What Was Actually Wrong with the Bathroom

So yesterday I posted this picture and asked everyone for their guesses as to what’s wrong with the bathroom.


For context, this picture was taken at the Grand Hyatt in NYC.

And here are the guesses:

(the answer will be revealed after them)

Ron Korte

Even for a smaller person, rather tight fit sitting on the toilette.

Invalid request error occurred.Michael

I’m going to guess that the door to the bathroom was not able to be closed without having to step into the shower or atop the toilet – the Sheraton La Jolla replaced the pocket doors with swinging doors that went inward, would be difficult if you had a roommate.

Invalid request error occurred.NOM NOM Boris

toilet paper location is very strange

Invalid request error occurred.Sue

The toilet is too close to the vanity!

Invalid request error occurred.DaninMCI

Too close to the counter.
Seat is not on straight, which is typical.
Cant reach the tp.
No liner in trash can.
Toilet appears to be too low to be comfortable, but that could just be the photo angle.
There is no bidet next to it.

Invalid request error occurred.Susan

I hope that is your trash in the trash can…. or else the bathroom has not been cleaned.

And I agree with everyone else about the tight quarters, as it were. Obviously someone has banged themselves getting up… the edge of the vanity/towel/toilet paper place is marred. And if that triangle is the wall…. you must have to be a tiny tiny person to be able to use this room!

Invalid request error occurred.Charles

I am not a big guy but that offers less shoulder room than 9 across on a 787

Invalid request error occurred.Carl P

I think FreeTravelGuys is on the right track. I think on the left that’s a glass wall between the bathroom and the bedroom.

Invalid request error occurred.FreeTravelGuys

Depends. If the foggy glass on the left is next to the shower it’s fine. But if it’s right next to the bedroom then that’s the problem.

Invalid request error occurred.DavidB

The location of the commode suggests to me that, even given my gender, there are many problems undertaking the functions one performs on/into a toilet.

Invalid request error occurred.Carl P

The panel above the toilet probably has the button(s) for the flush. That’s where it is on some Toto tank-in-the wall toilets.

Invalid request error occurred.Karen H.

More on #6 – it looks like there is a perfectly good toilet paper-sized opening on the side of the vanity that the TP dispenser should have been mounted to, making it much more convenient (though still not terrific b/c you’d have to reach across your own body that you’ve somehow managed to wedge into that space).

Invalid request error occurred.Karen H.

1 – There’s no liner in the wastebasket (one of my huge pet peeves)
2 – The toilet paper is over, my preference is UNDER
3 – Anyone with an ample bottom will have difficulty sitting on that toilet, evidenced by the slightly skewed toilet seat
4 – If that is indeed a counter or a door in the right hand corner, how the heck to you enter this bathroom?
5 – How do you flush that toilet? I do not see a lever or an automatic sensor
6 – More on the TP – it would require a double-jointed elbow to reach the TP or some pre-planning.

Invalid request error occurred.kamal

Flush missing ?

Invalid request error occurred.AlohaDaveKennedy

Looks like there might be a seating issue for many folks, but I also have my eye on the triangle in the lower right corner. Hope it is not a wall or a door,

Invalid request error occurred.Bonnie

It’s got one of those doofy seats with the opening…

Invalid request error occurred.Tyler

The obvious problem would be how close the toilet is to the sink. So I guess you have to sit a little sideways. I guess then the problem becomes you have to make an acrobatic move to grab some TP. Stretching and exercise are important when traveling.

Invalid request error occurred.Tiff

It looks like many things, but the first that comes to mind is, how do you flush the toilet?

Invalid request error occurred.Christian

It looks like you’d need some serious agility to get to the tp.

So the guesses are in and I was surprised at how many things people found.  It was like one of those hidden picture games they have in Highlights magazine.

Some commenters mentioned there might be a problem for those with an “ample bottom”.  In this case, I’d say it was anyone with a bottom.

Here’s a photo of the same space, but with me sitting on the toilet.

grand hyatt nyc

I’ve been aspiring to do travel blogging so that I could one day take a picture of me on a toilet.  Hi, Mom!

Given where the sink is, and the size of the bowl, I could not literally sit forward on this toilet.  And despite all the squats I do, a Kim Kardasian, I do not have.

So my rear did not fit on the toilet.  And if I tried to fit it… what I needed to do did not, uh… aim properly into the toilet?

So my solution was to sit completely sideways with my feet in the shower.  #class

Unluckily, I had an aspiring consumer advocate on my side.  Check out the Devil’s Advocate’s attempt to solve my case over here (definitely worth a read).

But to some of the other concerns–

Yes, that is the corner of the door in the photo.

Yes, reaching the toilet paper took an advanced stage of yoga.

Yes, that was my own trash in the waste bin.

And the toilet did, in fact, flush.

So, why didn’t I ask to switch rooms?  (Other than because I was relying on the Devil’s Advocate)

I didn’t have that much time before I had to leave the room.  And honestly, sitting sideways was unusual, but once I had a solution, I knew what I needed to do.

So I figured, why change when I knew how to roll with it?

If other people were in the room with me, of course I’d change so they didn’t have to.  But for me, it was no big deal.  But still, thanks to Devil’s advocate for, uh, successfully working on the situation. 

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

Check Also

a castle with fireworks in the sky

The Secrets to Cheaper Disney Dining

I always figured that Disney was one of those places you’d never get a discount …


  1. After doing some research, I found out why the split seat. And. You can slip socks on those “arms” so the seat isn’t cold!

  2. Not so Grand after all….

  3. After seeing your picture, I’m not sure that pot would be legal in Colorado! Not too impressed with the new head of Hyatt.

  4. There’s a special layer of hell for people who design a bathroom layout like that!

    • Surprised this was at the Grsnd Hyatt NYC. Certainly doesn’t look as chic as any Hyatt I’ve stayed at. BTW the original conversion of the Vanderbilt Hotel (adjacent to Grand Central Station) into the Grand Hyatt was Donald Trump’s first major development project. One expects that he has learned something about bathroom design since then?

  5. Julian’s writing is hilarious – thanks for suggesting and linking it.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      No problem, I agree! I knew the story of what happened and what he did, but I still couldn’t stop laughing when I read it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.