Wednesday 8 August 2007

SaniFair Vorsprung Durch Technik

Bottrop Süd
A2 Fahrtrichtung Ost
Near Essen

Where is it?

Go through the main front doors and head around to the left. Go down the spiral staircase. Head right, paying your 50 cents.

What’s it like?

There’s nothing like the German Autobahn. An advised limit of 130km hour is now suggested across the network, but you know that they don’t make VW’s, BMW’s, Mercedes and Audis (especially the A8’s) with that in mind. The Germans disregard the suggested speed limit when the road is clear and my 1.9 Tdi is sluggish in such company. Still, it is nice to know that you can make the best use of a clear stretch when it arrives.

With Sanifair I’ve found another reason to admire the German road network. These must be the most technologically advanced toilets I’ve ever seen. What might start with mild disgruntlement at having to pay, soon turns to admiration. These toilets are spotless. People were actually looking around in amazement!

There was plenty of capacity, so you didn’t feel hassled by other users even though it was fairly busy. You are also soothed through your visit with piped music that is unobtrusive and actually calming. The lighting is nice bright and modern. Just on this basis you’d be happy.

Then there are the technical facilities. Entering the stall I thought the toilet looked a little over styled. But, it was only when I waved my hand in front of the sensor to set off the flush that I realised everything had a purpose. At the back of the seat a blue arm extends out. Then the toilet seat rotates. Yes, every time the toilet is flushed the seat is cleaned. Wow!

Then you look at the quality of the fixtures. Just look at the triple (yes I said triple) toilet roll holder. How cool!

I have to say I am in awe.


Marks out of 10:

10. If it wasn’t beginning to look strange I’d have stayed for longer.

Comments to the management:

Superb! You’d pay a euro just to see the toilet do its stuff.

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