The decline of the hotel bathtub—Gone for good? [ Plus: POLL ]

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Do you use bathtubs in hotels?

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  1. YES

    33.3%
  2. NO

    41.7%
  3. I use them only on vacation

    16.7%
  4. I love to shower, but don't like a bathtub

    4.2%
  5. I

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  1. uggboy
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    uggboy Gold Member

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    || The decline of the hotel bathtub—Gone for good? ||

    We love bathtubs in hotels and yes, we bath in them too. :)
     
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    I've never ever ever ever taken a bath in a hotel, and I think I'm probably like the majority of guys here.

    Even when we're out on leisure stays in a resort, usually the tub is the realm of the wife and occasionally the toddler. Me personally I'll trade 10 tubs for a sizeable rain shower.
     
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    I can only remember using a bathtub in two hotels. Both were nice suites with proper standalone tub and shower.
     
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    20 gallons vs. 120 gallons

    I have no doubt that showers use far less water than a bath, but 120 gallons for a tub??? (perhaps a HUGE whirlpool tub)

    Avg tub holds approx 60 gallons and that is when completely full, which of course it isn't when one is bathing in the tub.
     
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    In my experience, hotel bathtubs are most popular with people who have little children they need to bathe in one. Some women (myself included) enjoy the occasional tub soak, but I never do this in a hotel because I'm suspicious of the cleanliness of hotel tubs. If you like whirlpool tubs, do yourself a favor and don't read anything about the sanitation of those... you'll never want to use one again.
     
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    Tubs make sense where families need to bathe young children. I would never use a hotel tub for a bath as I question how clean they really are. So, for me, showers make much more sense and I'm pleased when I see a nice shower instead of, or in addition to, a tub in a hotel room.
     
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    I like to use a whirlpool tub when the hotel has one. It is a great way to unwind at the end of the day.
     
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    I bath everyday at home and multiple times per day at hotels in warm climates. (I grew up in the Alaska without running water, so a bath continues to be a privalage I enjoy.). A shower is in no way relaxing as compaired to a bath. I'd guess that if I was not a bather, then my wife would shower more than taking a bath.
     
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    I use a tub occasionally, more for relaxation. I'm relatively thrifty with the water but probably do use more than a shower. It's an occasional treat if I have time after a long day.
     
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    Cannot recall the last time i took a bath. For sure wouldnt take on in a hotel. Not that I am so "green" but I do find it wasteful but understand parents with children using them but cant imagine they fill it very much at all. Certainly not as much as an adult bathing would.
     
  11. joanek
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    I don't care for this trend AT ALL. I prefer a tub to a shower and see no reason that patrons can't be given a choice. I love being able to relax with a long, hot soak after a tough day traveling, touring or working. This seems to be an issue only here in the States, other countries see tubs as the norm, not an option. One hotel manager told me it really came down to costs: it takes longer to clean a bathroom with a tub and less time spent cleaning means you can cut your staff and salaries.
     
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    Certainly not the places I've stayed in Europe. I'd say it's at least 50/50 shower only vs. combo shower-tub, if not more like 2/3 shower only.
     
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    What type of hotels I should have specified that I'm talking mid-to-upper range accommodations, "semi luxury" vacation rooms, not business accommodations or pods, equivalent to Hyatt, Westin, Taj,etc. I'm finding many US renovations and rehabs removing baths, many equivalent euro/Asian locales keeping them.
     
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    And I'm talking about a mix of mid-tier business and vacation type hotels that have almost all been locally-owned and operated and were in old buildings with smallish rooms and tiny bathrooms that were likely added within the last 20 years. Only major chain hotel I've stayed at in Europe was the Hilton Budapest, which I believe did have a tub.
     
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    Give me another year or two and I won't care if there are tubs...my kids'll be showering by then
     

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