The Good Bed Guide

One thing that we often overlook however is the comfort of the beds offered by our accommodation – whether you’re staying in a five star hotel or a hostel apt for backpackers, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. Next time you’re booking, have our good bed guide in mind.

The bunk bed
Why? This one’s perfect for those who are travelling in pairs as friends – and really don’t mind where they sleep! If you’re travelling with kids, expect fights over who gets the top bunk, although this is an issue that certainly doesn’t stop during adulthood.
Where? Hostels, perfect for those on a gap year or just exploring the world, or holiday camps such as Butlins.
Comfort rating: Low – not ideal for the spa holiday!

The water bed
Why?  If you’ve never tried one then they’re definitely an exciting experience, though the instability may not be to everybody’s taste.
Where? You’ll most often find this one in honeymoon suites, although some ‘quirkier’ hotels may feature them as part of a themed room – think the Greek god Poseidon for inspired water themed ideas.
Comfort rating: Medium – for the non-fussy sleeper, the idea of being gently rocked to sleep by comforting waves can sound more than appealing, but to those who prefer a good firm bed with no frills, this can be a sea sickness nightmare.

The four poster bed
Why? Everybody in life deserves at least one luxury travel experience, and the four poster bed does it like no other. Every tiny detail of the bed is considered here for your comfort – whether it’s the luxury sturdy headboard or the multiple layers of covers, pillows or goodness knows what else, guaranteeing you the opportunity to get away from it all.
Where? These are most commonplace in hotels with four or five star ratings, however you can also find this more traditional bed within country homes or even cottages, giving the visitor a throwback to Victorian times.
Comfort rating: High – there’s no doubting that the glamour of a four poster bed is matched only by its comfort. However, there do usually come as a double, so if your partner likes to snore, you may want to consider separate beds!

Andrew Panteli
Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.