Sometimes there is an early sign of trouble when you reach your hotel room……the designers have been just that little bit too tricksy and trendy. The pics below were taken at a new hotel in Sydney’s Chatswood.
And sure enough, the room turned out to be vast, but well…….. just wrong on so many levels (so to speak).
With all the floor space available they designed the room so that the bedside table sat half on carpet and half on tile. The lamp nearly toppled off. Too wobbly to stand a glass of water on.
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL
Now as a woman of a certain age, this is my biggest gripe. The example here is from a different hotel, in Hobart, Tasmania
Mirror, mirror on the wall.
I cannot see myself at all!
There was an oversized, water wasting shower head, and one miserable light.
The only mirror with decent lighting was in the lift. I was tempted to ride up and down, ‘putting on my face’.
The bathroom pictured below ( a new North Sydney hotel) wasn’t much better. For heaven’s sake! Fortunately for me there was mirrored wall behind the kettle in the kitchenette
And next I present….. a bathroom with an entire wall of mirrored cupboards (who on earth needs so many?) , but a shelf below so impractical it’s impossible to extract a tissue from the box. We are back in the Sydney CBD now.
Who designs these vast, ineffectual rooms? Here is another example. No proper vanity unity in an ensuite the size of my bedroom at home..
Now where would be a sensible place for the cutlery do you think? Waist height? No, not quite. It took us half an hour to find a spoon.
China and glassware? Put them above the stove top, in cupboards so high only a basketball player could reach them.
The fridge in this studio was large enough for a family of ten. In fact everything was super-sized. We felt rather like Alice in Wonderland after she drank the famous shrinking potion.
Oh yes, and many of these new hotels do not have enough power outlets for their techno crazy clientele. We need to charge phones, laptops, camera batteries, etc etc. MORE OUTLETS PLEASE!
Now this warning seems a bit odd to me;
What a contradiction in terms. If it’s a non-smoker it won’t smoke…right? I suspect it’s a veiled threat to nicotine addicts who blame appliances when they have a sneaky puff and set those bells a’ringing.
Speaking of smoke, the most recent central Sydney hotel I stayed in was called Megaboom. I do think a little more thought could have been given to the name, especially when they have placed a ticking clock on every bedside table.
On a final note; have you ever been in a hotel room where the radio worked? I haven’t, no matter what country or how expensive the room.
I could go on, and yes, I do realize these are first world problems. My husband suggests we could be employed testing the practicality of hotel room design.
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