Are Hotel Bathtubs in Danger of Extinction?

Hotel chains have slowly been phasing out bathtubs in their guestrooms over the past decade. Bathtubs are being replaced by showers, since that is what the majority of travelers prefer now. It was recently announced that Marriott plans to have only showers in 75 percent of their rooms. Holiday Inn plans to only have bathtubs in 55 percent of hotel rooms, compared with bathtubs being in 95 percent of rooms just a decade ago.
What does that mean for hotels in Hawaii, and Waikiki in particular? It seems if having a bathtub is imperative to your Hawaii vacation needs, you might need to get a little more luxurious. All guestrooms at The Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk features Italian marble baths with deep soaking tubs. However, the majority of rooms in the recently opened Waikiki Edition (a Marriott lifestyle luxury property) features primarily showers, with bathtubs being limited to only the suites. Yet even as the number of hotels switching to showers increase, properties like the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach are bucking the trend and remodeling oceanfront rooms with oversized whirlpool tubs. Dubbed the oversized “oceanview” bathtubs, these 15 rooms let bathtub aficionados soak in bliss, all with an unobstructed ocean view!

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