If you haven’t figured it out based on the title, one of my travel pet peeves has to do with water. More specifically, it has to do with falling water.
I’ve had it with hotel showers.
Admittedly, a shower is one part of a hotel room that has the most things that can go wrong. The curtain can blow onto you during your shower. There can be a lack of light in the shower, leading to what I like to call a shower closet. Showers can have poor waterproofing or just a poor design that leaves whatever is on the bathroom floor, like floormats or your clothes, soaking wet. The shower controls can also be placed in a location where it’s impossible to turn on the shower without being in the path of the water.
I had a totally different problem with one shower I encountered. With this shower, I just couldn’t figure out how to turn it on.
This shower looks simple enough, right? It’s actually very nice, if a little small for a junior suite. There are both a rain-shower head and a hand shower, which I always appreciate.
I woke up after my first night of sleep and in my morning pre-coffee grogginess, went to take a shower.
You tell me (and no fair if you’ve used this shower before), what is each dial for???? Know that if you get the answer wrong, there’s a chance of getting scalding hot OR freezing cold water either sprayed on your torso or dripped onto your head. Do you still want to guess?
Here’s the answer. The knob on the left is the on/off valve. The middle knob is a toggle between the handheld and the rain-shower heads. The right knob is for temperature control.
How did I find this out? By trial and error, and that’s just not right. How come hotels can’t either label each knob or give instructions? I had one hotel, I think a Moxy, that put the shower instructions on the glass shower door as a decal, which I think is a great way to solve this problem.
There’s another solution to this problem – stop installing shower knobs that are so confusing that no one can figure out how to use them!!!!!!!!
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