As spaces that allow guests to relax and rejuvenate, bathrooms have come to occupy an important part of the overall design of a hotel room. In fact hoteliers are investing a lot of time, energy and effort in ensuring that bathrooms are functional and aesthetic at the same time. What do you look for in a hotel room? Well for one a bathroom that is clean and user friendly is sure to earn brownie points. This is exactly why hoteliers are ensuring that their bathrooms become the talking point of their rooms.
Modern bathrooms are designed keeping simplicity in mind yet giving a feel of luxury and elegance. Today these spaces are private heavens for frequent travellers as the time spent here is the only ‘me time’ that they have. “While designing our guest bathrooms, the interior designers have to be compliant with the standards and design features as specified by Starwood’s in keeping with the colour scheme and layout features. The core thought being the safety and comfort of the guest, functional at the same time offering a luxurious commodity that meets their needs. Having antiskid floorings and grab bars, branded high quality bathroom fixtures and fittings, health faucets, telephones connections, audio and video connectivity, lighting moods, international multi use plug points in the bathroom are some of the other key design features that are borne in mind,” said Kingsley Pareira, Housekeeping Executive, Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai. Smita Rathod Director of Services, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Lakeside Chalet – Mumbai, Marriott Executive Apartments said, “the hoteliers are designing these everyday used spaces intelligently and giving them importance which is greater than we give it credit for. Soaking in a lavish standalone bath tub with beautiful marble cladded walls around and soothing lighting is always a connect with self for any guest , but many hotels are doing away with bathtubs as space is a constraint and instead have modern cubicles with wall mounted shower jets and overhead rain shower fixtures. This can be a treat to any corporate guest who walks into the room post hectic days work. Three fixture bathrooms are in today as this way the cubicles can become bigger also a comfortable shower bench can be added. Keeping in mind the single lady traveller and long stay guest requirements the vanity counters are larger to arrange their stuff.”
A good hotel bathroom design also depends on the choice of colours and materials. No more bright high shine tiles and surfaces – matte, nude and neutral colours are in trend. The bathroom space has witnessed new technology on the rise. Fast and more accurate shower thermostat is available today. Biswadeep Chowdhury, Housekeeping Manager, JW Marriott Kolkata, said, “we have worked on the space allocation for the four fixture setup, a standalone bathtub with a panoramic view of the city. It has been designed in a manner which makes it chic, personal and vibrant with day light option. The desired temperature is reached in a fraction of a second and maintained for the entire duration of the shower. Super-fast and super precise temperature controls deliver convenience, comfort and total safety for guests. Censor technology in faucets contribute greatly to water saving, especially in public areas. High efficiency faucets are introduced and are available in markets which consume less water using aerators and built in floor reducers.” Contemporary bathrooms are a wonderful amalgamation of technological efficiency and sleek yet opulent design sensibilities. The integration of technology with bath-ware fixtures has revolutionized the segment and the offerings. Abhishek Somany, MD, Somany Ceramics Limited explained, “the year 2017 has marked a return to the organic and natural décor. While the use of wood is not essentially advisable for wet places, the advent of faux wood tiles and planks have made possible to have wooden floors and walls in bathrooms and kitchens. The faux wooden floors bring a warm and rustic elegance and these tiles and planks are easy to install and far more durable than their natural counterparts. Another interesting trend that has come to the forefront are colour-bodied tiles. These tiles have perennial durability and support the same colour throughout their depth. This unique quality enables the Tesoro tiles to maintain a uniform front and back colour that makes any kind of chipping, wear and tear unerring, thereby increasing the durability of this range.”
The market has a plethora of options as far as materials that give an organic look to the bathrooms are concerned. “Use of glass allows easy passage of natural light making the bathrooms appear bigger. Other materials like stone and wood provide bathrooms with a hint of spa-like feeling. Choosing right finish for your faucets and showers is another factor adding to the eye-catching bathroom. Still, in the end, it is the user’s sense of style and his daily bathroom usage patterns that make installed materials and product designs being considered as a value addition,” said Gaurav Malhotra, Managing Director, Hansgrohe India Pvt. Ltd. Moreover, materials like stainless steel and copper have found their way to be a part of the design aesthetics of modern bathrooms through faucets and fixtures. These tones not only accentuate the appearance of the room, but are also far more resilient when it comes to fighting rust and wear and tear.
Considering the preference of today’s customers for making high-end bathrooms in their homes most brands offer a comprehensive range of solutions for bathrooms covering bath fittings, sanitary ware as well as full range of wellness products like bath tubs, shower and steam cubicles, multi-function shower panels. Manish Bhatia, President, Building Products Division, HSIL Limited said, “we have various innovative technologies like Aquasheet flushing technology which is the first of its kind in India,100% Clean 100% Rimless range of WC’s, Integrated Jet, Rimless combined with integrated jet that combine comfort and hygiene. These products are also very easy to clean which is a huge benefit for the consumers. In Wash Basins, we have ceramic waste coupling which gives a more contemporary and clean look to the bathroom. We also have thin rim basins which are better in terms of aesthetic; sleek and edgy and suit the modern day consumer’s requirement better.”
Suppliers are currently putting a lot of care to make our products eco-friendly. “Through innovation we have recently added the eco-flush facility which brings the ability to conserve a lot of water by using only 4.7 litres for full flush and 3 litres for half flush. Other than that, our wide range of innovative bathroom products includes a rain shower panel with inbuilt FM Radio and touch screen technology. Faucets with the durashine feature give long lasting shine and its special cartridges ensure smooth movement of single lever faucets. The faucets also have eco-friendly features and contain water saving aerators,” explained Pankaj Sharma, President – Johnson Bathrooms & Kitchens. KE Ranganathan, Managing Director, Roca Bathrooms Pvt Ltd. added, “cold start faucets is an innovation designed for sustainability, with water and energy saving capability and zero CO2 emissions. It allows you to use cold water for daily bathroom rituals with a lever in the center. In addition to saving water, you’ll be saving energy, as it prevents the boiler from firing up when not needed.”
Bathroom flooring is a key element of the design and surface products that have functionality of grip and are easy to clean is of paramount importance. Vivek Talwar, CMD, NITCO Ltd. said, “we usually opt for floor tiles as they come in many sizes with matte surface providing more grip. Apart from this, they are easy to install, are easy to clean and prevent water seepage accompanied with an inert anti bacterial property which makes it the ideal product for wall and floor. Tiles which have a look and feel of Natural Slate, Natural Sand Stone or cement look are slowly gaining a strong place in hotel interiors.” Vikas Kesarkar, Vice President- Marketing, Classic Marble Company (CMC) added, “KalingaStone marble offers great options for flooring, cladding, framing windows and doors, countertops, shower areas, tubs and are largely in demand in the budget and mid-range hotel projects due to its user-friendly characteristics. These products are in demand mainly in four and five star category hotels and are used in flooring, wall claddings or even as highlighters.”
Today’s trendy hotels have steam/heater proof vanity mirror glass that prevents steam from settling on the surface, leaving the mirror clean and clear at all times, bidets, speaker phones and speakers, iPhone, tabs and mobile charging ports and discreetly hidden magazine/newspaper shelves, clothes drying racks and even washing machine units. As far as space is concerned, the preference for showering and controlled water flow is more preferred. The usage of big size whirlpools and enclosures has reduced. Customised showering trend is more popular where customers can design his showering space as per his need. Brass is becoming the new fashion material for bathrooms in 2017. “In terms of materials of the future, Nano Technology is making waves. We currently use Silver Nano Technology for our germ free Sanitary range of Johnson Bathrooms. This technology adds unique anti-bacterial properties, giving superior hygiene and protection,” said Sharma. Seema Ramakrishna, Head – Interiors, Brigade Group added, “the tried and tested material remains imported marble be it an accent or that which blends with the surround. The sanitary and CP fittings are curvilinear to add to the ease of use. The use sees the space as less of a “toilet” and more as an extension of the guest room.” Emanuela Tavolini, Director of Sales Europe, GRAFF added, “for the showers, on the other hand, stainless steel has become the most appreciated alternative to brass, especially for showerheads. GRAFF offers a wide range of stainless steel products inside its wellness program: from the ultra-slim showerheads to the ones with LED chromotheraphy or mist function; from the multifunction Aqua-sense shower system to the awarded Ametis showerhead and shower column.” Bathrooms are certainly changing and guests seems to be the ultimate gainers – a win win situation for both!
This story appeared in the Oct 2017 issue of Hotelier India here.
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