From 14-karat gold to bubble bath menus to space age features, take a peek inside the most over-the-top bathrooms hotels & resorts have to offer.
It takes a lot to stand out on the Vegas Strip, but The China Grill’s critically acclaimed food, atmosphere and yes, bathroom makes it a unique option inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. These unisex restrooms contain freestanding stalls with mysterious opaque glass windows and TVs inside each stall.
London’s historic Kensington Park houses a Loowatt, a futuristic waterless latrine attached to a device that converts human waste into energy.
What happens when astronauts have “to go” up there? The NASA Johnson Space center in Houston, Texas gets them potty trained before they depart for deep space expeditions.
When the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened Vanity Nightclub in 2010, the women’s room came with a $1 million price tag. What does that get you, ladies? 2000 square feet of plush, pampered paradise.
The Trump Tower in New York is known for its luxury and you would expect nothing less from its throne rooms. Go inside one of luxury designer Kenneth Bordewick’s most expensive bathrooms, complete with purple velvet walls, an orchid plant and gold sink.
Each stone was laid by hand in the spectacularly soothing Natura Cabanas' bathrooms in the Dominican Republic.
The hydromassage tub in the Rome Cavalieri has its own room within the bathroom. You can set the ceiling lighting to red, blue, green or yellow while you gaze out at St. Peter's Basilica. Paneled in rare marble and trimmed in Swarovski crystals, the rest of the bathroom's not too shabby either. The shower is equipped with a tropical storm-inspired mister with scent therapy.
The Peninsula Tokyo in Japan pulls out all the stops. As you approach the toilet, the seat cover automatically rises, and it shuts when you're done. Buttons for seat heating, bidet, dry, water massage and 'Do not disturb' are within reach while you're on the throne.
There's not much privacy in the bathrooms of Hotel Shangri La in LA, thanks to the sliding barn door, but the deep, marble-topped soaking tubs have a European shower system that prevents scalding -- hot water only runs after bathers press a button.
The St. Regis in San Francisco also goes with the sliding-door trend, but it's the 24-hour butler-drawn baths that got our attention. Specials include the 'Krug Ultimate Bath' (a Magnum of Krug and 4 ounces of Caspian caviar) for just $1,650.
Shiny new teleporter or shower? The Donovan House in Washington, DC, features shell-shaped shower stalls that look more like modern-art sculptures than bathroom fixtures.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong takes luxury to the next level with its bath menu. Fork over $5,000, and the staff will draw a bubble bath with the house champagne and surround the tub with flickering candles and 99 roses. While you're soaking in the 7-foot diameter tub, your butler will set up a spread of Beluga caviar, Valrhona chocolate-covered strawberries, and (what else?) a bottle of 1959 Dom Perignon.
Featuring ocean views from the freestanding tub, mirrors with built-in TVs and large walk-in showers, it's clear the One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in Miami has elevated their bathrooms to works of art.
OK, so this obviously isn't a bathroom, but The Setai in South Beach, Miami, puts a black-granite soaking tub in between sofas to spike up the romance. Not to be outdone, the bathrooms come with enormous walk-in rainfall showers with sexy, floor-to-ceiling black tiles.
Upscale details like the Lefroy Brooks bathroom fixtures, Fresh toiletries, and Frette bathrobes elevate Boston's Fifteen Beacon bathrooms, but it's the heated towel racks that take it from good to excellent.
The Standard in New York has open-plan bathrooms; that's right, the shower and tub are separated from the rest of the room only by clear glass panes. Bathers can see out; voyeurs can see in (happily, the toilet is enclosed by opaque glass). But the only view you'll care about is the one from the freestanding soaking tub with 180-degree views of the Hudson River.
The Good Hotel in San Francisco doesn't make the cut for luxurious features, but because it bills itself as a 'hotel with a conscience.' The toilet-top sinks conserve water and the wall-mounted shampoo dispensers do away with those mini bottles.
Luxury comes standard at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas. Even in the Studio Suite, you can flip through channels on a 13-inch bathroom flat-screen TV embedded in the bathroom mirror while soaking in an enormous Jacuzzi tub.
The Plaza in NYC has twin 24-karat-gold-plated sinks and a partitioned-off toilet with a view.