hotel bathroom countertop and vanity buying guideOctober 11, 2021
Quartz, granite, and marble are among the most popular choices for a hotel bathroom countertop. However, choosing countertops for hotel bathrooms presents a new set of challenges. Durability and resistance to all forms of damage are paramount, but you also need to consider the surface’s beauty and style. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a countertop and vanity for hotel rooms.
Luxurious Look and Feel vs. Durability
Hotels that cater to the high-end market need bathrooms that are designed with luxury in mind, and nothing looks and feels more luxurious than fine Italian marble. It’s a popular choice for home bathroom countertops since it is typically exposed to less wear and tear than the counter in a kitchen. However, marble can be difficult to maintain. It requires regular applications of a natural stone sealer to protect it against water damage and stains, and it’s prone to etching when exposed to acidic liquids. Since hotel guests may not care for the bathroom vanity as conscientiously as they would their own home surfaces, it may be impractical for all but the top-tier hotels.
The sparkle and depth of granite give it an opulent feel as well, and a favorite among homeowners in both bathrooms and kitchens. Like marble and all other natural stone countertops, granite needs to be sealed on a regular basis to stay water-resistant.
However, as one of the hardest countertop materials available, it needs sealing less frequently. It’s also less likely to scratch and easier to keep clean.
Quartz countertops have many advantages over granite and marble — and since it’s available in many different colors and patterns that authentically replicate the look of natural stone, it’s an excellent alternative. Calacatta Verona, for example, looks so much like real marble that it’s difficult to tell the difference. Unlike natural stone, quartz never needs sealing to stay 100% waterproof, and it’s also resistant to stains and scratches. Just like natural stone, it can be customized with a variety of countertop edges.
No matter what material you choose for hotel bathrooms and vanities, the overall design style of the hotel is a major consideration. Most hotels will maintain the same aesthetic for decades, whether it’s traditional, contemporary, or ultra-modern. However, every hotel room needs updating every few years, if only to replace worn materials such as wall coverings and hotel flooring.
If the countertop is a neutral color and subtle pattern like MSI’s Blanca Statuarietto, it may be the only part of the hotel room that never needs changing. On the other hand, if you’re willing to invest in new countertops for guest rooms on a regular basis, you may choose a bold pattern with lots of personality that’s guaranteed to impress.
Consistency of Pattern
Because marble and granite are natural stone, the color and movement of pattern will vary between one slab to the next — every slab is unique. Engineered quartz countertops, however, are identical in shade and pattern. While this individuality may be considered a plus in many applications, it may be undesirable in commercial installations where two different pieces may be matched together. For example, hotel rooms may have a sink inside the bathroom door as well as a vanity area on the outside. You may want the two countertops to match, and while that may be difficult with natural stone, with an engineered quartz countertop, it’s guaranteed.
Despite the quality and durability of granite and marble slabs, it’s rare to find a natural stone countertop that comes with a warranty for commercial use. MSI does offer a commercial warranty for Q Premium Quartz countertops, guaranteeing them to be free of manufacturing defects for a period of 10 years.
The hospitality industry is increasingly conscious of environmental sustainability, both in terms of corporate responsibility and as a marketing tool. Hotels may have “green” policies such as replacing towels less frequently during a guest’s stay or using refillable shampoo and soap dispensers instead of individually sized containers. Environmentally friendly building and decorative materials are important too.
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Quartz, marble, and granite countertops all have pros and cons when it comes to environmental impact. Natural stones are quarried and transported, sometimes from faraway locations, both processes that use fossil fuels. However, they last a long time and can be recycled at the end of their lives. Quartz countertops are engineered using natural quartz that is often a byproduct of other industrial processes. It can be manufactured locally, reducing the energy needed in transport. It can also be recycled.
Selecting the best bathroom vanity countertop for hotel guest rooms depends on many factors — hotel decor, price point, location, and much more. Marble, granite, and quartz are all premium surfaces that have benefits and drawbacks. However, if your countertops are sourced from MSI, you can trust that you’ll always get the best quality, no matter what material you choose.