Spotlight On: Hotel Washroom Refurbishment
Washroom refurbishment projects take a different turn when it comes to hotels and the considerations for your facilities are far more complex. Here we take a look at some of the options you have available to you as a hotelier when undertaking partial or full-scale washroom refurbishment.
For hoteliers, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to washrooms. There will be washrooms accessible from the ground floor for staff, visitors and day to day users of the building, and then there are the numerous bathrooms that each bedroom or suite includes. When it comes to the guest bathrooms, most hoteliers want some sort of consistency to them for two main reasons. Firstly, they are familiar and to a consistent standard for returning guests who may not be in the same room and secondly, so maintenance of bathrooms is easier to carry out.
Consistency Comes First
By fitting all your bathrooms in the hotel with the same features, and ideally in a similar format, general maintenance becomes far easier to carry out. Replacements are easier to source and can even be held on stock by your caretaker. However, consistency does not mean that every bathroom in your hotel needs to be refitted simultaneously. Many hotels choose to do a floor at a time and often a room at a time. This allows for less noise disturbance and fewer rooms being out of action at one time, reducing the impact on revenue.
Integrated Plumbing Systems
Integrated Plumbing Systems (IPS) offer a complete solution for projects where concealed plumbing and services are required. However, they have even more benefits to boast. IPS panels not only keep pipework hidden but make for a bathroom that is easier to clean. By reducing exposed surface areas and leaving you with just a flat surface, disinfecting and deep cleans to the washroom are made much easier, simpler and quicker, therefore returning a saving in labour costs. Again, IPS panels also allow you to have consistency in plumbing logistics, keeping them consistent from room to room. Commercial Washrooms carry a huge range of different colour IPS panels and can have them made to custom fit your bathrooms. To talk colourways, and how IPS panels could work for your hotel, get in touch with the Commercial Washrooms team today.
The washrooms that are for the general day to day use of staff, visitors and guest can afford to be a little more stylised. Items like the Timber Pale Ale Urinal can add character and work great in a boutique hotel setting. Similarly, quirkiness and personality can be added in this wash space with things like framed pictures and photos, wicker wastepaper baskets, high-end paper towels and exploring retro memorabilia and furniture. The standard of your visitor washrooms shouldn’t be overlooked as these facilities have the power to influence potential new guests. A strong design with an inviting feel, combined with high hygiene standards and cleanliness makes for a winning combination.
When Led By Design
For a stylish, boutique finish, you can incorporate some stunning items into your guest bathrooms like the counter mounted Sonk Sink which has a wonderful moulded curve to it, or even the Glink Sinks, which allow you to inject a burst of colour into the washroom. This colour can also be synchronised with the suite colourways. Counter mounted sinks have long been popular in the hotel environment and carry with them a certain elegance. However, there are many other options to explore and traditional sinks with a pedestal can also be used to great effect.
Utilising Dispensers To Your Advantage
In the hotel environment, dispensers are a great economical choice. When purchasing supplies such as toilet rolls, hand soap, paper towels and shampoo, bulk containers are often designed with dispensers in mind and also come at a reduced cost. Commercial Washrooms have a diverse range of toilet roll, hand soap and paper towel dispensers that all come in a variety of different finishes. This allows you to incorporate them into your design and achieve that seamless finish.
Many guests require a hair dryer and having them readily available has become a course of duty for the hotelier. By having wall mounted hair dryers, you not only ensure they are available to guests immediately but alleviate the risk of hair dryers going missing. We carry a selection of Hotel & Hospitality Hair Dryers all of which are wired into the mains electric for convenience and safety.
The Finishing Touches
So your washrooms have toilets, basins and baths, but what about the finishing touches? The devil is in the detail as they say and this is an area where you can really leave an impression on guests. Naturally, there are things to consider such as colourways, flooring and wall tiles, but beyond the cosmetics, there are additional features you can install to improve usability. Clothes hooks, wall shelves, mirrors and even things like waste bins and pictures work together to improve the user experience.
Hotel washrooms and bathrooms demand attention to detail, both for the end user and also from a care and maintenance point of view. Style and functionality need to be balanced, though visitor washrooms, often located on the ground floor, allow for a little more flamboyancy and are an area that leaves a lasting impression on potential new guests. Consistency is key when it comes to fitting the guest bathrooms and this can aid both the look and feel to your business, but also speed up and simplify maintenance issues, even making them easier to clean.
However big or small your hotel washroom refurbishment project may be, give thought to the options above and focus on the user experience. After all, it’s what the hospitality game is all about.
As always, our team are at the end of the telephone for all your queries and questions and have a wealth of knowledge they’re happy to share with you. So if you need some guidance, or would like to talk over your options, you can give them a call on 01202 650900.