10 Design Ideas to Steal from Luxury Hotel Bathrooms

What do you do before you plan your trips?  For me, I always look to see what hotels are available first.  It’s probably because I generally already know what the must-sees are, but at the end of the day, if I can’t come home to a great room, then it’s not really a vacation.  I’m probably crazy to admit this, but once I realized this, everything started falling into place.

So of course there’s a ton of information out there, but the good places generally stand out pretty easily: they’re across parks or near major embassies, and almost always near the major museums and shopping areas.  But here’s my twist: while I’m checking out the properties online, I always look closely at pictures of the bathrooms.  Why?  One, because I don’t unwind in the lobby.  And two, because in a bath you can really tell how much attention the designers paid to creating the perfect experience for their guests.

I look at everything — the light fixtures, the tiles, the towels, the bath accessories, and the soaps and lotions — and then I take it all in.  Does everything belong there?  Are there surprises along the way?  Is there enough space for toiletries?  I keep asking these questions until I can finally imagine myself there. Then I’m ready to look for flights.

Here’s a list of some of the hotels that have most inspired me, and ten great ideas on how to take a little of these special places home with you.

1. If you have a view, keep things airy and minimal.

Park Hyatt Bangkok

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2. Highlight handmade details with natural materials.

Santa Clara 1728 (Lisbon, Portugal)

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3. In the countryside, embrace honest creature comforts.

Blackberry Farm (Tennessee)

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4. Add a touch of bling with warm metal accents.

Four Seasons Kuwait City

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5. Up the glam factor (and make the room feel larger) by incorporating mirrors everywhere.

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

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6. If you lean toward more urban, contemporary settings, slate, graphite, or black accents are timeless.

Aman Tokyo

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7. If you’re near the water, embrace traditional motifs but stay within colors found in nature.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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8. Channel old-time Hollywood glamour.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

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9. Embrace the exotic.

Royal Mansour Marrakech

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10. Experiment with color.

El Fenn (Marrakech)

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