Tub out: What to do with that space?


Removing guestroom tubs
Removing guestroom tubs creates possibilities for innovative shower configurations, and allows for more options regarding shower heads and jets.


The hotel bathroom opens up to a number of possibilities without a tub. According to Jeff Harwanko, lead engineer designer for Speakman, having an increased space for shower installation can lead to a custom shower experience with more jets placed in creative ways, as well as expanded vanity space.

“Hotels want bigger and better sink areas, and the trend is leaning toward using the space saved by [taking out] a tub,” said George Gottl, creative director at UXUS. “In general, it’s a premium to have a more spacious bathroom.”

While guestroom linens have trended toward whites in order to reveal their cleanliness, Harwanko said that the bathroom is home to more neutral or muted colors, with an emphasis on earthy, natural materials.

“Since the overall [bathroom] design scheme dictates the tub and shower design, the more clean lines used will result in less color being found within the space,” said Robert Peters, director of marketing at Pfister Hospitality. “More traditional designs tend to have multiple colors and finishes compared to modern designs, often becoming ornate.”

Christopher Ehlers, director of hospitality for Symmons, noted that there is a future in using chrome over traditional brushed finishes due to their longevity. “Chrome finishes represent a classic look that has better durability than alternative materials,” Ehlers said. “Bronzes are also a nice touch, but they take a beating from housekeeping no matter what happens.” For a hotel looking to preserve its bronze or brushed bathroom finishes, Ehlers recommended instructing housekeeping not to use scouring pads to scratch them up.

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