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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.

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1. Hotel Monaco

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700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-7177
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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.

2. The Willard Intercontinental

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-9100
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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.

3. W Washington D.C.

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515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 661-2400
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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.

4. Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

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806 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 730-8800

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.

5. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

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1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 347-3000
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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.

6. Capital Hilton

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1001 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 393-1000
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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.

7. St. Regis Washington D.C.

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923 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 638-2626
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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.

8. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

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1150 22nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 835-0500
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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.

9. Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

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1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 775-0800
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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.

10. Embassy Suites

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1250 22nd Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 857-3388
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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.

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1. Hotel Monaco

700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

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.

700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. The Willard Intercontinental

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

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.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

3. W Washington D.C.

515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

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.

515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

4. Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

806 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

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.

806 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

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.

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Capital Hilton

1001 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

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.

1001 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. St. Regis Washington D.C.

923 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

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.

923 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

8. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

1150 22nd St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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.

1150 22nd St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

9. Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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.

1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

10. Embassy Suites

1250 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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.

1250 22nd Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037