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Baths in hotel bedrooms – romantic or just wrong?

by Sarah Bridge
baths in hotel bedrooms

Baths in hotel bedrooms

Are baths in hotel bedrooms a great hotel treat or just a hideous design nonsense?

I only ask, because almost every hotel I’ve stayed in recently has at least one room where the bath is in the bedroom – at the foot of the bed, for example, or in pride of place by the window – and I just think it would be the weirdest thing to have a bath while someone is in bed trying to watch the telly. Or am I missing out on a fabulous romantic experience?

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A step way, way too far for me though is taking intimacy one stage further, and having open-plan bathrooms – ‘Watch me in the shower!’ – or even – the horror – of transparent loo doors. This can NEVER be a good thing, surely? Have a look and see what you think…

This is the luxury Penthouse suite at one of London’s newest hotels, nhow London

bedroom nHow London hotel

The bedroom links seamlessly to the bathroom which contains a bath, shower, loo and sink

It’s one of Dormy House’s smartest bedrooms – but look, there’s a bath just around the corner…

tin bath in a bedroom at Dormy House in the Cotswolds

A tin bath in a bedroom at Dormy House in the Cotswolds

Just a few miles away it’s the equally lovely Barnsley House – but there’s a bath right at the end of the bed…

Barnsley House room with bath

There’s no missing the bath right at the end of the bed in Barnsley House

At Dormy House’s neighbour, the award-winning luxury hotel Foxhill Manor, they’ve got two baths, facing each other (and yes, they’re both in the bedroom)

two baths facing each other at Foxhill Manor in the Cotswolds

The height of romance? Baths facing each other in a bedroom at Foxhill Manor

Here’s the wedding suite at Burley Manor in the New Forest… and yes, there’s a bath in the bedroom.

bath in the wedding suite at Burley Manor

The wedding suite at Burley Manor in the New Forest has a four-poster bed, plus a bath not too far away

We’re edging into intimate territory here at Danesfield House… there’s a bathroom and a bedroom – but they’re actually joined. Here’s the bath, just next to the bed…

bath in bedroom at Danesfield House

Danesfield House in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has gone for the open-plan approach

And here’s the same room, with the view from the bed showing the shower cubicle. Which is totally see-through, meaning you can’t help but watch someone have a shower.

shower danesfield house

And it’s not just the bath but the shower which are right next to the bed

Some hotels have gone for a different approach, and have two baths actually in the bathroom, which is quite a nice idea. Here’s the bathroom in the Baylies Suite at the luxury hotel Bailffscourt hotel and spa.

The double baths at Bailiffscourt hotel's Baylies Suite

The double baths at Bailiffscourt hotel’s Baylies Suite

While I found these two baths side by side on the mezzanine level of the Bristol Hotel du Vin‘s Veuve Cliquot room:

baths at Hotel du Vin, Bristol

You can chat to your neighbour in these baths at Hotel du Vin, Bristol

Credit must also go to Foxhill Manor (again) for having a whole range of loos to choose from, featuring your favourite Bond. So you can go for Daniel, Sean, Timothy or Roger (sorry, no George).

roger moore loo

You can choose your own Bond in the loos at Foxhill Manor

However nothing can make up for this from Foxhill – an entirely see-through bathroom, which is actually just by the main entrance to the bedroom. So the moment anyone walks in … well, let’s hope you don’t mind getting to know your bedroom companion really, really well…

Baths in hotel bedrooms

It’s Foxhill Manor. Again. With their piece de resistance, an entirely see-through bathroom.

If you like reading about luxury hotels then make sure you subscriber to my regular email. And here’s some of the hotels mentioned above which are really worth checking out – baths in bedrooms optional! Barnsley House hotel and spa – a wonderfully cosy Cotswolds hideaway;  Dormy House in the Cotswolds – so snug, you’ll never want to leave; Burley Manor hotel New Forest – relaxing country charm

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