It’s no surprise Torontonians that apartments in the 6ix are shrinking.
With the state of the housing market, it’s no wonder micro condos (a space roughly between 275 -400 square feet) are on the rise. Residents of these newly sized condos are finding themselves sleeping, showering, cooking and living inside a space that’s smaller than some hotel bathrooms – yes BATHROOMS.
In fact, some luxury hotels around the world house bathrooms that are the same size or bigger than your entire living space.
So we asked our friends at Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the most incredible places to stay, to scour its offerings to uncover accommodations worth booking for their bathrooms alone.
From lavish and opulent décor to slick and innovative designs, these jaw dropping bathrooms could give you a different perspective on Toronto living.
This elegant five-star accommodation offers guests more than just its unbeatable location. High above this soaring hotel on the 21st floor, you’ll find its largest and most prestigious suite – the Royal. As you step inside the grand space and into the oversized master bathroom, you’ll immediately understand what it’s like to live like royalty. Coming in at 320 square feet, the granite filled space features a marble egg shaped tub, a double vanity, magnificent windows overlooking the Toronto city skyline, as well as an adjoining walk-in closet and dressing area.
Earning itself the prestigious “Palace” status, this historic property is ranked one higher than a five-star. Situated only moments away from the Champs-Élysées, high profile guests such as Madonna, Robert De Niro and the former King of pop, Michael Jackson have all enjoyed this property’s glorious washroom facilities. The hotel’s pièce de résistance is the Royal Monceau Suite complete with superb artwork, custom furniture and of course a lavish 320 square foot salle de bain. With a walk-in shower, free-standing claw-footed bath, Japanese ‘Toto’ toilet, plush terry bathrobes and slippers and even Clarins products, it is guaranteed to impress as much as the Eiffel Tower.
The Mark, New York
The big apple is no stranger to the ultra-rich and luxurious. This 1927 landmark, turned luxury hotel, happens to be home to the world’s most expensive suite at USD $75,000 a night (no, we’re not joking). The 12,000 square foot penthouse spread across two floors has been described as a “castle in the sky” featuring five bedrooms, a 2,500 square foot rooftop with Central Park views, a library and wait for it, six incredibly deluxe bathrooms, one of which even has a steam room. The master bedroom features a his-and-hers washroom with heated flooring that’s lined with the hotel’s iconic black and white stripes, infinity deep-soaking tubs and custom-made Hermes toiletries. So that’s how the one per cent stay clean.
Ponta dos Ganchos Resort, Brazil
Hiding within the tropical Brazilian rainforest along a secluded beach is a little piece of paradise – the Ponta dos Ganchos Hotel. Situated on a private island, the property overlooks the emerald coast and provides guests the privacy they’re craving. The hotel’s lavatories, however, have made going to the bathroom an experience you won’t soon forget. Inside the Especial Esmeralda Villa, you’ll find a 350 square foot spa-like bathroom oasis decorated with garapeira-wood, featuring day beds, a dry sauna, an indulgent oceanfront whirlpool bathtub with a built in stereo system, a spa area with plush massage tatamis for in-room treatments and an infinity edge lap pool just outside.
Hotel Cafe Royal, London
This five-star hotel in the heart of central London takes going to the loo very seriously. Its signature touch happens to be the extravagant Carrara Marble bathrooms. Even more impressive are the individually handcrafted marble bathtubs which were carved onsite. The hotel’s Empire Suite, totalling 2,282 square feet, features an impressive rainfall shower, a deep marble bath, a large TV screen, luxury bathrobes and slippers, and designer British amenities from Floris. Now that sounds just like our cup of tea.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Billing itself as the ‘world’s most luxurious hotel’, Burj Al Arab is an experience like no other. Located on its own island, the hotel offers no shortcomings when it comes to its prestige decadence, offering guests everything from private butlers, to 24k-gold iPads and everything in between. The two-floor Royal Suite features huge gold covered pillars, a grand staircase, a private library and even a 13-pillow menu to ensure you get that perfect sleep. Of the suite’s bathrooms (yes, plural – there are three) the largest one is a whopping 1,163 square feet complete with a rotunda-style soaking tub, marble and gold finishings throughout, a plethora of luxe cushions and seating areas, and even offers Hermes bath products and fragrances.
Amid one of the largest private gardens in the city, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze celebrates the Jewel of the Renaissance with its luxe furnishings and ornate décor. If you’re lucky enough to grace the presence of the Royal Suite, you will be exposed to more than 2,500 square feet of stunning art-detailed vaulted ceilings, beautiful frescoes and an original Capodimonte Maioliche-style ceramic floor. Perhaps the most impressive feat of the Suite however, is the nearly 500 square foot main bathroom featuring a full marble finishing, a lavish vanity, walk-in shower, a tub overlooking a private terrace, and of course, no Italian bathroom would be complete without a bidet. Don’t worry though, the suite has a second smaller bathroom should this one feel too intimidating.
Towering over the Victoria Harbour, the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is located in the fifth tallest building in the world and houses the highest bar in the world. The hotel takes no shortcuts when it comes to extravagance, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows in each room that open up to panoramic views of the city, two Michelin Star restaurants, 400-thread count linens, feather pillows and one-of-a-kind art pieces. The Ritz-Carlton Suite features a nearly 700 square foot full marble bathroom, with a rainforest shower head, oversized soaking tub with a scenic vista, powder room, double sink and separate sauna area. Forget the spa, with amenities like this you’ll never want to leave your room.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rajasthan, India
Built in the first half of the twentieth century, Umain Bhawan Palace spans across 26 acres of intricate and lush gardens. Finished with an underlying Art Deco and Renaissance themed design, the Palace also overlooks the desert capital of Jodhpur and offers a fine collection of Victorian and Edwardian era antiques. The Maharani Suite, originally designed for the queen, is the epitome of luxury and royalty. Adorned with exotic murals, flaming chrome torches, faux leopard-skin sofas and original artifacts, the suite is visually stunning. The royal suite features a 447 square foot, five-fixture bathroom, that includes a Jacuzzi, steam room, and most impressively, a bath designed by Stefan Norblin carved out of a single piece of pink Italian marble.
Four Seasons Resort Mahe Island, Seychelles
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, on the south west coast of Mahé sits the stunning Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles. Scattered across a hilltop, you’ll find the Serenity Villas tree-house where you can bathe as if you’re outdoors. The opulent 340 square foot bathroom features wooden accents and the not-to-be missed marble tub and rain shower. Enclosed in glass, they offer tantalizing and dramatic views of the crystal clear water, lush jungle, and granite hillsides. Immediately adjacent, you’ll find a private wrap around infinity pool, and an outdoor living space ideal for sunset tropical views.