That’s the fact of the day. Via Digg, I read this column by Joe Brancatelli on the disappearing hotel bathtub, and the rise of ‘elaborate and dramatic shower presentations’:
For one thing, business travelers are just too busy for leisurely soaks. Liability issues make the tub-shower combo a magnet for lawsuits because a surprising number of travelers have trouble navigating the walls of an unfamiliar tub. Shower-only layouts are slightly more space-efficient than other bathroom configurations and that appeals to developers struggling with high real estate costs. Then thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Ã¢â‚¬Å“ickÃ¢â‚¬Â factor: Hotel designers say travelers, especially women, are concerned about the cleanliness of hotel tubs. Even if they prefer bathing, they wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do it in a hotel.
I agree on the ick factor. I wonder how they compare on water usage. The article concludes that families often want rooms with tubs. If you’re booking for a family, it’s increasingly wise to specify a room with a bathtub.