Most Overhyped Hotel Trends

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Of course, a good night’s sleep is paramount to a great hotel stay. But for some hotels, the golden rule of design—first, do no harm—seems to have fallen by the wayside when it comes to master beds. Headboards as big as billboards; mountains of pillows, spreads, and colorful scarves; and bruise-inducing platforms, footboards, and posts are now the norm. The upside: wrestling with all the upholstery and taking a painkiller after banging up your shins will almost guarantee that good night’s rest.

David A. Keeps

Most Overhyped Hotel Trends

Statement Beds

Of course, a good night’s sleep is paramount to a great hotel stay. But for some hotels, the golden rule of design—first, do no harm—seems to have fallen by the wayside when it comes to master beds. Headboards as big as billboards; mountains of pillows, spreads, and colorful scarves; and bruise-inducing platforms, footboards, and posts are now the norm. The upside: wrestling with all the upholstery and taking a painkiller after banging up your shins will almost guarantee that good night’s rest.

David A. Keeps

(c) Dana Hoff / Beateworks / Corbis
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