Hotel bathtubs are an endangered species Only one out of two Holiday Inn rooms in newly built hotels have bathrooms now. Marriott plans for 75 percent of the chain's rooms to have showers only. What's your view? Budget Travel Thursday, Jun 16, 2011, 8:26 AM (Courtesy Dennis Wong/Flickr) Budget Travel LLC, 2016

Budget Travel's Blog

The latest travel news, vacation tips & advice, travel apps, and more

jun 16 2011

Hotel bathtubs are an endangered species

(Courtesy Dennis Wong/Flickr)

Remember the hotel bathtub? The sanctuary where you could take a

lingering soak after a long day, hands and feet pruning? Well, many hotel chains are replacing bathtubs with larger showers.

The reason? Many travelers prefer showers, especially showers that are walk-in, glass-enclosed units with pulsing jets of water. Yet while showers may be great for many business travelers in a rush, what about vacationing families with small children? Or what about mature travelers who want to unwind during their vacation? You have to wonder.

Says USA Today:

Holiday Inn has gone from roughly 95 percent of its newly built hotels having tubs a decade ago to only 55 percent of new structures featuring them now. Marriott plans for 75 percent of the chain's rooms to have showers only.

What about you? Would you rather have a spacious, fancy shower than a bathtub at your hotel? Please vote in our poll and feel free to speak your mind by posting a comment. Thanks.


Open secret websites for booking hotels

You've stayed at bad airport hotels, now stay at a good one

Why cruise ships almost never stay in port overnight

Get Inspired with more from

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


Loading Comments...

Our newsletter delivers vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.

Check Prices