A stocked mini-bar and stunning views are fantastic, but the most important element of a hotel room is the bed. Jet lag, exhaustion and backache have befallen many the traveler who booked a room for style without finding out what lies beneath the sheets. And if you're looking to get away for pure relaxation purposes, you shouldn't accept just any comfortable bed, but the softest mattress, layers of thick, warm blankets and mountains of fluffy pillows to get you through the night.
We asked the HuffPost Travel community to vote on the best hotel bed they've ever spent the night in and got some surprising results. Among popular brand hotels, Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn took the cake, with The Four Seasons close at third. And if you're looking to book your vacation today, Los Angeles takes first prize for the city with the most number of cozy hotel beds within it; London takes second place.
Here are the top 26 hotel beds chosen by our community. Did we leave out your favorite? Tell us below.
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U.S. Grant, San Diego
Kateri sent us this San Diego hotel whose pillow-top mattresses are mentioned on several review sites as "huge and super comfortable."
Graham & Co, Phoenicia, NY
An editor favorite with paired-down but cozy beds in a stylized upstate motel; Budweiser and Tivoli radios included.
Cavallo Point, Sausalito, CA
"The two bedroom suite was beautiful and the view amazing!" says Brenda on Facebook.
Bay Lake Tower, Disney World
The only Disney beds to make the cut, these mattresses reside in the modern Bay Lake Towers at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
A great addition by community member Anna who says this Big Sur hotel and its beds "really stand out."
Joie De Vivre, Los Angeles
Also known as the Custom Hotel, another LA boutique.
Kensington Marriott, London
Marriott's were among the most loved submissions, including this one in London.
Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA
A favorite of both readers and editors, from this fun hotel near Harvard Square.
The Caledonian, Edinburgh
A "four-poster king with big fluffy pillows, cozy comforter and a direct view of the Castle!" makes this a favorite for <a href="https://twitter.com/WalkaboutKristy/status/311281241007722496" target="_blank">Twitter follower Kristy</a>.
Hotel Donaldson, Fargo, ND
A surprising entry from a hidden gem in North Dakota.
The Palazzo, Las Vegas
A Vegas favorite from Senior Editor Kate Auletta.
XV Beacon, Boston
Another pick in Boston, this one with Italian linens and four-poster beds.
InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Vietnam
InterContinental beds were mentioned twice, including this Vietnam location.
The Roosevelt, Los Angeles
This ultra-glam hotel was one of several from LA.
Aston Waikiki Beach, Waikiki
Community member Andrea sent in this submission via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostTravel/posts/586708078006331" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.
One of the best views on the list.
Four Seasons, Sydney
Though a few Four Seasons locations were noted, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostTravel/posts/586708078006331" target="_blank">community member Darren</a> called out this bed from the Sydney hotel.
Hotel St. Cecilia, Austin
This funky boutique in Austin makes the cut.
Another Los Angeles choice from the community.
Rosedon Hotel, Bermuda
A personal favorite from Associate Editor Rebecca Dolan.
Marriott, Lake Tahoe
Another Marriott choice from community member Brian.
The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas
One of two Ritz Carlton's mentioned, this cozy bed is paired with stunning St. Thomas views.
Hotel Savoy, Florence
An international pic from Facebook fan Lori.
The Whitcomb, San Francisco
A historic addition to the list with "heavenly" beds.
Revel, Atlantic City
A reader and editor favorite with several layers of warm blankets and one super-thick comforter.
El Dorado Seaside, Cancun
Community member John pointed us to his favorite bed in Mexico.