If Your Hotel Pillows Could Talk

CNN has an a list of 8 facts about hotel pillows. I hate hotel pillows. I can never get comfortable with hotel pillows, because they are all so soft. I am a hard pillow type of guy. This list opened my eyes to things I never thought about and others I still don’t want to know about.

1. That annoying pillow tag? It fought smallpox

This is one thing I have never thought about, but “it’s actually a product of the 1800s when some less-than-scrupulous business people were stuffing their pillows and mattresses with old hospital blankets that might have carried smallpox and tuberculosis.” Lovely!

2. Your hotel pillow is probably younger than the one you have at home


The average age of your hotel pillow is 2 years! Kris Beck at Hilton Worldwide says “a synthetic pillow lasts approximately 18 to 24 months when cared for and laundered properly, while a down or feather pillow can last 24 to 36 months.” While Keith Pierce from Wyndham reports that the hotel chain “purchased more than a million pillows last year alone!”

Sadly, my pillow at home is like 5+ year old. Maybe time for a change?

3. Housekeepers and hot dog vendors have something in common

Say what? 

Rather than tucking a laundered pillowcase under their chin, hospitality expert Jacob Tomsky says that hotel housekeepers have a chop-and-fold method of slipping pillows into pillowcases.”


4. In the hotel biz, BYOP = WTF

I could understand people bringing pumpkins could bother housekeepers, but pillows? Why does it matter if I bring my own pillow?

5. Not all rock stars trash hotel rooms the same way


One rocker asked for 15 pillows on the bed. The next morning, they were skewed all over the room. Scandalous? Call the papers!

6. If you want a firm pillow, Singapore is the place

The Conrad Singapore has a pillow menu. 


7. You can get your hotel pillow personalized

                                         A The Beverly Hills Hotel, even pooches are treated to personalized pillows.

“At the Beverly Hills Peninsula, VIP guests, who stay five days at the property, get to sleep on pillowcases monogrammed with their initials.

The hotel has more than a 1,000 pillowcases on hand in a variety of initial combinations, though for the Isabel Isaacs and Zachary Xaviers out there, monogramming a new pillow only takes five to 10 minutes.”

8. Don’t think too hard about your hotel pillow … or this article

“When you put your head on a pillow it would blow your mind to think about how many other heads have been on that pillow,” he says. “If you go to a hotel and come back a year later and stay in the same room, you’re going to put your head on the same pillow and there are a lot of people who have done a lot of things on that pillow on the meantime.

Whatever people do in their rooms, pillows are always there. They’re either directly involved or very nearby.”

Great…I want to go back to not thinking about my hotel pillows.
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