Conrad Shanghai: Pool Access

marcojim

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Hi all,

Just hoping to get some clarification on something.

I’m currently staying at the Conrad Shanghai and tried to access the pool. The attendant at the pool and gym complex told me that I would have to wear a swimming cap to access the pool — offering me one for 100 RMB (around $20 AUD). He was unable to provide any documentation specifying this policy. I wasn’t told about the swimming cap requirement (or even the existence of the pool) at check in, and nowhere on the hotel website or hotel information in my room does it say that a swimming cap is required.

I’m just wondering if it’s standard for Conrads to require guests to wear swimming caps in their pools? I’m not disputing the policy at this hotel but I just find it a bit odd that it’s not written anywhere (not even a the front desk of the pool and gym complex!).

Thanks
 
Hi all,

Just hoping to get some clarification on something.

I’m currently staying at the Conrad Shanghai and tried to access the pool. The attendant at the pool and gym complex told me that I would have to wear a swimming cap to access the pool — offering me one for 100 RMB (around $20 AUD). He was unable to provide any documentation specifying this policy. I wasn’t told about the swimming cap requirement (or even the existence of the pool) at check in, and nowhere on the hotel website or hotel information in my room does it say that a swimming cap is required.

I’m just wondering if it’s standard for Conrads to require guests to wear swimming caps in their pools? I’m not disputing the policy at this hotel but I just find it a bit odd that it’s not written anywhere (not even a the front desk of the pool and gym complex!).

Thanks

It's a common practice in China - seen as maintaining pool hygiene.
 
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Not a wider Conrad thing and I never stayed in a hotel in China with a pool. I take it others were wearing them?

Many bald people would love this problem (if you're looking for a plus side :)).
 
It's a common practice in China - seen as maintaining pool hygiene.

Yes, I always travel with swimming cap in China have come across it at multiple hotels. IIRC it was the Hilton Beijing where I first came across this rule, but they only relieved me of about $4-$5 to purchase a swimming cap.

Thought it was a hygiene thing, but could also be to prevent hair getting into filters?
 
They are a pretty common requirement from my experience. Walk down the street and they’ll be about $2 at any market shop.
 
Echoing previous comments - swimming cap was required at Grand Central Hotel in Shanghai when we stayed there a few years back. At least they handed them out at no charge. I really disliked having to wear it, but no choice, gotta accept local customs etc...other than once or twice when we managed to get in the pool while no-one was attending the entry.
 
As if other hairs are somewhat cleaner than the ones on the head

Other hairs are probably cleaner. Not in a hygiene/biological sense, but in a chemical sense - expect that a lot less "product" is used in other hairs than the ones on the head. Maybe that's the reason. Bottom line, you can go insane trying to make sense of China and it's various rules.
 
Other hairs are probably cleaner. Not in a hygiene/biological sense, but in a chemical sense - expect that a lot less "product" is used in other hairs than the ones on the head. Maybe that's the reason. Bottom line, you can go insane trying to make sense of China and it's various rules.
Lol better not tell the attendants the products I use on the other hairs
 
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