Monday, November 9, 2009

Designing the perfect hotel room: the shower, part 2

I received a lot of comments and email messages about my first crack at designing the perfect hotel room shower, and many of them included valuable improvements. I then improved on some of the improvements. So, to complete the shower, I list here, in no particular order, the additional requirements for it:

The shower door should not in any way conflict with the bathroom door or any of the rest of the bathroom.

If the shower door swings out, there must be enough room that it cannot interfere with the main bathroom door, the sink and counter area, or anything else.

The mirror should start at four feet high.

A five-foot-tall person who wants to check her/his face in the mirror should be able to do so without getting up on tippy toes.

Bars or hand grips all around.

Hey, we can be safe and pretty, too!

Operating the shower heads must be easy.

Using them should be either so easy that anyone can do it or well documented enough that infrequent visitors can figure it out easily--while in the shower. Related to this is that the marking of hot and cold should be obvious and consistent on every single head.

The shower mat should be large and safe and highly absorbent.

When you step outside the shower, you should step onto a soft, warm (via the heated floors), absorbent mat or towel that will not skid. I like the idea of a fine soft grating over a drain, or even a not quite so soft bamboo-type drain, but whatever it is, it should not move when you step on it.

The lighting should be bright and thorough but adjustable from within the shower.

The default should be a completely brightly lit shower, but for those who want it dimmer (and, let's face it, with a shower this awesome more than a few couples and/or groups are going to want to play in it), the controls should be easily accessible while you're in the shower. Yeah, I know that poses some tricky electrical problems, but having seen the pools and light shows in Las Vegas, and in particular those at Cirque's O, I'm confident we can deal with those issues.

No matter how long you're in the shower, no water should escape.

We're talking multiple excellent drains and a nice lip around the edge, at a minimum. Maybe even small drains around the shower's perimeter.

It must provide a "steam shower" option.

If you want to take some steam in your room, you should be able to do so, right there in your lovely shower.

Venting should be powerful and adjustable from within the shower.

If you don't want as much (or even any) steam, you should be able to have the vents remove it.


I'm hereby closing the shower design. Next up (possibly after a movie review and other random stuff): the tub! Then, the counters and sinks, and finally the rest of the bathroom.

Yeah, this is going to take me a while, but with a goal as lofty as the perfect hotel room, what would you expect?

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