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No en suite?

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Greatnan Sun 18-Nov-12 16:47:19

I enjoy watching 'Four in a bed', where four lots of B & B owners stay at each other's premises and then rate them. Two of the properties this week could not offer en suite facilities in all rooms.
I would never consider staying in an hotel or other accommodation if I had to share a bathroom with strangers. At one time, I needed to use the toilet every couple of hours and I would have been very emarrassed if I thought I might be disturbing other guests.
My only experience of camping, in the beautiful village of Plockton, was ruined because there was one toilet between about 80 tents! Luckily, we had a chemical toilet on our small sailing cruiser, but I couldn't go down to the harbour in the dark. Never again.
Am I the only person who insists on a private bathroom/toilet?

ninathenana Sun 18-Nov-12 16:52:01

no your not !

I'm surprised there are still establishments out there that don't have en suite's for every room.

jeni Sun 18-Nov-12 16:54:18

We had a holding tank on our boat.

crimson Sun 18-Nov-12 16:55:16

Yes; I think I'd have to have one now. As for camping, I gave up on that years ago [although Eurocamp with it's nice frame tents and beds was ok]. My ex still goes camping using small tents that my knees can't cope with [once I'm down I'm down for good] which is another reason why he's my ex. The treck across a field to a loo became a nightmare years ago. I must admit to enjoying that programme when I catch it.

jeni Sun 18-Nov-12 16:55:52

I insisted as I wasn't going to the 'facilities' in the dark!
The men had 'en suite' ie male portable urinals that they took up to empty in the morning.

absentgrana Sun 18-Nov-12 16:57:18

Greatnan I don't have an en suite bathroom in this house and, as I am not planning to stay, I am not going to the effort and cost of installing one. However, I do miss it. As far as hotels are concerned, I automatically assume there will be one. However, when I met up with some of the Scottish grannies in Glasgow a couple of months ago I stayed in a wonderfully idiosyncratic hotel that didn't have en suite bathrooms. There was a basin in the bedroom and a number of loos, bathrooms and shower rooms on the same floor. It was quite a small, intimate and friendly hotel and this really didn't seem to be a problem. When I think back to the travelling I did in my childhood with my parents (my mother got locked in a communal bathroom in Zurich for 2 hours) and my late teens and twenties on my own, the lack of an en suite bathroom was often the least of my worries.

Smoluski Sun 18-Nov-12 16:57:41

With you on that greatnan ,if camping have a portaloo....hate visiting for that reason.

Smoluski Sun 18-Nov-12 16:59:44

Oh and I like four in a bed also.

kittylester Sun 18-Nov-12 17:07:13

A complete necessity! blush

Nonu Sun 18-Nov-12 17:11:11

Not keen on the programme 4 in a bed

The people seem very amateur , not business like , so how do they expect to make money ?

Lets face it , if you are in business on your own account , and don"t want to make money , what is the point of all the hassle .


glammanana Sun 18-Nov-12 17:14:29

Greatnan I always insist on en-suite facilities when we go away it just seems correct to do so,this is the only thing that I miss in our apartment,mind it is only one bedroom but the fact that there is no en-suite has always bugged me as we always had the facility in the big family house and had the same when we lived abroad, I found it hard to adjust when we came back here,we could only find bigger apartments or houses available which included en-suites and if we had more bedrooms we would no excuse in telling people they could not stay overnight (how mean am I)

mrshat Sun 18-Nov-12 17:16:48

Yes, must have 'en suite' facilities and if the rest is not as good as or better than home, I'm not interested! grin

jeni Sun 18-Nov-12 17:24:23

The wet rooms on QE have made me envy

Smoluski Sun 18-Nov-12 17:24:42

Don't have an ensuite at home..but lucky enough to sleep next door to bathroom,..oh and have a downstairs loo...proper posh to the outside lav I grew up with...just find 'holiday tummy' a problem.grin

london Sun 18-Nov-12 17:49:09

i have many moons ago had to share a bathroom in small hotels .also trailed over fields when camping for toilet block .them days long gone smile

BAnanas Sun 18-Nov-12 18:22:34

Agreed must have an en-suite my days of sharing bathrooms are long gone.

Greatnan Sun 18-Nov-12 18:29:29

My flat is so small that the bathroom door is only about a yard away from my living room, but I wasn't thinking about private homes, just hotels and guest houses. There is a very cheap chain in France called Formule 1, which has a basin in the bedroom, but I won't use it because I imagine that some lazy men might have used it instead of going out to the bathroom and toilet!
Now, I usually look for a Premiere Classe, where each room has a 'pod' shower room, with a tiny basin and a toilet.

annodomini Sun 18-Nov-12 18:32:17

When I was surfing for a reasonably priced hotel in Paris, I was surprised at the number that did not have en-suites as, even in London, comparably priced hotels did.

Nonu Sun 18-Nov-12 18:42:10

When we were in Paris in the Summer , we stayed at the "CHoice " group and very nice it was too.

WHen we then moved onto Anguleme for the family party , we stayed in a smallish hotel , very nice again, en suite to boot .

However , when we walked down the corridors could see where the communal showers and toilets were , so think that might have been quite prevalent in rural France or even France per se .

Is it the end of the world , although perhaps for females not so good .


gracesmum Sun 18-Nov-12 19:12:31

My friend and her DH were visiting his aunt many years ago and in the mddle of the night her DH got up to use the loo (as you do) he was half asleep and realised only too late that what he had taken for the en suite was in fact the built in wardrobe oops blush

On a practical level, one's own bathroom in the vague proximity of the bedroom is ideal and very necessary for DH who gets up several times in the night, but there are many times when I would wish it down a long corridor, maybe even at the bottom of the garden- anywhere OUT OF EARSHOT.

Nonu Sun 18-Nov-12 19:14:31

If anything like my DH , horses come to mind LOL

kittylester Sun 18-Nov-12 19:19:30

When my mum was in the early stages of dementia she had to stay with us for a night or two after her cataract op. Very carefully, we showed her where the loo was, left the door open and the light on, only to find that she had turned right instead of left and appeared in our room, nighty up round her waist ready to sit on the loo. shock Luckily she turned the light on and realised she was in the wrong room.


granjura Sun 18-Nov-12 19:29:35

Of course I prefer a en-suite - but I can do without if I have to.

When we visit our daughter and grand-children I have to go along the landing to the loo at night- I do so in the dark, and don't flush the loo and close the lid - and our grand-son knows to flush before opening the lid in the morning. I would not miss out on visiting my grand-children just because I haven't got an en-suite. And in Switzerland we often stay in some simpler and older hotels, with the bathroom on the landing. If I have to 'go' I do so as quietly as poss. Those hotels cost have loads of character and cost perhaps a 1/4 of the others- so well worth that little bit of inconvenience.

BTW all Formula 1 Hotels we've stayed at had an en-suite shower, WC and sink. Great value.

Nonu Sun 18-Nov-12 19:38:55

One of the reasons we like staying at the "Choice " group is that we get points for staying .

Soon add up then we get free nights here and there

isthisallthereis Sun 18-Nov-12 20:05:13

En suite never bothers me. Price and location of the hotel are much more important.