Towels

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Charnwood Villa's picture
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Hello all - newbie here. Just renovating and hope to be operational in 2013.  Can anyone suggest a good place to get towels. Is white the preferred colour or does it matter to guests?

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 I have had good luck at TJMx finding oversized towels and bath sheets at a reasonable price.  I buy colored towels because I find that it helps to be able to tell which rooms need towels.  I buy 6 sets of towels per room to ensure that there are sufficient towels every day.  We have "water saver" cards in each bathroom that educate guests about water conservation, asking them to reuse their towels by hanging them up or placing them on the floor if they want fresh towels.  During the winter this works well, as the heat and low humidity allow the towels to dry between uses.  There are always 2 sets per guest in the room in any event, so hopefully no one fees guilty if they want to use a fresh towel twice a day.  

One of our accommodations often has guests who are sleeping separately, so we provide two different colors of towels in that room.  That way, they can hang up the towel and reuse it without mixing up towels. I have found that a light beige or tan towel gives the same fresh feeling as white with a bit more forgiveness on the "graying" factor that comes with having well-water. Oxiclean keeps the color fresh and the towel clean.

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I have 2 sets per person in the bathroom and 2 sets per person on the shelf. Each set = 1 bath sheet, 1 hair towel (bath towel in the industry), 1 hand towel, and 1 wash cloth. I do have colors since I started with 3 rooms with a shared bath. Different colors for each room in case a towel was left in the bathroom. Just continued with the colors because  had colors already.

Edited to add: I also have lots of extras. In the private bath there is a shelf in the pass-through (old closet now passage from room to bathrrom) with many extra towels and in the shared bath there are 3 sets of towels on the towel bar of the wash stand plus a white oak market basket filled with rolled towels of all sizes and wash cloths. There are also more in the storage toom on the shelves. Over the years I have bought way too many towels - so many I have given them to people scrounging after a fire and to a grandson moving out of his Mother's place and still have plenty.

You never know when you are going to have a "Mrs Ame rica Pa ge ant contestant" guest - she will want every towel in the house! Conte stants stayed at the chain hotel I worked at and one who was married to a star Pro football player checked in at 7 AM and asked for towels and more towels

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White.

If you want them cheap and can wait, get them at Black Friday sales.  I bought dozens at WM (don't mock, it works for me!) a few years ago and replace as necessary.

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Thanks for the advice everyone! Smiling Never considered bath sheets - great ideas!

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Definitely go for the largest towel you can get. I'll echo what others have said: it's hard to find the same towel when you go to replace some damaged ones if you shop at Costco. JCP usually has the same towels year after year and if you hit a sale, it's a good deal. I've had my personal JCP towels for years.

Before you ask: you'll need bath towel, hand towel and face cloth. And a bath mat. Put out at least one full towel set for each guest in the room. Most put out more bath towels than that. You'll need at least 2 full sets per guest so you can be washing and replacing at the same time instead of waiting for the dryer!

Colors are fine but most guests don't like the dark colors because they can't see if they're 'clean'.

Buy cheap face cloths for guests to use to wipe off makeup. They won't use the cheap ones, but when you tell us that guests are using your good face cloths to wipe off makeup we're going to tell you to buy cheap ones.

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I would also recommend bath sheets as lets face it some guests are more generously proportioned and there is nothing worce than trying to dry yourself with what feels like a hanky! Also if you are doing your own laundry don't skimp on volume as getting them all washed and back into service when you are busy isn't helped when you are literally waiting to get them out of the dryer!

Finally would agree with white - people will get all sorts on them and its getting it out ( ie clean shoes etc) there is another thread somewhere about getting stains out of towels and face cloths etc.

Some people find that if you provide face cloths it stops them using your expensive large towels as make up removal/shoe cloths which means you can buy them cheap and replace them more often saving your towels. (ie cheap face cloths)

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Oh I forgot.... Welcome to the forum! 

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Also, you might consider purchasing "bath sheets" rather than bath towels. Bath sheets are a little wider and longer than towels, so give a little extra feeling of luxury.

Turkish Towels sells Lexus bath sheets for $15.83 each (in lots of a dozen) vs. $10.41 for standard towels and $11.66 for oversized towels. I think the extra $4/towel is worth it to get the bath sheets.

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Bath sheets here also. Guest appreciate the large size, small or large guest like the feel of a towel that can actualy cover the whole body. King beds also. Americans can be portly at times.

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We use Turkish Towels. White. When we first started, we went to a home store and bought color towels and also over the years bought Costco towels. One problem we faced over and over is that when we needed to add to the towels, we couldn't find the same ones. Styles and colors change over time and the older colored ones also faded a bit so we couldn't put new towels with old towels in the same room.

We finally switched over to white Turkish Towels and have been very happy. We have re-ordered and the towels always match perfectly.

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 You can get towels at American Hotel Registry. Or, just go to your local JC Penney store, Costco, Sam's Club. They all have some that will be suitable for use.

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Thanks - Costco is a great idea. Love the cat!

 

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I'm going with white 100% cotton towels from Turkish_Towels.

White so I can use a little bleach if need be. Cotton because it's absorbent.

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