I checked in to my hotel in Singapore and the toilet has a towel on its lid. Towel on the seat

What is the objective of this towel? Is it supposed to be used a foot rug for when I am using the toilet?

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    It never occured to me, that bath mats might not be a known worldwide phenomenon. Nice question! :)
    – Ian
    Aug 13, 2018 at 14:03
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    The toilet was cold, so it's keeping warm. It's like a shawl.
    – Fattie
    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:55
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    @Ian: Even knowing about bath mats, I wouldn't expect to find one on the toilet. Aug 14, 2018 at 16:53
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    That is true. I am familiar with the concept of a bath rug, but I wouldn't be expecting it on top of my toilet.
    – Sinstein
    Aug 14, 2018 at 16:55
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    @Harper: Though not particularly relevant to the question I assume the cistern will be behind the wall panels (assuming that is what you meant by "rest of the toilet").
    – Chris
    Aug 15, 2018 at 13:47

2 Answers 2


It’s a bath mat - for use when stepping out of the shower, or indeed as you say, when using the toilet (tiled floors can be cold underfoot!)

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    In many hotels they leave them on the edge of the bathtub. However this is clearly impossible here, so it's the next best location. They don't put it with the rest of the towels so you don't get them confused. And they often don't leave them on the floor as the floor might still be wet when they leave.
    – jcaron
    Aug 13, 2018 at 13:21
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    I think equally a safety issue: to dry your feet coming out of the shower so you don't slip on the tile, fall, and sue the hotel.
    – user71659
    Aug 13, 2018 at 15:18
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    And in this position it serves an additional purpose to indicate the toilet has not been used since the room was cleaned.
    – CCTO
    Aug 13, 2018 at 16:56
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    You can sort of tell it's the bath mat because of the rectangle decoration cut into it that a normal towel wouldn't have.
    – davidbak
    Aug 13, 2018 at 17:44
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    @RonJohn Because there (likely) is no bathtub. That glass on the right looks like a shower door. Aug 13, 2018 at 21:01

They are the thick ones, I usually put these on the floor, wipe the floor with them (using my foot) in case it got wet.

I could be using them wrong all these years, but hey! I love using them that way.


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