6 Common Problems When Renovating a Hotel Bathroom


Regardless of whether the hotel belongs to niche boutique hotels, standardized chain hotels, business hotels, family hotels or resort SPA hotels, the bathroom must be functional, safe, clean and pleasant for the senses. Requirements for bathrooms vary according to the number of hotel stars. Effective renovation solutions are usually based on proven and original ideas and a thorough analysis of customer satisfaction surveys. The most common problems are repetitive and easy to avoid during the early stage of planning or arrangement.

1. Construction Companies
This is a problem that affects the entire construction industry. Decorating bathrooms requires time, precision and

experience. Therefore, it is worth contacting a professional general contractor well in advance. By entrusting the work to an unproven team, you risk execution errors, which always strain the budget, extend the last phase of refurbishment and fail to meet the assumed quality.

2. Investment Budget

Bathrooms are one of the last finished spaces in a hotel. Investment budgets of large facilities are usually optimistic. Sometimes resources are scarce in the final phase of implementation. Savings cuts that minimize overruns, in the beginning, lead to serious problems in the long run. The investor’s replacement of sanitary ceramics, fittings, ceramic tiles and other equipment with cheaper equivalents originally included in the project may have serious consequences in a short time. Lower product quality means higher failure rates and shorter service life. It also harms the prestige of the hotel facility. It is not worth having such troubles or a poor image in the hospitality industry from the very beginning. Experts recommend guaranteeing emergency funds and sticking to the standard.

3. Saving on Quality

Even the best construction teams will not perform their task properly if the investor focuses on poor quality solutions. Therefore, you need to choose products with a long-term warranty and complete technical documentation. Damage to any element creates losses generated by renovation costs and temporary exclusion of the hotel room from use. The hotel bathroom is to last for many years. Ceramic tiles, washbasins, toilet seats or glass in a shower cubicle must withstand daily scrubbing with cleaning agents.

4. Cleanliness Problems

Hygiene in hotel bathrooms is an indicator of the cleanliness of the entire facility. Research shows that this factor is crucial to the overall rating of a hotel. Therefore, each element of the bathroom decor must shine and also be disinfected. It happens that even a well-cleaned bathroom does not look perfect because the interior designer chose a white, impractical finish, which turns dark with regular treatment. If the investor chooses attractive but difficult to maintain materials, such as natural wood, any surface blemishes may be perceived by the customer as dirt. Therefore, it is better to avoid wooden countertops and elements made of natural wood, especially those that are not protected against moisture because they will quickly deteriorate. In addition, this type of material requires more time and expensive chemicals to maintain.

5. Acoustic Problems
Toilet sounds from neighbouring rooms are a nightmare for every hotel guest. Poor acoustics in plumbing is a factor

that can ruin all other elaborate details of the decor, as it destroys peace and excludes rest. In this matter, it is worth going beyond the requirements of construction standards and really taking care of acoustic comfort. The bathroom space should meet the guests’ requirements. The walls should be “silent”, the doors tight, and the bottom of the shower tray or bathtub well soundproofed.

6. Ventilation Problems
Inefficient ventilation is one of the most common shortcomings indicated by guests of hotel facilities. Fogged mirrors

or unpleasant odours are just some of the symptoms. More serious factors, such as dampness and the appearance of mould exclude the room from use. That is why it is so important to take care of an efficient ventilation system. It is worth making this system independent of the electronic key, which in standard solutions disconnects the power from the entire unit after removal.