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Old May 19th, 2005, 01:00 PM
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I'm another allergic soul so appreciate non-fragranced soap option. Best amenity is separate shower with lots of pressure and separate tub for soaking and SPACE to walk around.

Favorite luxury is towel warmer and good makeup mirror. Like a nice soft robe.
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Here's what I like on the luxury end:

1. TV in the bathroom so I can watch Katie, Matt, Al & Ann while getting ready.

2. Phone.

3. Soft bathroom & slippers.

4. Mirror w/ ledge IN the shower -- great for men wanted to shave while in the shower.

5. LOTS of counter space for all my lotions & potions.

6. Heated ceiling lamp.

7. Separate toilet -- must have in any nice hotel.

8. Curved shower curtain rod.

9. I've stayed at some hotels that have a tooth brush, toothpaste, razor, q-tips, cotton balls already in the bathroom, no calling down at 11pm because you forgot your toothpaste (which I do ALL the time!!)

10. Modern, state-of-the-art fixtures.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 01:49 PM
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I have read ALL the suggestions, and
will not be able to use all the great ideas because most of the bathroom sizes are already determined, except for the big suites. In these larger bathrooms, I can definately try to please all the Fodorites that I can!

JJ5, I too, LOVE the Westin bathroom in St. Louis, and have stayed twice. I sit in the tub and memorize every detail. Mine didn't have a window to the bedroom though. LOVE that hotel.

At the Hilton on the Big Island they have a great custom lotion made for their Kohala Spa. It smells like coconuts and mangos. I have about 7 little bottles left that I open to get a whiff, just to pretend I'm back on the beach. You can find it at www.kohalaspa.com.

The Blue Willow is an interesting idea, Starrsville. I will look into that.

And no, there will be country accents, like ducks or wreths...Think:
Four Seasons, Venetian, Bellagio.
Elegant, Classic, Luxury.

This is definately my Dream project to work on!

Thanks for ALL the input. I really am going to print this out, look up all the products, find STRONG hairdryers, fog proofers, and ask the architect about heated floors under my marble.


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To OO: you can buy L'Occitane on QVC so you don't have to hoard anymore.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 02:03 PM
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Hotel Heaven:
not necessarily in ranked order
1. quiet exhaust fan
2. Toto G Max toilet with slow close seat
3. double sinks
4. granite or marble countertops w/decor that matches
5. plenty of soft absorbent towels, bathmat, wash cloths, face towels
6. laundry soap for hand washables
7. a place in the tub/shower to hang them up that disappears when you want it to; one of those retractable close lines
8. DO NOT put coffee maker in the bathroom
9. Bath & Body works organics or other organics are great products
10. hook on back of the door, full length mirror on the other side
11. stable shower head that you can use as a regular shower or can remove to use
12. if large bathroom, a place to access towels near the shower
13. robes that are lightweight and soft; waffle are fine
14. MUST HAVE - a mirror that is steamless and adequate ventilation to get rid of the moisture!
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Old May 19th, 2005, 04:17 PM
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Delta offers a 10% discount on L'Occitaine products - online or in the stores.
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Hi beachkomer, to me one of the most important things in a hotel bathroom is proper lightening for putting on one's makeup. So many beautiful bathrooms don't seem to have that. And that is one small request that has nothing to do with the size of the bathroom, LOL. Best wishes with your project.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 06:02 PM
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Wasn't this same question asked and answered a while back?
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Old May 19th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Regarding makeup lighting:
I have researched, and it was determined by a lighting "expert" that the most flattering light on the face is a light on either side of the mirror
that shines on the face on either side.
Mind you, not BRIGHT, but soft and flattering. I am thinking they mean a mirror about 24-30" wide.

I have an idea that no one has mentioned! I love candles around my bathtub, to enhance a romantic experience. But, designing a hotel, I do not want to encourage a potiential safety issue. I was waiting to see if anyone would come up with a solution...lol...

Well, I was thinking about some soft
lights on a dimmer just around the tub. Give the water a bit of soft light. Yes, some soft music from speakers in the guestroom and bathroom...a seamless transition for romantic nights...

I love candles, but they are a hazzard...dimmers might be the answer.

Any other romantic ideas for the bathroom? Clean...lol..of course.
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Other than the chandelier to swing on? Oh, right. Those aren't to code in bathrooms.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 06:32 PM
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underhill, well, someone might have asked a question about bathrooms...not sure, but I am an Interior Designer and am asking the expert travelers what I need to make sure to include in my design. Sorry to bother, you if you have given an answer before...

Not sure on the chandelier, but will confer with structural engineer on code regarding weight restrictions for such device...maybe a swing?...lol..

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There was one thing I forgot to mention that I haven't seen yet and that's some sort of ledge or something large enough to rest my foot in the shower while shaving my legs. Some of these tub/shower combos (which you might have to install in some of the smaller bathrooms you're doing) have these very narrow rounded edges (if any) that my feet keep falling off of while trying to shave. My only option is the outside edge of the tub but that usually interferes with the shower curtain and lets in water.

I also meant to add heated towel rack but lots of others mentioned it so I don't have to...although I guess I just did....
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"Any other romantic ideas for the bathroom? Clean...lol..of course."

Massage oil as one of the toiletries?

Along theat line, I LOVE the Body Shop Peppermint Foot Lotion.
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This may sound weird, but I LOVE the light weight seersucker wrap around robes provided at (at all places, my mammogram office!!) of course, I'm in the humid south, so that may make a difference. I DO know I'm not the only woman over 50 who gets alittle warm now and then!

That said, you being in China, maybe a little asian kimono style robe might be in order and help you with the zen thing?

I REALLY appreciate a 5X mirror!! I hauled mine all the way to STT in my carryon just to find that the Renaissance Grand had the SAME mirror provided!! Alas, they are no more.

I USED to haul a one cup coffee maker around, but am glad that a 4 cup coffeemaker seems to be pretty standard now a days!

I second the multi electrical outlets!! Leave a couple conveniently located and accessable, not behind the headboard of the bed or dresser! - Belle.

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Beachkomer, I respectfully disagree with your lighting expert. I (and many of my female friends) do not want the softest, most flattering light in the bathroom. We want it BRIGHT. So we can see exactly what we're doing, esp. when putting on makeup (to avoid making any mistakes, we want lighting that tells me the truth, not flatters me). One of our major hotel bathroom pet peeves is lighting that's too dim, no matter how "flattering" it is. Bright light is also useful when you're putting in your contact lenses. A dimmer switch is a good idea so the guest can choose the intensity of light they prefer.
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The nicest hotel bathroom I have experienced was at the Peninsula in New York. It wasn't the most beautiful but it was most thoughtful. I am an interior designer so I can give you some details:

1. Amenities: Molton Brown and gorgeous French Milled soaps.
2. Three lighting "scenes" in the bathroom. One for shaving, makeup, etc. One for night and one in between.
3. Deep bathtub with a tv in the wall above.
4. Sloping floor into large shower. Beautifully etched glass door provided the decoration in the Emperador Light marble bathroom and I believe also helped housekeeping along as they did not have to deal with clear glass.
5. Etched glass door to water closet, good reading light.
6. Egyptian long staple towels. White and perfect.
7. Excellent quality makeup mirror with magnification and light.
8. Fluffy bath mats (rugs really).

Three other very thoughtful items, not in the bathroom that impressed me were:

Electronic command post from bedside, can lock and unlock door to room, do lighting scenes, as well as control tv, dvd, etc.

Assortment of bottled waters to choose from on a tray. Evian, Pelligrino, Voss, etc etc. These were complementary.

Linen floor cloths placed bedside so one's bare feet did not touch the carpet.

I didn't like the decoration of the room particularly but the amenities and interior design were top notch. It appeared to me that they were all designed with Universal Access. LMF
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Old May 20th, 2005, 03:15 AM
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Double sinks, preferably one outside the "bathroom," door on toilet area, strong ventilation, non-fog mirrors, and extra large shower with bench area and curved curtain area that prevents water from getting in and curtain from getting out.

In cold climates, heated floor, overhead lamp, and towel rack.

A vanity area for hair dryer, mag mirror, good lighting.
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1. It is always nice to have a sink and hairdryer in a separate area from the shower. It helps to get ready quicker in the morning. DH can be in the shower while I'm drying my hair.

2. Another plus is having a place to rest your leg on while shaving. If you have a tub/shower combo, this is not a problem. It gets difficult balancing on one leg in the stand up only showers.

3. I like having routinely washed robes to use in hotel rooms.

4 Hairdryers are a necessity that most places have now. I like the ones that have controls to adjust the heat and air flow.

5. Hand lotion for those of us who have dry hands.

6. Hotels need to have 4 large towels in their bathrooms. A person with long hair needs to use one specifically for her hair.

7. I wish hotels had hair spray in their bathrooms. You aren't supposed to fly with the aerosol bottles of hairspray and the pump bottles don't work as well.

8. A fan in the bathroom for those long showers.

9. I personally like those heat lamps in the bathroom. I get cold easily and use them whenever they are provided.

10. Separate little shampoo and conditioner bottles. The ones that are combined make your hair too greasy.

11. A make up mirror
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I haven't read all responses but I would love to see:

- More than one towel per person. And of a larger size (say 3 x 5 feet).

- Unscented bath products for those of us who have sensitive skin (esp. for soaps and lotions. Don't want to remember your place as 'the hotel that caused the rash I couldn't get rid of for 3 months after returning home and several visits to the dematologist')

- Counter space to put all my stuff

- Several outlets for my electrical stuff

- Outlet adapters available upon request

- A decent bath mat

- Slippers would be nice, but with my big, clunky feet, I guess this would be at check in so I could get the right size. Have the slippers sized for every different shoe sizing scheme

- Heated floor, towel rack, and that non-fog mirror someone mentioned

- A sink outside of the bathroom area for 'bar use' so partner could get a glass of water while I'm in the shower.

- If the shower is deep enough, you don't have to have the curved bar.
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Old May 24th, 2005, 11:51 AM
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Some of my favorites:

Sofitel -- great toiletries, vase with orchid, marble
Delta -- heated floor (great in Winnipeg)
Peabody -- small TV was nice when relaxing in tub
Embassy Suites - marble walled walk-in shower
Madonna Inn -- you'd have to see to believe!
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