Hotel saunas are a mixed bag, to say the least.
Sometimes you run into one like this pic on the right. The temp is acceptable, the vibe is great, basically – it’s getting used.
Other times though, all you have at your disposal is a poorly maintained sauna that gets fired up a couple times per month. No worries! You can still get a good sweat in with these tips:
- Every single sauna stove made is meant to take water. Don’t buy into that nonsense about electrical shock. Hotel owners know that using water shortens the lifespan of the heating elements so they try to keep water off the rocks. Dry sauna? Not if I’m in there. The rocks are getting doused and that’s all there is to it. If someone in there feels nervous just explain this to them (and maybe bribe them with a beer). This is also necessary for a good sweat because usually hotel saunas are only around 150 degrees.
- Put a little scented oil in a gallon of water for the rocks. There won’t be a bucket so you’ll have to tote your own water. The oil is a good idea because hotel sauna rocks sometimes have a funky smell. Kids pour pop on them and who knows what else. A nice shot of birch oil in the water will give you a little insurance.
- If there are other people in there, spark up a conversation! Hotel saunas can be great places to meet people and to learn more about the town you’re visiting. Don’t miss out on that opportunity.
Don’t let an underused hotel sauna get you down. Crank it up, follow the rubberband theory, and you’ll have a great sweat.
Here’s a step by step instruction on how to take a hotel sauna.