Clean, functional, innovative and appealing — see which facility was voted America’s Best Restroom for 2017

by Brianna Crandall — November 27, 2017 — The public is hooked on the America’s Best Restroom winner, says Cintas Corporation. The workplace product and service provider announced last week that the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona, was voted in as the winner of its 16th annual seriously fun America’s Best Restroom contest.

According to Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas:

This fun, engaging contest shines a spotlight on trending toilets while also conveying a critical message that restroom hygiene impacts the success of a business. This year, the local community of Scottsdale rallied together and showed that there is value in a restroom that’s creative and memorable for guests.

Cintas’s description of this year’s winner reads: 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 nine-foot lemon shark in the eye as you wash your hands?

Dr. Amram Knishinsky, founder, OdySea Aquarium, commented:

From Penguin Point to our SeaTrek Helmet Diving, we have countless amazing attractions, and now we can add our restrooms to that list. We’re proud to accept the award and are extremely grateful to everyone who voted for us.

As the winner, the OdySea Aquarium will receive the royal restroom treatment from Cintas. This includes $2,500 in facility services or restroom cleaning to keep their restrooms Ready for the Workday.

The other finalists in the 2017 America’s Best Restroom Contest include:

  • Carmel Beach — Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Doughnut Plant — New York, NY
  • Elsa — Brooklyn, NY
  • La Boucherie on 71 — Los Angeles, CA
  • Off the Waffle — Portland, OR
  • Palmetto Brewery — Charleston, SC
  • Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel — Chicago, IL
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — San Francisco, CA
  • Sinema Restaurant + Bar — Nashville, TN

Cintas selected the ten finalists based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements from open nominations, and the winner was chosen through thousands of online votes. OdySea has now secured its place in the Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame. Photos of this year’s finalists are available on Cintas’s Facebook page, and descriptions are available on the announcement of the finalists.

For photos and descriptions of finalists and winners from previous years, visit the Hall of Fame page on the America’s Best Restroom Contest Web site. Visitors to the site can also nominate a restroom for next year’s contest.