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Old May 24th, 2005, 05:50 PM
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Whew! After reading everyone's posts, I've decided to make one big room using everyone's suggestions!....and I will throw in a king size bed and 42" plasma TV.
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Old May 24th, 2005, 07:09 PM
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elizabeth reed; The heated floor idea is great! I had one put in front of my vanity at home when we built the house....I LOVE it in the winter! Really wasn't all that expensive, and I figure it keeps me from cranking up the heat for the whole house! Belle.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 04:26 AM
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L'Occataine bath products -- especially the Verbena.

Plenty of bottled water.

Good lighting for applying make-up. A magnifying make-up mirror. A place to sit and put on make-up away from the sink would be great. That way he can shave while I get pretty.

A mirror configuration so one can see the back of their head (hair).

Storage! A shelf above the sink or to the side. I hate those little sinks with no shelf or counter space for putting my make-up case without it constantly being wet.

A bathtub deep enough to soak in after a long day on my feet.

Best hotel amenity? -- loads of hot water with great pressure.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 05:07 AM
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Another thing....others have mentioned more than one bath towel, do add hand towels and face cloths. While this may seem like a given, many countries in Europe do not use face cloths. I can't remember if that is the custom in China.

Also..love the idea of an electrical adaptor waiting in the room.
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1.) The guiding principle should be: provide me with the same level of luxury as the hotel. Soaps that don't dry, shampoos that won't strip the color off of my hair..etc.
Regional specialties are a bonus. For example, Dead Sea products in an Israeli hotel, or a local luxe product- the partnership would be good for your hotel; they can sell larger sizes in gift shop and the case study is of course Sephora- I stayed at a Westin, bought the Molton Brown line (which I otherwise would never have tried)

So, if there was a local beauty product, say, "Rice powder cleansing beads" those would be very cool and I'd probably be buying them in the gift shop.

Hands down the best was Hermes products. I smelled so good.

2.) Extra amenities: Gone are the days of the sewing kit, the emery board. But with airport security, I can't always take needles, nail file, so that's something I miss.
Bubble bath has also gone away-and I miss it. I am kind of skittish about taking baths in hotel bathrooms, but at the st. regis in Century City, CA, the tub is so beautiful and deep I had to...and I appreciated the bath oil.
Shaving cream would be nice- for both men and women; just choose a unisex citrus scent.
Also important: cotton, cotton swabs, etc. The less I have to bring the happier I am.
3.) Favorite luxe item in bath: I love a superdeluxe shower. They have ones with 5 heads, multiple massage, etc. Even W has the dual head shower that's nice too.After a long trip, business or leisure, a great shower is like a massage. When you have jet lag- you can't always get a massage at 2am local time but you can jump in the shower and try to work out some knots and go back to bed.
On the more pedestrian note,
I love those "extra room" shower curtain rods. Although not luxury, a laundry line (discreet) is nice, because who doesn't need to hand wash something on an overseas trip? I've had luggage lost, and not wanted to surrender my *only* pair of underwear to the laundry service. ..but not wanted to string it along the towel bar.

4.) Must have in bathroom? My favorite thing is to have the toilet and a sink separate from the shower. When you are with your significant other, it's more efficient that the other person can shower while the first person can still use the toilet or style their hair, apply makeup or shave.

5.) Love the robe? YES Best robe? If it's too superplush it's not flattering. I like a soft but thin one-don't want to look any more like a fat american, even in the privacy of my own room! And a cultural note, outside of America it seems to me that the sizing is a little more conservative- if you expect a lot of Americans...go with the XL robes.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 02:33 PM
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Levial,
Good points! I do like the local product tie-in.

Interesting-45 minutes ago I was talking to someone about beauty products from the Dead Sea! He just returned and was telling me what he brought home for his wife.
It would have been about the time you wrote that. Weird.

I will look into local products. I was thinking "Green Tea Lotion".

All great points. I hear ya on the 'puffy' robe. One time I put one on in a hotel and felt like the Pillsbury dough man.

Thanks for your input!!
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 07:26 PM
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 07:32 PM
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Hadn't seen this one before.

Must-bookmark site for Fodoristas: http://www.thebathroomdiaries.com/default.htm
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 07:44 PM
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Oh, Gardy, that website is a hoot!

(PS - Keep me at the top of the Dog Adopt List. Don't let cmcfong sweet talk her way ahead of me!)
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 04:02 AM
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Great website, Gardyloo.

So far, our best hotel bathroom has been in the junior suite at the Dorint/Sofitel Baden-Baden. Huge marble bath, great lighting, separate large shower with door, full array of Roger & Gallet toiletries, comfortable bathrobes, slippers, LOTS of thick towels in three sizes (and washcloths--two per person!). Plus, the hotel has its own plush spa, so we could just throw the bathrobes on over our bathing suits, take the special elevator down to the spa (so you don't have to stand in your bathrobe with fully dressed guests) for all kinds of pampering. The public washrooms were also elegant. Candles, flowers, individual handtowels in a basket, and no Madame Pipi demanding a tip.
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 04:05 AM
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Beachkomer, please come back and tell us about the final choices you made for the hotel bathroom you designed!
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 04:19 AM
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Well, the China project fell through...BUT, I printed out all the response, saved them as a Word Doc and highlighted items for my next hotel project.

I went to a hospitality trade show in Vegas recently and for all Fodorites who love a great hotel bathroom this was the place where the designers pick out all of those great amenities! Very cool stuff! Those fog free mirrors were there, beautiful fixtures, etc; I stayed at the Venetian again and it is still my favorite bathroom, but I haven't been to a Four Seasons or Ritz....

Thanks! If you have any ideas not mentioned or would like to include a
"Favorite Heavenly Bathroom" Maybe we can create a hall of fame.
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 04:23 AM
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beachkomer, if you need an assistant to carry all your swag in the exhibit hall, look this way - my hand is up to volunteer!

What a very cool exhibit hall to wander through (beats the heck out of the ones I'm in!)
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 04:42 AM
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Yes, what a swag bag you must have.

One of my friends writes for a spa mag and man, the stuff he gets in the mail and at conventions. More products than you can imagine. He could set up his own store. He never has to buy gifts for anyone--just dips into his massive stash of freebies and puts together a gift basket.
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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I didn't get that much swag this time! A little calculator (to calculate tile) and it broke! Some bags to carry stuff...I noticed a HUGE change in the swag department after everyone cut back on marketing hand outs when the economy went down after 9/11. Our industry was hit HARD. The economy is doing better but the Swag dept is still low (for me!)

I go to Vegas for "Research"....

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I especially like the bathroom vanities I see when frequenting these hotels. But I do like the vanities from Bellavana: http://www.bellavana.com.
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 07:23 AM
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Although I like this old thread...

Sounds like an ad to me!

New poster posting links on two threads (so far) promoting a website?

Hmmm.... :-?
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 08:04 AM
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Yes, very funny. Someone registers on a travel website and posts two posts (so far) both for bathroom vanities? Too bizarre.
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 10:35 AM
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I would like hand held shower heads. Shampoo and cond. with large writing on it so I can read which it is w/o my glasses (since I don't use my glasses in the shower). Thank you.
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 10:37 AM
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travelbug, this thread is over a year old. An advertiser topped it this morning. beachkomer has completed the assignment.
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