This is where the UK's top hotels buy their pillows

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Where the UK's top hotels buy their pillows© Ray Main 2018

Finding a good hotel can sometimes feel like a tricky task; finding a good hotel with good pillows to boot, even more so. When you happen upon a luxe bolthole that boasts pillows of sink-into softness, however, you can be guaranteed a peaceful night's sleep – until you check out, of course.

There is a better way, however: simply kit your own bed out with hotel-approved linens for the feel of premium stay, night after night. For those who long for the feather-light softness of a hotel pillow at home, or are hankering after that inimitably smooth feel of luxury sheets (that'll be the high thread-count, by the way) we've asked the finest five-star hotels in the UK to share the tried and tested brands on which they rely.

Whether you prefer the Italian finery of the Berkeley or the ethical credentials of Beaverbrook's beds, you're sure to find a hotel pillow (and pillowcase) on this list that fits the bill. All you need to do is drift off to the land of nod – and remember that there's probably no room service in the morning.

The Berkeley

Tucked away on Wilton Place behind the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge in the capital's centre, you'll find The Berkeley, a hotel known for its sleek, modern design and tip-top service. Both come together in the hotel's pillows, which are housed in 100 per cent cotton, 300 thread-count cases from the ultra-luxe Italian brand, Rivolta Carmignani: choose yours with or without pale grey piping for the same look (and feel) of The Berkeley's finest.


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Ray Main


If any hotel really knows its stuff when it comes to superior comfort levels, its Claridge's – a favourite of the British royals, who have been visiting since the hotel opened its doors in the late 1800s, hob-nobbing with fashionable names including Audrey Hepburn and Carey Grant. The duvets and pillows here are all from the premium German brand Mühldorfer, while the mattresses are from Sleepezee. Fancy stretching out on (almost) the same one every night at home? A version of the hotel's specially made specification (the Maybourne Edwardian 2000 pocket spring mattress) is available to buy.


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Ray Main


Bucolic Sussex bolthole Beaverbrook puts its guests' comfort front and centre: one need only look to the extremely well-appointed spa for proof. In each of its prettily decorated bedrooms, the hotel uses Tielle Love Luxury pillows; a brand known not just for its high-quality products, but for its ethical standards, too: Tielle sources all its cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative, and supports The Citizen Foundation (TCF) in Pakistan, which helps educate underprivileged children.


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The Hari

At The Hari in London's affluent Belgravia, you'll find sumptuous bedding that befits the high-end location. Every bed is made up with custom-made pillows from Exclusive Linens, in either feather or foam – whatever the guest prefers. A family-run business that's been providing premium hotels with the finest-quality sheets, duvets and pillows for over three decades, all of Exclusive Linens' products are carefully sourced and bespoke. You can't shop online, but to make a bulk order (large enough for every bed in a suitably luxurious house, perhaps?) the company are contactable online.


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Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Fussy sleeper? Book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane to choose from the enviable pillow menu, which offers no fewer than seven options on which to rest your extremely particular head. Whether you go for firm or soft, large or small, all the hotel's pillows come from the Four Seasons' own brand, are hypoallergenic, made of white down and feather, and boast a 240 thread-count. If you like your pillows just-so, look no further.


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Courtesy of Four Seasons Park Lane

Lucknam Park

In the honey stone environs of Cotswolds hideaway Lucknam Park, you'll feel as if you're staying in the home of an exceptionally grand yet approachable friend – with an appropriately cosy bed to match. Lucknam Park also uses hotel favourite, Tielle Love Luxury – in particular favouring the Savoy Duck Feather and Down pillow for its lucky guests (also a favourite at The Pig hotels). Perfectly balancing softness with structure thanks to a sumptuous blend of duck feather and down, it'll promise you a peaceful slumber.


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Courtesy of Lucknam Park

The Connaught

The princely rooms at Mayfair haunt The Connaught are kitted out with pillows fit for royalty – all the linen comes from luxe favourite Rivolta Carmignani (the hotel favours the Egyptian Cotton Sateen pillowcases in particular). The Connaught's signature suites, however, boast bedding of even finer quality from Exclusive Linens, made from seriously soft, 400 thread-count supima cotton. Connoisseurs may like to make their way around the hotel to test both...


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Damian Russell

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