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Zurich's Dolder Grand Has Its Own Version of Spiral Showers

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  Site Where: KURHAUSSTRASSE 65, Zurich, Switzerland, 8032
April 28, 2008 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

We do love a good shower when we're away from home, so it's really no wonder that we've been slightly obsessed with the cocoon spiral showers of Donovan House. But if you're not anywhere near Washington DC and still want to test out these kinds of showers, we've received another tip: head to the Dolder Grand in Zurich, Switzerland.

Yes, as well as being very green after their recent renovations, the Dolder Grand is also home to similar showers. The only difference is that they call them snail showers because the shape is like a snail shell. Fair enough, but snails seem to have a few negatives going for them, and we're happier with the cocoon spiral label, to be honest. Just the same, we'll be happy to test these showers out for style next time we're passing through Switzerland.

[Photo: zrrdavatz]

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How the Cocoon Spiral Showers at Donovan House Work

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  Site Where: 1155 14th St Nw [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20005
April 24, 2008 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (4)

Pretty much all we've ever cared about in the opening of the Donovan House, the newest hotel from Thompson Hotels in D.C., is what the heck these cocoon spiral showers look like and how they work.

In the first extensive review of the hotel, which we got from Hotel Maven Flying Mermaid, we learned a lot about the property but nothing really about this "exotic" shower.

Now thanks to Scott Nash, we have some great photos and a helpful diagram of how it works:

If you looked down at the Cocoon shower, it would look like this.

· 1: The shower head is here, built in flush to the ceiling.
· 2: Soap shelf
· 3: On/off
· 4: No door, but there's a lip to keep the water from running out. Unfortunately, water does tend to pool here, so if you're not careful you end up stepping in cold water when you're done.

Thanks Scott, now we can sleep at night!

So far, the Donovan House has gotten some decent reviews--decent for a hotel that's still in a soft-opening phase. Of course, the Blackbook-Thompson Hotels love affair continues with Blackbook's recent post on the new hotel saying, "[I]f anyone can get the capital grooving, it’s unquestionably that world leader of fashionable hotel-ing himself, Jason Pomeranc."

Jason, our Groove Meters are on. We're watching you.