Who is responsible for designing these new hotels? You really have to wonder when you see some of the so called “features”.
Like the open bathroom concept. Trust me – the most important thing I want is privacy in my bathroom. Mexican hotel developers learnt this very quickly when they got feedback from the more prudish sector of their guests (namely Brits and Americans) that ablutions are things not to be shared. Hastily erected screens do little to give a real feeling of security during those “private moments”.
The other little trick seems to be frosted glass doors on the toilet. Who the hell dreamt that one up? Not only does it create an echo chamber (embarrassing) but every movement of the occupant is outlined – especially when the light is on. We had a room like this at the in W in Barcelona and in the end arranged privacy breaks for each other as in “Darling… I am just popping down to pick up a newspaper!”
So you are probably asking by now – what the hell does this fussy bitch like? (And yes – Darling – I AM fussy).
I love hotel beds – I love the linen – extra soft Egyptian – especially the Starwood Hotels – divine. I love large walk in showers and rain shower heads. I love to have fresh towels every day – yes I know it is not “eco” but when I am at home I recycle – on vacation I like to be pampered. Regent Seven Seas Cruises has divine showers – they changed the tub into a walk in shower with excellent results and even installed shelves on the wall inside the shower with stacked up towels. Going to the South Pacific or on safari? You have to have an outside shower. Ivory Lodge at Lion Sands in South Africa has a large walled garden at the back of the bedroom with two huge rain shower heads – just gorgeous. At Earth Lodge – shower out in the open air with complete privacy.
You see! There are lots of things I love.