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Differences between Private Bathroom & Shower

Hi What is the difference between private bathroom and private shower in hotel? 1.Am I right that private bathroom is wth a bath tub whereas shower is without? 2.I've read in some guidebooks that there are some rooms in hotel that comes with shower but without toilet (w.c). Is that true? 3. Does that mean private shower is without the w.c and private bath is with the w.c? Help will be much appreciated.

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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Oman

This is all a bit tricky. Generally, if a hotel advertises a room "with shower," it means that there will be no tub; "with bath" usually indicates that there will be a tub and -- almost always -- a shower head as well, often attached to a hose. In my 30-odd years' experience traveling in Europe, I've only run across ONE room in a pension (in Vienna, actually) that had a shower and wash basin but no toilet. This kind of think can happen -- your book wasn't wrong -- but it's certainly very rare. Generally, if you don't have a toilet, you don't have bath facilities, either. They will be not far away down the hall. Bear in mind: if bath or shower facilities are not in the room, you will often have to pay for the privilege of using them. And you just might have to ask someone at the desk to turn on the hot water, too, though I think this is something that has pretty much died out nowadays. Private baths, nowadays, are no longer the out-and-out luxuries they once were considered to be...


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Oman

This is all a bit tricky. Generally, if a hotel advertises a room "with shower," it means that there will be no tub; "with bath" usually indicates that there will be a tub and -- almost always -- a shower head as well, often attached to a hose. In my 30-odd years' experience traveling in Europe, I've only run across ONE room in a pension (in Vienna, actually) that had a shower and wash basin but no toilet. This kind of thing can happen -- your book wasn't wrong -- but it's certainly very rare. Generally, if you don't have a toilet, you don't have bath facilities, either. They will be not far away down the hall. Bear in mind: if bath or shower facilities are not in the room, you will often have to pay for the privilege of using them. And you just might have to ask someone at the desk to turn on the hot water, too, though I think this is something that has pretty much died out nowadays. Private baths, nowadays, are no longer the out-and-out luxuries they once were considered to be...


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Liverpool

It differs between hotels. Generally a "shower" means no bath tub. A room with a "bath" probably has a WC as well. It depends on age of the hotel and size of the rooms. Many older hotels have since "upgraded" to charge customers more for a private shower, this is a unit built into an existing room. Guest Houses are often large old houses. Think of the plumbing. A shower requires minimal plumbing / space whereas a WC requires specific waste pipe connections. A general phrase is "En Suite" which should mean a private bathroom adjoining your bedroom but in reality means anything the hotel can get away with. When booking you will need to ask exactly what is provided, if you require a bath tub for medical reasons state it as a requirement. Some shower rooms are excellent some are not. Another warning for travel to the UK is provision of towels and toiletries, not always provided free of charge, and METERS. Some hotels in places like Blackpool have little electric meters in the rooms so you have to pay extra for electricity ! Electric shops sell special adapters so that you can plug into the light sockets ! Large expensive new build hotels and grander purpose built older hotels provide full en suite bathrooms.


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Vienna

Especially in old houses that were adapted into hotels ANYTHING is possible. I once had a room in a hotel in Paris, it had a shower,washbasin and bidet, but NO toilet... and there was a public WC on the floor Don't ask me what guests would use the bidet for in that room... and working in hotelbusiness myself, I have to say that the expression "room with bath" is meant "with private facilities" but not specified wether bathtub or shower Its always best to ask !!!


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Mumbai

where and which hotel do you work.


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Singapore

I think all these "vocabularies" varies from country to country. If you do a search on the web, you will get the meaning of those "vocabularies". Generally, I think private shower will mean you have a shower only and no bath tub. Private bathroom would means you have a bathtub with shower. I think in Europe, if there's private shower, there will be a wc, but do double check.


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Jones Creek

one thing you might want to look at . in many cities the only difference between a three star hotel and a four star hotel is that the three star has private showers wc and basin. four star has private bath tub wc and basin. some times there is a big difference in price. so check and see sometimes you may not want to pay the difference just to have a tub instead of a shower.


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Jones Creek

was in a hotel one time and could not find the private bath. so i called the desk and ask , i thought this room had a private bath. the clerk said yes it does. i told him well i can not find it. they said we will send someone up he will be there in a couiple of minutes. when the hotel person got there ( a young boy in his teens ) i said where is the bath. he looked around and looked puzzled too. he went down the hall and found the maid. and then came back walked over to one of the entry doors and close it. there it was was a door to the bath hidden behind the second entry door to the room when that entry door was open was in a nice hotel in paris one time. it had a very nice bath with a very nice tub, i noticed that it had a couple of pin on the wall and also a shower curtin but there was no shower head or other spout for the water to come out off and go into the tube. on the side wall of the tub was what looked like knobs for the hot and cold water also on the front down below where a show spout would normally be there was knobs. thought what the heck is this. i turn one on to see what happens. and lord and behold as we say water starts coming out of the extra large spout on the basin. i try the knobs on the other wall and the same thing happens. i take a quick look under the basin and there is this coiled up hose that looks to be ten feet long when uncoiled and it goes up to the spout for basin. i grab hold of the spout and pull it up out of the hole it rest in and place it on a pin in the shower. i think what a clever deal . so i will not be surprised if you have some bath adventures to tell after several weeks of traveling.


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Singapore

lol Jones.. that is very funny... What an adventure...


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answered on 1/18/03 by
a VT member from Liverpool

That's some shower story ! Some of the taps are weird too. You can spend most of the holiday trying to work out how to get water out of them. Turn one for water, another one for hot or cold and another for direction and press a button at the same time. The point about stars is quite right. Every three star and above i've stayed in has had a private WC with either a bath tub or shower. Thats about the only regular standard I can think of with the hotel ratings systems.

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