Only 10 of America’s millions of restrooms are nominated for the “America’s Best Restroom” contest. The only contender for the DMV area is the BWI restrooms, which Washingtonians have the pleasure of being welcomed back to on a regular basis.
For those of you who travel exclusively from Dulles or have just never seen the Baltimore/Washington International Airport restrooms, they’re pretty swanky. The cobalt blue and crisp white palette tie in some Grecian inspiration, while the bright natural lights are perfect for touch-ups when you’re feeling groggy and sleep deprived.
Perhaps the best part of BWI’s restrooms are the doors. Yes, the bathroom doors. They actually close completely and leave no opportunity for creaks and cracks and uninvited peeks. The fully enclosed stalls are incredibly spacious while the total bathroom remodel still allows for maximum occupancy to avoid long lines.
A frantic traveler might not realize some of the additional “smart” features of the BWI restroom that make it stand out from the crowd.
Light-up signage outside the restroom shows occupancy, so you already know if there is an empty stall before even entering. Smart lighting is also energy-efficient and real-time inventory tracking saves custodial energy by updating them via technology on soap status and more.
If you do find yourself waiting on the loo, patrons can relax in the seating area affixed with stunning murals. The newly remodeled restrooms were part of a $55 million renovation of concourses B,C, and D. Washingtonians have through August 11 to vote for BWI as part of the Cintas contest.