If you travel for business or pleasure, you know the value of a clean public restroom.

Smart business owners know that too. And in this age of selfies and social media, some venues are gaining extra attention by giving guests unusual and creative spaces to do their business.

Now 10 of those lovely loos are in the running for this year’s America’s Best Restroom contest. Finalists were chosen based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements and this year the list ranges from loos in a museum and a zoo to lavs in restaurants, cafes and airports. This year’s list also shows a clear trend toward communal sinks and buzz-worthy style elements. 

Through Sept. 13, the public is invited to cast votes for the coolest commode from among the finalists. The winner takes a throne in America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame and receives $2,500 in facility services from contest sponsor Cintas Corp.

“Having a sparkling business isn’t enough. Customer service needs to extend everywhere, including the restrooms,” said Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager at Cintas.

Flush with French flair

Source: La Belle Helene

In Charlotte, North Carolina, La Belle Helene is a brasserie-style restaurant designed by noted Parisian architect Richard Lafond.

“We invested in every part of the restaurant, from the pewter-poured bar and the gorgeous chandeliers and leather banquettes to the bathroom,” said Scott Steenrod, managing director at Constellation Culinary Group.

The vanity in the unisex restroom offers a shared space for guests and the hand-painted mural reflected in the mirror offers a great backdrop for selfies.