This is for the folks who decided to visit the White House or go monument watching after three cups of coffee. Or the people that didn't feel like waiting in line after having some of that Verizon Center pizza. Listen, sometimes exiting a fancy downtown bar after a great night out can turn into the quick and awful realization that it's going to take fifteen minutes for that final Metro Center connection to complete and sitting on that train with a full bladder is just unpleasant. Everyone's been there at some point. As such, Curbed visited twenty-three hotels between West End and Chinatown to see which hotels were amenable to helping out people that can't hold it. A few hotels had very nice people at the front desk that pointed us in the direction of the facilities but also had very large signs saying "Bathrooms for Hotel Guests Only," so they have not been included on the map below. Also excluded: hotels that have single use stalls in the lobby and clearly aren't prepared for a tiny-bladdered tour group on segways.Read More
Gotta Go? These Hotels Will Let You Use Their Bathroom
Conveniently placed across from the Verizon Center, their lobby sign actually says "Public Bathroom." It requires an elevator ride up to the third floor, but flowers will be waiting on the sink.
The Willard Intercontinental
The trip to the loo seems designed to make one realize just how gorgeous the hotel really is. First, you go up a flight of marble stairs, then down an intricately decorated hallway and then down a beautifully carpeted ramp. So of course the restrooms are exquisite with plants on the walls and white stall doors.
W Washington D.C.
For some reason, this lobby bathroom gives the feel of a cool art gallery. It could be the black, white and marble decor or it could be the leather chair and loads of mirrors but it just feels like an oasis.
Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
As near as can be told, using this bathroom is kosher (read: we weren't stopped and asked our purpose and the facilities were easily found). Let's hope so. There is a giant book about Chinese art sitting on a small table and there's even a separate enclosed area should makeup reapplication be necessary.
The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
Come here if you need some serious privacy. All of the toilets are completely enclosed (so no ability to pass toilet paper between stalls) and the white and marble color scheme has a calming effect.
This lobby was one of the most active in the general area, so of course it has a public restroom. Who is to say that all of the folks sitting in the lobby were guests? This bathroom has the advantage of a seated waiting area with a comfortable chair.
St. Regis Washington D.C.
Finding this water closet is a bit of an experience and requires an elevator ride, but there are signs clearly indicating its location and there are framed paintings all over the walls.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.
There are so many people milling about the lobby and frequenting the hotel bar that it would make very little sense not to have a publicly available restroom. Also, because it's a Ritz-Carlton, there's bamboo and personal towels by the sink.
Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
The bathroom in this hotel isn't luxe, but it is pleasant and it is readily available. Also, another good bathroom to use for some extra privacy courtesy of the nice wooden doors. Plus, the lobby is enormous and there's nice enough contemporary pop songs playing over the PA.
It's a few pretty light fixtures away from being a standard public restroom, but we're giving it a pass because a) the dark reddish color scheme and b) it's inside one of the most impressive hotel atria available in the city.