My Review: The W Hotel Bed

by Jason on March 24, 2012

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For the last two nights, I’ve been sleeping on a W Hotel Bed at the Silicon Valley W Hotel. I’m doing this as I continue my search for the best hotel bed for my very own bedroom at home. Stephanie has been right here with me, so we can both test the beds and recreate our same sleeping conditions at home. We’ve narrowed the field down to two hotel beds — The W Hotel Bed and The Westin Heavenly Bed. Here’s my review of The W Hotel Bed.

The W Hotel Bed in Newark, California

The Silicon Valley W Hotel is in sort of a strange location. That’s part of the reason we chose this W Hotel for our “bed experience” visit (instead of the W Hotel in San Francisco where we live). We only had to drive about 45 minutes to get here and we did it en route to Carmel, California, for a weekend trip we’re leaving for today. Still, I do recommend the Newark, CA located W Hotel if you’re in the area and looking for a luxury experience at a very reasonable rate. (I’ll give my full review of this hotel in a future post.)

The bed at this W location is just the same as any other W Hotel. As soon as we arrived in the room, I pulled back the sheets to take some pics of what lies beneath…

The W Hotel Bed is Made By Simmons Beautyrest

The W Hotel Bed is made by Simmons and is part of the Beautyrest label. As you can see from the image, this bed style is named “Starwood Elite.” After perusing the web and the Simmons.com website, the closest match I could find is here in the Beautyrest collection. I should also point out that the W Hotel Bed we were sleeping on was a Plush Top bed and NOT a Pillow Top. As you can see on the W Hotel Store website, the W Hotel Bed comes in both plush and pillow top styles.

It’s pretty difficult to say that what you shop for on the W Hotel Bed Website Store is *exactly* the same as what you’re sleeping on in the hotel room. But if that’s the case, then we’ve been sleeping on a king size bed (76×80 inches) with 1056 coils. The total mattress thickness is 12 inches and the coil system is “pocketed” for extra support.

These numbers are useful for comparison shopping because as I’m going through this experiment, I’m beginning to realize that there may be a better opportunity to buy a similar bed within the Beautyrest line. Since the most important factors are size, coil count, coil type, mattress style, and mattress thickness — all of these elements could be easily compared with what you find from a local mattress store or an online mattress dealer.

Then again… there is something nice about the idea of having *the exact bed* from one of your favorite hotels. Obviously, that’s what W Hotels, Westin Hotels, and the whole “hotel bed” industry is banking on.

My Review of the W Hotel Bed

The W Hotel BedSleeping on this bed was fantastic! I felt total support from head to toe. The bed we slept on had a nice combination of being firm but soft. To be honest, the W Bed coil system feels like 10,000 little coils are at your service every minute of the night. I tend to be a back-sleeper and then a side-sleeper, starting on my back and then gradually making my way to my right side and then adjusting from right to left during the night.

On my current bed at home, I do a lot of moving around during the night (and so does Stephanie) but we both agree that the quality of our bed at home is quickly fading. That might explain why we’re both turning and turning so much. Also, our bed at home causes a lot of disturbance when either of us moves around. We both noticed with the W Bed that one person moving around didn’t really disturb the other person. Huge bonus for the W Bed!

If I had to make the decision today, I would buy the W Bed (or something very similar). This is my first sleep at a W Hotel, so it could just be my present-moment bias. I’ve slept on lots of Westin and Sheraton beds but never paid so much attention to the bed experience as I have with the W Bed for the last 2 nights.

I’m looking forward to getting into a Westin Heavenly Bed next. Stay tuned!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason June 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I couldn’t find your review of the Westin bed…are you still planning on reviewing it? I am going to need to buy a new bed in the next year and was hoping for some insight on this bed. I love the W bed; however, I have never slept in a Westin Heavenly bed. Let me know…thanks and keep up the interesting blogs!

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Jason June 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hi Jason,
Yes, I’ve yet to post my official review of the Westin Heavenly Bed, though I have already completed it. :)

Stay tuned very soon…

-Jason

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Grace June 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Hi Jason,

Thank you for your W-bed review. I recently stayed with a couple of my girlfriends at a W- Hotel in Scottdale last weekend. I have mixed review of the W- bed. I noticed the bed was comfy and firm but not noticeably plushy. It’s not bad but not great either.
*It may not be as great to review the bed since 3 women shared 1 queen size bed after a night of bar hopping:(

I am considering if I should buy the W bed or a “Memory Foam” type of bed within the next week. Need to know your comparisons between the W hotel bed, Westin and if you already tried the “Tempurpedic/ memory type” foam bed.

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Jason June 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

Hi Grace,

Yes, I agree that the W Hotel Bed is not a plushy one. For me, that’s a plus. But if you prefer softer beds, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. The TempurPedic beds may be a good option for you. Since they have lots of options you can decide which one provides the right level of softness to fit your needs. Also, you might consider checking out the Sleep Number bed.

I do think the Westin Heavenly bed is a tad softer than the W Bed but maybe not soft enough for your liking. Have you tried the Westin bed yet?

Thanks for your comment!
-Jason

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ruby June 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hi Jason,

Can you please let me know which mattress you decided on??!! :) Thanks!

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Jason June 23, 2012 at 7:45 am

Hi Ruby,

I do have a review of the Westin Heavenly bed coming soon.

Here’s a sneak preview — if you like *softer* beds, I’d recommend Westin’s mattress. If you prefer a firmer and more supported mattress, I’d recommend the W bed.

-Jason

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sophia July 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hi… I’ve stayed in both the Westin and W, but not in a while (just remembered loving both)… I don’t remember which one I liked more, but I’m about to purchase one. I haven’t decided on which one yet so I’m looking forward to hearing about your comparisons. When do you think you’ll have the 2nd review for the Westin one?
Thanks!

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sophia July 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

Oh and by the way, do you recommend getting the featherbed with it?

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mike July 16, 2012 at 3:23 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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Debbie July 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

my husband & I loved the mattress at the menger hotel, so comfortable. We did not think to look to see what brand it was .Plan to visit again soon , would love to have a mattress like the one at the menger.

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Wendi July 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I am dying to know too! I love the beds at the Westin and sheets too! But when I noticed the W bed I became confused. I love a soft pillow top with a medium firm mattress underneath. I looked at the W website and I thought it described the bed as somewhat of a memory foam…is it? I am not very mattress savvy- all I know is that I love the beds at the Westin! I would buy their whole set-up including the double shower heads and their lovely smelling white green tea lotion. A night’s stay at the Westin reminds me of sleeping in a spa, the smells and beds are so refreshing. It’s my favorite thing to just get away in my own town and stay a couple nights when I can.
Dying to know the difference between the two beds-looking forward to everyone’s input and comparisons!

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Mon September 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

hi there. can you post your review of the Westin Heavenly? I’m buying a mattress this weekend and considering buying it and would like to know how it did specifically in comparison to W.

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Kamini September 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

Jason….am waiting to read your review of the Westin bed. What was your verdict? We are in the process of finalizing the Westin Heavenly bed, but I am waiting to read what you have to say about one vs. the other.

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Jason September 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

Exciting news, everyone…

I have completed my review of BOTH the Heavenly Bed AND the W Bed. I just purchased my decision and the bed will be arriving at my house on Saturday.

I’m very excited, and I’ll be posting the results very soon.

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Jason September 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Cool…I am looking forward to the results!

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Mewmew October 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

Which did u choose?

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Laurie December 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

jason
I can’t find a pot after 27 Sep…..what did you decide?? heavenly or W bed.

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Brad September 28, 2012 at 6:20 am

I am a frequent traveler, and prefer Starwood properties. And I have some back issues which affect me when I sleep from time to time. I am tired of enjoying my hotel beds more than my own. Regardless of how much I have spent in the past, I havent liked any of my beds as much as I like either the W or the Westin beds. So I have been thinking about getting one of those beds, or something along the same lines from Simmons. I really appreciate your insight, as I think both beds are different, but both are great. I think the overall enjoyment of the W’s atmosphere adds to my good night’s sleep while I am there. But the Westin bed is also really comfy. Both of them seem to give me less back issues than any other hotel, or from my own bed at home. So I too am eagerly awaiting your choice. Thanks for the great info.

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terry October 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

im waiting….back hurts…cant sleep

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Clyde November 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

very informative review… will use when I go to purchase my next bed. thanks a lot.

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Annie December 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

What did you end up with? Are you happy with your purchase??
Has it held up over these last few months?

Thanks!

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Lyn January 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hello!
I was researching both the W-bed and the Heavenly Bed and came across your blog. I am going to buy a mattress and was hoping to read what mattress you decided on. I have not seen your follow-up. What did you purchase?

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Lisa January 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

Jason, what a great, comprehensive review. Thank you. I am looking forward to reading the complete review of both. Are you still planning on posting it?

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Kimberly March 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

Jason, thanks for writing the reviews, but what’s up with your review of the Westin bed? You’ve said for almost a year you would post and then replied several times it would be up soon. You obviously have an audience who cares about and respects your opinion, so why this odd and what is starting to feel like a bit “scamish” (yes, made that word up) behavior? Did Starwood send you a complimentary bed if you would only post about one? If so , or something similar, okay, but please let your readers know and show some respect for us. Based on the comments, it sounds like people are actually delaying their decisions as you keep saying you will post. Is it so comfortable that you just can’t get up and make it to your computer? :) Seriously………

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Sara March 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

We purchased two full size W Hotel Plush top Mattresses a are TOTALLY unhappy with our purchase. The mattresses are suppose to form your body but after a week of sleeping on them they feel like they’re all worn out. When you get into bed you litterer fall on top of each other. It lost its firmness and we totally DO NOT recommend this produced. When searching for mattresses we recommend you go down to a store (Macy’s) and try out the mattresses.

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Nisha April 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

We bought a king size W hotel bed on a sale online. The bed is does make you feel like you are sleeping in a hotel. That is untill the little feathers start coming out. Then you feel like you are on a bed of thorns. I’m very surprised no one ever mentions about it on these reviews or anything online. Such a bummer. If you are sleeping without clothes, you are much more effected. Its like little needles and wake you up at night. Next is the firmness. Its not too bad but definitely not the same in firmness just after 6 months for use. We rotated it and it was better. Now its the same after a few months. I wish I wouldnt see all those feathers. Now I am constantly cleaning the feather litter and wondering if they were removed from birds without violence. Overall a negative experience. I would love to have a bed made of something nature ( not animal products) and firm and comfortable. Spending the money on the feather beds from W is a waste.

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