Tuesday 6 November 2007

Wynn-derful watery wonderland

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV USA 89109


Where is it?

This elaborate and enormous hotel on the Las Vegas strip has a number of public restrooms throughout. The one visited here was in the hotel's shopping mall, next to a clothing store called Mojito's. Because of the many distractions around me, I'm afraid I'm not sure how I exactly got to this bathroom - perhaps it found me? If you're curious, I suggest following the signs to the shopping area and looking for the bathroom next to Mojito's. You won't be disappointed.

What's it like?

Thanks to my visits to the J.W. Marriott Grand Lakes in Orlando and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, I thought I knew what luxury public bathrooms were. But I was wrong. My visit to these facilities at the Wynn changes every preconceived notion I thought I had about mass-accommodating public restrooms. These may just be the greatest, most luxurious public toilets on the face of the earth.

This stretching room comes filled with marble, from the maroon and off-white checkerboard pattern found on the floor to the single-unit marble slab that make up the line of urinals (and urinal dividing walls) to the dark slabs that make up the trough sinks and vanity. It's a sight to behold, construction-wise and decoration-wise. I almost forgot I had to pee when I got in there, so stunned I was by the beauty of it all.

The sinks are the most attention-getting items here (unless you go for a pee and give yourself a chance to eye the marble work there), since they are what you first see when you walk in. Enormous, ornate, stylish, with automatic soap dispensers and spigot-inspired faucets and sinks that carry away excess water like reverse waterfalls. Above them is a line of towel dispensers (heavy paper, not the cheap stuff) and large mirrors framed in decorative brass. Amazing stuff.

Further inside is that aforementioned mammoth single-unit slab of urinal marble, as well as a half-dozen or so stalls, each divided with the same thick stone and offering a sound barrier (both literally and figuratively) for privacy and comfort -- a literal castle wall that surrounds you while you to do your business.

What raises the bar on this place all the more is that it's an open space. No door separates the bathroom from the bustling shopping area outside and while walking in you wonder just how quiet and private it can be. But step in further and suddenly you're in another world. All that marble, gleaming and super clean, makes all the difference, absorbing the sound and making the place seem isolated and fortified.

Better still, a cleaning attendant, mop and bucket in hand, stands guard at the entrance, patrolling the place 24 hours a day.

Marks out of 10:

12. This is an outstanding achievement in design, management, cleanliness and comfort. Bravo!

Comments to the Management:

I plan to move here during my next trip to Vegas -- please hold the back stall for me, if you will.

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