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Hotel Bathroom Design: Tubs May Be Out and Hand-Held Shower Heads Are In

Excerpt from New York Times

Dec 15, 2013 12:00 pm

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The design of hotel bathrooms is often the result of consumer surveys and intricate planning where little things mean a lot, and it all can be the subject of furious debate. Tubs may be losing their grip at hotels 3 stars and below, and even some upscale properties are opting for showers-only. Next up? When making design decisions, hotels will start to consider the wishes of Chinese travelers, given the increase in their ranks.

— Dennis Schaal

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A bathroom in the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, with its marble floor and a shower, in 2010. One trend in guest-room bathrooms is to remove tubs in favor of more attractive showers. / Flickr


What travelers don’t often think about while tearing open the miniature soap is that everything in the hotel guest-room bathroom, be it the shower or its humble curtain, is the result of a designer’s careful choices in an effort to balance desires, space and money.

And it’s the little things, said Drew Shepard, senior director of consumer insights for Marriott Hotels, that add up, which is why Marriott is not only renovating but also investing in things like thicker towels and a new amenity brand (from a Thai company called Thann). It’s also considering — attention, fellow longhaired travelers — more powerful hair dryers.

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