Hotel Bathroom Design – Blurring The Lines Between Spa and Bedroom
Have you ever wanted the luxury spa experience without having to leave the comfort of a hotel room?
It’s quite a common desire, and one that more hotels are catering to by creating luxurious spaces in which guests can really relax in – pampering and spoiling themselves along the way. Bathrooms have gone from being clean, functional commodity spaces in which people bathe and wash into something much grander – a sophisticated sanctuary.
Hotel Bathrooms – An Integral Element
Like bathrooms in the home, the hotel bathroom has become an integral part of the overall design.
The traditional wall bath, shower, basin, toilet and bidet layout has made way for something sharing far more in common with the most luxurious of spas. In some hotels, sleek flat basins, large free-standing bathtubs, infinity-edge bathtubs, showers with a whole host of alternate jet settings, wet rooms and whirlpool baths have become a regular sight.
However, as well as offering a hybrid of traditional bathroom and spa experience, the barriers between guest room and bathroom have also been broken. High-end hotels have taken whirlpool baths and Jacuzzi suites and have made them a central feature of the room.
Similarly, bathroom TVs – specially waterproofed – have become a focal feature, allowing guests to get their fix of entertainment whilst enjoying a relaxing bath.
Not all hoteliers have borrowed element from each of these rooms.
Breaking Down The Barriers Between Bedroom and Bathroom
Some have taken a more radical approach. For example, frosted and standard glass doors and walls, traditionally in place to separate the two spaces, have now become a feature adopted by hoteliers to let masses of natural light flow through freely.
Although, not a universally popular feature – particularly amongst friends and colleagues sharing rooms – they have become a common element in accommodation on the continent.
Some hotels have done away with walls completely, with the wet room now part of the guest room itself – viewable wherever you stand in the room. Again, this may not be appealing for all guests, but the reasoning behind it isn’t purely aesthetical.
Open plan hotel rooms have presented a relatively straightforward way for many interior designers to make more effective use of smaller areas when hotel space planning.