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Reader JB writes:
I am in the newish Park Inn in Sandton Joberg and our room has the ‘open plan’ where I can lie in bed and look into the bathroom.
I have been trying to figure out why they (and a new hotel we stayed at in Arusha, Tanzania last year) have open bathrooms with essentially little to no privacy.
Do you think they are trying to discourage people from room sharing? Like a way to force people who are not intimate to get separate rooms?
It’s not like this brand is the Standard Hotel and they are trying to make things more exciting for their guests.
I have encountered these a number of times, a couple years ago these were the rage for hotel redesigns in China, and come to think of it, my room at the Crowne Plaza Roesbank in Johannesburg may have had that feature as well, so South Africa may have bitten the bug, too.
Often there is at least a curtain to pull down for some privacy.
My assumption has been that this is sold on gullible hotel managers trying to appear boutique-y. Though as I think it over, it probably saves a fair amount on construction cost, cleaning and maintenance, sort of like glass-topped tables that vex optical mice.
Readers, your thoughts and (family-friendly) stories?