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What's the obsession with the size of bathrooms?

What's the obsession with the size of bathrooms?

Nov 27th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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She will have plenty of time to enjoy it.


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Nov 27th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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I prefer a bathroom large enough so that when I sit my ample behind on the toilet I:

1. Don't have one foot (or both!) in the bath

2. Aren't butted (literally!) up against a very hot towel warmer (ow!)

3. Have enough room for my knees to open up when I bend down and wipe (to put it indelicately)

I have seen bathrooms both in the US and the UK and Ireland that don't meet these criteria.

What I don't understand is those toilets that are so close to the wall that you have to sit on them sideways to use them. Don't the folks that built these realize how silly this is?
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Nov 27th, 2007, 07:38 AM
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The bathroom size really doesn't matter to my family. We've stayed in apartments where the toilet is in the shower (and climbed 94 steps to get there). We just look at it all as an adventure and go with the flow. More important to us is cleanliness of the hotel or apartment ... and of course location, location location.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 07:43 AM
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I'm on the list of "clean, safe" travelers. I agree with plpreston that such things as small bathrooms are part of the adventure. The smaller they are the longer the stories and laughs last. I do confess that should I suddenly desire opulence on a trip I just invest a couple hundred extra euros.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 07:47 AM
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The strangest bathroom we ever had was in our hotel in Tokyo. We had one of those posh Japanese toilets with every gadget but a little guy to kiss your bum when you're finished but the shower was not a stall, just part of the bathroom, with a rather skimpy shower curtain on a rod. It was fine for showering but the washroom did tend to get quite wet all over, making it a little damp for the next person in line.

As you say, this is why we travel -- for the new experiences!
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Nov 27th, 2007, 07:49 AM
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Nov 27th, 2007, 08:27 AM
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Nov 27th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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ekscrunchy, I think it's fair to mention that if you click on that link you will see a bunch of adult bare bottoms, and it's not work-friendly! Fortunately, I wasn't at work.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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I don't get it either. Yes, having room for all of our toiletries on the counter would be nice but its not the end of the world. All of my toiletries are in a toiletry bag. If I have to walk out of the bathroom to get my facial cleanser out of the toiletry bag and bring it back to the sink with me then so be it.

In general I don't mind small rooms either, although we have stayed in tiny hotels in both Rome and Brussels that were so cramped we barely had room for our luggage and ended up tripping over them every time we walked around the bed. Still, it makes for some rather funny memories!

There are times when my husband and I go on "romantic getaways" here in the US where we stay in B&B's with more luxurious bathrooms that comes with jacuzzis, etc., but that's only when we are looking for more of a relaxing weekend getaway. I don't travel all the way to Europe to relax in my room, or bathroom, all day.

I loved our Japanese bathrooms....very interesting! Not only did they have the cool toilet seats (although really, do we really need a heated toilet seat?) there were also tons of free toiletries and bath goodies. The tubs were a little on the unusual side, very skinny. I like staying in unique bathrooms, even if they are small. It's part of what makes traveling so interesting.

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Nov 27th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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As long as the bathroom doesn't have a hole on the floor, size matters not.

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Nov 27th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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As long as it is not a squatter it's ok by me! Actually, I would take a small charming bathroom over a huge one. I love rural B&B bathrooms with windows.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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In general for me, I don't really mind if the room or bathroom is small. Sure, it's nice to have a bigger room but I don't spend much time there anyway. That said, it's a pain for me to try to get ready in the morning in a tiny bathroom. I have long hair and it takes a while for it to blowdry, so when I'm stuck in a space smaller than a porta-potty, there's no way my husband is getting in there to shower. It just requires some extra time in the morning.

I don't pick a hotel based on the bathroom or bedroom size, but in this case bigger is definitely better. Now if we could just get a shower curtain to become standard in European hotels...
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Nov 27th, 2007, 09:28 AM
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so it seems one of the reasons for the obsession is another person traveling with and another is expecting a lot for a little money?

And like Tracy if I cannot spread out all my stuff while I'm in a room for a week or less, I'm not traumatized because that means, I'm in Paris, London, Venice, etc... if I wanted all the comforts of home, I'd stay at home!

Also, and this will sound cruel, but if I ever get so big that I can't fit in a bathroom, even a stall in a public bathroom..it may be time to put down the potato chips!
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Nov 27th, 2007, 09:41 AM
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I never considered the ability to pick up soap from the floor of the shower stall an "obsession."

The prize for the smallest shower stall in my experience goes to a B & B in Thurso, Scotland. It was triangular in shape, one-half the size of a (now defunct) phone booth.

Lovely place, otherwise.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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I care about bedroom size, as that affects comfort for me, but I don't care about the bathroom size really. However, I've never had a bathroom terribly small, but I"ve seen them in some hotels I've checked out. If I am alone, it doesn't matter to me much as I don't linger in the bathroom a lot, and am not above-avg size for a woman. However, I have seen some bathrooms in budget hotels that were as small as airplane bathrooms, and I think most men or larger women would not find those particularly comfortable. Obviously, if you are very large, you could possibly not even fit in a very small shower stall.

Now while this isn't a big issue for me, when I've had a few hotel rooms with very large tiled, old-fashioned bathrooms, it really did inject a much greater feeling of luxuriousness and being like a home than otherwise.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:06 AM
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There are some primitive bathrooms in certain parts of the world where the Turkish toilet doubles as a shower. Dropping the soap is not an option!
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I am, unfortunately, large enough that things get problematical in an airplane-sized bathrooms. I have few insurmountable problems in anything larger - it's just kvetching. However, I'd rather a squathole with plenty of room around it than an airplane bathroom

I think it's wonderful to see new takes on bathrooms in different places. That doesn't mean that one has to love everything one sees, just that one sees it and notes it is new.

Figuring out how to get hot water in a shower is also something 'fun'!
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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whether or not size matters will remain forever in the limbo of unanswered questions
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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I hope that a preference is not the same as an obsession. I like having a bathroom of a reasonable size, but I've happily survived many times without it, even when traveling with teenagers and thus having to accommodate each other's privacy. If I am traveling alone, I care extremely little about the size or arrangement of the bathroom. And of course if the situation requires it, I have booked places with shared bathrooms, which is a whole other kettle of fish, so to speak.

One other advantage of having a nice, spacious, clean bathroom: in our Paris hotel room earlier this year, when I awoke at a crazy hour from jetlag, I just went into the comfortable bathroom and read a novel, thus not disturbing my daughter.
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Nov 27th, 2007, 10:33 AM
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In many older european hotels truly tiny bathrooms have been retrofitted into what was a closet or a corner of the room. And they contain a toilet, a mini-sink (with no place to put toiletries) and a minute shower stall in which it is practically impossible to even wash you hair (since there is no fixed shower head - but just a snake/hose with tiny shower attachment).

Those can be extremely aggravating to try to shower in - esp if you happen to be 6'3" and can;t even extend your arms fully.

I think most of the complaints are about that kind of bath.
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