The hotel "bed wars" are over. But are business travelers the winners?

Most frequent travelers would probably say they are, citing the remarkable evolution of hotel beds from the no-nonsense affairs of the late 1990's — just mattresses, sheets and bedspreads — to the superpremium sleep "experiences" of today.

Harley R. Myler, an engineering professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Tex., is not among them. When he checked into the Marriott University Park in Tucson for a recent academic conference, he decided the bed wars had gone too far.

"There were several pillows and bedspreads," he said. "I didn't know what they were for. I didn't know what to do with them."

He added, "I would much prefer that they offered free high-speed Internet."

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