Bedside Manners with Ben Pundole

Ben Pundole

Interview by Victoria Lewis

Ben Pundole, VP of Brand Experience at EDITION Hotels and Founder AHotelLife.com on living between time zones, staying up for an occasional rave and the art of a well-curated bedside table.

What’s your bedtime routine?

I travel so much for work and pleasure, so I have no real routine other than teeth brushing. Oh, and then one last check of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Raya, BBC news, my Soundcloud feed. You know…the usual.

What’s the best night of sleep you’ve ever gotten?

At a cabin in the mountains in Aspen. Fresh air, silence and exhaustion make for a great night’s sleep! And it wasn’t rehab, it was skiing!

What’s the worst night of sleep you’ve ever gotten?

Two weeks ago I had jet lag in China that was so bad that I thought I was going crazy!

What time do you go to sleep?

Mm anywhere between 11pm and noon (love the occasional rave).

What time do you wake up?

Some time between 7am and 8:30am. Usually.

What puts you to sleep right away?

Donald Trump. 

What keeps you awake at night?

Environmentalism, social reform, animal cruelty, terrorism, inequality, European refugee crisis, human rights…dance parties.

What’s on your bedside table?

Books. The Wizard of the Upper Amazon, Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel, Wilder Mann - The Image of the Savage (Thanks Mara Hoffman), Love is a Dog from Hell by Bukowski, Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Things to Shout Out Loud at Parties by Markus Almond. Plus, a crystal, an eye mask, a candle and some tobacco linen spray from Coqui Coqui.

What's the first thing you do in the morning?

Make a green tea. Organic toasted brown rice Genmaicha.

What hotel do you think has the best beds in the world?

EDITION. Honestly. I know I’m biased, but they’re amazing!!

Do you ever sleep on planes?

I do. All the time. Advil PM knocks me out. My friend Rocky ties her head to the seat with a scarf and passes out…but she’s a weirdo.

Do you have any tips to avoid jet lag? 

Jet lag gets worse as you get older, so stay young forever. And if you get any good jet lag tips, please tell me!!

 

Favorites:

Bed: My Own.

Midnight Snack: Sea salt dark chocolate.

Sound to fall asleep to: Silence.

Sleepwear: Boxers.

Bedtime Reading: See Above.