As more people become aware of the cruelty behind every down pillow and comforter, they’re choosing high-quality synthetic options instead. And hotels are now offering down-free bedding to align with visitors’ humane values. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts—which encompasses 21 hotel brands in the U.S. and Canada—is one of the many companies that have gone down-free.
What’s the Deal With Down?
Did you know that 80% of the world’s down and other feathers used for items such as jackets, sleeping bags, and bedding comes from China? PETA’s exposé of down production shows that workers ripped birds’ feathers out while they were fully conscious. All birds used for down are ultimately shipped to slaughterhouses, where many are still conscious when their throats are slit and they’re run through the scalding-hot water of defeathering tanks.
Luckily, you can make a difference for birds by choosing compassionate hotels when you travel. Be sure to call each hotel for details.
You can rest easy at these compassionate establishments, which are completely down-free:
The following Wyndham brands are down-free:
- Days Inn
- Dazzler Hotels
- Dolce Hotels and Resorts
- Esplendor Boutique Hotels
- Hawthorne Extended Stay
- Howard Johnson
- Microtel Inn & Suites
- Registry Collection Hotels
- La Quinta
- Super 8
- Vienna House
- Wyndham Alltra
- Wyndham Garden
- Wyndham Grand
- Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Heartcore’s all-vegan hotels include The Yucca in Desert Hot Springs, California, and Volcano Eco Retreat in Mountain View, Hawaii.
The following Marriott brands are down-free:
MGM Resorts International
The following MGM brands are down-free:
- Circus Circus Las Vegas
- Excalibur Hotel Casino (Las Vegas)
- Gold Strike (Tunica, Mississippi)
- Luxor (Las Vegas)
- New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
The Stanford Inn by the Sea (Mendocino, California)
This all-inclusive vegan wellness resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, offers a luxurious experience with animal-free bedding in all rooms.
These hotels offer down-free bedding options:
You can stay in a fully vegan suite at Hilton London Bankside, complete with eco-friendly down-free pillows and bedding and a vegan leather headboard made from Piñatex.
Most locations already offer down-free bedding, and the company has committed to ordering high-quality synthetic options going forward.
Marriott International, Inc. (except for Moxy Hotels and AC Hotels, which are completely down-free.
While not completely down-free, has agreed to start purchasing only down-free bedding for its hotels in New York and Florida. In addition, all of its new, soon-to-open hotels will feature down-free bedding exclusively.
Planning a Compassionate Vacation
It’s easier than ever to plan a compassionate vacation. This handy list of vegan travel websites can help you find kind hotels, nearby vegan restaurants, and animal-free entertainment options. If you’re traveling abroad, you’ll want to check out these gorgeous, vegan-friendly hotels and bed-and-breakfasts.
In addition to booking a room with down-free bedding and making sure that your closet is compassionate, you can help birds by asking RH to stop selling down inserts for its decorative pillow covers: