I propose Hotel Sheet wars
Much to the benefit of travelers everywhere, hotel chains have gone head to head over which offers the best sleeping experience.
You have likely tested out one of the many sleep systems out there: "Heavenly", "Cloud Nine", "Sweet Sleeper", "Simply Smart", "Comforts of Home", "Elite Dreamer", etc. These clever marketing terms refer to various iterations of pillow-top bedding, adjustable firmness, mattress thickness, quilting, sheet numbers and thread counts.
What they do NOT refer to is NOISE.
Let me explain. On a recent out of town trip we stayed at a very nice (and moderately priced) all-suites hotel. The hotel advertises plush robes, turn-down service, feather pillows and hypo-allergenic coverings. And to their credit all of these amenities were appreciated. However, the sheets were noisy. Any overnight movement by me or my husband would awaken the other. Actually, my own movements woke me up. I'm not sure if hotels are starching the sheets or what the deal is. What I do know is that this is not the first time that my sleep has been interrupted by noisy sheets.
The noise effect is not limited to low thread-count sheets either. I had the same experience at a very posh Beverly Hills hotel that advertised thread counts in the upper 300s. : thread count does not guarantee softness. I learned this lesson the hard way. Overstock.com had an amazing deal on high thread count sheets. I took the bait and was later sorry. After one wash, not only did the sheets shrink, but they also pilled...canceling out the softness effect.
In fact, I think the best sheets we have don't even list the thread count. They are soft and make NO noise. I found them the old fashioned way: touching them prior to purchase.
So if any hoteliers happen to read this post, consider "sheet noise" as another bedding attribute that you can use to distinguish your hotel brand's sleep experience.