Some of the most beautiful linens are found in upscale hotels such as those owned by Sofitel, the luxury French hotel chain that provides patrons with the finest sheets from Yves Delorme, makers of high-end linens in France since 1845.
Hotel bedding often is simple yet elegant. Wide decorative borders on sheets and comforters create a crisp, tailored look.
Made with superior cottons and finished with exquisite detailing, the Yves Delorme-manufactured sheets at Sofitel hotels can be purchased through the hotel's SoBoutique.com. A queen sheet set, which includes a pillowcase and fitted and flat sheets, costs about $950.
You can purchase an even more luxurious Baupre bed linen, a soft paisley pattern in pink and tangerine, from the Yves Delorme store in Georgetown. The Baupre bedding is 100 percent Egyptian cotton sateen with a 360 thread count. A queen-size set, duvet cover and standard sham total $1,660.
But this luxury hotel bedding look can be found at department stores for as little as $100.
Chains such as Macy's, Sears and J.C. Penney all have lines of "hotel bedding" ranging from $99 and up.
Target's Fieldcrest luxury embroidered hotel queen duvet set for $99 has the signature borders. The Fieldcrest set consists of a duvet and two shams in 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton. With a twill weave, these sheets are finished with embroidered touches that hint at the elegance found on the Baupre linens.
However, the Baupre linens are made in France with the highest-quality Egyptian cotton. The Fieldcrest sheets are made in the United States. Not all Egyptian cotton or thread counts are the same. The textile industry has no uniform standards, so sometimes linens described as 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton, might actually be a poly-cotton blend at 300 thread count, using two-ply threads.
Though not all thread counts and Egyptian cotton are created equal, for the budget conscious, the Target set provides that swanky hotel look for less.