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If you travel a lot to new cities, one question that comes up is where you can use a public restroom. While, my go-to would be walking into a hotel and using a bathroom in the lobby. However, on my recent visit to NYC, I stopped in a hotel and found this not to be the case.
The W New York – Union Square is located in the heart of NYC at Union Square, with thousands of tourists passing through the park every day. I decided to head into the lobby to use the “WC” and found not only a sign that said the restrooms were for hotel guests only, but the bathrooms locked and you needed a key card to use.
On one side, I can see how they want to restrict the restroom for hotel guests, but if you’re a hotel guest why wouldn’t you just use the restroom in your room before you head out, or when you get back. Would you really stop down in the lobby to use one? It also doesn’t account for guests who may be checking in but their rooms aren’t ready yet.
While this is one specific hotel in NYC that has made their lobby restrooms key card restricted for hotel guests, there are several others in NYC that have also done this.
Have you experienced this in other cities as well? Feel free to share your thoughts below.
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