Pillow Talk

Hotels go to the mattresses, offering some of the comforts of home

Jeff Sciortino for TIME

At the Hotel Monaco in Chicago, sweet dreams are a sure thing in the KN Tranquility Suite

It wasn't long ago that the one thing a hotel didn't promise was the thing it nominally exists to provide: a good night's sleep. Beyond a wake-up call and a chocolate on the pillow, it was all up to the guest. Those days are long gone. Hotels both large and small are engaged in a battle to see who can be the most luxurious, and at the center of the war is the bed. That chocolate is now likely to be imported and artisanally made; the pillow, covered in a 400-thread-count, organically grown cotton case and accompanied by other fluffy luxuries,...

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