Just because a hotel bathroom, like a bed, is used for the baser elements of a hotel stay, that doesn’t mean to say that lodging companies should forego a little bit of imagination when it comes to planning this often-overlooked area of the hotel room. Here are five of the hippest hotel bathrooms around the world.
Crazy Bear, Beaconsfield, UK
Crazy Bear bedrooms certainly apply to acquired tastes, bridging a seemingly unbridgeable gap between Buckingham Palace and brothel. The bathrooms themselves are nestled amongst crooked Tudor beams and bedecked with modern twists such as jet-black marbled tiles, but certain rooms have an even more striking feature; a super-deep copper tub at the foot of the bed, drawn by a tap in the ancient ceiling above.
Maia Resort, Seychelles
It goes without saying that a luxury resort and spa in the Seychelles will try its very best to take as much advantage as possible from the incredible weather, and the Maia resort does just that. The suites completely open up, revealing private terraces with horizon pool and sun-loungers on ‘islands’, facing out across the cliff-side location and into the ocean beyond. Sunken into the pool lies a covered, outdoor bathtub – a bathtub with arguably the most romantic setting in the world.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Paris
The Presidential Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme hotel boasts a bathroom that runs the entire length of a bedroom which isn’t exactly pokey in its own right. The bathroom includes such swanky elements as a hairdressers chair and massage table for appointments without leaving the comfort of the room, a personal gym and gold mosaic shower. The price for all this loveliness? A shade under fifteen thousand dollars a night.
Hotel on Rivington, New York City
Situated between Ludlow and Essex Streets in the ever-trendier Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Hotel on Rivington is a twenty story luxury hotel that makes quirky use of its height and commanding views of Midtown and Downtown by offering ultra-modern bathrooms with sweeping views of the city. Other rooms have window-lined wet rooms or two-person Japanese soaking tubs, taking care of every taste.
Punta Tragara, Capri
Punta Tragara, on the Italian Island of Capri is carved out of the Faraglioni cliffside itself. Whereas none of the bathrooms in the hotel can be described as ghastly, a few have a striking tub, up against a panoramic low-set window. What can you see out of this window? Not much, except the sweeping Mediterranean Sea, framed by fantastical jagged rocks. Bliss.
Putting aside these five plush hotel bathrooms, there are plenty more out there to choose from; indeed it seems that hotel companies are putting increasing effort into designing their bathrooms, as much as other elements of their properties. So, if you are the kind of discerning traveler that is looking for more than a simple soak, you’re not going to be short of choice!