Either we had the worst room in the hotel or our standards are crazy high, which they are not. I have stayed in many asian hotels, some really nice, some basic. I understand space issues are different here. But our room was not just small, it was the most oddly non-functional room I've ever been in. Yet, we knew that many others loved this hotel. Hence the confusion.
First, the good. The public spaces of the hotel were nice. It was relaxed, quiet, sophisticated in its decor. The staff was mostly responsive, although we were there during New Years so I can understand if it was a little under-staffed and they were a little less responsive than usual. The food was good off their menu, although I found the complimentary buffet breakfast a little sparse. But then, it is a smaller boutique hotel so understandable. The bed was comfortable for sleeping.
Now for the non-functional part. First of all, the room was tiny. I am used to small asian hotel rooms but this was tiny. There were two twin beds (I was traveling with my sister) with about 6 inches of space between the beds and the walls on either side and about 2 feet between the beds. Then there was about 4 feet of space from the end of the beds to the wall that cut the room in half for the bathroom area. In that four feet was a TV armoire, the top of which was filled with mini bar items. Next to the armoire was a standing tray which had tea and coffee items. In between the beds, fitting nice and snug, was a small table with held the hotel phone, and some hotel stationary-like items. Great except that that left literally no space for anything we might want to put down, like a book or our mobile phones. There was also a closet with a room safe. What there wasn't was any place to put our suitcases, other than the floor.
The door to the bathroom area was a wide glass door which, when opened, hit up against the standing tray and stopped one foot from the end of the bed. There was no space to place our luggage, as mentioned, so they both sat on the floor (we each had one smaller suitcase) the whole time we were there which took up what little floor space there was at the end of each bed.
The bathroom area took up the entire length of the room. As mentioned, it was partitioned off by a glass door and glass wall so it offered very little privacy. There was a curtain on the inside of the glass door which could be let down while someone was in the bathroom to cover the glass door. Inside the bathroom there was a tub area with two full length mirrors on the wall over the tub. No problem except that they were positioned such that, because the tub was by the glass wall area not the glass door with curtain area, the person not in the bathroom sitting on the bed (because there was no other place to sit in the room) saw the reflection of the person sitting on the toilet unless they were very careful to keep their eyes downcast. The tub itself was useless as far as I could tell as it was in the shape of a hole, the kind a child might dig in the sand at a beach. The only way to sit in it was to have your legs bent with your knees close to your chest.. It was quite deep, so if you managed to fill it with water, which would take a long time, you would be submerged in the water but you would not be able to straighten out your legs AT ALL, unless you literally put them outside the tub. Finally, the shower had a floor to ceiling window in the shower stall facing the public areas. There was a shower curtain over the window but, especially at night, anyone taking a shower was visible and silhouetted to anyone sitting at a table eating in the dining area. Again, even if the people outside at tables didn't want to see anything, they would have to actually work at averting their eyes to not see a silhouette of a person taking a shower. (Our room was on the ground floor obviously.)
And last but not least, the entire room was made out of concrete, a material which can be quite sophisticated in its use but in this case simply made the room appear industrial and was quite slippery when wet in the bathroom area.
There was a small "patio" area just outside the room which was designed to be an outside sitting area for the guests of that room (and each room had the same). It had one cushioned chair which was slightly wider than a normal chair so if there were a young couple or a parent with a small child, they could both sit in the chair. The only other place to sit was a upright wood chair with no cushion.
Luckily we only stayed in this hotel for 2 nights so we managed but I would never stay there again. And yet, there were other guests there and they all seemed quite content. Baffling.
Maybe the rooms on the second floor won't have the issue of privacy for the shower?
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