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Kitchens and Baths in Hotel Residences

More on the lawsuit of the ugly kitchen: I must tell you that I am intrigued. Since I cannot bring you photos (yet) of the Ikea Kitchen that has become the center of a lawsuit at the Gramercy Park Hotel, whereby an Icelandic couple is being sued for putting IKEA kitchen cabinets in their swank co-op located at 50 Gramercy Park North I decided to take you on a photo tour of hotel bathrooms that were voted best hotel bathrooms by Oyster Hotel Reviews.  Tacky or Tasteful: You decide.

The Loft Room at the Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City
The bathroom vanity area, decorated in black marble, dark wood and retro 70’s accent lighting. An ode to Studio 54 perhaps? Careful with that first step into the shower. I think I may get a headache looking at those lamps. Rates: $389.00 per night

Did somebody say luxury? I don’t care how luxurious the toiletries are with their ginger infused soy milk shampoo and shea rice-milk conditioner. Note to traveler, bring flip flops to use in shower. I would not want to put my bare feet on this shower floor. 

Affinia Shelburne Hotel

There is nothing really spectacular here other than the vanity looking clean and updated. Good lighting. If it weren’t for the backlit round mirror and magnifying mirror, this bathroom ranks as an average updated bath. 
Rates: $256.00 per night

Bathroom at The Deluxe Room, The Peninsula,  Beverly Hills

Better. An older suite, classic lines. Lighting is good. But wait…is that a mirror in the shower??? Good heavens, ugly bodies need not book this room unless you don’t mind being confronted with your own nakedness in the mirror while showering.
Rates: $506.00 per night. 

Good to see they have a separate room for the loo. But wait…is that a phone right above the TP holder? If ever you want to call me from the loo, I will put you on hold. Indefinitely.

Clean shower. Flip flops not required. 
Rate: $506 per night. 
Note: has to say that the Peninsula is “One of the best hotels — if not the best hotel — in the entire L.A. area, much less Beverly Hills, the Peninsula bills itself, accurately, as an “exclusive oasis.”
Bathroom in the Deluxe Double Room at the Mandarin Oriental, New York
This is a jazzy bathroom space. Flat screen tv. Big walk in shower with multiple shower heads. Rain head, body jets, hand-held shower. A little small, but young, fresh & swanky.
Bathroom in the Deluxe Double Room at the Mandarin Oriental, New York
Rates: $710.00 per night

The Plaza  Midtown East, New York City

The Plaza’s bathrooms have enough space for twin 24-karat-gold-plated sinks and a partitioned-off toilet with its own window.

 A full-size soaking tub and shower have intricate mosaic walls, and the thick Mascioni Turkish cotton towels and robes (available in both adult’s and children’s sizes) don’t disappoint. Do you feel pretty? 
Rates: $677 per night.

Bryant Park Hotel  Midtown West, New York City

This bathroom has the edge. Outfitted in a combination of white and tan marble, with a minimalist rectangular sink, a large soaking tub, and a wonderful rainfall showerhead.
Rates: $300 per night. 

Trump International Hotel And Tower  Upper West Side, New York City

Red marble and gold fixtures. Tasteless. This is when less would have been more.   Rates: $556.00 per night


The Alex Hotel  Midtown East, New York City

Jail Cell or Bathroom. If it wasn’t for the LCD TV, I wouldn’t have known the difference. 

The Standard New York  West Village, New York City

Oh no you didn’t…separate the tub/shower with a clear pane glass window from the seating area.

A voyeurs delight. Rates: $322 per night.     

The Standard New York  West Village, New York City

Freestanding tub in the middle of the room. The views of the Hudson are the thing. 

Rates: $322 per night.  

Photo below from 101 hotel, a boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.  The owners of the hotel,  Designer Ingibjörg S. Pálmadottir and Jon Asgeir Johannesson are the same couple who are at the center of the lawsuit for installing an “ugly” IKEA kitchen in their Gramercy Park apartment..

Double Room, 101 Hotel, Reykjavik  

Eclectic mix of materials. Claw foot tub and Modern furnishings.  A little cluttered and lived in looking for a hotel room.

Standard Room. 101 Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland.  

 This room is bright and has warmth to it. Good mix of materials. 

101 Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland.  

Nordic coolness. Modern, light, fresh. 

Young. Daring. Fun. 

What’s wrong with this? Is there any Ikea in here?




Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

3 thoughts on “Kitchens and Baths in Hotel Residences

  1. Your timing is perfect! My friend Alexei, who travels extensively for business, came home from LA steaming. Seems that the hotel's bathroom had a pedestal sink – and absolutely no place to put her contacts or makeup. She was ready to write a blog on awful and awfully-expensive hotels she has known. And you did it for her.


  2. Glad to have this post come in handy. I found that Oyster Hotel reviews posted the most amount of photos of hotel rooms so guests can decide for themselves what they do and don't like.


  3. Rich people are so funny. Most of us would simply look at the kitchen and if it were well installed and looked good, we would accept it. But when a brand name is involved, and that brand isn't "kosher", oh no! LOL..


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