From disco balls to shark-infested stalls, get ready to cast your vote! Cintas
Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today revealed the top ten finalists for
its 16th annual America’s Best Restroom® Contest.The
public can vote for their favorite restroom now through Oct. 27 at www.bestrestroom.com/us.
“Most public bathrooms are not considered pleasant places to be, but
with their stunning stalls and unique design features, this year’s 10
finalists are tourist attractions in their own right,” said Sean
Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas. “These finalists realize the impact
a clean and memorable restroom has on the customer experience. We can’t
wait to see which one America selects as its favorite.”
The best bowls in the 2017 America’s Best Restroom Contest include:
Carmel Beach - Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
The Carmel Beach
restrooms are built on a bluff just west of Scenic Road at Santa Lucia
Avenue, designed to blend in with the beauty of the surrounding area. A
stone veneer and board-form finish on the concrete walls provides a
rustic look, and a “green roof” covered in plants to complement the
surrounding scenery, while the mahogany doors provide a rich contrast.
Located adjacent to a heavily-used pedestrian trail, the usefulness of
the restroom facility is equal to its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Doughnut Plant – New York, NY
The restroom at Doughnut
Plant's shop in the historic Chelsea Hotel was inspired by one of the
first jobs Doughnut Plant's founder and owner Mark Isreal had when he
moved to NYC: a busboy at the legendary Studio 54. Designed to mirror a
disco ball, the restroom walls and floor are covered with twinkling
metallic tiles. Of course, the restroom also features a shiny disco ball
spinning from the ceiling.
Elsa – Brooklyn, NY
At just 16 square feet each, the Elsa
bathrooms make the most of their small footprint through the use of rich
materiality and play of light. Back-lit slatted mirrors create an arched
ceiling that surrounds the guest and amplifies the space on all sides.
Custom doors and hardware, contrasting marble floors, a custom marble
and glass sink ledge, reclaimed wall tile and pink plaster walls all
come together to make the compact restrooms feel playfully expansive.
La Boucherie on 71 – Los Angeles
Encompassed in the Wilshire
Grand Center, the design of the La Boucherie on 71 restrooms creates an
“authentic” experience for urban dwellers and visitors alike. The Marie
Antoinette-themed restrooms feature fully enclosed stalls and gold
accents, including modern light fixtures and faucets. The corridor
mimics the hallways of Versailles with wallpapered doors and
intricately-patterned lounge chairs.
OdySea Aquarium – Scottsdale, Ariz.
At OdySea Aquarium, the
adventure is all around you... even in the restrooms! During the early
stages of design, OdySea knew that it wanted to create jaw-dropping
moments for its guests at every corner. That’s why they opted out of the
typical mirror over the sinks and instead installed an enormous acrylic
window leading straight into Shark Waters – its largest exhibit. Where
else in the world can you stare a 9-foot lemon shark in the eye as you
wash your hands?
Off the Waffle – Portland, Ore.
Off The Waffle is a
restaurant that is all about surprising and delighting its guests, and
its restroom is no exception. The disco bathroom is the brainchild of
its co-founder Omer Orian, after realizing that the restroom space in
its Portland location could use a little more pizazz. By flipping the
light switch to ‘disco’ mode, the bathroom transforms with flashy lights
and music - creating a party in the potty every time. The entire setup
was designed and installed by Omer, his brother Dave, and his sister
Palmetto Brewery – Charleston, NC
The restrooms at Palmetto
Brewery feature urinals made out of recycled kegs. If you look closely,
you will notice the urinals are designed to look like mouths with
tongues. One has braces, another has big buck teeth and the other is
designed to look like a vampire. The restrooms also feature corrugated
metal stalls and industrial sconces. Aside from its beer, the restrooms
are one of Palmetto’s main attractions.
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel – Chicago, IL
near the Raised Urban Rooftop Bar, this delightful restroom makes it
easy to forget you’re in the heart of downtown Chicago. The ebony tile
walls are counterbalanced by a large portrait resembling a bright and
beautiful garden that wraps around the main area. Sleek back-lit mirrors
rest above black, marble counters with silver under mount sinks. It also
features six stalls that are as classy as they are private.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – San Francisco
the designers of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's new 10-story
expansion, use the restrooms to activate visitors' senses and inspire
them to explore another floor of the nation's largest museum of modern
and contemporary art. Each floor features a different, eye-popping color
in all of the mens, womens and all-gender restrooms. From brilliant
green, deep purple, shocking pink, aquatic teal and even SFMOMA's
signature shade of warm red, the restrooms are works of art unto
themselves. Insider tip: look for the green flash after exiting the red
restroom on the second floor - a classic example of afterimage using
Sinema Restaurant + Bar – Nashville, Tenn.
+ Bar is housed in the historic Melrose Theater, which opened in 1942
and has a storied history of delighting movie-goers and creating long
lasting memories. With features like Hollywood makeup lights, patterned
terrazzo floors, Carerra marble countertops and starlight wall sconces,
the ladies’ lounge at Sinema is a recreation of the glamourous days.
It’s a frequent ‘must’ destination for guests, who primp and pose before
taking a #SinemaSelfie.
The ten finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal,
innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The restroom that
receives the most votes will be awarded $2,500 in facility services or
restroom cleaning from Cintas to help maintain their award-winning
For more information about the contest, please contact Christina Alvarez
at [email protected]
or (214) 571-6322.
About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than 900,000 businesses of all types and
sizes get READY™ to open their doors with confidence every day by
providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our
customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean,
safe and looking their best. With products and services including
uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products,
fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training,
Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered
in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq
Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both
the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.
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