Best Public Restroom Downtown

The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (202) 628-9100
Finding a hospitable and sanitary place to pee downtown that isn’t behind a locked door or doesn’t smell like day-old broccoli cheddar soup from Panera can be an exercise in imagination and holding it. Luckily, at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the tucked-away lobby bathrooms remain hidden gems that are open and available to worn out tourists and frustrated commuters. While extremely clean and easy to access, the Willard bathrooms aren’t exactly advertised on the hotel awning—stall seekers should use the hotel’s 14th and F streets NW entrance to avoid potential awkwardness with inquisitive lobby staff. Descend the stairs, go past the Victorian sofas and chandeliers, take a right at the Peacock Lounge, and at the end of a nondescript hallway, shiny porcelain and operational paper towel dispensers await you.