Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Come rest in this room

George Costanza would be proud. The five-star Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., took home the coveted Best Restroom in America award, given by Cintas, a provider of hygiene products and services. Tens of thousands made their voices heard on the program's website, and in the end, nothing could top the service, cleanliness and public access of the Hermitage Hotel facilities.

The men's restroom was first built in 1910 and remodeled in 1930 as the Art Deco facility you see now, with its lime-green and black leaded-glass tiles, lime-green fixtures, authentic terrazzo floor and two-seat shoeshine station. Apparently, the legend of this restroom has grown throughout the years, and it has been the backdrop for several music videos, business and political negotiations and wedding photos as you can (unfortunately?) see here.

Other hotels that made the top ten are 21C Museum Hotel in Lousiville, Ky., (second); El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and spa in Taos, New Mexico, (sixth); and The Montville Inn in Montville, NJ., (ninth).

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