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Shared bathrooms?

Posted by luce_uk on 9/4/2010 at 16:18

Hi

I leave in a few weeks for a RTW year trip all around SEA and Aus. What i was wondering is what are the shared bathrooms like in the hostels/guesthouses? Are they generally kept clean, and how many showers per people do they have e.g do you often have to wait to get showered? Any horrible experience with grotty places? And where do people dry their towels and stuff?

Thanks for your replies!

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 9/4/2010 at 17:49 TF writer

They're generally OK.... My experience is that shared bathrooms for beach bungalows are dirtier and more bug-infested than in proper guesthouses. Obviously it depends on the particular accommodations though.

As a general observation, I'd say about 2 showers/toilets per floor of the guesthouse. I've never seen a long line-up for showers, but have gone to shower to find them full and had to wait 5 min. People hang their towels to dry in their room.

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Posted by Gorey on 9/4/2010 at 19:23

I've found they vary greatly and when i've been in a position where im sharing (ordinarily i specifically seek out private toilet/shower) i check them at the same time i checking the room before deciding to stay.

Usually they're fine, not any dirtier than say university halls/dorm shared showers. I've encountered bugs/lizards/spiders in virtually every guesthouse bathroom (private or shared) but never to an extent that seemed dirty or uncomfortable.

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Posted by Sophia_India on 2/6/2010 at 18:56

Shared bathrooms vary from place to place. Usually though, they tend to be kept pretty clean and you might have to wait for a shower at peak times - eg the morning, however i don't think they are bad or will be a distruption to you.

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Posted by bradmcfc81 on 29/7/2010 at 06:31

I personally am not a big fan. There always seems to be a queue, or somebody in the bathroom when you need it. You end up wasting half an hour of your day and it can become pretty annoying after a while.

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