Hotel-Inspired Bathroom Decor
Recreate a little of that holiday magic by taking inspiration from these three hotel bathrooms, each with a distinctive style
Across the world, from large, brand-name chain hotels to independent boutique properties, and from ritzy urban palaces to rustic tropical resorts, wow-inducing bathrooms have become as important as the guest suites themselves. Designers continue to use the bathroom as a crucible for their fertile imaginations, showcasing inventive ways of transforming that most private of spaces into statements of artistic flourish.
Double sinks or even double baths are de rigueur these days, as are glass-enclosed wet-room-style showers with panoramic views or skylight features. Increasingly, designers and hoteliers are opting for open-concept baths, placing sexy rainshowers or antique claw-footed bathtubs in the middle of the room to dramatise the space.
Here are three distinctive hotel bathrooms to be inspired by.
Classical splendour at The St. Regis
Bathrooms in the St. Regis, like the one in the Madison Suite pictured here, are all about old-world glamour – brass fittings, wall sconces, gold faucets and acres of gorgeously veined marble. The suite comes with two full baths and two vanities, and each vanity features a double sink.
Freestanding bathtubs, like Kneif’s Prince, are reminiscent of a bygone era. Even more evocative are claw-footed versions, like Kneif’s aptly-named Victorian or Grohe’s Kensington. Cristina Rubinetterie’s Canova Elite series features basin and bath mixers with enamel handles. For a slightly more modern take on the look, opt for Hansgrohe’s Axor Citterio line of faucets, which offers a beautiful contrast against a marble backdrop. Then accessorise with Slamp’s Ceremony or Lillibet lights, gloriously decadent but modern takes on classical forms, rendered in Opalflex, a resistant form of plastic suitable for use in moisture-rich environments.
Tropical modern at W Retreat & Spa
Boasting a trellised roof and skylights that create magical patterns of shadow and light throughout the day, bathrooms in the W Retreat & Spa, Seminyak are set to redefine resort bathrooms everywhere. The palette is natural, in keeping with the Balinese philosophy of using organic materials, textures and colours. The emphasis is on purity of form and harmony of the whole.
Axor’s sensuously curved Massaud bathtub encapsulates this sense of relaxed simplicity, as does Zucchetti’s ergonomically-shaped Faraway tub. Ideal complements include Scarabeo’s Kong washbasin and Planet WC and bidet, as well as Hatria’s Grandangolo system of wall-mounted or countertop washbasins. Ligne Roset’s Curule chair, inspired by 3,000-year-old Egyptian chairs of the same name, makes a great accent piece, offering a hint of the exotic.
Minimalist chic at the Hotel on Rivington
In order not to detract from the glorious views of the Manhattan skyline, the Williamsburg bridge and the East River, bathrooms in the Hotel on Rivington are decked out in the simplest of materials and colours – think monochromatic mosaics and sultry slates. Even the fittings and fixtures, such as vanity counters, bathtubs and mirrors, are reduced to clean lines and pure geometric shapes. Overall, this has a decidedly calming effect on the mind – precisely what a well-planned bathroom should accomplish.
Cristina Rubinetterie Sandwich
Grohe’s Ondus series of sleek showerheads and faucets, equipped with digitally programmable temperature settings, captures the essence of urban minimalism to a T. The clean sculptural lines of Grohe’s Veris, Hansgrohe’s Metris and Cristina Rubinetterie’s Modul also present a strong case. For accessories, look to Vipo’s Demetra soap dish, Glam soap dispenser and Stylus ring holder, as well as Serralunga’s Lluna planters in two different heights. To create a sensational bathing experience, opt for Cristina Rubinetterie’s Sandwich rainshower - the massive 40 cm showerheads are embedded with LEDs that allows for a monochromatic or multicoloured stream of water.
Pictures courtesy of respective hotels and brands
This story is adapted from "Suite Serenity", published in Singapore Tatler Homes Dec-Jan 2011/2012 issue.