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Old Feb 27, 17, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by eastflyer123 View Post
Hi all.

I stay in various standard hotels about five nights a month. Business is usually at a Hilton and pleasure will be the best thing I find on Trivago.

No matter where I am, Ibis or a Hilton, I struggle to sleep.

My work means entertaining until late at night so I often lie in until 10/11am but this means putting up with noise of the maid, other guests and traffic.

Does anyone have sleep problems in hotels (I'm absolutely fine at home)? And if so, do you have any tips and tricks? I have tried ear plugs and eye masks. I am not looking for pills.

The other main thing I struggle with is smoke in bars and social venues. Smoking is banned in the UK so I'm fine at home in London but as soon as I'm in Berlin, Madrid, etc, I leave the place feeling like I have a cold which stays for a few days. I'm a non smoker and find dealing with smokers horrendously difficult (this is not an attack on smokers, I just become ill when I have to socialise with you!).

I used to have your exact problem.....

New bed, meant not a good nights sleep for me on the first night. The 2nd night was always better, and the 3rd was usually great.

From 1997 to 2007 I was leaving home Sunday nights, staying at a different hotel each night until I got home on Thursday night or Friday. Driving around then, I always preferred staying at Hampton Inn's (HGI, CY by Mar, or Fairfield Inns in that order). In 2002, I bought a bed for my house that was the same mattress that they used at Hamptons. It made a huge difference for my sleep at Hampton Inn's.

Starting in 2009, I was staying at Double Tree and Hilton properties for the majority of my stays. Both hotels used the same mattress, so I purchased one of those from

Last year, the wife and moved into a bigger house, and we bought a new King bed from them again, and put the Queen I bought in 2009 in our guest room.

I got this tip from some co-workers, as it worked for them, and it worked for me. It really made an improvement for me, whenever I am staying at Hilton or Doubletree properties, but it doesn't help when I am staying somewhere else, I still struggle with that first night. It was recommended to me by a large crew of long term road warriors. I can say it worked for them, and it worked for me.

I don't know if you can get the bed in the UK, or not. If you can't, you may be able to get another hotels bed, and try to become loyal to that one.
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