HOTELS & SPAS

A tour of great hotel bathrooms (Part 1)

January 10, 2014
Mandarin Oriental Paris

Join us for an inside peek at some of the great hotel bathrooms we’ve recently visited in Europe and on cruise ships.

Even though we travel extensively, we still remain wowed by great hotel bathrooms. Some have spectacular fixtures or designs, others stand out for their use of interesting materials or their great views.

A couple of caveats: We have come to realize that bathrooms are tough to photograph because of the lights, reflections, and inherent limitations of size. Moreover, we often forget to photograph them before we “move in” but here are some of our favorites:

EUROPE

duoMo Hotel

Rimini, Italy

The porthole (overlooking the bedroom) of this futuristic bathroom was unique as were the egg-shaped toilet and bidet.

Hotel duoMo

Hotel duoMo

Neri Hotel

Barcelona, Spain

At this hotel in the gothic quarter, the bathroom walls and floors made of quartzite stone sparkled.

Neri Hotel

Neri Hotel

Hotel Arts

Barcelona, Spain

In this two-level, one-bedroom residence, the glass shower in the round could fit at least six people. It connected the oversized bathroom, which was split in half for him and her.

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Paris, France

The breathtaking bathroom in this incredible suite offered views of the Eiffel Tower.

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere

Paris, France

With Hermes toiletries and soaps, this bathroom actually was comprised of two separate marbled rooms. This is the one that housed the toilet and bidet.

Hotel Fouquet's Barriere

Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Budapest, Hungary

The marbled bathroom in this beautifully restored Art Nouveau building has an art deco feel.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

SHIPS 

Because of space limitations, it is far more challenging to create a shipshape bathroom on a sea vessel than it is on terra firma but we thought these were special:

Ponant Le Boreal

Art work in the loo? We loved the picture of this bather in the separate lavatory.

Ponant Le Boreal

Ponant Le Boreal

Crystal Symphony

The bathroom in our penthouse suite had double sinks, triple mirrors, a separate Jacuzzi and stall shower and lots of light. We especially loved the ample drawers and shelf spaces to stow our toiletries.

Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony

Oceania Marina

Our penthouse cabin had a full-size bath, separate stall shower (with a rainshower head), and his-and-her medicine cabinets stocked with Bulgari toiletries.

Oceania Marina

Oceania Marina

 


See Part II with Great hotel bathrooms in Mexico, the Caribbean and Africa.

Do you swoon over great hotel bathrooms as much as I do?


*This post was inspired by the Notable Restroom Series by Elizabeth Rose. You can take a peek at some of her unusual finds on her blog, Travel Writer Rants and Raves.

 

  • Reply
    Helen
    January 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This is my kind of article! So jealous. MY shipboard bathroom was extremely compact — certainly not big enough for two!

  • Reply
    Arline Zatz
    January 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Great bathrooms, for sure. I was quite impressed with many of the bathrooms – even at gas stations – in Italy. The tiling was gorgeous and all were spotless. It was an incentive to redo two of our bathrooms at home which we recently completed. They’re gorgeous now (although still can’t compare with the photos of those places you stayed at), but to us, ours are truly beautiful now. We went with all-modern, tiles up to the ceiling, imported sink/vanity that hangs on the wall, etc. Funny thing is that those who visit never seem to comment – except for one of our sons who thinks the modern faucet is too far out :). But we love it and that’s what matters.

    Best, Arline

    • Irene S. Levine
      Reply
      Irene S. Levine
      January 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      After seeing these, Arline, I can totally relate to wanting to redo our bathrooms at home.
      Best, Irene

  • Reply
    Michelle da Silva Richmond
    January 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Hi Irene,
    I got such a kick out of this story that I shared it on my Restless Voyager FB page. It was truly unique – and entertaining.
    Thank you!

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