Posts Tagged ‘Restroom Reviews’

Ballston Macy’s: Martha Stewart’s Touch Needed—Restroom

March 12, 2013

Just got off at the Ballston Metro stop and need to use the restroom before an interview or engagement? You have a friend at Macy’s.  A quick elevator ride to the second floor and a trip to the back of the floor will bring you front and center to the ladies restroom the way God intended…large and full of mirrors. However that is where the fun ends.macy's

The good?

There are six sinks and three hand dryers and lots of mirrors. The sinks look brand new with a beautiful countertop on which to place your pocketbook.

The bad?

When you first enter the restroom area there is a huge lounge area, but where to sit? Where are the wall hangings? It’s dingy and features a yucky pink color scheme which carries into the stall and sink area. Macy’s…you carry Martha Stewart furnishings. Can’t you at least open up one of her books and use some of her decorating tips? And talk about bad branding. The changing table in the room is labeled “Hechts.” Oops.

Although there were eight stalls, only four were working. Also, the ventilation system was reverberating at such a fever pitch, it felt like a plane was going to land on the stalls. It made one feel very strange and if a pregnant woman was there, I think the vibrations would make her feel extremely uncomfortable or even bring on an early delivery.

However, the restroom area is convenient, clean and large. Sometimes that’s enough.

4238 Wilson Blvd.  Arlington, VA 22203

Uptown: A sad tribute to Kevin Costner—Restroom

July 26, 2010

As you make your way to the Uptown Theatre’s balcony restroom, you can’t help but notice the trail of Kevin Costner posters along the way. Very bizarre, you think to yourself. Inside the dark makeup area of the ladies’ room there’s a “Dancing with Wolves” poster. Also very bizarre. This area is huge, which is a waste since the light bulbs haven’t been changed or replaced in years, making it very hard to fix one’s makeup or see how bad or good one looks. Go inside the stall and sink area and you’ll notice the difference immediately. It’s bright and has the benefit of a window that looks directly out onto Connecticut Avenue (although not so close that those on the outside can see in). There are 5 narrow stalls, no hooks on the doors and two sinks. Sometimes the dryer works, sometimes it doesn’t. The entire ladies’ room  is decorated in Pepto-Bismol pink and just has a sad vibe to it. Kevin Costner deserves better.

Grab Some Culture While You’re At It—Restroom

April 29, 2010

Cafés aside, it’s not easy to find a public restroom in DC’s Penn Quarter/Chinatown. There’s no department store in the area and you have to be inside the Regal Movie Theatre or the Verizon Center as a paying customer in order to use their restrooms. What’s a person to do in an emergency?

Relax. The National Portrait Gallery is your friend. It’s right in the heart of Penn Quarter and not as crowded as some of the other museums. The Gallery is free and you don’t have to have your bags checked by security.

There are restrooms on every level which means there’s not much, if any, wait. The restrooms are clean, bright and well-stocked. And while you make your way to the facilities, you have the opportunity to see some beautiful works of art. It’s possible to become so enthralled you might forget your planned trip to the movies or Ann Taylor shopping and, god forbid, avail yourself of some culture.

The only caveat is the hours—the Gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets, NW, DC  20001

Starbucks: Changes in Penn Quarter

April 29, 2010

Something really great has happened at several Starbucks in DC’s Penn Quarter. They’ve been refurbished and the winner is the consumer.

457 7th St NW. This Starbucks now has fewer couches and smaller tables. They’ve been replaced by family-style tables and long counter-tops and stools made from dark wood. The counters face out onto  the street. The refurbishing makes it possible for more people to have a seat and linger over a cup of coffee.

What hasn’t changed is the service and the restrooms. The baristas are the slowest of any Starbucks I’ve encountered. The people are very nice, but they just don’t seem to have their act together when it comes to taking orders and serving coffee.

No revamping of the restrooms. They work and sometimes that’s the most important thing.

800 7th St NW.  This two-level Starbucks has replaced its couches and many smaller tables with large, family-style tables for sharing and long countertops and stools, all made from dark wood. The number of outlets along the walls near the counters makes it easier than ever to hook up to the Internet without exhausting one’s batteries.

This particular Starbucks seems to be home to a lot of writers, students and tourists. The larger tables enable more folk to have a seat while enjoying their lattes.  Although the line of tourists can be frightening, the visitors usually grab their coffee and leave. The staff is also terrific–they are jovial and quick.

What separates this Starbucks from the pack? Three restrooms—a unisex restroom on the first floor and individual men’s and women’s restrooms on the second level. This particular women’s room is gigantic, well-lit and stocked and even has the xcelerator hand-dryer.

Sometimes change is good.

Hyatt Regency: Fit for a Queen—Restroom

March 22, 2010

Need a quick touch up before meeting friends for drinks or dinner in Bethesda? Not sure how long the trip on the Metro could take? No need to take chances when you’ve got a ready friend at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. Walk through the front door and keep walking until you’re near the restaurant. Take a look to the right and that’s where you’ll find a fabulous restroom. Bright, mirrored, spacious…yowza! There’s a sitting area separate from the stalls and sinks. There’s a full length mirror, clean stalls and more sinks than stalls. What else is there to say? This restroom has it all.

Hyatt Regency Bethesda One Bethesda Metro Center,7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814

Georgetown AMC Restroom Update—Restroom

March 22, 2010

Breaking news! There’s a major upgrade to the Georgetown AMC restrooms. Dyson Air Blade Hand Dryers!! These dryers are great! For those unfamiliar with these dryers they work thusly–you stick your hands inside the wide slot and move them up and down and in 12 seconds they are completely dry. I timed the drying and their claim is true–12 seconds later my hands were dry. Kudos to Georgetown. Now if they would just do something about the water that collects on the sink counters.

Borders: Seattle’s Best—Books/Restroom

March 5, 2010

Have to freshen up before heading into one of the nearby pubs and restaurants near Farragut Square? Need to make a “quick stop” before heading home? Just want to relax with a “not yet paid for” book or magazine? Or how about catching up on e-mail over a good cup of coffee? Head straightaway for Borders on 18th and L Street NW (official address is 1801 K Street NW).

The Farragut Square Borders has been refurbished and is now brighter and friendlier. Couches and chairs are spread out all over the store. Borders Bookstores provide Seattle’s Best coffee and free WiFi . You can set up your laptop in the large eating area or get comfy with it in private on a soft chair in one of the aisles in the book section.

No longer do you need to ask the information desk for a token to the restroom. Just head to the back of the store and go on in. The restroom is fairly clean, well-stocked and well-lit. It’s a good friend to have “just in case.”

So if you need a break during a busy day, take advantage of Borders’ friendly atmosphere. Oh, yes, you can buy books, magazines and DVD’s, too.

1801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006  202.466.4999

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