Will America’s next best restroom be the result of a multi-million dollar renovation to the nation’s largest natural outdoor amphitheater, and set against picturesque iconic Hollywood Hills? Or will Sin City’s most luxurious loo, a sprawling 2,000 square foot space inside Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, earn America’s popular vote? Perhaps it’s the charm of the Old World Style Craftsmanship found in the hand carved wood doors and oversized oak barrel sinks that are nestled inside Georgetown’s Mie N Yu restaurant that will capture the crown?
We will soon find out as the top 10 public toilets compete for the coveted title in Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom, the popular contest now celebrating its eleventh year.
The public is invited to vote for their top pick at www.bestrestroom.com through October 26 as these top 10 venues compete to secure the most votes in hopes of being crowned Cintas’ 2012 America’s Best Restroom.
The contest’s site takes visitors on a photographic tour of each facility and then encourages them to choose their King of the Throne. The winner of the 11th annual Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest will be revealed during a nationally publicized media event this fall and both the winner and runner-up will secure a place in the Hall of Fame.
2012 Top 10 Finalists
Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest
San Francisco, Calif.
Mie N Yu Restaurant
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Walker Art Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
Da Marino Ristorante Italiano
New York, N.Y.
New Braunfels, Texas
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field at Virginia Tech
Nominations for any non-residential restroom accessible to the general public were accepted online through the summer. Qualifying facilities were then judged and finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.
Cintas launched America’s Best Restroom Contest more than a decade ago to recognize establishments that place high value on hygiene and style in their public restrooms. “The condition of the facilities in a restaurant, hotel or other public place undoubtedly influences a customer’s overall experience,” says Cintas’ senior marketing manager John Engel.
“It's certainly had a positive effect on our staff, which in the end, affects business. Our facilities services staff members are the unsung heroes of the Museum, and this recognition was exciting for them--increasing morale. I believe that shows in their continued work," says Emily Waldren, public relations manager at The Field Museum, which took the regal crown in last year’s contest.
Successful businesses recognize the correlation between clean restrooms and customer satisfaction and retention. “Cintas’ contest salutes owners and managers who invest in the upkeep of their facilities because they know it makes smart business sense,” Engel adds.