Are Televisions in the Bathroom Mirror a Worthwhile Luxury Amenity?
The Breidenbacher Hof is the closest luxury hotel to the Old Town of Dusseldorf, literally a two block walk to what is commonly referred to as "the longest bar in the world," a series of pubs and restaurants that pour out onto the pedestrian promenade (our sister site Jaunted gave us the scoop on it). Dusseldorf is a beer-drinkers paradise, specializing in a unique style called Altbier, and it's one of those towns where you go out for one drink and end up coming back at sunrise (which this contributor experienced firsthand a few day ago).
But the town is not all beer drinking and belching. It's also home to Germany's largest Japanese population and well known for its luxury shopping, including the Königsallee, which is regarded as the most exclusive kilometer in Germany due to its top designers and exclusive jewelry, perfume, porcelain and antiques shops.
The 95-room Breidenbacher definitely fits in with the latter luxe crowd, having hosted celebrity guests that include Pink and AC/DC. It didn't take us long to notice the flair as we were escorted to the room during check-in by an associate from the front desk, who showed us how all the gadgets work. The room was gorgeous, but what made us crack a smile was when we entered the bathroom and saw the television embedded in the mirror. Upscale hotel, or man's dream bathroom?
Seriously though, it was an impressive amenity, albeit a novelty, if for no other reason than the fact that we simply don't come across them too often. Are we personally really going to sit in the bathroom and watch television? Of course not. But perhaps this this feature does something for those of you who might spend a little more time in front of the mirror? Obviously most hotels are not going to offer this, but if you're ponying up to stay at a luxury hotel, is it an amenity worth having?
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Rates for the Breidenbacher Hof start at $350/night during the summer months.
Disclaimer: We were on assignment for another publication when visiting Dusseldorf, but all opinions are our own.
Photo: [Capella Hotels]