I love a hotel with a good bathroom. When I wrote my “Day 47” update of living in hotels, two of the three things I missed about having an apartment involved bathrooms:
- I miss not consistently having a bathtub
- I miss not consistently having good water pressure in showers
Of course there are some hotels with amazing bathrooms that I would’ve gladly given up the one in my previous apartment for.
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur comes to mind, for example.
In terms of “destination bathrooms,” if you will, the Park Hyatt Istanbul comes to mind. They have “Spa King” rooms, which are actually more expensive than the suites thanks to the Turkish baths they have.
And I want to make it clear that I don’t expect such bathrooms at all hotels. I realize not all hotels will have bathtubs, and not hotels will even have large bathrooms, but today I’m kind of experiencing the other extreme.
I’m at the Grand Hyatt New York right now. I’m staying here because I want to review all the Hyatt properties in New York, and I only have a couple of Hyatt New York properties left to review. I’ve reviewed the Hyatt Union Square, Hyatt Times Square, Andaz 5th Avenue, and Andaz Wall Street.
On the while I’m actually pleasantly surprised by the hotel. The club lounge is great and the room itself is surprisingly large and hip for an otherwise sterile 1,300+ room hotel.
I was actually thrilled about the room until I opened the bathroom door.
The bathroom looked clean enough, though it’s so small that it’s entirely impossible to use without getting frustrated. First of all, you can’t use the sink without standing sideways and/or being hit by the doorknob. The toilet is wedged in there so oddly that it’s incredibly impractical to use. And while the shower is at least “walk-in,” it’s extremely tight — good luck doing the chicken dance.
Anyway, this was the tightest and most impractically designed hotel bathroom I’ve ever experienced, I think, and I’ve stayed in quite a few “compact” European hotel rooms.
Made me wish I had an airplane bathroom instead. 😉