The Madonna Inn in California's San Luis Obispo is a hotel known for its opulence. Every single one of its over one hundred rooms is themed individually, so we'd expect the same ridiculous extravagance for its public restroom. Here, in the men's room, is a triple-wide rock waterfall urinal, perfect for every guy who's ever wanted to know what God feels like when he looks at Niagara Falls.
Situated on the 28th floor of the famed Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong is the Felix Bar, a swanky modern restaurant for the city's elite. While their food may be pricey, there's no cost for using the bathroom! There, urinals are arranged before floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hong Kong skyline. However, if they ever build an apartment complex across the street, prepare for things to get awkward.
Out on New Zealand's North Island in the town Kawakawa, Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed this spectacular public bathroom, combining ceramics, sculpture, and glass in a wavy, whimsical fashion. The funny thing is, these toilets are so popular that they are now considered the main attraction in the town.
So, I guess what I'm saying is, finish up your business quickly, because there's a busload of tourists waiting behind you.
The Varsity Theater is located in a section of Minneapolis known as Dinkytown, but "dinky" would be the last word you'd want to use to describe this ridiculous restroom. Here, you can take care of your business in style. Or, as this photo shows, you can also just lounge in a leather reading chair for a while, because apparently that's something people like to do when they go to the bathroom (...?).
Shoppers at Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, Ohio can be forgiven if they balk at the outhouse-style restrooms located at the back of the store. However, if you find yourself brave enough to peek inside, you'll soon discover that the outhouse is but a facade. Inside is a hallway that leads to the real bathroom, which, thankfully, is well-maintained. You almost had us for a second there, Jungle Jim.
When you take a trip out to somewhere as hilarious sounding as the Phi Phi (pronounced "pee pee") Islands, located off the coast of Phucket (pronounced "poo-ket"), you know you're going to be in for a good public toilet. I mean, they practically promise it with names like those. And boy, do they deliver.
If you're at Brooklyn's Habana Outpost Restaurant and simply can't stand the hipsters anymore, try running into their attached bathroom for a few minutes of peaceful serenity. The glass roof, along with the collection of local flowers (not to mention the fact that the toilet runs on rain water) makes you feel at one with nature. But when you're done, don't try sharing your delight about the facilities with anybody in the dining room, because that is so 2011 of you.
For years in Hong Kong, anybody who made a purchase of more than $200 at the flagship 3D-Gold Jewelry store was treated to the opportunity of a lifetime: to do their business in a fully-functioning, solid gold toilet. Sadly, after the company's top executives became embroiled in theft allegations in 2008, the doors to this commode were locked forever.
We only hope that this iconic privy hasn't since been melted down to make any jewelry, because ew...
Ever wanted to do your business inside the software world of Tron? Well, don't, because that would probably damage the computer irreparably. Instead, your best bet is to head over to the five-star Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, where this sleek, dreamatorium-like facility has become a tourist attraction all its own. But if you happen to find Jeff Bridges wandering around, please just leave him alone. Even Kevin Flynn is entitled to some privacy.
For ten years, the Asian fusion restaurant Mie N Yu was a fixture near Georgetown's Washington DC campus. Sadly, the place went out of business in late 2012. Perhaps it was one of those all-too-familiar cases where a restaurant's food just can't live up to its spectacular bathroom?
You should definitely drink up while you're partying at the Cherry nightclub in Las Vegas's Red Rock Casino, because you're going to want to use these urinals as much as you can. Designed to resemble the Rolling Stones lips logo, these babies prove that, while you can't always get what you want, you can at least relieve yourself on one of Rock's biggest icons, so that's something.
At the Mumin Papa Cafe in the city of Akashi, Japan, diners can enjoy this private toilet that is surrounded on four sides by an aquarium full of live fish. Finally, you can experience the sensation of going to the bathroom inside a pool, without any of the guilt or shame that normally comes afterward.
At the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, museum curators believe that your appreciation of culture shouldn't end when you enter the bathroom. Which is why they hired artists to create unique installations in each of their six restroom facilities.
Please ignore the security guard staring at you menacingly from inside the stall. He's just here to make sure you don't mess with any of the art.
At Branson, Missouri's Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, named after the famous Japanese-American country music fiddler (???), make sure to take a brief intermission into the "lounge." (We can't in good faith call this place a bathroom, because it is so, so much more than that.)
After you do your business, wash your hands in the imported Italian sinks, take a breather by the marble fireplace, and then play a game of billiards on the hand-carved mahogany pool table. Oh, and maybe watch a show out in the theater or something.
In 2013, as part of an ad campaign for Coca Cola's Georgia Max Coffee, several ski resorts in Japan were outfitted with wall treatments that made it appear as if toilet-sitters were about to head down a massive ski jump. This is a great way to appeal to extreme sports fans, though personally, I find the idea of just using a public stall to be thrilling enough on its own.
In 1998, sci-fi fans flocked to Las Vegas in order to geek out over the newly-opened Star Trek: The Experience. The men's room, too, proved to be quite an experience, as it was decked out in these chic, futuristic urinals.
Sadly, though, the attraction neither lived long nor prospered, and in 2008 it closed its doors permanently. That day, everyone who dreamed the highly illogical dream of one day using this bathroom had their internal phasers set to stun.
If you ever find yourself on Scotland's Isle of Bute, stuck between the choices of relieving yourself or appreciating some 100-year-old antiques, have I got good news for you. The Scottish have done a magnificent job preserving their nation's public bathroom history, and these Victorian toilets are the crown jewel of that effort. And afterward, make sure to take a trip to the pub. That way, you'll have a good excuse to return in an hour or two.
The city of Amterdam has come up with a clever solution to the late-night public urination problem: pop-up toilets! These urinals emerge from the cement every night at 10 PM, and sink back into the ground at 3 AM, resulting in countless 3:05 exclamations of, "Dude, I swear. It was right there!"
Outside the Tate Britain museum in London was this contemporary art piece, titled "Don't Miss A Sec." It was a public toilet, surrounded entirely by one-way glass. Once inside, you could see everyone, but they couldn't see you.
You know what? Just to be safe, I think I'll use the one at Starbucks.
Tokyo's Robot Restaurant has been described as a "sensory overload," full of scantily-clad robot performers, ninja shows, and presumably some food of some kind. So, naturally, we expected a lot from their bathroom, and this gaudy, gold-embossed facility more than fits the bill. But if you happen see the T-1000 while in there, be sure to avoid making any eye contact.
You've heard that slogan "Keep Portland Weird"? Well, the bathrooms at the Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade on NW Couch St are fulfilling their end of the bargain with these intricate mosaics on the floor.
"But, how do you know which room is which?" Isn't it obvious? Pac-Man for the men, and Ms. Pac-Man for the ladies.
...Although somebody should tell those two yellow sprites that it's not a good idea to eat off of bathroom floors like that.