At a time when hotels are getting increasingly creative when it comes to complimentary amenities, Days Inn is putting forth a strong candidate for the most unique of them all. This summer, guests at select properties can order to their room a pillow that shares compliments in actor Patrick Warburton’s soothing baritone, available at the push of a button.
What will surely come to be known as the world’s nicest pillow features several pre-recorded messages voiced by the actor, who is best known for iconic characters like Puddy on Seinfeld, Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove, and Joe Swanson in Family Guy. Now, his signature sound will be taking on a new role at Days Inn delivering witty, uplifting affirmations, from complimenting pajama selection to a sweet serenade to start the day.
The motivation behind this first-of-its-kind hotel amenity is rooted in science. According to a recent study from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, compliments raise spirits, decrease stress, and create confidence. As the abstract says, “a simple compliment can make someone’s day, start a new friendship, or just make the world a better, kinder place.”
“Days Inn has been delivering smiles to guests for over 50 years and that’s exactly what this pillow does,” said John Henderson, president and brand leader of Days Inn by Wyndham. “Days Inn is all about helping guests Seize the Days and our complimentary pillow is the perfect addition to help start the day off right.”
When asked why he wanted to be involved in this project during an interview with Forbes, Warburton smiled and said, “it just made me giggle when I heard the concept. And really, what better way to start your day?” He adds that the impact of waking up without the kinds of affirmations this pillow shares can be far-reaching. “If you wake up in a lesser hotel, and you’re grumpy, you might not brush your teeth. And then you go to work, and then people are put off by that halitosis, and then you don’t get any work done.”
But things can be different when staying at Days Inn. “You wake up, you have me complimenting the smell of your hair — you’re in a great mood, and you’re going to brush your teeth.”
The new Days Inn Complimentary Pillow will be available in select cities around the U.S., including Madison, Wisconsin, Mystic, Connecticut, and San Antonio, Texas, until July 30th, 2022. The entire list of participating hotels can be found on the Days Inn Pillow website.
As a self-proclaimed Disney-phile, Warburton is particularly excited that one of the participating hotels is in Anaheim, close to Disneyland. The pillow adds to a list of Disney-related ways to hear his iconic voice, including the introduction video for Soarin’ at Disney California Adventure, and the G2-4T security droid at Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in Disneyland itself.
Each of the hotels with these sweet talking pillows will have five available. They don’t cost anything, but are offered to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis, and limited to one per room.