Do You Have SHARED Bathrooms?

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Yes, more than one
3% (1 vote)
Yes, but only one
14% (4 votes)
No
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Total votes: 29

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When we went to Ireland and N. Ireland last year, EVERY b&b we stayed in and virtually all of them we passed, had signs out front "En Suite Baths". What they've done is turn any sized closet into a bath. They've seen the light. It used to be that Europeans were ok with a shared bath, but not anymore. "en Suite Bath" or lose out. I'm only 5'4" and we had one "en suite" where my knees touched the wall! DH had to sit sidesaddle. To most travelers, any en suite is better than shared.

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If the bathrooms are not en-suite or are shared, the I believe that the innkeeper should provide bathrobes for the guests' convenience. 

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

If the bathrooms are not en-suite or are shared, the I believe that the innkeeper should provide bathrobes for the guests' convenience. 

During the 10 years of 3 w/shared, ANY time I took a reservation I would state, "now you ARE aware that we have 3 with shared." Sometimes tht brought an "OH!" and then I launched into, "we know it is a disappointment to many, but Streakers are not allowed, we have robes in the closets for guests to use". That often brought a chuckle and I immediately said, "AND we have emergency facilities in every room, there is a chamber pot under every bed!". This usually brought another chuckle and I then started in on our breakfasts. More often than not, I got the reservation. I still have robes in every closet - including the room with private bath - and several years ago upgraded to a much nicer robe.

This week  for reservations until the 22nd, I am informing guests there will be a big rides carnival AND midway in front of the house, a kiddie rides carnival to the side of the house, and guests will have reserved parking at City Hall a half block away. This happens every year at this time. There have been just a few times people were here for other reasons (WVU vs LSU football and last year a shotgun State finals) and they did not care. Truth is better than unhappy cmpers.

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gillumhouse wrote:

Truth is better than unhappy cmpers.

You hit the nail on the head.

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I voted No too.

We're lucky from a B&B point of view in that this house was built for B&B, so all the guest rooms have lovely big en-suites. It's just a shame that they put such small shower cubicles in them all. In fact they are so small that when I broke the door on our private shower, which is the same size,  the guy in the shop said they don't make them that small any more and we had to refit the entire bathroom round a new shower (not necessarily a bad thing, but unplanned).

This is the main driver behind our current room refurb program. We hope to do 1, if not both of the remaining guest bathrooms this winter. The guests sitting in the dining room as I speak (staying in the refurbed room) said it was the best shower since they've been in the UK. (Showers are on the whole not great in the UK).

We've (knowingly) stayed in B&Bs with separate private bathroom and we really didn't have a problem with it other than going to the loo in the middle of the night.

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we remodelled our top landing (we are 106 years old) in feb so now entirely ensuite - was had enough to make people understand what private external bathroom meant (ie I translated in my brain to ensuite)

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A guest checked in and when I showed her to the room she saw the open door to the bathroom and said "Where is the bathroom?" and looked to be going down the hall...I said "This is your bathroom" and she said "Oh I don't have to share?"  I said, No, most B&B's in America have private baths these days...

Her reply was "You would be surprised"

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I guess I just walked in off the street or something. 

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It's a lot more common around here. The houses are over a century old. I would have to damage the mouldings and the character of the house to add more bathrooms.

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She probably stayed here in my first 10 years.

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Well she knows you never get out of the house to travel so why WOULD you know what goes on around the country? Can you ask tomorrow where she stayed with a shared bath? Or is she a grumpus?

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She must have stayed here. You know, in the room that all those reviewers say has a shared bath. 'Watch out if you don't want to share a bathroom!!!'

Obviously didn't read a thing on your website. Why oh why do we bother?

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I voted 'NO', knowing all the while that I should not vote because we are not a B&B. 

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That is OK. You are legal.

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coolwink

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I spent 10 years as 3 with a shared because I could not convince DH to sign loan papers - even after I figured out where/how to add a bathroom. I have a large bathroom for the shared - had I thought of it, I could have chopped it into 2 small bathrooms but I do not like small and I did not think of it at the time. I still would have had an orphan with the bath down the hall. I solve the issue with the offer of a private bath rate and I will not rent the third room. Since there is a queen bed in it, that has been accepted many times.

Re the second bathroom, DH backed himself in a corner by saying he was sad that with all my efforts I never managed to break above a certain revenue. After saying that, he could not refuse to sign, but he could and did make things difficult. I tell this so those wannabees who are lurking will know that even though they THINK everyone is on board, do everything you need to do in the very beginning while you have the green light.  I still struggle when I have ideas because although he can "visualize" a painting, he cannot understand business unless he can SEE it or touch it. I had to put up the canvas canopy before he could "see" my elopement idea.

 

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