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The World's Best and Worst Toilets: The Sequel!

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toilet outhouseAfter publishing The World's Best (and Worst!) Toilets last year, we quickly learned that every traveler has his or her own toilet tale to tell. Responses poured in from readers clamoring to share their own experiences of toilet trauma -- from animal encounters to blunders with bidets. Others wrote about the opposite extreme: spacious, beautiful bathrooms complete with luxurious amenities like granite sinks, floor-to-ceiling windows and even dancing toilet seats.

We've perused all the stories -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- and collected the best of the bunch to present you with our sequel to The World's Best (and Worst!) Toilets. Check out our readers' potty tales and then don't forget to share your own on our message boards!


A Song and Dance While You Pull Down Your Pants
"This past holiday season here in New York City the 'nice folks at Charmin' bathroom tissue opened up a place for tourists to go 'potty.' They rented out a huge building/storefront in Times Square and totally renovated the interior to include about 25 bathroom stalls. Actually, the stalls were more like mini-rooms -- there was a toilet, mirror and personal sink inside. They staffed it, and cleaned each and every mini-bathroom after every single use. Outside you were greeted with folks dressed up as rolls of Charmin toilet tissue -- a few poor souls had to dress up as toilet seats.

"There were long lines, so they entertained us! They broke into song, danced and got their captive audience involved in their antics. On the funny side they sometimes would clap loudly when someone exited the bathroom -- silly stuff. All in all, it was an excellent 'potty experience.'" -- Up4Travel

a bathroom with a view But Can the Neighboring Apartments See You?
"One of the most striking restrooms for views and uniqueness is in Hong Kong at the new tower of the Peninsula Hotel, at the night club on the top floor. There is an attendant in both the ladies' and men's. There is a 5' by 9' sink in the center accessible from all sides with lots of faucets. The attendant is there to help if you need to find the stalls, as they are granite faced and the dividers are so tight they are nearly concealed.

"The urinal stalls are unique. They face floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can look out at neighboring apartments while you pee." -- RestaurantKing

All Wet
"I'd have to say the cleanest bathroom I've ever been to was in Toledo, Spain. It was an automatic toilet that, when you were finished, would lock itself and spray cleaner all over the room. If you don't mind a little wetness, you can be assured it's clean!" -- mellibug

"Aria" Gonna Use This Toilet?
"The public restrooms in the Sydney Opera House are nearly as beautiful as the building itself. The toilets are standard-issue, but the stall doors are part of an undulating curve of marble-like material, very much in keeping with the bird-like lines of the place. The sinks are simply a long slab of marble slanted toward the wall, with faucets situated over it, draining into a trough and thence into a pipe." -- SheckyGreen

Subterranean Surprise
"While visiting Paris with friends, we had just come out of the Cathedral Madeleine and the only bathroom around was an underground facility that looked like the entrance to a train station in New York. I really had to go, so I bid farewell to the folks with me, fearing the worst as I descended the stairs to the dark unknown. But I was shocked to walk into what reminded me of a restroom in a four-star hotel, with a greeter/cleaner who appeared to like her job. Women on the left ... men on the right. I was so impressed I insisted my friends come down and meet the 'caretaker.'" -- bobgs

All Hail the Porcelain Gods
"The best: every clean toilet that was reachable when I've been ill while traveling. I remember them all with gratitude." -- constanttraveler


Waiter, There's a Fly in My Poop
"I've seen so many awful toilets that it's hard to award a 'worst.' That said, the funniest was on the Turkey-Iraq border at a military post in the mountains. My colleague insisted on asking for a toilet, even though I warned him against it. He was pointed to a shack about 100 yards down the mountain and trotted over. He went in and closed the door, and then we heard a loud scream. He came rushing out, looking terrible, and explained that as he approached the hole in the floor, he noticed a large pile of something on it. Suddenly the pile flew into his face (hence the scream) -- it was a million flies. I nearly wet my pants on the mountainside laughing." -- constanttraveler

Flush Flood Warning
"In Japan, my husband and I visited a friend whose toilet seat had multiple buttons for heat and bidet. Of course, it was labeled in Japanese. I was unsure how to flush so I began pushing buttons. I hit the button for the bidet. Lo and behold, water started shooting straight up into the air. The floors and rugs were getting soaked, so I began pushing buttons and the water started flowing harder. Just my luck, our friend had no towels so I used almost a whole roll of toilet paper to clean up the mess. When I came out of the bathroom, my clothes and hair were soaked. Our friend is a big jokester so he really had a good laugh at my expense!" -- cheechee


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