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Old December 13th, 2014, 10:44 AM
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Admittedly I am not a luxury traveler so this may be a result of my cheap choices.

It seems once hotels and cruise lines discovered they could throw a comforter into a duvet we have lost our ability to regulate our temperature in bead. If the HVAC is pretty steady that is okay, but since room temperature tends to cycle a little I often seem to go through a process of getting too hot and pushing the comforter aside and then becoming too cold and pulling it back on.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 12:27 PM
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I love a duvet. I haven't noticed that hotels are eliminating the top sheet. I would actually be put off by just having a duvet on top of me in a hotel. You would wonder how often the duvet cover is washed.

At home we use a sheet and a duvet, with a silk insert, and a top sheet. We purchased the first one in Beijing in 2008 and when that began to wear I was able to find the same thing at The Vermont Country Store and purchased two. I'm glad because I haven't seen them in stock there for over a year.

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I have encountered the same situation that Bob mentioned.


These days they seem to do anything to cut cost.


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Admittedly I am not a luxury traveler so this may be a result of my cheap choices.

It seems once hotels and cruise lines discovered they could throw a comforter into a duvet we have lost our ability to regulate our temperature in bead. If the HVAC is pretty steady that is okay, but since room temperature tends to cycle a little I often seem to go through a process of getting too hot and pushing the comforter aside and then becoming too cold and pulling it back on.
But you have probably not lost your ability to speak and use the telephone. So when you enter a hotel room that has a duvet on the bed, you telephone the front desk and request they re-make the bed with a plain old blanket and top sheet.
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I have encountered the same situation that Bob mentioned.


These days they seem to do anything to cut cost.


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The cost of just one duvet/comforter set would buy new sheets and blankets for years.
The cost of cleaning a comforter just once would pay for laundering sheets and blankets for years as well.

Not sure about your definition of cost cutting, but this is not a very good example.
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Excellent point about point of view on cost cutting. Only an expert on hotel management could give an intelligent, fact-based opinion on cleaning costs. Good observation and comments.
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I know in most hotels we have been in they have a top sheet as well as the duvet

Is it that you do not want a duvet just the old way with a top sheet & blanket??

I know some cruise lines will swap the duvet for a blanket

I like the duvet myself just wish they were a bit lighter on the warmer climate cruises
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I have to agree with you Lu, when it is warm and you kick the duvet off, then just he sheet doesn't do it??
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It's very much a european thing. We just got back from a land trip to Europe including some pretty high end luxury collection hotels...not a single top sheet in 5 hotels.
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It's very much a european thing. We just got back from a land trip to Europe including some pretty high end luxury collection hotels...not a single top sheet in 5 hotels.
Yep: Very common in Europe. I remember years a go lifting up the bottom sheet only to find a mattress pad under it. It took me a while to get used to the duvet concept but once I did I loved it.


Not so common here. The top sheet still lives.

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It's no big deal. It shouldn't matter. I just realized that something that's been around forever, that I grew up with, took for granted and used all the time, is slowly vanishing. Now that it's going, I suddenly care and want it back again, back in my hands so I can feel its touch.
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I am amazed at the European comments. I have stayed most of my working life in London, Paris, Edinburgh, Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Malaga, Rome, and I forget the rest but in all those hotels I had two sheets, one below and one above and only then the scanky "all client" duvet on top of that. I cant dispute your experience, but having lived for 30 years across Europe at least twice a week in hotels. It was not my experience
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I have never understood a duvet.....lol
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