And last but not least, we give you the public bathroom at the Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile. Housed in a beautiful Renaissance building, this family-run establishment in the heart of Florence is rich on traditional Italian design. But, it also has a quirky and whimsical side to its decor that is simply delightful. The bathroom, decked out in full seashell splendor, may be the most unique -- and detailed -- public bathroom we've ever seen.
Midtown West, Manhattan, New York City
Old-world style meets contemporary amenities at this Midtown West landmark. The looming marble stalls in this public bathroom feel opulent, as do the gold fixtures. It fits well with the hotel's overall look -- and it's not too shabby for a public bathroom, either!
W Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Okay, so everyone may not be on board with unisex public bathrooms, but the W's modern style makes it hard to pass up at least a peak into its public bathroom stalls. The bathroom's use of streamlined design and stark black-on-white decor is in keeping with the hotel's young, sleek look.
Ayres De Libertad
La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Though still modern in design, this bathroom couldn't be more different from the one at the W Fort Lauderdale. The soft lighting highlights the warm tone of the marble as well as the orange and blue tones of the painting. Though we could do without the generic potpourri basket, the Ayres de Libertad retains its sleek sense of style -- even in the public bathroom -- that permeates throughout the rest of the hotel.
Windsor Court Hotel
Central Business District, New Orleans, Louisiana
Exuding English manor charm, this hotel has attracted celebrities and royals alike. Could it be because of this classically designed loo? Well, it's probably at least a contributing factor. After all, it's the details here that count: The mirrors' gold frames with just a strip of green. The white marble sinks. The surprisingly attractive and decorative laundry basket. Windsor Court, consider us charmed.
Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
Who hasn't ducked into a hotel to make use of a clean public restroom while on vacation? While hotels across the board often have nicer public bathrooms than, say, the local gas station, some hotels' bathrooms go beyond just clean. Whether employing attractive streamlined design or antique decor, hotels are upping the ante when it comes to their public bathrooms, and we at Oyster have seen the best of the best. Check out our ten favorites in this slideshow.
First up, we have the public restroom at the Hotel Constanza Barcelona. This hip boutique is known for its stylish, modern decor and low lighting that keeps guests in a chic state of mind. The clean lines, funky, modern sinks, and dark color palate continue this theme into the bathroom, but playful raindrop detailing on stall doors keeps the look from being too somber.
North End and Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts
We never thought we'd be particularly impressed by a urinal, but the men's public bathroom at the Liberty Hotel may have proven us wrong. The sleek design -- coupled with the exposed brick -- is actually pleasing to the eye (considering our subject matter, of course). The bathroom also picks up the hotel's theme of toying with its origins as a former jailhouse particularly well (note the wire fence wall-paper to the left).
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
This is no ordinary chain hotel: located on site of the historic Old French Opera, the Inn on Bourbon plays host to today's young opera singers who perform in the hotel lobby. But the much coveted balcony rooms overlooking Bourbon Street (at a competitive price) are the hotel's biggest draw. And this bathroom isn't so bad either. Its vintage design harkens back to classical French decor, and the brushed gold accents and candelbras provide a certain richness.
Belgravia, London, England
Offering nouveau-classical decor with bright pops of color, the Tophams Hotel is a stylish boutique in one of London's quieter corners. The hotel combines rich fabrics with modern lines to create quaint, comfortable, and unexpected looks, and this goes for the public bathroom as well. The patterned accent wall in the bathroom is typical of the boutique's whimsical elegance.
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia
This luxury brand is known for its outstanding amenities, impeccable service, and glamorous design. And its public bathrooms do not escape its careful attention to detail. Floor-to-ceiling striated white marble offers a clean, opulent aesthetic that is emphasized by gold fixtures. The contemporary design is bright and elegant--especially for a bathroom.
Who hasn't ducked into a hotel to make use of a clean public restroom while on vacation? While hotels across the board often have nicer public bathrooms than, say, the local gas station, some hotels' bathrooms go beyond just clean. Whether employing attractive streamlined design or antique decor, hotels are upping the ante when it comes to their public bathrooms, and Oyster have seen the best of the best. Check out our ten favorites in this slideshow.