HOTEL BATHROOMS: DESIGN CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME
While on the surface, hotel bathrooms look all fairly standardized and uniform with a logical arrangement of the showers, sinks, toilets and towel hangers at hand, the truth is that interior space designers often have to overcome unexpected challenges, whether the project is a new build, renovation, or adaptation. Not only does space need to meet the latest hospitality standards, guest demands, and brand policies, but every facet of the room, pardon the pun, requires a range of logistic solutions. Here are a few rules of a successful hotel bathroom design.
Using features to your advantage
While working on transformation of the Los Angeles historic Mayfair Hotel between 2016 and 2017, the city-based architect and designer Gulla Jonsdottir decided not to move the original plumbing, a task which would require many delays and extra costs, so she focused their efforts to transforming small 1920s style powder rooms into modern bathrooms that would appeal to the hotel’s guests today. In order to make spaces brighter, she used all-white tile on walls and used broken pieces of black tile to design unique decorative patterns, something similar to what Gaudi did in Park Güell in Barcelona.
Getting the water pressure right
The Ironworks Hotel in Indianapolis is a perfect example of a new-build property that drew inspiration from the 19th-century vibe. Sue Griffin, director of interior design at Hendricks Commercial Properties, decided to go with rain shower heads which would offer guests a spa-like experience. However, in order for a rain shower head to be effective, you need good water pressure. The advantage of new-builds is that you can think of that ahead of time, while renovated hotels require a bit of retracing and re-configuring the ‘water guts’ to achieve sufficient pressure. Water pressure also needs to be consistent on all floors, which can be an issue depending on the way the pipes were laid.
The importance of drain
While walk-in showers and rain shower heads have their spa-like appeal, they might make things complicated on the other end of the tube – the draining system, especially if the designer has envisaged the drain hidden off to the side of a shower stall, instead of in the middle. Effective drainage ensures that the person using a shower isn’t standing in a puddle of water all the time. This can be avoided in the tile-laying phase. Choose a reputable ceramics installer who knows how to angle both the floor and the shower tray so that all the water runs where it’s supposed to. Read more...