In the short stay environment, hotel washrooms need to be incredibly durable to stand up to the high volume of traffic passing through the premises. These washrooms also need to be cleaned efficiently and quickly in order to keep the change over time down to a minimum and the occupancy rates high.
Here are our key features to bear in mind when planning for refurbishments.
The need for easy clean designs
Turning round rooms for the next guest often needs to be done in a very short time frame. The key to ensuring this can happen is bringing easy clean design into the hotel room with the bathroom taking priority. This is because every user or the room will wash, spill toothpaste, create puddles and generally leave the washroom splashed and steamy post-shower.
Tough durable features
While vandalism might not be especially high on your agenda, accidental damage and heavy-handed use should be. Some of the most commonly damaged items in hotel washrooms are showering screens around baths, shower enclosure doors, and exposed showerheads. One of the best ways to tackle this is to install recessed shower controls where all pipework is hidden within the wall. Historically this might have posed something of a renovation nightmare, but today slim line DUCT sets can be used at the foot of the bath to house all services. The front panel can be easily removed for maintenance access, but the controls can be recessed to prevent irksome accidental damage – which can put rooms out of order, and cost your business money.
From a financial perspective, having refillable soap and shampoo dispensers makes complete sense. You no longer need to replace half-used bars of soap or throw away miniature plastic bottles every day. Additionally, the move to dispensers also has benefits from a cleaning and maintenance perspective too. Some of the dispensers are likely to only need refilling once a week, making washroom cleaning easier and faster.
Sensor activated taps
People often use more water in a hotel room than they would at home. Multiply that across your entire occupancy, and you can see that a lot of water can be consumed each day on your premises. While sensor-activated showers might not be viable in all environments, sensor taps almost always are. Not only does this often keep the hand wash area cleaner, but with water flowing for only a set period of time, users tend to use less water when freshening up or brushing their teeth. Over the course of a year, over several sites, this can deliver very substantial savings on water and sewerage charges.
Protecting against falls
The floor of a hotel bathroom almost always has pools of water from users exiting baths and showers with little thought for clean up. For this reason tiles with anti-slip properties, or vinyl safety flooring are essential as it helps to protect you and your users against slips and falls. Some safety floorings carry anti-slip traction that works with both bare feet and shoes too.
Get the specification for your hotel washroom right, and it can be rolled out throughout your premises and multiple sites, creating a template for both safety and success.
If you’d like to talk to us about your hotel washrooms, or to discuss bespoke specification options, get in touch with one of the team today on 01202 650900.