Last month I took the family to Washington DC. We stayed at the K Street Hyatt Place, conveniently located a couple of blocks north of the White House. It’s a Category 3, which by PFD family standards is a Category 7. The hotel was very nice, every staff member we interacted with was extremely friendly and capable, and overall the hotel was great, except… the glass-walled bathroom.
Other bloggers have spoken out against the scourge of excessively revealing bathrooms, so I’m not breaking new ground in saying that I am not a fan of this trend in hotel bathroom design. But the point bears repeating: when you have your mother-in-law along on a trip, as I did, glass walls and doors such as the one in the Hyatt Place bathroom are not welcome, even if they’re translucent. I’ll grant you that they look lovely and they make for better pictures, but generally speaking light should not be transmitted through the doors or the walls of a hotel bathroom.
Contrast this bathroom to the one at the Comfort Suites I just stayed at in Asheville on a $65/night rate from Priceline (which is the first time I’ve paid for a hotel in years, incidentally). It had a good ol’ fashioned opaque door, plus the hot water was scalding and the water pressure was superior to what I have in my house. In other words, it’s almost a perfect hotel bathroom. There’s no bathroom fan, but that just means more steam for my hot shower.
Most big companies these days have market research teams that survey every aspect of the customer experience in order to give people what they think they want, so I can’t help but wonder who’s giving the green light for these bathrooms and why.