The thread count of bed linen is the key thing to look out for to really determine the quality; the higher the thread count, the more luxurious the hotel bed linen.
150-170: Thin sheets where the usage calls for material of a more basic nature, often found in hospitals and hostels.
200: A cool and light cotton mostly used in summer & Mediterranean countries. Found in many hotels where the requirement is cool, crisp bed linen within a smart budget.
300-400: Definitely the best selling luxurious cotton product. A soft yet more substantial count, favored for its cool feel and durability. This product is what you expect to find on the beds of major hotel chains worldwide.
600: Here is where the exclusive end of quality begins, made possible by the use of compressed air technology in the weaving process. It is a beautiful lustrous, uniform, soft and very smooth fabric.
800-1000: Ultimate luxury and pure indulgence with an event greater luster and a fuller fabric.
The Right Fabric
Choosing the ‘right’ fabric really depends on personal preference and the effect you’re looking for in your hotel rooms.
• Percale or super percale is a woven, plain weave, spun fabric made from both carded and combed yarns. It is generally only found in high thread-count fabrics which gives the fabric a soft, silk-like feel. Percale gives a fabric strength meaning it will last longer through multiple washes – perfect for hotel usage.
• Sateen is weave construction that has more threads on the top surface than others, resulting in a softer look with a sheen resembling satin. Cotton sateen sheets tend to be softer than those with a Percale weave so it’s a matter of preference which to choose.
Once you’ve chosen your linen, you want to ensure it stays in good condition and lasts. Have a read through washing instructions by your supplier to get the best out of your products.