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La Taverna del Borgo, Sant’ Ambrogio, Sicily

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Mirror with Painted Flowers

We stayed in Sant’ Ambrogio for about ten days with our friends, the twins, Marc and Ian. La Taverna was across the square from us and we ended up eating there a lot because it was the only place in the village. The bathroom had a huge gas heater by the sink, and I mean huge.

Huge Gas Heater

Next to that was a huge vase of fake flowers.

Huge Vase of Fake Flowers

Inside the stall it looked kinda fancy but there was no toilet paper and the flush was broken. So I guess it wasn’t fancy after all. It was a bit of a boring bathroom …

Fancy Window Curtains

Fillin’ Station Diner, Whately, Massachusetts

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The Toilet Itself

We called in at the Fillin’ Station Diner after visiting our friends India and Luke (we stayed at a Red Carpet Inn with our dog Wilfie). The bathroom smelled like soap. The soap thing looked mechanical, it had little screws and knobs and things inside, all sitting in a pool of green slime (guess that’s the soap).

Soap Thing with Green Slime and Little Knobs

There was a funny door inside the the bathroom by the sinks that had a big lock on it that said “Insert token and PULL”. Not sure why. Kinda weird …

Insert token and PULL

There was also a weird little calendar thing on the wall, probably to tell people when things had been cleaned or filled up. Like the soap, for instance.

Weird Little Calendar Thing

It was not the best bathroom ever, but it was definitely not the worst.

99 Restaurant, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

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Fake Flowers/Author/Friend

We ate at the 99 in Hampton Falls on our way to Maine with The Duerdens. Okay the first thing I’m gonna say is that everything was electric. The toilet went off every five seconds, the sink and the soap are electric too. You’d think having an electric soap dispenser would make things easier, but the type of foamy soap they put in it curled up and around the faucet thing instead of just coming out or dripping down. this meant you had to rub your hand up and down the faucet to get the soap off.

Electric Foamy Soap Dispenser

Underneath the sink there was a tiny little red toilet plunger and a little piece of paper stuck on the bowl that looked kinda like an award or something.

Plunger in the corner

Surell Award Sticker?

There were also a lot of pictures on the wall, inside and outside the bathroom. I think the idea was for them to be funny.  The one below says “this is were it all begins and ends”.

Funny Inspiring Picture

Suite 7-301, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Mandalay Bay was awesome, especially the Wave Pool and Lazy River. We got given a suite for an extra $15, and the bathroom in it was pretty great too. The toilet smelled of smoke, but it was its own little room (with a telephone) inside the bathroom, so it didn’t matter.

Smoky Toilet

Really cool shower – a real soaker, as well as a jet bathtub that I didn’t get in but my Dad did.

Jet Tub Dad

There was also a flat screen TV on the sink mirror place so you could take a bath and watch TV at the same time. I sat in the tub and watched iCarly, but with no water. There were two sinks and everything was made out of dark wood.

Double Sink and TV Combo

View from the Room

This the best bathroom we have been in so far.

Room 16-422, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pretty regular bathroom, might have expected more surprises in a fancy hotel like the MGM Grand is supposed to be. Like a less crappy shower, for instance.

Crappy Shower

At night it’s cool to come out of the toilet and see the enormous Excalibur and New York, New York neon signs.

View after Exiting Toilet

They gave me products like shampoo, conditioner and a Vanity Kit that included a shower cap, make-up remover pads and Q-Tips.

Product/Sink Top

It had really big mirrors, one was full-length and oval.

Oval Mirror

Under Door View

Basically, apart from the view, the toilet was nothing to get excited about.

JetBlue 197, JFK New York to Las Vegas Nevada

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This post is for Micheal McLaughlin, who asked me to cover some airplane toilets.

About three hours into my flight from JFK to Las Vegas on JetBlue, I decided to take a pee (too much free ginger ale).

Toilet in the Rear

The room was so tiny that I couldn’t really get a good picture of the interior view. It was also really bumpy over Indiana, so sorry if the pictures are blurry. The toilet flusher was a little circle thing on the wall that you just had to touch with your hand to activate. At first nothing happened, but just when I thought it wouldn’t go it made a loud sucking sound.

Toilet Flusher

There were a bunch of little signs; one had a picture saying don’t drink the sink water, it’s gross. Most of the signs were warnings.

Don't drink the sink water (it's gross)

The trash bin had a wet paper towel sticking out of it.

Wet Paper Towel

The inside of the toilet bowl was black and it shot off weirdly into the side. Maybe it was black because if it was white it would show all the poo stains and people would get grossed out and not use the toilet.

Black Bowl

The soap container was attached to the counter so it wouldn’t fly off with all the bumping and jerking, and the soap was foam.

Sink Area with Foamy Soap

Metro North, Poughkeepsie to Grand Central, New York

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Took to the Metro North to NYC on our way to Las Vegas. Really needed to go pee. They have toilets right in the middle of the carriages, so some people end up sitting right next to them. Found one near us, but it turned out to be full of poo, with lots of toilet paper curling out of the sides, onto the floor which was all wet, most likely with pee.

Toilet with Poo and Paper

The mirror had drip marks and scratched words on it.

Mirror with Drips and Scratches

The whole bathroom was made out of metal like an airplane bathroom but bigger. It’s kind of funny that they had put a sticker on the wall saying PLEASE HELP TO KEEP THIS RESTROOM CLEAN. There was no way I could go pee.  Should have gone at Poughkeepsie Station, had to wait until Grand Central.

Ignored Sign

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, England

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The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth saves donkeys from all over world, and lets handicapped kids ride the ones that aren’t too crabby. I visited the Ladies toilets there after adopting a donkey called Busby for £15 a year.

Busby the Donkey

Outside View (Ladies)

There was a very strange, new-fangled hand-dryer on the wall called the Dyson Airblade; you had to put your hands into a machine and it blew really strong jets of air onto them. It felt very strange.

Strange Hand Dryer

The flusher was a little handle, but it wasn’t attached to the toilet; instead it was on the wall above the toilet. It was really very ordinary. Another weird thing was that there was a little bit of toilet paper in the bowl, but there was no pee as far as I could tell. Mysterious!

Toilet seat with missing stopper

The Mason’s Arms Hotel, Branscombe, Devon, England

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We found The Mason’s Arms after taking a walk down to the sea. It is a fun little hotel on top of a pub in the little village of Branscombe. Someone left two small strips of toilet paper on the seat. Yuck!

Two Strips of Toliet Paper

There was a pretty large window that everybody outside could easily see through.

Window View

There was a very fluffy carpet that was about three inches thick. The whole bathroom was very fancy; it seemed as though they had tried very hard to make it smell good, because there was a can of air freshener in every stall. The label on the air freshener said PROFESSIONAL PEACH & JASMINE AIR WICK. There were lots of little comics on the walls that said silly stuff like ‘Nancy was sitting at the useless bar and did not notice that someone had mindlessly nailed her skirt to the floor’.

Wall Comic

The flusher was very slow and loud; it was just a little handle on the right side of the toilet.

Duck or Grouse?

Tidal Falls, Frenchman Bay, Hancock, Maine

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Sign to the Restroom

The toilets were connected to some kind of meeting room on the hill above Tidal Falls which is really more like a rushing river than a waterfall. The meeting room was locked and nobody was there, but the toilets were open.  The first thing I noticed when I walked in were two plastic signs stapled to the doors. One said GULLS and one said BOUYS.

Gulls Sign

Bouys Sign

I suppose the people who run the toilets at Tidal Falls wanted to make funny Ocean names to replace GIRLS and BOYS. In fact, the ocean idea kept going on the inside of the bathroom too. The mirror above the sink was in the shape of the steering wheel of a ship, or maybe a porthole.

Ship Wheel Mirror

There was also a spongy little cleaning brush stuffed behind a pipe, in the corner, next to the toilet. Overall this would have been a pretty boring bathroom if they hadn’t put the little ocean things in it.

Toilet with Spongy Thingy