Bubble Bath Vistas at the Thunderbird Hotels Pardo
Though often overlooked as a vacation destination, Lima has a lot to offer visitors, including surf-worthy beaches, a rich history, diverse cuisine, lush parks, and excellent shopping (particularly for silver and gold jewelry). And at the end of a long day of sightseeing and experiencing Peruvian nightlife, the best place to relax is in one of these luxurious bathrooms featuring everything from Jacuzzi tubs with expansive views to private saunas.
Here at Oyster we appreciate the art of a fine bath — and how it fits into a hotel room, too, considering it’s our No. 1 way to relax when we’re not at work. We scoured the 2,000+ hotels we cover to find the five most incredible tubs for you to dive into (no pun intended).
The bathroom in a one-bedroom suite at the Grand Luxxe; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The Tale Behind the Tub: Grand Luxxe is the most posh of a group of Mayan timeshare resorts located in the Puerto Vallarta area. The huge rooms and suites (complete with gigantic private terraces) are designed with some serious flair — including each of the bathrooms, natch. Check out the tub, above, in a 1-bedroom suite: The free-standing unit comes equipped with a little wooden stand for all your bath-time essentials, and should it get a little stuffy, open the folding French doors to take a peek into what’s going on in the other part of your suite.
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There’s design, then there’s aggressive design…And then there’s really aggressive, trippy design that makes us think someone slipped something in our drink. The Room Mate Grace in New York City has some of the headiest themes we’ve ever come across: think vertigo-inducing hallways and a pool that redefines the term “mood-lighting.” We may not love the Times Square area, but this hotel is a sight to see all on its own.
Bathroom in the Pool Bar at the Room Mate Grace; New York, NY
Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
You can sit on the john in any hotel room in any city, but in a city like Los Angeles you can sit on the john in style. Bathrooms in L.A. are among the nicest around, because designers know that in a town this glamorous, they need to go the extra mile to stand out.
As a result, bathrooms in L.A. — like the people, like the cars, like the homes — are downright fun to look at, which is why we’re showing you a whole slew of bathroom photos below. Some of the bathrooms are sleek and sexy, exhibiting high design (like those at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills) while others are quaint and pretty (like those at Shutters on the Beach). But they all have one thing in common: they’re all among the best hotel bathrooms in the city.
You can find the below photos plus plenty more in our full slideshow of the best hotel bathrooms in Los Angeles.
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Poo on the toilet in our room at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Working for Oyster isn’t always a day at the beach: We’ve come across some pretty nasty hotel rooms. This smear of fecal matter on the toilet at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay was definitely among the worst. Below, take a look (if you dare) of at a few of the grossest bathroom surprises we encountered in the past year.
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The SinkPositive system, Good Hotel
File under “Things That Are Awesome”: We encountered this toilet-top sink during our stay at the quirky, eco-friendly Good Hotel in San Francisco and we’re digging the whole concept — you might even say we were so jazzed by the idea of it that our faces were a bit flushed (ha!) when we walked out of the bathroom.
Here’s the deal: When you flush a toilet outfitted with the SinkPositive system, a stream of clean water flows from the toilet-top sink faucet. It flows for one minute, allowing you to wash your hands without ever touching the tap. That greywater then flows off your hands and drains down into the toilet bowl to be used for the next flush.
The good news: you don’t have to expose yourself to germs by turning the faucet on and off before and after rinsing your hands. The better news: the limited stream of water reminds you to make the effort to wash your paws and dispenses only enough water needed to effectively clean both hands. The best news: the water is efficiently reused for the next toilet flush.
According to the sign (left), this little contraption can help each user save a gallon of potable water per day, and the leak detector on the device helps prevent additional water waste (not-so-fun fact: did you know U.S. toilet leaks alone account for over 12% of the nation’s water supply?)
Not a bad initiative for hoteliers to consider — nor a particularly expensive one: the SinkPositive system (shown here) runs $109.00 per fixture. Some hotels spend more than that on throw pillows. Just saying.