Restaurant Restrooms – Do you critique them too?

Blog Nov 12, 2013 Comments Off on Restaurant Restrooms – Do you critique them too?

I’m a clean freak! There, I said it. I can’t help it. Everywhere I go I notice the cleanliness of my environment. Call me crazy, but lately I’ve been noticing restaurant bathrooms. Some are fabulous and some are a mess. I notice everything about them – the look, the lighting, the smell and even the details.

women's roomI love to go out and treat myself (or better yet have someone else treat me) to a fabulous meal. I enjoy every aspect – the atmosphere, the décor, the service and of course the food. And you know what is just as important to me? You guessed it: the lav, the WC, the powder room, the ladies … the BATHROOM! It speaks volumes about my overall impression of the restaurant.

Here are some of things I look for:

  • 013Are the stalls nice and private? … not a fan of the wide cracks
  • Is there enough TP and is it easy to get out? Also, I don’t want to see pieces of it stuck to the toilet, the floor and especially not my foot!
  • Are the doors easy to open, close, lock and look germ free?
  • You have to notice the toilet seat, right? You want it to look as dry and clean as possible. Don’t get me started on those paper seat covers that never flip the right way.
  • Isn’t it nice when there’s a discreet and neat trash receptacle in the stall for that time of month? Also, the main trash should not be overflowing onto the floor.
  • How could I not mention the smell? Love the smell of fresh lemons, not the city sewer! Nothing is more of a turn off after a lovely meal than a stinky bathroom.
  • 5 points sinkIsn’t it nice when there are hooks for bags in the stalls?
  • When you get to the sinks, don’t you love when you can wave on the water to wash hands? I prefer a nice strawberry soap – creamy smooth, not the cheap stuff.
  • Finally, dim lighting, music, amenities (hand lotion and mints), flowers, and upscale décor are always a plus!

If you’re obsessed like me, you’ll appreciate my upcoming blogs where I actually critique local Triad business restrooms. So, if you’re an owner, hold your breath or better yet let me know if you have a bathroom that’s as clean your kitchen. If you’re an observant diner like me, comment below to let me know about some of your faves – or least favorite local bathrooms.