The guestroom is an oasis where hoteliers strive to create a home away from home. They aim to please guests with top-notch bedding, high-thread count linens, and natureinspired drapery. With a range of innovative guestroom designs, it’s easy to get carried away with trends, but one thing is certain: when it comes to bedding, linen and drapery, classic sophistication, complemented by outdoor elements and bold accents, is the recipe for success in the new age of hotel design.

Compiled by Jackie Sloat-Spencer


Riegel Bedding’s 300-thread count stripe duvet and shams are made from 60-per-cent cotton and 40-per-cent polyester


Earth tones, complemented by bold add-ons create a balance between nature and city chic at the Opus Vancouver. “Our guests want and expect a complete experience that involves creative design elements, combined with a feeling of warmth and, most importantly, comfort,” said Nicholas Gandossi, GM, Opus Vancouver


The 152-room W Montreal is designed for a free-spirit. Its “Cozy-” themed guestroom features a dream bed with 350-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, a pillow-top mattress, featherbed, goose-feather duvet and down-filled pillows. Rich blue curtains add depth to the room and a natural, airy element, while a large drape that can be drawn for privacy replaces the traditional wall.


Montreal’s Hotel Nelligan exudes a boutique feel with a
duvet by Marie l’Oie, a St-Jerome, Que.-based textile specialist. Its beds are outfitted in Canadian supreme white goose down, with 325-thread count sheets that contain a 100 per cent white cotton shell. And, given the rising rate of allergen-conscious guests, its bed set is also available in synthetic, hypoallergenic material.


Nothing is more durable and classic than understated bright white textiles. Garnier-Thiebaut Inc. (GT Linens) an Arlington, Va.-based textile supplier, says its bed-and-bath linens are popular with its Toronto-based hotel clients. Its Houston bed linen contains a 300-thread count, Egyptian cotton and plain satin weave.


Wear and tear is top of mind when choosing hotel linens, and
Johnston, S.C.-based Riegel Linen’s 300-thread count matt weave sheets — supplied to Vintage Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and Caledon, Ont. — are designed with durability in mind. Made from 60-percent cotton and 40-percent polyester blend, the linen boasts a cotton-rich blend, can withstand frequent laundering and is still soft to the touch.


Northern Feather’s Hospitality Zen Deluxe Pillows are hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, with a 240-thread count


“The new trend is image-printed top sheets and pillows in order to create a fresh looking bed and yet blend in with the decor of a boutique hotel,” said Ragnar Pedersen, GM of the
Toronto-based Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre

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