The W Hotel Bed vs. The Westin Heavenly Bed – Part One

by Jason on March 23, 2012

in Starwood,W Hotel Bed,Westin Heavenly Bed

I love hotel beds.

It’s always been a dream of mine to transform my home bedroom into a hotel-like-tranquil-sleep haven with all the luxury trimmings of my favorite hotel rooms. And now, I’ve decided to make it happen and change my sleep experience for many years to come.

My Hotel Bed Reward

I like to reward myself from time-to-time for completing lots of high priority business and personal projects. I call my productivity system “Productive Points” and it works like gangbusters to inspire me to get a lot done. (I modeled my system off airline and hotel points + rewards programs.)

Well, my next reward is a brand spanking new top-of-the-line bed. So over the next few weeks here on this blog (as I work to earn my new bed) I’ll be taking you step-by-step through my bed selection process.

Since the 2 beds I’m looking at are hotel branded beds, I’ll be visiting two Starwood hotels to try and make my decision before making the purchase. Also, I intend to make this large transaction via an Online Rewards Shopping Mall link and, of course, using a travel credit card to maximize my points & miles bonuses.

The two primary beds I’m considering are…
“The W Hotel Bed” and “The Westin Heavenly Bed.”

How I’ll Decide Between the Heavenly and the W Hotel Bed

My method is going to be pretty simple. I’ll spend 2 nights at each hotel for a total of 4 nights. I’m going to do my very best to recreate my home bedroom bed usage to really assess how I like each type of bed overall — for relaxing, reading, sleeping, watching tv, etc. I’m also going to evaluate the bedding since I know that’s a pretty big factor in the total sleep experience.

Before this test, I don’t really have any expectations. I definitely like the Westin Heavenly Bed, but I haven’t yet tried a W Hotel Bed. From what I understand, lots of people prefer one over the other but the consensus is that it’s a highly subjective and very personal decision. There’s obviously no way I can be objective about this, but I’m going to try and document most of it here on the blog. I know a lot of people have wondered which bed is “the best” but there aren’t many resources, websites, or helpful forums to answer this question…. until now. :)

Stay tuned for my first review of “The W Hotel Bed” coming soon!

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mike July 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for the research, can’t wait for the results.
You may also want to look into the actual manufactures of the beds. I understand Simmons Beautyrest makes the Heavenly Bed for Westin Hotels and is essentially a bed from their “Classic” (aka least expensive series). My research is leading me to believe the Karolina Plush Super Pillow Top is in fact the Heavenly bed. You can ignore the name Karolina since all retailers brand the Beautyrest with their own proprietary name; this keeps the consumer confused and unable to accurately price shop between retailers. Only exception to this is the Karolina (or whatever name it happens to be assigned) Plus Super Pillow Top is 14” deep vs. 13” deep but does have the same construction and components as the Heavenly.
Oh, FYI my local retailer has it priced at $3,200 but has been running a half off sale essentially forever! ( which I find most do the same). So the price, including delivery and set up is about $1,600 plus tax.
Good Luck

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Bridget July 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

I would like to read your review of the Westin Heavenly bed, in comparison to your review of the W Hotel bed. We are considering purchasing the Heavenly bed, but would like to hear your opinion of how the W bed measures up. Thank you.

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Sleep Well July 24, 2012 at 1:57 am

Heavenly? Not at all. I purchased this mattress 6 months ago and both of us wake up at night and are uncomfortable. My wife complains of shoulder pain – which she has never had before. Not too long ago I stayed at a W hotel. The bed was so comfortable – it completely knocked out the heavenly or Unheavenly bed I suffer with at home.
I would not purchase the “heavenly” bed.

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Jennifer August 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

I’m glad I found your blog- however I’ve been desperately searching for your review of the Westin Heavenly Bed — part 3 of your blog The W Bed vs. The Westin Heavenly Bed. I’m a new employee of Starwood and am fortunate to buy either of these beds for $550. I have never slept on either although I should really consider doing that before I purchase. But I’d really love to hear your review finale’ — I’ve read some not-so-good reviews on the Westin which looks so much more amazing. Please advise.

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Anne Palmer September 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

What did you find in your review of th W Hotel bed vs the Westin Heavenly bed. I slept on a Weston and loved it. I am now in the market for a new bed.
Thanks,
Anne

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Jules October 4, 2012 at 3:50 am

Likewise, I am an employee of Starwood hotels and resorts and I have had my fair share of nights at starwood hotels and resorts throughout south east asia. The W bed pips the Westin heavenly bed, definately firmer, less ‘give’ and over all a better night nights’ sleep.Each hotel within the group prides itself on it’s own branded beds,linens, towels etc etc. The W Taipei was one of the best nights’ sleep I had enjoyed but it needs to be understood that Taiwan matresses in general tend to be rock hard. As I have never stayed in any other W properties, it needs to be looked into further.

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Samantha October 4, 2012 at 7:27 am

I’ve read on other sites on the Web that the Westin Heavenly Bed that consumers can purchase is NOT the bed in the Westin Hotels. They say that even after a very short time less than 6 months there is permanant indentations in the bed. I can’t believe a hotel would have a bed like this. I would like to know the truth about these beds; and if infact the “W” bed is the same as the hotels. FYI both these Hotels are from the Starwood Family

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Immigration Adviser in maidstone October 26, 2012 at 3:16 am

Excellent post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte
more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Bless you!

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Patti February 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

Have you decided which bed to get? I looked at Norstrom and the Heavenly Bed is $1,700 and change for Box Spring and Mattress in a King. We slept in one on a recent vacation and now our very expensive beds feel like they have rocks in them compared to the Heavenly…..not a bad price!

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jane May 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

i am returning a sleep number bed. I can’t stand it and was so excited to purchase it. I stayed at a W recently and LOVED the bed. Have only heard of the Heavenly so looking at both. They are both made by Simmons.

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