Examining key hotel attributes for guest sleep and overall satisfaction

Rebecca Robbins, Michael Grandner, Adam Knowlden, Kimberly Severt

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Introduction: Despite the fact that hotels provide a venue for sleeping, there is surprisingly little research that has explored sleep among hotel guests. The aim of this study is to identify the relationship between hotel attributes (e.g., light in the guestroom, bed linens), guest sleep, and overall guest satisfaction. Methods: Cross-sectional survey data were obtained from frequent business and leisure travelers (N = 609). Guest sleep satisfaction and overall guest satisfaction were measured on 5-point Likert scales. Participants were asked to report the extent to which hotel attributes (e.g., “Room too light or too dark”) related to their sleep on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 5 (very much). We used ordinal logistic regression to predict guest sleep and hotel satisfaction using hotel attributes as predictors while controlling for age, sex, and relationship status. Results: Hotel guest sleep did not differ between business and leisure travelers. Hotel guest sleep was inversely associated with “uncomfortable bed linen,” “uncomfortable pillows,” and “sound from the air conditioning unit or heater.” Regression revealed that sleep satisfaction was a strong predictor of overall hotel satisfaction. Conclusions: Our study suggests that guest sleep is be a critical component of the guest satisfaction equation. Importantly, our study illuminated the hotel attributes that offer the biggest contribution to hotel guest sleep and the specific steps for improving guest sleep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-155
Number of pages12
JournalTourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Hotel sleep
  • guest sleep
  • guestroom
  • hotel satisfaction
  • sleep health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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