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The Benjamin hotel's new "Presidential Pillows"

Posted by Melanie Nayer  October 3, 2012 02:04 AM

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With campaign season in full-swing, the Benjamin Hotel in New York City is offering up some important sleep tips for the candidates (and hotel guests), courtesy of the hotel's Sleep Concierge. Of newsworthy note, the hotel has dedicated two types of pillows – one suitable for President Barack Obama and the other for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The Benjamin is known for its innovative sleep program and on-site Sleep Concierge, who carefully crafts custom sleep-aids for guests, in the form of various pillows (guests can choose from a pillow menu), black-out shades, soundproof windows and aromatherapy options. With that in mind, the Sleep Concierge has selected a pillow for each of the Presidential candidates, based on their sleep habits and strenuous schedules.

The Presidential Pillows will be available for all guests who stay in the VIP Suite and also via the Sleep Concierge on a first come, first serve basis until the night of the election on Nov. 6, 2012.

The specific pillows chosen for each candidate were provided by The Benjamin, including commentary, and do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog.

The pillows are:

Pillow three.jpg"Pillo1™, for President Barack Obama, is a unique design with precisely engineered contours, shoulder cut-outs and angulated side panels for reducing stress on the head, neck and shoulders. PILLO1™ also has the inherent ability to naturally educate the entire human body to position itself correctly on the bed, thereby reducing unnecessary spinal stress, optimizing alignment, and improving one’s night sleep. PILLO1™’s Talalay latex is made in America using the most healthy, breathable, environmentally-friendly, quality latex foam we could find anywhere in the world, which the Sleep Concierge thinks the president would appreciate. President Obama confessed he hasn't been getting much sleep lately and added that he doesn’t have an alarm clock. In fact, a White House operator calls to wake him up, and if he doesn’t wake up the first time, they just keep on calling. Therefore, this pillow comes with as many wake-up calls as necessary from the hotel staff.

Boomberg pillow.jpgBoomerang Pillow, for Mitt Romney, is perfectly constructed for maximum support in any sleep position. He has admittedly worn a suit and tie to bed, so this pillow can adapt to however he falls asleep. Romney has decided to stop going to bed in a suit, so pajamas are recommended with this pillow. Known for having some of his comments come right back at him, the boomerang is a fitting choice on several levels.

For guests staying in the same room who cannot agree politically, or on which pillow is best, The Benjamin is not responsible if a pillow fight ensues. For those on pins & needles about this upcoming election, a VP (vice pillow) is also making a guest appearance on The Benjamin’s pillow roster:

Bed of Nails Acupuncture Pillow, helps the body rid itself of toxins by stimulating energy and therefore triggers the body's innate way of healing itself but also releases oxytocin and endorphins to relieve pain and induce a state of well being. The 2128 acupressure points make the Bed of Nails a very effective tool for easing tension and inducing a state of deep relaxation. The Bed of Nails is the “sharpest” of the pillow nominations and will help with unwinding and tension, in addition to increasing energy level and reducing stress."

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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