It’s all about the shower. . .

Here’s the deal. . . I’m not a car guy. Cars are really not that important to me. I’d like to have a nice one some day but there are many, many things I want more so I choose to drive an old car and spend my money on those other things. One of those other things is a nice vacation. I really, really like a nice vacation and especially a nice hotel.

What I’ve found is that it’s not so much the hotel that I like. . . I mean the amenities and service are nice, don’t get me wrong but in the end it really all comes down to the showerhead. Seriously, a great shower from a great showerhead. One that is properly placed high enough so I don’t have to duck down and one that just blasts you with big heavy streams of water. Not one that stings but one that soothes. (Tell me you can’t feel it as you read this) Yes, a great showerhead is a wonderful thing and I’ll add, by the way, that at a lot of nice hotels the same showerhead keeps popping up. . . It’s the Speakman Anystream. From the Montage in Laguna Beach to the Pierre in NYC the Speakman Anystream seems to be the showerhead of choice. I’m pretty obsessed with it.

Anyway, would you not agree that of all services that a hotel offers doesn’t it really just come down to the shower? Yes, the Westin has it’s Heavenly Bed and the Doubletree has warm chocolate chip cookies but if the shower sucks then it really ends in disappointment doesn’t it?

It’s a lesson to all hotels. . .spend money on the shower. Get that right. You can save money in other areas but don’t scimp here. It’s all about the shower.

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7 Responses to “It’s all about the shower. . .”


  1. 1 PredJoe July 10, 2007 at 8:31 am

    WHAT??? Doubletree has warm chocolate chip cookies!!!!? Forget the shower…just throw a bunch of those things at me and call me clean!

  2. 2 4rest July 10, 2007 at 8:55 am

    ok..so…here’s the deal…A good shower is nice, but it’s the breakfast that gets my attention.

  3. 3 spectaprod July 10, 2007 at 10:21 am

    My 5 Best showers (combination of tub, curtain, and showerhead):
    1) Vintner’s Inn in Santa Rosa CA.
    2) Crown Plaze St. Louis
    3) Double Tree St. Louis
    4) Marriott St. Louis (I went to St. Louis a bunch of weekends this spring)
    5) Hotel Preston Nashville

  4. 4 The Scolai July 11, 2007 at 5:50 am

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned pillows! Extra Firm at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, so much better than the run of the mill marshmellows found most places.

  5. 5 shaneglover July 11, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Uh, any chance they have those Speakman Anystream’s at any Red Roof Inn’s? If not, I’m out. My hotel standard’s are a little lower. If they have a pool, who needs a shower?

    My 5 Best Showers

    1) Dollar Inn – Indianapolis, IN
    2) Wishing Well Motel – Whiteland, IN
    3) Super 8 – Lynchburg, VA
    4) Gator Willy’s Lodge – Lehigh Acres, FL
    5) Budget Inn – Savannah, GA

    These are places where I know for a FACT they use chlorine.

  6. 6 William Hampton July 12, 2007 at 5:40 am

    You’re right !!! A great shower tops everything !!! It’s what sets the tone for a fabulous breakfast in the Hotel dining room. If the shower isn’t great…then all is down the drain…”no pun intended”

  7. 7 Doane July 18, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    It’s not so much the shower head that’s a big issue to me, it’s the shower drain. I hate taking a hotel shower and there’s a small pool of water at my ankles.


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