A ROYAL FLUSH
I recently had the opportunity to stay, for the first time, at a “green” hotel. My maiden voyage took me to the Orchard Garden in San Francisco, a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified property in a great location - just a 1/2 block from chinatown and close to good shopping. Yes, the room was small but hey, as a 17 year veteran of New York studio apartments, I feel comfortable in less square footage than a gigantic suite. Especially when that square footage is stylishly decorated and comes with an iPod speaker/dock (seen in the photo above) and good bathroom amenities - which this particular room (number 1004 if you must know) did.
There was just one little thing that bothered me: the toilet did not have a lid. Now, I am not a germophobe by any means. I am completely lacking in household cleaning skills and there are times when my shower might look like it belongs in a frat house, not a design writer’s apartment. But the one thing I am adamant about is that the toilet lid must be down before flushing, thereby securing that the contents of my bathroom (hello toothbrush!) are protected from whatever might be swirling around in there. The lack of lid freaked me out enough to make it an albeit odd topic of discussion at some meetings with colleagues. Most of them were grossed out. The most common comment was that a toilet without a lid is something you’d expect to find in an airport, not a hotel room.
What about you?
Where do you stand on the “toilet lid up or down” discussion?
Let us know.
Just know….no lids!