Haha! I meant those people who wear the robes into the CL or breakfast buffet before or after their spa visits. Personally, I would wear the hotel robe around my hotel room and wear street clothes to the spa where they generally provide locker/changing rooms and give you robes to wear once you're in the spa. Granted, I have actually only been to one hotel spa in my lifetime, so I don't claim to be the world's spa expert
Ha ha, thanks for clarifying. But I'm glad we're having the discussion. I have never visited a hotel spa and have no idea what amenities are offered. I've always presumed that spa amenities are off limits to non-paying customers. I do know that spas have pools that are separate from the general guest pool. I only started keeping swimwear in my luggage about two years ago, for occasions when I might find myself at an urban full service property with a pool. I am not experienced with urban properties with pools or what amenities they may offer (like non-spa showers and/or changing rooms). I'm guessing that it varies from property to property and country to country.
So last summer, when I stayed at yours and my favorite Chicago property, the JW Marriott, I was delighted to learn that there was an indoor pool along side the gym (and had no knowledge of the spa at the time). I threw on my swimwear at 6am one morning, and only then thought, "Okay, now what?" I didn't want to go down in just swimwear (even though it was swim shorts and swim tee)... I didn't want to change in a bathroom stall... I didn't know if there were changing stalls - still don't know (I guess I assumed not, maybe I should've assumed otherwise, maybe I should've called the hotel and asked in advance - but then the whole point of always having swimwear in my luggage is that I don't have to think about it)... I didn't want to put clean clothes on a sweaty body after a swim workout in a humid pool area, and again, in a bathroom stall, and not knowing if there were lockers... So I threw the robe on and headed down to the pool(!), praying to GOD that no one would see me. Luckily I managed unseen, disrobed and threw it on a chaise, took my swim, dried off as best I could, wrapped myself back up in the robe and headed back up to my room, again unseen. I have to admit, I felt really uncomfortable doing this, but - call me stupid or lazy or whatever, I didn't know what else to do. If it had been at a resort, it would've been different, as everybody is wandering around in swim/pool related wear, but this was an urban property in a business district. So what's the moral of the story? I'm not sure? I really don't want to pack extra clothes just to go to/from the pool! What to do?
pluto77 heh I enjoyed this story! Good use of the robe!
I always pack an extra t-shirt and running/soccer shorts. I go to the pool in that with my bathing suit under it. It comes in handy for more than just the pool. I throw that on when I need to go get ice, or call for extra towels to answer the door.
Lately tho, I have been looking for a cover up dress. Athleta has some nice ones (but they need to go on sale!).
Ya, I always pack jogging capris and a lightweight moisture wick tee, but wearing that over a swim tee and swim shorts kinda doesn't work (but I do appreciate the suggestions). I think it's just not gonna be one of those things that will be as easy and effortless as I originally thought. There must be bathrooms on the pool level. Will just have to use them for changing. The swim tee was an effort to save my skin from already too much sun in my life. Women's Short Sleeve Swim Tee Rash Guard - Trellis from Lands' End .
muppetwrangler that is exactly what I am looking for. Where did you get it?
pluto77, just for the record, I'm totally fine with the robe or swimwear being worn to get from a hotel room to the pool. I just don't really love seeing the robes at the breakfast buffet or CL. I think you are right that you can't use the spa pool at hotels without a spa appointment, but I've never tried so I can't say for sure.
I agree with you muppetwrangler and my wife feels so strongly about this that she gets angry when she sees it. Perhaps it's because of our age, but we were raised to wear clothes in public and pjs at home for sleeping and breakfast.
Beijing I consider to be the most "civilized" city here in Beijing (it's very hard to find "interesting places" here btw)
I have been to many cities in the last few years, and found cities like Shenzen, Chongqing, Xiamen, etc. to be far worse regarding this behavior
sometimes people do good to go down and get breakfast. I've spent many mornings without breakfast because I have been fighting a mysterious illness. When you see someone try to keep an open mind. I absolutely see where you are coming from but consider the fact that person may be doing well to walk down and get something which definitely will impact if they have a good day or not.
i haven't gone down to eat in my PJ's but I have been able to smell it and was just too ill to walk down. Changing was absolutely out of question because I was too sick. My family has been poisoned by organic building materials used in mid 2000's and later. Our home was built in 2009 and we had to leave everything we own behind. If I make it down at this point in my recovery it would have to be in PJ's. Simply because I'm ill, my kids and husband are too.
I am in a "very Chinese" hotel now in Beijing
Pressed for time, I just tried the restaurant area at the basement level;
69 rmb (about 12 dollars) for buffet;
ok, I thought, I'll do this
- I saw people jamming full their table with stuff I am sure they'll only eat half of
- an entire family was there eating food in their pajama's
- this hotel is supposed to be non-smoking; think again my friend...
- I left my table to go for a second round (fruit this time); I come back: table taken; I think not my friend...
- I can eat things "that would make a goat barf" (Rambo); I could only down about 50% of what was offered
- burping, farting, loud talking on phone and/or with each other, etc.
- children - some in only PJ's - are running around screaming
I am really looking forward to go to a Marriott again tomorrow
worrying thing is: I could travel for weeks around this country without bothering about these things too much;
now, after barely a week, I am already longing to go home again
the only culture left in Beijing is to be found in the museums
you're spot on :-)
in the taxi to my new hotel here I again got into a "double-row-single-gate" situation;
in my home country, people would be courteous and just let you in the "right row";
rearview mirror almost touched the stoic driver to our left, who just ignored my taxi and refused to let us pass into the row;
god forbid he had to wait an extra 10 seconds to get the toll ticket
(sometimes I cannot stand it anymore; luckily there still are enough fun things to do/see here in China)
Please forgive me if I asked this already...but what are you doing in China? Are you doing an international assignment or do you permanently live there? Are you in IT? I'm not trying to be nosy (yes, pun intended)...I'm in IT, that's why I go, so I thought maybe you're there for the same purpose. I am still being asked to do an extended assignment, but it would have to be Singapore or Australia instead, not China...seen too many things, had too many eye infections from the pollution and the nose picking, well I think we have that one covered lol.
trained as a tool/construction engineer, I am now somewhere between sales and engineering
I love IT and had some jobs in IT;
I still do a lot of side projects for the company I work for related to IT (I made a Quote Generator for Sales Assistents, saving about 2000 hours per year now),
but my job is Sales Support;
I work for a big food machine company and I basically travel with Chinese sales guys, answering all technical and technological questions;