What We Like
Soft and smooth to the touch
Right weight and warmth for year-round wear
Absorbent enough to throw on after a shower
What We Don't Like
Shrinks in the wash
Loses some of its softness after washing
We think one of the greatest pleasures of traveling is wrapping ourselves up in a freshly starched, pleasingly thick, waffle-textured hotel robe. Lucky for us, the Hotel Collection Waffle Weave Robe lets us recreate that experience without ever needing to leave our couch, let alone hop on a plane. But with its hefty price tag, are you better off saving your cash for an actual hotel (and the robe to go with it)? Read our review of the Hotel Collection Waffle Weave Robe to find out.
Material: The perfect dupe for a luxe spa robe
The Hotel Collection Waffle Weave Robe is made of 100-percent cotton, with a waffle-weave exterior, a smooth, lined interior, side pockets, a sash tie belt, and a handy loop inside the collar so you can hang it on your bathroom hook. It also comes in three soothing colors: white, sea mist (a pale mint), and mica (a soft dove grey).
On the downside, this robe only comes in two sizes: S/M and M/L.
Thanks to its cotton construction, it’s safe to throw this robe in the washer and dryer. And although it isn’t as spongy as a bath towel or terry cloth robe, its interior lining is still absorbent enough to throw on when you get out of the shower or pool.
On the downside, this robe only comes in two sizes: S/M and M/L. As a petite woman, we’re used to drowning in most clothes, especially those with limited sizing options. But while the Hotel Collection Waffle Weave Robe wasn’t exactly fitted, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the S/M size we ordered was totally wearable. The sleeves reached just below our wrists, and the material is thick enough to hold a cuff when we rolled them up a few turns. The hem grazed just above our ankles, so we thankfully weren’t tripping over excess material as we wandered around our apartment. The side pockets were at just the right spot for us to slip our hands into, both when the robe was tied and untied.
After we washed and dried it, the robe shrunk down just enough to fit us correctly. So if you’re average height or tall, then you’ll want to consider going for the M/L size, as your robe may end up shrinking too much to wear comfortably.
Texture: The right weight for all seasons
As you’d expect from its name, the Hotel Collection Waffle Weave Robe features a hotel robe’s signature honeycomb texture. But where some spa robes can be too stiff, this robe is soft and smooth to the touch; and because it’s 100-percent cotton, it’s breathable without feeling flimsy. In fact, we found this robe to be just the right medium weight—somewhere in between the airy nothingness of a silk robe and the sometimes-suffocating heft of a fleece or plush robe. It’s a well-made garment too, which we imagine will last for seasons to come.
We found this robe to be just the right medium weight—somewhere in between the airy nothingness of a silk robe and the sometimes-suffocating heft of a fleece or plush robe.
Washing: Easy to clean, but shrinks considerably
According to its care instructions, you can throw this robe in the machine with similar colors on a warm wash, then tumble dry on low. The manufacturer also recommends that you wash this robe before you wear it. You’ll likely want to do that anyway since the Turkish-made garment has a faint chemical smell at first.
Waffle fabric is prone to shrinkage, so we washed ours on our machine’s Whites cycle before throwing it in our dryer on the Delicates setting. We then crossed our fingers, hoping we wouldn’t pull a Shrinky Dink robe out an hour later.
While we didn’t exactly end up with a child-size garment, the robe’s shrinkage was certainly noticeable. This wasn’t a problem for our petite frame, but it may well be if you’re tall, broad, or just prefer an roomy, relaxed fit. Unfortunately, too, we noticed that the robe had lost some of its smooth texture after we washed it. While the lining was still as comfy as an extra-soft towel, the exterior was a little rough for our liking.
Price: Look into lower-priced options
At $160, the Hotel Collection Waffle Weave Robe isn’t exactly a steal. We’d recommend looking into a few alternatives before buying this one, especially as there are so many high-quality, spa-inspired robes on the market for less than half the price of this one.
Competition: Plenty of cotton robes for less
Land’s End Women’s Supima Cotton Long Robe: The $70 Land’s End Supima Cotton Robe is made of smooth, lightweight, 100-percent cotton fabric. Like the Hotel Collection Waffle Weave Robe, it features a tie belt and locker loop, and it’s meant to hit midcalf. Land’s End carries lots more size options, however, as you can choose from five sizes in either Regular or Petite. It also comes in four pretty colorways (peony blush, gossamer pink, cornflower blue, and deep sea), and you can add a monogram or choose an embroidered patch from Land’s End’s huge collection of designs for a bit of personalization.
Coyuchi Unisex Organic Waffle Robe: The $100 Coyuchi Unisex Organic Waffle Robe is a close match to the Hotel Collection robe, thanks to its hotel-inspired waffle weave and 100-percent cotton construction, which is pre-tumbled for extra softness. The Coyuchi Waffle Robe is also GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, which means its material and construction are socially and ecologically responsible, organic, and free of harmful chemicals. This robe comes in four sizes and three subdued colors (alpine white, fog, and shadow)—and it’ll run you $60 less than the Hotel Collection robe.
Consider lower-priced alternatives first.
The Hotel Collection Waffle Weave is a good quality, medium-weight robe that serious spa lovers will swear feels like the real thing. But we’re not convinced that it lives up to its $160 price tag, especially considering how much it shrinks after just one wash. We’d recommend exploring lower-priced but equally well-made waffle or cotton robes before pulling the trigger on this one.
- Product Name Waffle Weave Robe
- Product Brand Hotel Collection
- Price $160.00
- Color White, seamist, mica
- Material 100-percent cotton
- Size Options S/M, M/L