What do hand-painted Italian frescoes, hanging baskets, a segment of the Berlin Wall and a seat warmer have in common? Answer: they are all among the features to be found in the contender list for the title America's best restroom, released August 1.
The organizers of this rather unconventional prize are now asking fans to vote for their favorites to determine which of the top ten will take the gong, now in its tenth year.
Among the finalists is the bathroom at Castello di Amorosa Winery in California, which features sinks makes from travertine imported from Tuscany and frescoes adorning the walls.
Those at the Snowbasin Ski Resort, meanwhile, feature chandeliers crafted from bronze and crystal, with inlaid African Anegre wood and Italian Carrera marble, while those in the Ninja New York Diner are kitted out with sprays, seat warmers and a blow dryer.
Incredibly, the restrooms at Main Street Station Casino in Las Vegas use a graffiti-covered segment of the Berlin wall, upon which are mounted urinals - an unconventional use of a historical artifact, but one which caught the judges' eyes nonetheless.
Members of the public have until September 19 to vote for their favorite, with winners to be announced in the fall.
Last year's winner was Fountain on Locust Ice Cream Parlor in St Louis, Missouri, which features hand-painted murals, ornate fixtures and designer mirrors.
Cast your vote: http://www.bestrestroom.com/