Sunday, April 5, 2009

Full Frontal

The newest in hotel design is the open view shower.

With obesity rates at an all time high, I'm not certain that this is a good idea. We've all shared bathrooms with strangers, but...

Indeed, some travelers appreciate the voyeuristic kick. Bryce Longton, who stayed with her boyfriend at the Tides in Miami late last year, is a fan.

“I thought it was sexy,” Ms. Longton, a 29-year-old freelance writer from Los Angeles, said of the glass shower in their suite. “The steam from the shower obscured a lot, but showed a little. You could watch each other from the other room.”

Transparency allows travelers to multitask in the tub, she [Morgane Rousseau, the designer of the glass-and-steel-framed bathrooms at the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, a Parisian hotel that opened in 2007] explained: watch television, chat with a companion or simply gaze out the window.

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