“Popes don’t stay in hotels,” said Rocco Palmo, a Vatican reporter and blogger based in Philadelphia. “They always stay on church property. It’s home turf.”
During his tour through the United States, Pope Francis will sleep in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. Interestingly enough, the Pope’s slumber chamber becomes a hot topic and prominent issue whenever he passes through America. Each city prepares in their own way. Steve Hendrix of The Washington Post said, “It’s a job they can’t turn over to the experts at the nearest Ritz-Carlton.”
As one would imagine, this preparation becomes a thorough task. It requires the right detail. When Pope John Paul II snoozed in 1993, the rectory room he stayed at has remained in near perfect condition. “Crested linens folded in the dresser, while coverlet on the bed, two chairs used by his security guards eternally stationed outside the bedroom door.”
As history shows, these rooms and belongings become something of a symbol.
With lavish detail and comfort playing an important role, experts from different industries have volunteered time, resources and product to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience. From the carpet guy, to the furniture cleaning co., to the painters, to the bedding manufacturers.
Stu Carlitz, who runs Bedding Industries of America, offered to donate 60 twin mattresses for the pope’s entourage. Carlitz is also one of the manufacturers Saatva works with nationwide, and he was not afraid to ask what he could offer to the man himself.
“They asked for a mattress that was firm but consisted of gel memory foam,” Carlitz said.
So, Carlitz thoughtfully recommended a Loom & Leaf eco-luxury memory foam mattress by Saatva. (Loom & Leaf‘s ultra-luxury inspired memory foam mattress is offered at half the price of industry competitors.) As a company, we jumped at the opportunity to build a special memory foam mattress for such a historic occasion, to be a part of the Pope’s visit for the world meeting of families.
Saatva President and chief executive, Ron Rudzin, said, “We are humbled and honored to be called to serve the Pope by providing him with healthy comfort so he will be well rested and ready to greet the millions of people coming to Philadelphia. The luxury mattress he will sleep on is fit for a king and for the everyday person too, a perfect choice for His Holiness.”
“Relaxed Firm,” is what Loom & Leaf will deliver to the St. Charles Seminary during the Pope’s visit. And Relaxed Firm is Loom & Leaf’s flagship comfort level. With just the right support, it’s the most popular version. A nice fit for a man of the people—who makes large strides for those from all walks of life.
We sure are thrilled to be a part of such an occasion, fingers crossed, we hope he loves it.
(You can read more about how Loom & Leaf by Saatva filled the order for their most famous customer, yet, here.)