“I used to work at a pool, and you can only get things so clean, ” my roommate said when I told her of my plan to visit the Oasis.
For many, including myself, the idea of a rent-by-the-hour hot tub room is questionable. It has a certain Las Vegas quality: what happens in the hot tub stays in the hot tub — perhaps at the expense of the next person to use the hot tub.
But admittedly, my qualms about the Oasis aren’t founded on anything concrete. What do I know about the world of rental jets and rainforest rooms? I’ve never been squeamish of hotel mattresses or bowling shoes — is a well-used Jacuzzi any different? To find out, I put my prejudices to the test and went with my boyfriend for a romantic night at the Oasis.
I checked online first to figure out the best time to go. For two people, the cheapest rate — $29 per hour — is offered before 4 p.m. An evening hour goes for $36 Sunday through Thursday and $44 on weekend nights.
On the website, I scoped out all 16 of the theme rooms available: “Japan” with its oriental pagoda, “Vancouver” complete with totem pole and rustic fireplace and “Bali” featuring a painted seascape mural.
One tab over from “garden photos” is another labeled “water purity, ” which attests in detail to the cleanliness of the Oasis hot tubs. But it wasn’t exactly assuring to be so assured. Would a restaurant advertise that its kitchen is sanitary? Or a hotel that the sheets are washed?
Of course, those paragraphs describing the “state-of-the-art disinfectant and filtration systems” are exactly for the benefit of skeptics like myself. And actually, the water at Oasis does go through much more than the Band-Aid-ridden public pools of youth must have. The water in each hot tub is completely filtered out every eight minutes and each tub is drained and hand scrubbed almost daily, Oasis manager Faith Frazine said.
“We know if people are concerned about the cleanliness of their waters, then they probably won’t be repeat customers, ” Frazine said.