Design Elements of Hotel Bathrooms
What Goes Into the Design of Hotel Bathrooms?
If you haven’t tried it yourself, you might assume that you don’t have to put a great deal of thought into designing hotel bathrooms. After all, many of them look pretty much alike with much the same arrangement of the toilet, sink, shower, towel racks, and what have you.
But in fact, whether the designer is responsible for a renovation or adaptation or starting entirely from scratch, designing hotel bathrooms can be surprisingly complicated. Designers have to take into account brand policies, guest requirements, and up-to-date hospitality standards. On top of that, they have to solve various logistical problems.
Here, then, are just some of the matters a good designer of hotel bathrooms will consider.
Hotel Bathrooms Design Question #1: How Do I Get the Water Pressure Right?
No guest will deem a hotel bathroom adequate, let alone particularly nice if the water pressure is inadequate. For example, rain showerheads are great when the pressure’s right. They offer a spa-like experience. But they’re an annoyance when there isn’t enough pressure to make them work properly.
If the hotel bathrooms are being built from scratch, designers generally don’t find it difficult to provide adequate water pressure. If they’re renovating or upgrading, their efforts may need to extend to making changes to the hotel’s plumbing.
One aspect of getting the water pressure right is ensuring it’s the same on every floor.
Hotel Bathrooms Design Question #2: How Do I Provide Hot Water?
Guests expect hot water within seconds of turning on the shower. That takes a lot of energy. State-of-the-art technology can reduce this electricity cost significantly although experts are required to install it.
Hotel Bathrooms Design Question #3: How Do I Provide Adequate Drainage?
That rain showerhead will also turn out to be irritating rather than exhilarating if, as it puts out more water, the water doesn’t drain quickly from the bottom of the shower and the guest ends up standing in water that comes up to his or her ankles or even higher.
Drains in the middle of the shower stall floor generally do their jobs pretty well. Drains tucked into the side of a shower stall sometimes don’t. One way to achieve adequate drainage is to turn to a competent ceramics installer during the tile-laying phase. The ceramics installer will know how to angle the floor and shower tray to direct the water where you want it to go.
Hotel Bathrooms Design Question #4: How Do I Ventilate?
Hotels generally ventilate guest rooms with a central funnel that leads to a fan on the roof. One consequence of this is that the higher the floor, the better the ventilation.
Designers can provide effective, consistent ventilation by putting fans in all the hotel bathrooms. These reduce humidity, fight mold, and allow for the roof fan to be smaller.
Hotel Bathrooms Design Question #5: What Do I Do About Lighting and Mirrors?
Hotel bathrooms need to be well lit, partly because guests need light to perform personal grooming tasks and partly to provide the appropriate ambiance. Backlit mirrors do a fine job of distributing light everywhere in the bathroom including on guests’ faces. They’re especially useful if there’s no natural light coming in.
Hotel Bathrooms Design Question #6: How Can I Go Green?
Hotel bathrooms account for a major portion of a hotel’s water and energy consumption. But new technology allows the hotel to reduce these usages significantly. For example, modern hotel toilets use about five liters of water per flush as opposed to the thirteen liters used by older models.
In the future, it’s likely that smart technology will alert the maintenance staff immediately in the event of a problem like a dripping faucet. This too should work in the service of sustainability.
Hotel Bathrooms Design Question #7: How Do I Use Existing Features to Best Advantage?
Obviously, this question won’t apply if the designer is starting entirely from scratch. But when he or she is renovating, it’s possible that choosing the right features to alter and changing them in the right way can create the impression that the entire hotel bathroom has been utterly transformed.