I had the same experience. They used slat beds in all the hotels I was in. It's the slats and then the no-spring mattress that does it all. perfect for the back. IKEA is cheap- but if you buy the higher end more expensive mattress I think you'll be ok. It's the only place that I've been able to find them in the US. I lived in Europe for awhile and thought about trying to send one home, but it was too pricey for me.