America's Ten Best Public Restrooms — Including One in Colorado
For most of us, the thought of having to use a public restroom is off-putting, owing to often horrific personal experiences.
But that doesn't have to be the case.
The fourteenth annual America’s Best Restroom Contest, sponsored by the Ohio-based Cintas Corporation (which manufactures restroom supplies, among many other things), has announced ten finalists for 2015 — and a public facility in the Town of Minturn made the final cut.
As you'll see in the photos below, the competition will be fierce. Rather than places to avoid, these restrooms are so spectacular that we imagine folks actually seek them out, tourist-attraction-style.
Look below to see the top ten, featuring Cintas photos and text. Voting is open until October 31. To select your favorite and check out additional pics and info, click here.
Cibo Wine Bar
Cibo Wine Bar is billed as “big, bold and beautiful” – and the Italian eatery lives up to the hype! Located in Miami’s famed South Beach district, Cibo is a blend of old world rustic and modern industrial chic. Patrons can even watch chefs prepare meals at a 60 ft. open kitchen counter. The restrooms, the creation of Liberty Entertainment Group’s Vice President and Creative Director Nadia Di Donato, are stunning works of art. Guests are often intrigued by the faucets, which are mounted to the ceiling and activated by motion sensor. The restrooms also feature pieces from renowned artist Randy Cooper. “Liberty Entertainment Group venues are renowned for their restroom designs, and we are honored to be recognized,” said Di Donato. “This nomination pays tribute to the artists and craftsmen who dedicated themselves to this project.”
Charleston, South Carolina
A restroom inside a whiskey barrel? Believe it! At Charleston Distilling in South Carolina, which makes small batch handcrafted spirits, two restrooms are designed as giant wooden barrels. And the creative place “to go” has become a popular attraction for patrons. “The usual response is that people say the restroom is very cool,” said Stephen Heilman of Charleston Distillery. “The restroom is part of a lot of Instagram photos!” The custom woodworking of the “barrel” restrooms fit the atmosphere and décor of the distillery and its tasting room. So belly up to the bar and order a round – it’s a trip you won’t forget!
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts
Enter the restrooms at The Fitton Center for Creative Arts and step into nature – one tile at a time. The men’s and women’s restrooms were created by Cincinnati artist Jan Brown Checco as an homage to our relationship with the earth and the importance of conservation. In addition, students in the Fitton Center’s pottery classes and community members joined forces to create several of the tiles. In the women’s restroom take particular note of “Mother Nature” and the rainbows, flowers, seashells, fossils, colorful glass and clay tiles that comprise her face. In the men’s restroom the Greenman gives a nod to Hamilton’s Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. The restrooms have become a big hit at the art center, and every tour begins with a look at the beautiful tiles. “The title of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom would be a wonderful honor for the Fitton Center,” said Cindy Dingeldein, ASID, interior designer on the project. “What we designed is much more than restrooms. The rooms are hand-made, unique works of art.”
Great American Ball Park
This baseball season, the Cincinnati Reds hit a home run...with moms everywhere! That’s because the Reds, in partnership with Pampers and Fischer Homes, debuted the first-of-its-kind nursing suite at Great American Ball Park. The Reds talked with local moms to identify specific needs for the restroom. You’ll find five comfortable gliders, changing stations, kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, lockers for storing items and flat screen TVs so mom doesn’t miss any of the game. Already this season over 3,000 moms and families have used the Pampers Nursing Suite and its restroom facility! “The Reds, Pampers and Fischer Homes are very proud that we have set the gold standard for a nursing area in a public space,” said Michael Anderson, public relations manager for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. “As sports teams strive to add additional ‘family friendly’ features for fans, we have proven that this quiet place for moms to feed and care for their babies is one of the most popular spaces at Great American Ball Park.”
The Music Hall
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Take a long look at the restrooms at The Music Hall. Are you thinking “Harry Potter” or “Alice in Wonderland”? You’re not alone! The team at The Music Hall, a performing arts venue in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire which dates back to the 1870s, says the restrooms are like a trip into a childhood fairytale. That’s because, during a recent renovation in 2008, designers drew on the mysticism of Gaudi and the classic touches of the Tiffany style to create a fantasy forest of cast bronze trees, branches and vines, gilded Corinthian columns, elegant velvet settees and creative tile patterns. Now people stop by every day to tour not just the theater but the restrooms too! “We are excited to be part of Cintas' America's Best Restroom because we’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears to create a magical experience for our patrons,” said Michael Tucker, director of operations at The Music Hall. “It would be great to win this award to showcase all of the hard work we’ve put into our massive renovation project.”Next Page
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