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April 11, 2015 Online Travel Agents No Comments Print Print Email Email

A Hotels dot com survey of travellers from around the world has revealed that our bedtime secrets when travelling may not be as quirky as we might think. 

Hotels.com, the hotel experts, lifts the lid on travellers’ hotel bedroom activities and habits, with some interesting findings about what travellers get up to when they roll back the sheets.

Sleeping attire: Almost 50% of Aussies sleep in their onesie!

Most Aussies keep conservative when staying in hotels with almost 50% choosing their onesie to keep them warm at night. This aligns with the most popular sleeping attire of travellers around the world with pyjamas at 40%, closely followed by undergarments at 34%.

However, this is starkly contrasted to the other 40% of Aussies who choose to stick with their birthday suit (19%) or underwear (21%) for their hotel getaway sleeping attire. The habits of the French are also more au naturel, with more than half (51%) saying sleeping naked is their preferred way and less than 20% of French travellers choosing to sleep in pyjamas.

Meanwhile our friends from Thailand and Hong Kong don’t even bother changing into pyjamas with a convincing 52% and 47% respectively preferring to wear their regular clothes to bed. But when it comes to insistence on getting changed, the German are even more dedicated than the French – in the global survey, 0 respondents from Germany sleep with their regular clothes on. They prefer to have their loose t-shirts and smooth nightgowns wrapped around them like most other Europeans and Americans.

Fig. 1: Sleeping attire by destination

  Travellers whosleep naked Travellers whosleep in regular clothes Travellers whosleep in underwear
Travellers from % Travellers from % Travellers from %
Top 5 France 51 Thailand 52 Norway 54
UK 24 Hong Kong 47 Denmark 47
Norway 24 Taiwan 45 Sweden 46
Sweden 20 South Korea 25 Russia 45
Australia 19 Brazil 19 Finland 35
Finland 19 India 19 Australia 21
Least  India 5 Germany 1 Italy 17
Thailand 5 France 1 Hong Kong 10
Hong Kong 4 Sweden 1 India 7
South Korea 4 Denmark 1 Japan 7
Japan 2 Finland 1 Thailand 5
Norway 1
Ireland 1

Fig. 1 

Sleeping position: A nation tossing and turning; but men and women unite on the right!

Over half (53%) of the world’s travellers stated that they prefer to sleep on one side or another. The most popular sleeping position for Aussie travellers is on the left side (28%).

Fig.2: Australia’s preferred sleep positions

Sleeping position Total Male Female
On their back 13% 16% 9%
On their right side 25% 27% 29%
On their left side 28% 23% 27%
In a foetal position 6% 5% 7%
In a star position 2% 2% 3%
No preference 26% 20% 25%

Fig. 2

Bedtime activities: Less than 40% of Aussies have sex on hotel beds

Nearly half (48%) of the world’s travellers have made love on their hotel beds. Interestingly, compared to the 70% of Spaniards who are proud of their hotel lovemaking, less than 40% of Aussie travellers admitted to getting naughty between the hotel bed sheets. Australia’s lovemaking habits rank fifth to last and is only above the likes of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. Instead of rocking the bed, Aussies would rather watch movies (72%) or reading (40%) on the hotel bed.

Fig. 3: Travellers who spend time on hotel beds making love (by destination)

  Location Travellers who make love on hotel beds
Top 5 Spain 70%
Colombia 59%
Brazil 58%
Russia 58%
Denmark 55%
Least Australia 39%
China 39%
Taiwan 34%
Hong Kong 30%
Japan 15%

Fig. 3

If you’ve detached yourself from the temptations of digital entertainment in favour of some action, yet still unable to get your partner onto the same page, Hotels.com has a few hotel recommendations that may help you change his or her mind. These hotels have some of the most unusual beds in the world, which may help you set the right mood to spur your other half into action:

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

This hotel offers a great selection of uniquely designed rooms, including one that has a huge bed for any and all bed-related action. Other than its unique rooms, the hotel itself is renovated from a historic building. Ongoing exhibitions, talks and events are also on offer for guests interested in Dutch culture. Rooms at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam start at $99 per room per night (09.04.2015)*.

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC

Featuring a futuristic design and handmade beds, this hotel is not only comfortable but also provides vending machines that sell things from toothbrushes to home-made food. The rooms also have coloured lightings that each guest may customise on their own to create the perfect mood for the perfect night. Rooms at Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC in Amsterdam start at $145 per room per night (09.04.2015)*.

Greenwood, Indiana, USA – Red Carpet Inn and FantaSuite Hotel

If you are feeling adventurous, this hotel is right up your alley. With themed rooms such as Alien Invasion, Arabian Nights, Cupid’s Corner and many more, you can live your fantasy of your choosing right here. Hotel amenities include a lounge area, game room, swimming pool, exercise room and more. Rooms at Red Carpet Inn and FantaSuite Hotel in Indiana start at $87 per room per night (09.04.2015)*.

Boeblingen, Germany – V8 HOTEL

Located in the automotive region of Stuttgart, the hotel is all about cars: classic cars, sports cars, vintage cars, race cars, etc. Each room has its own unique personality, and at the centre of each is a bed modelled from the likeness of a car. If this doesn’t get your engines going, there is also a wide range of tourist attractions nearby which are only minutes away by car. Rooms at V8 HOTEL – Motorworld Region Stuttgart in Boeblingen start at $206 per room per night (09.04.2015)*.

*Terms and conditions apply. All prices are correct as of 9 April 2015 but are subject to change. Please see specific details for each hotel listed by clicking at the hotel of your interest, and search with your preferred dates for travel to see the discounted rates for your stay. Prices are per room per night excluding all fees and taxes.

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