer the ultimate relaxation experience. Feeling clean, relaxed and refreshed, your guests will then be ready to enter a sanctuary of sleep.

Sweet dreams!

What do business travellers want from their hotel rooms?

Business travellers bring in a huge amount of revenue for the hotel industry. They are usually big spenders with disposable income and have the potential to become loyal customers if they return to the same destination often. It is therefore in the interest of hotel owners to understand the differences between a business and a leisure guest, and to ensure that business travellers are catered for appropriately.

Nowadays, the requirements of the modern business traveller tend to be more of a hybrid between business and leisure. Practicality is key but that does not mean that a touch of luxury cannot also be thrown in for good measure. To help you ensure that your hotel appeals to the business traveller, we have compiled a selection of suggestions and amenities that we think are necessary to offer.

Food and Drink Essentials

First and foremost it is crucial to get the basic necessities right: food and drink. As is standard for most hotels nowadays, it is almost obligatory to provide a kettle with tea and coffee making facilities, along with a fridge that is stocked with a range of products. From tasty snacks to a bottle of bubbles for when that meeting goes really well, ensure that all bases are covered.

Clothes Preparation

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 09.28.50The business traveller needs to look smart and presentable at all times. Make it easy for them by supplying a hotel iron / ironing board and trouser press to rescue those shoddily folded shirts and crumpled trousers lying at the bottom of the suitcase. Cater for those travellers with vast numbers of clothes by providing a plentiful supply of hotel hangers. Travellers should never be expected to bring these, especially when aiming to travel light, as most business travellers do.

Technology

The modern business traveller is constantly connected. Whether continually on call for clients and colleagues or working on the go, support for their technological needs is vital. This means numerous conveniently placed plug points in the hotel room, as well as fast and reliable wi-fi. If your guest is having to stand in an awkward position halfway down the corridor with their laptop above their head then your wi-fi signal probably isn’t quite cutting it.

Hotel Bathroom Amenities

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 09.29.07Hotel toiletries are a crucial part of any traveller’s stay, whatever their purpose for travelling is. Whether you opt for a lavishly luxurious collection or eco-friendly set, make sure your guests have what they need to feel clean and refreshed after a stressful, sweaty day of travelling or business meetings. One thing business travellers could really do with is a little relaxation and rejuvenation time. Whether your hotel offers spa facilities or not, you should also be providing a big snuggly hotel bathrobe and comfy hotel slippers. For more information on providing the best bathroom in the industry, have a read of of our post on sprucing up your hotel bathroom.

Room service

Modern business travellers are busy people and exist very much in the grab-and-go trend of today. Combining business and travel is undoubtedly exhausting, therefore having the option to order room service on return to the hotel room is a huge relief. Room service is traditionally a luxury service so ensure that your service delivers a good dose of opulence. Have a read of our handy advice on how to achieve world-class room service status.

Sleep

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 09.29.27All travellers require a great night’s sleep but it is particularly crucial for the business traveller, especially ahead of a big meeting. Establish a sleep-inducing environment devoid of noise and light by providing blackout curtains, eye masks and earplugs. Here at Hotel Supplies we offer a special sleep kit containing earplugs and a black satin eye mask, presented in a gorgeous luxury box. Perfect for a thoughtful turndown gift and for a bit of exclusivity. Don’t forget the all-important ‘do not disturb’ sign as there is nothing worse than an unwanted wake up call.

Storage

Although the business traveller will generally aim to travel light, a myriad of corporate clothes and technological requirements will inevitably have to be factored in. Your guest will certainly appreciate the storage space in order to avoid bags and belongings being strewn across the floor. A luggage rack is a great idea to avoid having to take up valuable wardrobe space – we offer several different options, all sturdy and practical but with varying styles and finishes. A safe is also a necessity for securely storing any valuables and if it is big enough to hold a laptop then all the better.

Umbrella

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 09.29.48The summer months are now upon us, but let’s be honest: this is England. Sporadic torrential downpours can happen at any time and can easily catch your guests off-guard. Umbrellas are easily forgotten in the packing process, so be prepared on behalf of your guests with a high quality selection of umbrellas that can be whisked out to save the day. Our umbrellas come in a range of styles and can be tailored to your personal hotel requirements with a carefully chosen colour scheme, logo or brand message.

For more inspiration of how you can provide the perfect experience for the business traveller, have a browse of the various products on our website.

7 things every luxury hotel should have

‘Luxury’ is a word that gets banded around quite a bit nowadays. Whether it’s a luxury burger or a luxury saucepan, the boundaries of grandeur have become a little blurred. When it comes to hotels, there is no set criteria to meet before it can be categorised as luxury. The result is a number of self-proclaimed ‘luxury’ hotels who may not be offering all the special finishing touches that they should be.

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We have had experience working with many different hotels and we believe that if a hotel markets itself as ‘luxury’ then it needs to offer a luxurious experience. From the obvious features to the small but meaningful details, we have compiled a selection of things that every luxury hotel should have. Although our list is not exhaustive, we reckon these hotel amenities and features are at least the minimum requirements for a touch of hotel room opulence.

  1. Impressive interiors

Generating that ‘wow’ feeling when your guest walks into their hotel room is crucial in kickstarting the luxury experience. Never underestimate this first impression as it will inevitably have a bearing on how they feel towards the rest of their stay. There’s no need for chandeliers or baby grand pianos but ensure that the rooms are thoughtfully designed, have plenty of natural light and that they appeal to a wide range of tastes.

  1. Room with a view

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Imagine walking into a luxury hotel room, feeling wowed by the interior design and furnishings, walking over to the window and seeing a grey carpark, or worse, the hotel bins. Any feelings of grandeur will be snuffed out right in that moment. Luxury rooms need a luxury view – whether it’s a view across the ocean or vast green countryside, a room with a view can make all the difference.

  1. Comfortable hotel bedding

A good night’s sleep is very important to the weary traveller and guests will arguably spend about half of their time at the hotel in bed. Needless to say, beds are important; you should be ensuring maximum comfort by investing in high quality bedding. At Hotel Supplies we offer a variety of soft duvets and sumptuously snug goose down and cotton combinations, as well as a luxury goose feather pillow. The right hotel bedding should provide so much comfort that after they have left, your guests will be popping back for naps!

  1. Hotel robes and hotel slippers

Bath robeSpa or no spa, guests should always have the option of slipping on a comfy bathrobe and slippers while lounging in their hotel room. For a premium feel, opt for velour and treat your guests to the ultimate comfy luxury. Practical, comfortable and as stylish as a bathrobe can be! Plus, don’t forget the kids – let them join in the luxury experience with children’s robes. For more information on providing a luxury hotel bathroom for your guests, read our post on sprucing up your hotel bathroom.

  1. Storage

Why have a beautifully designed interior if there is no storage? Avoid the clutter and mess that guests will bring by providing ample storage space with sufficient drawers, shelves and wardrobe space. Remember to include a plentiful supply of hotel hangers – this is a common complaint among guests staying in luxury hotels. Being able to hang up your clothes so that they remain crease-free is a pretty basic ask but is so often overlooked by hoteliers.

  1. Tea/coffee making services

Tea trayFor the British public, a good cup of tea or coffee is essentially as important as having a bed. Go above and beyond by ensuring that the tea and coffee offering is presented beautifully on a stylish but practical welcome tray. Our Regal Chrome Welcome Tray is highly practical with compartmentalisation, ease of cleaning and resistance to heat and scratches, while also looking high quality and stylish.

  1. Safe

You’ve accomplished the luxury look, you’ve achieved luxury levels of comfort and you’ve procured your luxury guest amenities. Now you need to spare a thought for security. It is crucial that the guests have somewhere to securely store their valuables and it is now common practice for all hotel rooms to have a safe. It’s no good achieving a high level of luxury if your guests do not feel as though their personal belongings are safe.

At Hotel Supplies, we are big believers in the power of the little details. Providing a luxury experience is not just about the style and service; it is about making certain that the guest has everything they could possibly need (within reason) and ensuring maximum comfort wherever possible. For more ideas and inspiration of hotel amenities that can add a touch of grandeur, have a browse of the various products we offer.

Pillow Talk is hot for hotels right now…

Comfy, cosy pillows are one of the top things that hotel guests look for when they’re staying overnight. In fact, quality of pillows is one of the points most often raised in feedback according to TripAdvisor.  Providing the right pillows to ensure a good night’s sleep is definitely a must for hotels wanting their guests to check out happy  and that’s why, in some hotels, the range of pillows on offer is so wide and luxurious that guests need a pillow menu to understand the related benefits….

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The offer of a spritz of a sleep-easy aromatherapy spray to add an extra special touch to bedding or pillows  might be a nice way to please hotel guests. Providing aromatherapy scents like jasmine and sandalwood can create aphrodisiac qualities and infusing your pillows with lavender aromas can ensure guests get a relaxed, deep night’s sleep.

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The main thing however is to provide a pillow that will satisfy the most demanding guests requirements, and if it’s a reliable, comfy, good value and simple to launder solution – so much the better. Just like the collection of pillows which we’re proud to be stocking at Hotel Supplies Ltd.  Choose from luxurious Duck Feather pillows, hypo-allergenic Cluster Fill pillows or robust Hollow Fibre pillows and rest assured that they’re great quality, carefully finished and will maintain their shape and loft all night long.

If you’re lying awake at night worrying about your hotel’s pillows, why not drop us a line or give us a call? www.hotelsuppliesltd.co.uk