lifestyle, Luxury Travel

How to create a 5 star hotel at home

September 6, 2015

We all know the feeling right? You get home from your luxury vacation at a 5-star hotel and suddenly your bed feels tiny, your flat feels lack-lustre and you’re yearning for those crisp cotton bedsheets and infinity pools.

Ever wondered how you can make that ‘5 star hotel’ feeling at home? Here are a few tips…

Invest in an amazing mattress

OK, so one of the best bits about 5 star hotels is a good nights sleep. The easiest way to get a good nights sleep is to invest in a proper mattress. Make a proper big deal out of it… visit some shops, find out which firm rating you prefer, etc – and invest as much as you can afford.

Never shopped for a mattress before? There are loads of places you can start the search, my first tip would be to think about the kind of mattress you want (soft, flexible, memory foam) and start from there!

For me, I like a mattress that both supports your back, has some kind of cooling technology (I’m a warm sleeper)… and (MOST IMPORTANTLY) is available in super king or California king. The bigger the better, and big beds are always the most ‘hotel like’ in my opinion. This top rated 10 inch air foam mattress ticks all my boxes, so it’d be a great starting point!

Invest in luxury bedsheets

Now you’ve bought a proper mattress, make sure you throw over some luxury bedsheets. When purchasing, look out for a high thread count (it really matters!). It’s hard to explain how much of a difference this can make… but great bedsheets can transform you from a normal ‘at home’ feeling to a ‘wow, I’m in a hotel suite’ kinda feeling.

Bed sheets are one of my biggest indulgences at home, and I rarely buy anything less than 400 thread count now, but if you want to feel super luxurious, go for 600TC (thread count) or higher. I love these sheets from Amazon, they’re so soft and luxurious – and the sizing is really easy to find, and there are loads of colours.

Personally – if you want the room to feel extra ‘hotel-y’ then I’d also stick with cream or white bedsheets, not because they’re more cosy or soft – but because it makes the room feel more ‘hotelified’.

Stock up on scented candles or diffusers

Keeping your house fragrant and smelling great is one of the quickest ways to give it that ‘hotel’ feel. Personally, I love the fresh linen scent, because it reminds me of fresh sheets and hotel rooms. I have a couple of scented candles upstairs in our bedroom, but I also have a plug in diffusers, which keeps the scent fresh and noticeable all throughout the day.

Keep a well stocked mini-bar (or not so mini)

You know when you’re on holiday and you come back to your room and you can have a little bedtime drink? Keeping a mini bar stocked in your fridge gives you the same thing at home (but way cheaper!). Oh, and I’m not suggesting you raid the mini bar every night – once or twice a week perhaps!

We have a whiskey globe in our house with our spirits on, and it’s lovely to be able to make up a cocktail or a drink without worrying about whether we have anything in the house.

Frame your photos

There’s no denying that most five star hotels come with some incredible view from the bedroom window. Saying that, it’s not always possible to recreate that view at home, and just transport the Eiffel Tower to right outside your London flat window. You can print off some amazing canvas prints though and mount them on your bedroom wall. Think of it this way, you’ll kind of be playing a kind trick on yourself every morning…

We have a huge painting in our bedroom, which was commissioned specially for us. The painting is one of our favourite views – and every morning I absolutely love waking up to it.

Choose clever accents 

Little matching pillows (all in similar hues) can make a big difference, even in a small room. Try buying a matching throw too – and coordinating things like candles and towels in the bathroom. Most hotel rooms in 5* hotels tie these details together, and even the smallest accessories have been thought through.

Here are some things to try out:

  • Have decor cushions on the bed in coordinating colours (like the photo below)
  • Purchase a comforter or throw for the bottom of the bed – this finishes the room off really nicely.
  • Have matching lampshades on each bedside table, and try and coordinate these to the cushions.

Buy luxury pillows

For me, one of the MOST lovely parts about stopping in a 5* hotel is the fluffiness and amazingness of the pillows. I love have plumped up they are, how big they are… and how soft they are. When you next go pillow shopping, look for bouncy, plump pillows and opt for quality – it makes such a difference!

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  • Kelly Knight September 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Great advise! I didn’t realize before how important a good mattress was until recently. I finally found my perfect one. Now I will take your advise with making my bedroom even better with all your tips!! Thanks so much!

    • Elle-Rose Williams September 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Glad I could help!

  • Mark R September 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Great guide! A relative of mine is joining AirBnb this should help her set a reasonable luxury price per night for the room she will be renting out.

    • Elle-Rose Williams September 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Hey Mark, that’s a great idea!

  • Allie September 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    This is funny because I’m obsessed with having nice bed sheets, I have a serious pillow problem, and I have a beautiful painting of the Eiffel Tower on my desk for when I’m working and need to daydream… I’m halfway there already!

    • Elle-Rose Williams September 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Hehe you’re already doing it! Must come naturally! 😉