You’d never expect a U.S. airport to be nominated for the country’s best public restroom. At Dallas Fort-Worth, for instance, when they renovated the A terminal they didn’t even refresh the bathrooms and when they re-do terminal C they’ve scaled back the budget so there’s no money to do the restrooms there, either.
However a new restroom in Seattle’s North Satellite terminal is a finalist for American’s best. And so is a restroom in the refreshed New York LaGuardia Terminal B. Say what?
Nice restrooms in airports are more common in Asia. For instance the men’s room on the G pier in Singapore’s terminal 4 ought to be a tourist destination in its own right.
But in the U.S.? That’s almost unheard of. And while I don’t think it comes close to comparing to the beauty of that men’s room at Singapore Changi, this bathroom doesn’t look bad at all:
The Sea-Tac restroom features automatic soap dispensers, quartz multistation stalls and environmentally friendly flushing fixtures, according to a statement from Cintas, the business support company that hosts the contest.
Seattle North Satellite Restroom, Credit: Cintas
As for that LaGuardia restroom?
The stalls are deeper and wider to allow passengers to easily bring in luggage and close the door behind them. Prioritizing cleanliness, the restrooms in the new Terminal B are designed to be as hands–free as possible. The sinks are trough–style with a raised counter above. The restrooms even incorporate live orchids, custom mosaic tiles at the entryway and over the urinals, as well as graphics depicting New York City on the stall doors.
Through September 13 you can cast a vote for one of the 10 finalists in the Americas Best Restroom awards.