The boutique bedroom checklist

Bed with tan leather headboard in front of floral patterned wallpaper
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Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder of boutique hotel travel company Mr and Mrs Smith shares her formula for a peaceful slumber

1 Lighting This can make or break a room. Lights need to be dimmable, and you should be able to turn all of them off with one quick flick of a bedside switch.

Bed with Gold headboard with light strip detail against blue grey wall

2 Scent Amangiri (a spa in Utah; both smell incredible. Those aromas completely change transform the setting and, of course, help you to relax. At home, I burn a ‘White Wood’ candle from Clement & Claude, made from soy wax. It smells heavenly, £14 at Clement & Claude

Dusky pink linen bedlinen

3 The bed Your hotel bed should be better than your bed at home. It will, naturally, have freshly ironed sheets. Thread count isn’t always everything- often a quality-made 400-count sheet can be better than one that’s often 700. In fact, if you go too high, the sheets will become stiff. There should be a hard and soft pillow to choose between, and a soft-to-the-skin throw to snuggle under.

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