Our Guests deserve more practical planning when it comes to designing hotel bathrooms. If I have to step out on a hard floor to reach a towel - that's too far!
We need to think about guest bathroom routine when we design, build, or renovate our hotel rooms. If you see the picture to the left, this design creates a real hassle for our guests, especially the young and elderly.
Most owners, or management companies listen to designers, and sales when looking at building and/or renovating their rooms. Sometimes the practical function of the bathroom is overlooked. Let's think about function, if a guest steps out on a wet floor and slips, you may be in for a lot more than a grumpy guest. In this day and age where lawsuits are common, we need to think about these things, even if it disturbs the flow of the design.
I'd love to hear your stories of bad bathroom design.
The Housekeeping Director
The following article was found on HOTELSMag.com, a great read on creating a great bathroom experience.
THE HOTEL MOGEL BY LARRY MOGELONSKY
LARRY MOGELONSKY, FOUNDER, LMA COMMUNICATIONS INC., TORONTO
Tips to improve a hotel bathroom experience
(The views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author.)
You simply need to browse TripAdvisor or other third-party review site comments to see how vital it is to provide a superior washroom experience. At a glance, here are some of the most common grievances you might uncover:
- Bathroom not properly cleaned
- Not enough towels, floor mats or hand towels
- Not enough hygiene products
- Mold, rust, grime or other forms of deterioration
- Poor lighting
- Small mirrors
- Cramped countertops
- Perplexing showerheads and controls
1. A towel too far
Bridging the grievance gap between having too few washcloths or floor mats is the annoyance of having to walking across cold tiles to reach the towel rack. Apart from the minor aggravation of getting chilly after escaping the proximity of the hot shower is the major concern over slipping on a wet floor. Even the thought of this danger is enough to cause guests distress.
2. Soaked toilet paper
You want towels to be within arms’ length of the shower door, but you definitely do not want tissues or toiler paper rolls to be within splash distance when the shower or bathtub is in use. Smart design elements can easily prevent this.
3. Who bathes anymore?
Speaking of bathtubs, who actually uses them anymore? Traditionally speaking, a bathtub is a necessary component of any domicile. Especially with regard to business and younger leisure travelers, the bathtub apparatus is rarely in use relative to its shower counterpart. Unless you are catering to avid bathers, why have a bathtub at all? Dedicated or rain showers are much more comfortable for standing and will augment the cleansing experience for the majority of your guests.
4. Beyond the essentials
Given how much trouble it is to bring toiletries through airports these days, it’s all too easy for a guest to forget one or two essential items. Instead of stocking only the perfunctory shampoos, conditioners and soaps, why not supply other small disposables like toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, hair gel, nail-polish remover or lip balm? You might even take this a step further and provide a small sample of your own branded fragrances (cologne and perfume so both sexes can sample).
Outside of any extra disposables you provision, you might also want to consider offering the “hardware.” Start with a shaving kit, scissors and nail clippers, then move beyond blow-dryers and into fancy brushes, straightening irons or electric razors.
6. Private means private
Bathrooms are the most private of all spaces. There shouldn't be any windows or other semi-opaque opening onto the bedroom. Moreover, the door should be thick enough to partially block sounds, both those attempting to enter the bathroom and those trying to escape (think fans or any other flourishes of air).
The bathroom is a very tricky area to deal with because there is so little physical space to work with that everything must be placed in the precise position for it all to come together as a single pleasurable experience. You’re probably already doing most of this at least at a satisfactory level, but use these tips in combination with whatever crops up on your online guest reviews to decide where you can improve.
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