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This looks like a nice bathroom, right? Granted, the toily is a little close to the shower, and we’d prefer a proper bidet to a hose that someone else might have done who knows what with, but overall it looks good. Props for the separate tub, sexy streak of brown marble and omg-yes-gimme-dat dinnerplate showerhead.
Except the hotel left out one thing. A panel of glass.
This was the tweet that alerted us to the problem recently, from friend of HC and intrepid traveler, Jonathan Khoo.
hey bathroom designers (hotel & otherwise), ALWAYS a bad idea to just have a shower out in the open with no wall, tub, curtain, lip, etc.— Jonathan Khoo (@jonk) August 14, 2014
Yes, as much as we may bitch about peekaboo bathrooms, there is a worse bathroom sin, and that is the bathroom that leaks everywhere.
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The public bathrooms at 25hrs Hotel Bikini Berlin
The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin hit the headlines last week, not for its funky rooms or its already heaving-with-locals bar, but for its public bathrooms, which are rather more public than intended (at least, we hope so – you know Germans and their toilet obsession). The hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows in the public area bathrooms, and it’s only 10 stories high, meaning that you’re as on display as the animals in the zoo next door while you get down to business. This is the very definition of 'horrendous'.
This is clearly (hopefully?) the nadir of the ghastly peekaboo bathroom trend, but it got us thinking – are they ever ok?
It’s what we wondered during a recent stay at The Hotel (yes, The Hotel) in Brussels. It’s the former Hilton and is a huge tower block perched on a hill overlooking the city center. The views are spectacular, and the renovations of the hotel (The Hotel?) have made the most of this, putting walls of windows center stage, and letting that light and those views flood each and every room.
Yes, the whole of each and every room. Including the bathroom.
While our front desk advisor listed 10 basic things a hotel must offer guests yesterday, a current hotel guest is demanding something else be added to that list--Bathroom fans. We'll let her do the talking here to further explain what she means. Warning: if you don't like potty humor, click away now.
It absolutely boggles my mind why there is not a bathroom fan in every hotel room!
This is not only essential for a basic human function, whether you are with others or not, no one wants to sit in there own stench like a fat cat, but also for any queen diva that needs to get ready in a jiffy -that fan is needed for refreshing the air from a shower, hair dryer and hot lights, without it is hellish hot and humid in there. All that effort just to come out like a wet poodle that smells of its own poo or drowning in cologne.
There is also the environmental issue here, without that white noise factor that allows for some sense of decent privacy, now ladies have to result to running the sink water in a pinch. Let's not also forget the need for strategy without the fan, "Who is going to spend some QT in the lobby bathroom now? Don't forget your card, will meet you over here, meet you over there". Bottom line somebody is standing around waiting while you expunge your demons.
To choose not vent a bathroom is to choose to kill the mystique factor in every relation, even with ones self.
Bring the fan back along with human decency !
Ps. I am writing this right now from a five star hotel while my husband is currently in the bathroom lobby - 5 minutes and counting.
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Despite eight ski resorts in the greater Tahoe area, winter is actually the region's offseason since the campgrounds and harbors are closed, awaiting the spring sun. This year, the area has seen an impressive amount of renovation take place in anticipation of the busy summer season, especially in South Lake Tahoe. We'll be dishing on those details in a separate, in-depth piece but first, let's talk about the area's newest hotel--The Landing.
The hotel in opened in December and is already one of the most luxurious properties in South Lake Tahoe. We'll get to the specifics about the property next week, but as a quick teaser--and to highlight that today's upscale properties aren't designed totally for women--we must share with you the most manly amenity we've come across in some time. Believe it or not, it's in the bathroom.
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
We saw a friend Facebook a picture of her bathroom at the trendy W Mexico City and we were all like, WHAT. IS. THIS. So we went over to the W's website and found out that yes, there is a hammock suspended over the bathtub. Here's how the folks at the Doble Ve describe it:
Zone, suspended over the bath area in the silken hammockover the warm (or cooling) bathtub in the silken hammock.
Did you get that it's a silken hammock? Anyways, we're all for adventurous design but we are just imagining all sorts of difficulties climbing into this hammock. And we'd be naked, yes? That wouldn't be pretty. That said, we'd be willing to give it a try--before we had any tequila. Alcohol and hammocks over bathtubs do not mix. At all.
Wanna give it a go? Rates at the W Mexico City start at just $189USD for a Spectacular room.
[Photo: W Mexico City/Facebook]
One thing we've noticed over the past few years of travel is how the hotel bathroom is becoming more and more like a mini-spa at certain locations, going beyond the white bar of soap and terse wash rags to offer plush amenities, such as spa benches in the shower and fancy designer toiletries.
And it's not just about soap and cream. Bathrobes, flowers, candles, rainshowers, jacuzzi tubs, televisons... we've seen the whole deal, and guess what? We like it! Hell, we even know that it is possible to create a steam room/shower combination, so the sky is the limit. In our mind, a "personal spa" is a great way for hotels without spas to gain some ground on those that have in-house spa facilities.
Obviously, we don't expect this type of treatment from Motel 6, but would it be wrong to suggest that most mid-range to luxury hotels should focus on making the bathroom more than just a place to brush your teeth? Even business travelers would probably appreciate it after a long day of meetings, no?
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What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, we turn the question toward the Bedford Post Inn and ask what came first, the restaurant or the hotel?
The answer is the restaurant, as the Bedford Post Inn opened in 2008 when actor Richard Gere and partners swept in and saved the historic 18th century buildings from demolition. Still, it had been an inn (named the The Boot and Spur) in the early 20th century, after exhausting pastoral pursuits. The celebrity backing, exquisite food, and membership in Relais & Chateaux put it on the map, but it's the addition of the eight rooms that truly makes the Bedford Post Inn a destination.
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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?
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For how small and seemingly insignificant they are, those little soap bars in the bathroom sure get a lot of attention. We've heard a lot about the efforts of hotels to recycle the partially-used bars left behind by guests, and when we looked at what people have stolen from hotel rooms, bathroom amenities were on everyone's list of most likely to be swiped.
And now, as hotels continue to search for ways to cut costs and minimize their environmental impact, we might start seeing less and less of them altogether. We might see them replaced by toiletry dispensers.
According to Pineapple Hospitality, the era of “amenity wars” between hotels has given way to a green movement where the traveling public’s growing environmental attitude is finally strong enough to overcome any feelings of luxury that might be lost by doing away with individual amenities. We understand that the source of that statement has a sales pitch driving it, but still we find it to be true. People’s minds are opened wider now than ever to green initiatives, even if they make the trip away from home a little less glamorous. It’s why so many people are willing to use their towel more than once.
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There are five suites offered at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, each loosely styled after a particular culture that has played a significant role in Singapore's rich history. Our favorite is the Shenton Suite, a gold- and brown-accented number which the hotel describes as "fit for a Maharaja," a subtle hint at the suite's Indian influence.
Walking in, there is a small lounge area with rich textures of suede, rosewood and chrome. An L-shaped sofa sits directly across from the minibar, which is stocked with full-size bottles of Johnny Walker Black Label and Belvedere Vodka; the walls are covered in wooden panels decorated with Indian-style motifs.
We're told all of the rooms here are designed to make guests feel like they're on a luxury cruise ship, and that is exactly how they feel. The Shenton Suite, for example, is small, but more miniature-small, not cramped-small. Walking around it, the space was so fluid and ergonomic, we actually felt like we ought to have been on our tiptoes to avoid disturbing the peace.
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And sure enough, a tour last week through the brand spankin' new hotel's "Sanctuary Suite" confirmed all that.
Located on the second floor, it is one of two major suites in the whole 167-room hotel, and it benefits from having a wraparound terrace, complete with white deck lounge furniture and oversized, Delano-esque lamps. The terrace absolutely makes the suite, as far as we're concerned, since it a) is massive and b) looks down on Fourth Avenue, so you can see crowds coming and going from nearby Union Square.
And now, for the rest of the suite…
We’ve got to get something off our chest: we have officially, completely, and utterly maxed out on peek-a-boo bathrooms. They have gone too far, and we’re beyond done.
Yes, we’ve talked previously about how a wall of (smoke) glass between shower and bedroom is sexy to some and annoying to others. We also appreciate that hotel designers, in the case of bog-standard hotel room lay-outs, need and are trying to find ways to be creative with the space. We get it.
But what truly has us raising the red flag is a few recent experiences where the lack of privacy has, inexplicably and unforgivably, been extended to the toilet. The picture on the left is one of the worst we’ve seen yet, taken at an all-villa resort this past weekend where rates can easily run upwards of $700 a night. The thatch you see behind the wall on the right? The entrance to the villa and also the public footpath!