Imagine checking into a
hotel, and instead of the front desk telling you about their bed-turning-down
routine in the evening (with the chocolates gingerly placed on propped
pillows), they tell you about a new amenity: human bed warmers.
As in, they send someone dressed in a
special all-in-one sleeper suit to curl up in your bed for five minutes to heat the sheets up.
Sound absurd? Well, it’s
not. Starting at the end of January, the U.K.’s Holiday Inns in London and Manchester will test out this program in
an attempt to outshine others in the crowded hotel industry.
Granted, there’s nothing
like getting into a warm bed. A cool bedroom combined with a warm bed is the perfect
recipe for dozing off to a good night’s sleep as the body’s temperature
takes a dip. But I wonder if there are other ways to stand out without
resorting to this weird, human-required strategy? How about:
A smart phone application that lets you
control your bed’s temperature or alert the front desk when to turn on the
- A sterile, non-human device that can be used to warm up the bed quickly when placed on top of it (note: no need to soil the actual sheets), like a big heated brick.
- More amenities elsewhere: a swankier
bathroom, free wi-fi, more TV channels, a plusher mattress
and blankets, etc.
I mean, really, who wants to
get into a fresh bed that’s already been used, albeit briefly, by a stranger?
What if that person has a cold coming on and sneezes into your sheets and
pillow when “incubating” your bed?
This is something for which
the consumer electronics industry and sleep
industry should combine forces. There must be a gadget that can do the same
thing and give hotel guests more peace of mind. Besides, what if you run into
your human bed warmer on your way back to your room (who happens to be chatty)
and you just don’t feel like engaging in conversation?