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Whether posting a shot of your beckoning bubble bath or revelling in the fact that your room actually has a full-length mirror, the need to Instagram your hotel bathroom has become almost a rite of passage for the modern-day traveller.
Between luxuriating in your marshmallow-y robe and getting dressed for the evening ahead, there are infinite hours to snap and pap.
If you’re seeking inspiration to recreate the look chez toi, check out these insta-worthy hotel bathrooms around the world.
The Silo Hotel, Cape Town
An industrial monolith, complete with an imposing set of 25-foot windows, the Silo Hotel is Cape Town’s most expensive hotel. Located six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the former grain-silo complex is a sight to behold. Remodelled by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the hotel’s industrial exterior is offset by its rather more maximalist interior. The bathrooms have the best views of the city with a freestanding bathtub centred on another mammoth window; bathe at sunset and be transfixed by the light’s deflection from the city sprawl to the overhanging chandelier.
Henrietta Hotel, London
A 1930s take on the WC, the guest bathrooms at this Covent Garden darling are awash with pale pink, marble skirtings and a luxurious double-ended bath. On the glass fan-shaped window overhanging the bathroom entrance, the word “bath” is scribed in stylised gold font. Over the threshold, arch-shaped mirrors, dark floor tiles and Henrietta monogrammed towels add serious plushness points. Downstairs the bathrooms are equally decadent; leopards prowl along the walls above chevron-patterned tiles with orb-like sconce lights illuminating their strides.
The Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side has its ratio of luxury to rustic down to a T, with artfully un-done edges offset by soft furnishings and sumptuous bathrooms. Complete with a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, fluffy towels, rain shower, brass fixtures and a mammoth floor-to-ceiling window, a minimalist colour palette compliments the Ludlow’s laidback-luxe aesthetic. Have your cosmetics form an orderly queue along the splashback and get ‘gramming.
Urban Cowboy B&B, Nashville and New York
We would wager a guess that the second B in Urban Cowboy B&B probably doesn’t stand for breakfast. Rather it’s the hub’s seriously satiable bathrooms that require, neigh demand, top-billing for their innovative approach to boudoirs and bubble baths. Across Urban Cowboy’s New York and Nashville branches, open-plan rooms are designed in a western aesthetic, incorporating traditional textiles with modern touches. Ensuites comprise of freestanding copper tubs backed onto a tapestry of tiles, softer-than-soft towels and intricately woven bath mats.
The Artsuite, Hotel Punta Tragara, Capri
Designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier, this vertiginous cliffside hotel certainly makes the most of its seaview rooms. Nowhere is the perspective more impacting than from the bathtub in the spectacular Artsuite. Crowned by an arched window, the sleek white jacuzzi bathtub – which sits on a raised wooden dais – faces a sheer drop to the sea and the Fariglioni rocks of Capri below.
Presidential Suite, Le Royal Monceau Raffles, Paris
The OTT presidential suite at Le Royal Monceau Raffles is vanity personified. Philippe Starck’s retro-futurist design features a myriad of mirrors, fitted along a grid-like system. The mirage-like washroom is complete with walk-in shower, claw-foot bath and Japanese “Toto” toilet. Starck’s synonymously sleek aesthetic will seduce even the most reticent narcissists.
Located in a decadent belle époque building in Mérida, is this design-led hideaway. The perfumeria’s private residence has only one room – L´Epicerie suite. The one-room hideaway is tantalising and the ensuite is akin to a picture-book etching. Comprising of carrara marble his and hers vanities, gilt mirrors, glass chandeliers and two claw-foot tubs, Coqui Coqui’s bathroom is unbeatable when it comes to both regalness and relaxation.
The Ritz, Paris
The grande dame of Paris knows about bathrooms. Following the hotel’s 2012-2016 revamp, the Ritz has been “modernised but with discretion”. In this vein, the gilded swan faucets are as they were at the inauguration of the Ritz Paris in 1898. The hotel’s signature peach-coloured bath linens to flatter any complexion occupy every marble cubby hole and tub assistance – in case you need your maid or valet – is available by toggling the appropriate porcelain pulley. In Coco Chanel’s suite, and many others across the hotel, hot and cold taps comprise of crystals nobs finished with correlating blue and red jewels. The legacy of detail-obsessed architect Charles Frédéric Mewès, who designed the Ritz in 1898, is omnipresent.
Il Salviatino, Florence
Fusing Italian history with 21st-century sensibilities and sleek technology, the Affresco suite, at Il Salviatino is a work of art in itself. Residing at the 15th-century villa high in the hills over Florence is dreamlike; here walls are laced with valuable artworks and 19th century frescoes illuminate the ceilings. Soak in the freestanding tub made of ancient Roman stone and stare at the ceiling fresco created in 1886 by Italian painter Domenico Bruschi. A truly transportive tub, some might say.
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