The Sheraton hotel chain introduced Sealy Posturepedic Plush Top mattresses, down pillows, crisp sheets, and duvets as part of its $24 million facelift at the Sheraton New Orleans, and the company plans to convert all of its beds in North America to the new style within 24 months. (The Sheraton bed upgrade follows similar moves at sister brands W Hotels and Westin.)

The beds aren't the only improvements that have been made in New Orleans. Money was spent on all 1,100 of the Sheraton's guest rooms, with the help of designers from Ralph Lauren, Holly Hunt, and Williams-Sonoma. Dramatic changes are also evident in the facility's 90,000 square feet of exhibit space, featuring the renovated 30,000-square-foot Napoleon Exposition Hall and Ballroom, which can seat 2,500 for banquets.