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Hotel tells guests when it's time to hit the sack

March 10, 2013|By Hugo Martin
  • A sleep concierge at the Benjamin hotel in New York offers a choice of pillows.
A sleep concierge at the Benjamin hotel in New York offers a choice of pillows. (The Benjamin )

If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep at a hotel, the folks at the Benjamin hotel in Manhattan think they have just what you need to get your 40 winks.

First of all, the 209-room hotel offers a pillow menu with a choice of 12 pillows, including hypo-allergenic and water-filled types.

The hotel also offers white noise machines that play soothing sounds to put guests' mind at ease. And the hotel’s spa can send a masseuse to your room.

But the Benjamin took its sleep program one step further last week by introducing a “work-down call.”

A work-down call is the opposite of a wake-up call. You can arrange to have a sleep concierge call at a designated time to remind you to get ready for bed.

“We advise our guests to shut down all electronic devices and just unwind about an hour before you go to bed. That way you are guaranteed to get some rest,” said Anya Orlanska, head of the hotel’s sleep concierge team. “If you don’t get the proper amount of sleep, you are not going to be able to function.”

Such luxuries don’t come cheap. The rates at the Benjamin range from about $350 to $1,400 per night for the VIP suite.

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