Schoenfelder Renovations Contributes to Death of the Hotel Bathtub

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Remodeling industry veteran Schoenfelder Renovations is seeing increased interest in hotel remodeling projects as the lodging industry moves away from bathtubs in favor of luxury showers. Trend watchers say just 15 percent of guests want to splash around in a hotel tub, according to an article published by The Economic Times in May 2013.

The industry shift comes after research from InterContinental Hotels Group found that as many as 85 percent of guests say they prefer to shower while staying at a hotel.

Underutilized and over-scrubbed, hotel bathtubs are checking out from lodging chains nationwide — for good. Minnesota-based Schoenfelder Renovations is contributing to this trend, replacing three-quarters of the tubs at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest with luxurious showers as part of a multimillion-dollar remodeling project.

The Minneapolis Marriott Southwest is far from alone: Countless other hotels across the country are removing timeworn bathtubs in favor of the sleek, clean look of stand-alone showers. According to an article published by The Economic Times on May 29, 2013 (, the industry shift comes after research from InterContinental Hotels Group found that as many as 85 percent of guests say they prefer to shower while staying at a hotel. Business travelers in particular are unlikely to soak in a tub.

Schoenfelder Renovations founder Mark Schoenfelder said the growing trend is keeping him and his crew of certified contractors busy. Although most hotels regularly refresh their décor, fixtures like tubs and sinks tend to remain in place — and usually have the chips, scratches and stains to prove it.

“Fresh paint doesn’t make an old bathtub look new,” he said. On the other hand, Schoenfelder said changing out the tub for a shower can be transformational: “It feels fresh and looks more modern. It’s like a brand new hotel room.”

At the 300-plus-room Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, Schoenfelder Renovations’ interior work includes installing new flooring, LED lights, solid-surface sinks and quartz countertops in addition to switching out the bathroom fixtures. The custom showers feature sliding barn-style doors made of glass, making the bathroom seem larger. Ceramic tile and new chrome accents complete the look.

Schoenfelder’s professional crew also spruced up the exterior of the hotel built in 1978, repairing water-damaged EIFS siding —a popular building material that looks like stone or stucco but is prone to problems if not properly installed. Contractors at Schoenfelder are trained and tested at the company’s on-site facility before being given assignments.

All told, Schoenfelder Renovations has completed more than 200 hotel remodeling jobs in 20 states across the country. About half have included bathroom updates. So far this year, the company has been asked to bid on bathtub-removal projects in Minnesota, Iowa and New York.

“Everyone is getting rid of tubs, and new properties are being built without them,” Schoenfelder said. “Really, how often does anyone take a bath at a hotel?”

Hotels in vacation destinations are keeping some tubs in place to accommodate the minority of guests who prefer to bathe — families with small children, for example — but Schoenfelder expects the shower trend to continue industry-wide.

“From what I am hearing, the bathtub is dead at business hotels,” the remodeling industry veteran said. “If I have a choice, I’m picking the stand-up fancy shower every time.”

Schoenfelder Renovations is wrapping up the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest project while the hotel remains open for business. In addition to the bathroom alternations, the seven-month remodeling job also includes improvements to the common areas, ballrooms and concierge lounge, as well as the new M Lounge. Schoenfelder has earned a reputation in Minnesota and beyond for the quality of its work and the care it takes with commercial and residential clients alike. Visit to learn more about the company’s comprehensive commercial and residential remodeling capabilities.

About Schoenfelder Renovations

Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Schoenfelder Renovations provides a full range of commercial remodeling services—including hotel renovations—nationwide. Its home improvement services are available throughout Minnesota. Mark Schoenfelder set out to provide a superior customer experience when he founded sister company Schoenfelder Painting in 1991, and the renovation business was born as a result of that emphasis on what he calls “total quality management.” Happy painting customers asked Schoenfelder to do other remodeling, too, and the growing demand for those services led to the creation of Schoenfelder Renovations. Call (866) 382-9701 or contact Schoenfelder online at for more information.

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Schoenfelder Renovations Founder
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