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While I was at the recent Little Rock conference I was looking at robes and one really stood out to me: the Shawl_Collar_Vel-soft Robe from Turk-ish_Towel_Company. (Price to innkeepers is agreeably less than the price posted on their website). It was the softest, most plush robe I've ever touched.
But I'm wanting thoughts from the group about it being 100% polyester. The Turkish rep, former innkeeper Twyla_Sick-miller, said the negative of that is that it's not absorbent (some people get out of the tub/shower wet and put the robe on without using a towel) and on the positive side it's very lightweight and fast drying.
The negative is from the guest's point of view, for those who don't use the towel. The positive, light and fast drying, would be a big plus for the innkeeper since it's easier on the dryer and the innkeeper's time. They only come in white, one size fits all (accommodate sizes 5' 4'' to 6' 2'' and from 140 to 240 lbs.).
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As long as it is comfortable and easy for you to launder and dry, go for it. You don't want scratchy or something that's in the dryer for 2 hours everyday!
Guests who don't understand that towels are for drying and bathrobes are for getting from here to there while nekkid, are clueless and you don't really have to pander to them.
Anyone who steps out of the shower or tub and into a robe is going to drip all over the place no matter what kind of robe. You've got more to worry about with them sliding across the bathroom floor in wet feet than whether or not the robe dries them completely just because they've put it on.
 

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YEAH YEAH A LAWSUIT IS WAITING OT HAPPEN IF YOU BUY ROBES! (tee hee couldn't resist) I wonder how many pepple use them for towels? Out of curiosity. I know on a cruise ship they do from the pool and hot tub.
I like those robes. Quicker dry for the inn is what I would bank on.
 

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My first robes were one size fits all. My "shake-down cruise" - a WIDE load - informed me they were NOT. I then bought some 3x to put in the closets also. I have since upgraded to a nicer robe that has a terry liner with poly shell and I have XL & XXXL to cover the sizes. Since I had one couple that proved my bed in the Gillum will hold whatever crawls in (if it was a total of less than 800 lbs, I am the Queen), you may want to have a couple of 3X available. And Skinny Minnie (5 ft maybe 100 lbs dripping wet) will use the XXXL almost every time.
 

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I would think that if someone were exceptionally large that they really wouldn't expect an innkeeper to have a robe in their size. And, when would you put it in the closet? Unless you had one for each room. I mean, you can't exactly wait for them to come to the front door, size them up, and then tell them to wait a minute while you run upstairs and switch out the robes, can you? And bringing it to the room later would probably be kind of awkward, too, don't you think? I feel safer with the 'one size'.
 

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My first robes were one size fits all. My "shake-down cruise" - a WIDE load - informed me they were NOT. I then bought some 3x to put in the closets also. I have since upgraded to a nicer robe that has a terry liner with poly shell and I have XL & XXXL to cover the sizes. Since I had one couple that proved my bed in the Gillum will hold whatever crawls in (if it was a total of less than 800 lbs, I am the Queen), you may want to have a couple of 3X available. And Skinny Minnie (5 ft maybe 100 lbs dripping wet) will use the XXXL almost every time..
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...I had one couple that proved my bed in the Gillum will hold whatever crawls in (if it was a total of less than 800 lbs, I am the Queen)...
I have a term for people like that. I call them "Arkansas-sized people". It's fun to go to Walmart and watch them waddle around in their sleeveless, collarless tops and elastic waistband bottoms. In fact, I may advertise a whale watching package for my European guests, who aren't so used to seeing Arkansas-sized people. (Though I'll admit that on my last visit to England, I found that they're growing 'em larger over there now.)
I may stock some XXX robes because I want everybody to have a great stay, regardless of girth. Have you ever noticed that people of that size seem to seek out the lightest, thinnest-legged chairs in the house? I had an Arkansas-sized uncle who broke every antique dining chair my mother owned.
 

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My first robes were one size fits all. My "shake-down cruise" - a WIDE load - informed me they were NOT. I then bought some 3x to put in the closets also. I have since upgraded to a nicer robe that has a terry liner with poly shell and I have XL & XXXL to cover the sizes. Since I had one couple that proved my bed in the Gillum will hold whatever crawls in (if it was a total of less than 800 lbs, I am the Queen), you may want to have a couple of 3X available. And Skinny Minnie (5 ft maybe 100 lbs dripping wet) will use the XXXL almost every time..
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...I had one couple that proved my bed in the Gillum will hold whatever crawls in (if it was a total of less than 800 lbs, I am the Queen)...
I have a term for people like that. I call them "Arkansas-sized people". It's fun to go to Walmart and watch them waddle around in their sleeveless, collarless tops and elastic waistband bottoms. In fact, I may advertise a whale watching package for my European guests, who aren't so used to seeing Arkansas-sized people. (Though I'll admit that on my last visit to England, I found that they're growing 'em larger over there now.)
I may stock some XXX robes because I want everybody to have a great stay, regardless of girth. Have you ever noticed that people of that size seem to seek out the lightest, thinnest-legged chairs in the house? I had an Arkansas-sized uncle who broke every antique dining chair my mother owned.
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My robes are 'grande'. They fit a lot of people. Make sure you don't get 'floor length' robes, we short people will be tripping all over the place. Calf length would probably work for most. I got 3 colors (for the room that could host 3 guests) so they could tell them apart every morning. Got a nice beige one for the 'guy'. Pink and seafoam were the other colors.
 

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I would think that if someone were exceptionally large that they really wouldn't expect an innkeeper to have a robe in their size. And, when would you put it in the closet? Unless you had one for each room. I mean, you can't exactly wait for them to come to the front door, size them up, and then tell them to wait a minute while you run upstairs and switch out the robes, can you? And bringing it to the room later would probably be kind of awkward, too, don't you think? I feel safer with the 'one size'..
I have 1 XXXL in each room and 2 XL robes.
 

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We have robes at this Inn-some are heavy terrycloth type and only one size ( I get the Arkansas size thing-but WV has even more-or at least in the parts i was in) the ones that are light are much easier to dry fast, never heard of someone getting out of shower and not drying themselves before slipping into the robe. I think that most will dry off and then slip on the robe.
I would however like you said have one XL just because you can offer it to someone that may ask.
Robes are great,I found that most guests dont use them though, but its a nice amenity.
 

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We have robes at this Inn-some are heavy terrycloth type and only one size ( I get the Arkansas size thing-but WV has even more-or at least in the parts i was in) the ones that are light are much easier to dry fast, never heard of someone getting out of shower and not drying themselves before slipping into the robe. I think that most will dry off and then slip on the robe.
I would however like you said have one XL just because you can offer it to someone that may ask.
Robes are great,I found that most guests dont use them though, but its a nice amenity..
birdwatcher said:
Robes are great,I found that most guests dont use them though, but its a nice amenity.
For years I assumed there was an extra charge if you used the robes, so I never did!
Finally got up the nerve to try one and have enjoyed them ever since. It's just really nice to get in after a hard day of sightseeing or business meetings, slip into a robe and relax with a drink of...whatever's handy.
 

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I'm now sipping red wine, sitting in my new Vel-soft robe that arrived today (they charged me half price, and sent me a free 100% cotton over-sized towel for evaluation).
I feel like I'm wearing a puppy. It's the softest thing I've ever worn. Real pampering. Someone please peal me a grape.
So it occurs to me, how easy can I handle it if I spill this red wine on this white 100% polyester robe. Anyone have a thought on that? Will it ruin the robe?
 

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I'm now sipping red wine, sitting in my new Vel-soft robe that arrived today (they charged me half price, and sent me a free 100% cotton over-sized towel for evaluation).
I feel like I'm wearing a puppy. It's the softest thing I've ever worn. Real pampering. Someone please peal me a grape.
So it occurs to me, how easy can I handle it if I spill this red wine on this white 100% polyester robe. Anyone have a thought on that? Will it ruin the robe?.
Rikki says wineaway works
 

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I'm now sipping red wine, sitting in my new Vel-soft robe that arrived today (they charged me half price, and sent me a free 100% cotton over-sized towel for evaluation).
I feel like I'm wearing a puppy. It's the softest thing I've ever worn. Real pampering. Someone please peal me a grape.
So it occurs to me, how easy can I handle it if I spill this red wine on this white 100% polyester robe. Anyone have a thought on that? Will it ruin the robe?.
Rikki says wineaway works
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Great! (and Rikki would know!) I'll have to get some of that.
Thanks!
So much more can come from actually trying things, vs. just reading and researching, leading to an observation/question: this big thick polyester robe is warm, which is great for winter, but I'm thinking I'll need something lighter and cooler for people in the summer months, or they'll turn my air conditioning way up! Any suggestions for summer robes?
 

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I'm now sipping red wine, sitting in my new Vel-soft robe that arrived today (they charged me half price, and sent me a free 100% cotton over-sized towel for evaluation).
I feel like I'm wearing a puppy. It's the softest thing I've ever worn. Real pampering. Someone please peal me a grape.
So it occurs to me, how easy can I handle it if I spill this red wine on this white 100% polyester robe. Anyone have a thought on that? Will it ruin the robe?.
Arkansawyer said:
... I'm wearing a puppy....
I'm telling PeTA! (I love elipses, they can make a boring sentence so much more interesting.)
 

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I'm now sipping red wine, sitting in my new Vel-soft robe that arrived today (they charged me half price, and sent me a free 100% cotton over-sized towel for evaluation).
I feel like I'm wearing a puppy. It's the softest thing I've ever worn. Real pampering. Someone please peal me a grape.
So it occurs to me, how easy can I handle it if I spill this red wine on this white 100% polyester robe. Anyone have a thought on that? Will it ruin the robe?.
Rikki says wineaway works
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Great! (and Rikki would know!) I'll have to get some of that.
Thanks!
So much more can come from actually trying things, vs. just reading and researching, leading to an observation/question: this big thick polyester robe is warm, which is great for winter, but I'm thinking I'll need something lighter and cooler for people in the summer months, or they'll turn my air conditioning way up! Any suggestions for summer robes?
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Some folks like the waffle weave robes. they are thin. My robes are not cheap - by Suite Repose - but you can choose the color of the poly shell and the color of the liner which is a short nap terry. This place says one robe is an order - none of the minimum of 6 or anything like that. I think they were about $75 each (yes, cheapskate actually spent that much on robes because I could order as I could afford). They are nice in all seasons, dry in a load of towels in an hour, and do not get wrinkled if I do not get upstairs with them for a few days or at end of season, for a week to hang them up (folded in basket).
 

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We've put robes in our rooms in the past few weeks. Bought cotton ones from the comaany in the UK that specialises in hotel supplies called Out Of Eden, and we're very impressed so far with the quality.
Would be interested in what others think about the amount of extra washing this causes. At the moment we're only putting them in the rooms for people staying more than 1 night to keep the extra washing down.
 

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I'm now sipping red wine, sitting in my new Vel-soft robe that arrived today (they charged me half price, and sent me a free 100% cotton over-sized towel for evaluation).
I feel like I'm wearing a puppy. It's the softest thing I've ever worn. Real pampering. Someone please peal me a grape.
So it occurs to me, how easy can I handle it if I spill this red wine on this white 100% polyester robe. Anyone have a thought on that? Will it ruin the robe?.
Rikki says wineaway works
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gillumhouse said:
Rikki says wineaway works
I second that. It really does work
 

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I'm now sipping red wine, sitting in my new Vel-soft robe that arrived today (they charged me half price, and sent me a free 100% cotton over-sized towel for evaluation).
I feel like I'm wearing a puppy. It's the softest thing I've ever worn. Real pampering. Someone please peal me a grape.
So it occurs to me, how easy can I handle it if I spill this red wine on this white 100% polyester robe. Anyone have a thought on that? Will it ruin the robe?.
Rikki says wineaway works
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gillumhouse said:
Rikki says wineaway works
I second that. It really does work
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Penelope said:
gillumhouse said:
Rikki says wineaway works
I second that. It really does work
And somewhere I have a recipe for it... have to look for it. If you don't have wineaway and need something fast use hydogen peroxide and a dash of soap. I think that's the main ingredient. Works on blood too I think.
RIki
 

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We've put robes in our rooms in the past few weeks. Bought cotton ones from the comaany in the UK that specialises in hotel supplies called Out Of Eden, and we're very impressed so far with the quality.
Would be interested in what others think about the amount of extra washing this causes. At the moment we're only putting them in the rooms for people staying more than 1 night to keep the extra washing down..
Highlands John said:
We've put robes in our rooms in the past few weeks. Bought cotton ones from the comaany in the UK that specialises in hotel supplies called Out Of Eden, and we're very impressed so far with the quality.
Would be interested in what others think about the amount of extra washing this causes. At the moment we're only putting them in the rooms for people staying more than 1 night to keep the extra washing down.
I have them in all rooms. they are not used that often here to worry about the extra laundry. I tie the sash in my own way to know they have been used - in case they actually hang them up. I can toss them in with the towels usually. If I have 2 or morew robes, I make them another load. They dry in one cycle.
 

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We've put robes in our rooms in the past few weeks. Bought cotton ones from the comaany in the UK that specialises in hotel supplies called Out Of Eden, and we're very impressed so far with the quality.
Would be interested in what others think about the amount of extra washing this causes. At the moment we're only putting them in the rooms for people staying more than 1 night to keep the extra washing down..
Highlands John said:
We've put robes in our rooms in the past few weeks. Bought cotton ones from the comaany in the UK that specialises in hotel supplies called Out Of Eden, and we're very impressed so far with the quality.
Would be interested in what others think about the amount of extra washing this causes. At the moment we're only putting them in the rooms for people staying more than 1 night to keep the extra washing down.
I have them in all rooms. they are not used that often here to worry about the extra laundry. I tie the sash in my own way to know they have been used - in case they actually hang them up. I can toss them in with the towels usually. If I have 2 or morew robes, I make them another load. They dry in one cycle.
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gillumhouse said:
I tie the sash in my own way to know they have been used - in case they actually hang them up.
I was thinking about this one today. I'm the type who might actually hang the robe back up and tie the sash just to put things back like I found them. Not good if the innkeeper needs to know it has been used and needs cleaning.
I wonder how it would work to use a stick-on label to make a paper seal that would have to be broken to use the robe. Or, more trouble than it's worth?
 
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