Toronto takes first and second place in this year’s best washroom competition; see why
After losing out to Vancouver last year, Toronto has ascended the, erm, throne in Cintas’s annual Canada’s Best Restroom contest (no, we’re not entirely sure why this exists, either, but why not?). This year, first place went to E11even, MLSE’s iPad-toting fine-dining restaurant, with second-place honours going to the Allstream Centre (a.k.a. that conference centre out at Exhibition Place). The five finalists were selected, according to a press release, “based on exceptional hygiene, style, public accessibility and usability,” after which the public got to have its say through an online vote. So what makes E11even’s washrooms so special? Huge expanses of marble, mosaic tiling and judicious use of the Toto washlet, which is basically the modern incarnation of the bidet (glimpse the future at Toto’s website). The LEED silver restrooms at the Allstream Centre, meanwhile, feature a carpeted makeup lounge (in the ladies’ room), complete with individually illuminated mirrors with walnut accents. In third, fourth and fifth place were Montreal’s Hôtel Le Germain, Edmonton’s David Morris Fine Cars and the Ottawa Convention Centre.