It’s safe to say they’re bowled over in Baltimore today to learn that Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the winner of the 2023 America’s Best Restroom Contest.
BWI’s winning loos are part of a $55 million airport renovation program that includes expanded and improved restrooms on concourses B, C, and D.
Bright and spacious, BWI’s upgraded bathrooms have windows that provide both natural light and privacy.
The new restrooms also have features such as touchless fixtures, full-height stalls and doors, extra space for stowing roller bags, super-helpful red light/green light occupancy indicators for the stalls, and sensors that alert the airport’s custodial staff when supplies need to be refilled.
There are even seating areas where travelers may wait for their companions.
“We’re honored to be recognized by Cintas and contest voters for our commitment to providing a positive passenger experience and outstanding facilities,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director/CEO of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. “Passengers rank restrooms as an airport’s number one amenity. That’s why we work so hard to provide creative, clean, and inviting restrooms to make travel more enjoyable.”
BWI’s restrooms won out this year over a strong list of nationwide public restroom contenders that include clean and charming examples located in a dive bar, a hotel, a public rest area, restaurants, a craft brewery, a ski resort, and a lightship.
Here’s the list of the other finalists for this year:
• Clear Lake and Des Moines River Safety Rest Areas (Jackson, Minnesota)
• Drusie & Darr (Nashville, Tennessee)
• El Rio (San Francisco, California)
• Frying Pan (New York, New York)
• Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Company (Melbourne, Florida)
• Juban’s Creole Restaurant (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
• Little America (Salt Lake City, Utah)
• Rabbit Hole (Greenville, South Carolina)
• Snowbasin Resort (Huntsville, Utah)
As the winner of this year’s Cintas-sponsored America’s Best Restroom contest, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport gets $2,500 in Cintas products and services to help maintain its award-winning restrooms.
The airport’s restrooms will also have a seat of honor in the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame.
This isn’t the first time an airport has ascended to the throne in this contest.
Last year Tampa International Airport (TPA) took top honors for its first set of renovated restrooms featuring large Florida-themed graphics and a wide range of convenient features.