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Shared bathrooms, in hostels and hotels, in Iran

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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

If I have to go to the bathroom, during the night, in one of these places, does that mean I have to get fully dressed each time, headscarf and all?


2. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

...if you don't want to come across as of dubious reputation

I'd just don a burkha ;)


3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Flynn:)
I could put a sheet over my head, and go ghost style.
I think, I will bring some light loose trousers(if I have any such things) and one of my boyfriends shirts, to wear in bed, in Iran, instead to the silk stringy thingy I usually wear in hostels.
From what I heard, about foreign women getting midnight knocks on their hotel room doors, I should also lock my door, while I go to the bathroom.


4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y

In all the hotels in Iran I stayed in I always had a private bathroom. The only place I saw that did not have a private bathroom was the hostel in Isfahan - and I decided against staying with them. The hostel wanted 8 EUR per night for a bed in 6-bed-dorm, and the hotel I ended up in was 14 EUR per night private room and ensuite bath. It was worth the small difference for me, because this way I could sleep under the air conditioner with very little clothing and no blanket.

But to answer your question: Yes, you have to put on your headscarf/get fully dressed when you go where unrelated men might possibly see you. It is the law. Doing so should take you less than 30 seconds - fold your 90x90 cm square into a triangle, place the triangle upon your head and tie the loose ends under your chin. No science involved. Can even be done in a sloppy way for the bathroom trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 4, 2007, at 4:44 PM by t_maia ]