Wow-inducing bathrooms have become as important as seductive boudoirs at the hotels Mr & Mrs Smith visit, and they’re a great opportunity to showcase imaginative design. Double sinks, or even double baths create a glamorous boutique-hotel feel, glass-enclosed wet-room-style showers and baths with a view add drama. Beautiful materials and different textures, from stone tiling to special towels, creates interest. Otherwise attention to detail gives bathrooms more personality, whether it’s an extravagant mirror or beautiful antique chair. Zero clutter, plumbing that really works, adjustable lighting, enough hooks to hang your towels, and even the odd technological flourish are all factors that can turn a good hotel into a great one.
Without further ado, allow us to present, in no particular order, our run-down of the best hotel bathrooms on the great green earth. Hold on to your shower caps…
01 Hotel on Rivington
Style: Classy, glassy minimalism
Spectacular views both inside and out – this hotel’s bathrooms boast floor-to-ceiling glass walls, offering you the full Manhattan cityscape while you shower – and, of course, vice versa. Some rooms feature triple-headed steam showers and double Japanese soaking tubs big enough for two.
02 Barnsley House
Style Mod-con manor
This spa-spangled boutique hotel understands the value of a decent bathroom and doesn’t let its 17th-century style get in the way of the modern marvellousness. Room 1 has two tubs side by side, facing a TV so you can watch while you wash. Room 2 has a Jacuzzi, and every suite comes with a roll-top tub at the foot of the bed.