You’ll be pleased to hear this wasn’t written from a hotel bathroom.
I’ve noticed a recent trend in hotel bathrooms and I just feel like I really need to talk about it because I’m getting quite concerned that nobody else seems to be bothered by it.
My issue is this thing where hotel bathroom walls are being partially, mostly or entirely replaced by glass.
Who is responsible for this bright idea? And, more importantly, has someone taken them outside and had a stern word with them? It occurred to me the other day that most of the hotels I’ve stayed in recently have had some sort of glass element to the bathroom.
[In case you’re not quite sure what I mean, this is what I mean]
Pictured is the Holiday Inn in Queenstown which was a) pretty darn expensive for a Holiday Inn and, more to the point, b) a prime example of a useless shower window. Why is is there? What purpose does it serve?
There was the hotel in Paris where the whole wall between the shower and the bedroom was glass, and you could press a button to change the glass from frosted to unfrosted. Who is overly interested in having that unfrosted – even when travelling alone – such that this was made into a particular feature of the room? This was a Novotel, so it’s not like it’s an especially fancy or trendy place. I’d have preferred a decent work desk, to be honest.
Then there was the hotel in Kuala Lumpur with a tiny hatch window between the bathroom and the main room. Coo-ee! Why, Intercontinental?? What is occurring to me whilst I’m taking a shower that’s so important that I need to open a little portal between the bathroom and the bedroom just so I can inform my travelling companion about it?
And the piece de resistance was the apart-hotel we stayed in in Melbourne that not only had a fully glassed in shower (facing into the living room; I hope you didn’t invite any guests over) but also had a lightly frosted window right next to the loo – leading into the bedroom. In fact, the head of the bed was looking directly at it. What kind of an antisocial idea is this?!*
Of course, none of these bathrooms with glass components are in the least bit soundproof, either.
[Our bathroom at Qunci Villas in Lombok had no roof and still managed to offer more privacy than all 3 bathrooms mentioned previously]
So why do hotels do this? My first theory is that they’re trying to enable more light to flow into the bathroom, since they hardly ever have windows of their own. However I have never found that to be a benefit. The light that does manage to filter through is never enough, so you’ll need to put the light on anyway. Then light will flood from the bathroom to the main room, disturbing whoever is sleeping. Then we have the silhouettes. And I’ll take privacy over light any day.
Could it be cost? Perhaps it’s cheaper to put up glass walls than real ones. But this trend isn’t just restricted to cheaper hotels. And what excuse does my most recent hotel have, where they have interrupted a perfectly good wall with a stupid window?
Just please don’t try and tell me it’s a design feature, or I might cry.
Is it too much to ask for a bit of privacy in a hotel bathroom? Where has this glass trend come from and am I missing something?
*Some reviews on Tripadvisor or similar called out this particular window situation and noted their unhappiness about it. The hotel management’s response was that this feature was only found in double apartments, therefore they assumed that people sharing a double bed would be fine with it. I’m sorry, but since when did sharing a bed with someone mean you don’t mind watching them go to the loo?? I am categorically NOT ok with this.
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