The Best Bathroom in the United States Is in an Airport
Minneapolis St. Paul’s airport was just crowned the winner of America’s Best Restroom.
Translation: Out of every single, possible restroom in the country, the bathroom at Minneapolis St. Paul airport is the best place to be when nature calls.
The annual contest, sponsored by Cintas Corporation, ranks bathrooms around the nation based on “cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.”
Minneapolis St. Paul recently began renovating their restrooms, a process that will continue until 2025. The renovation spreads across 100 sets of public bathrooms. The newly-renovated bathrooms include a screen displaying flight information, mosaic murals created by local artists and automatic doors to provide a completely touch-free experience.
“The restroom is often the first place visited on arrival and the last stop for departing passengers, leaving a lingering impression of their destination,” Alan Howell, the senior airport architect at the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be honored with this award for our efforts to improve the aesthetics of our restrooms and make the customer experience memorable.”
The title comes with a $2,500 prize that will allow Minneapolis St. Paul airport to keep their facilities stocked with cleaning chemicals or wet mops.
Midwest bathrooms are apparently strong contenders. The other top finalists for the award include Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Leña Brava restaurant in Chicago, The Novel Neighbor bookstore in St. Louis, Safe House restaurant in Milwaukee and Swift & Sons restaurant in Chicago.