Friday, June 30, 2017

Where to find TOTO Washlets outside of Japan

I love Washlets. I've had one in my house since my first visit to Japan more than a decade ago and I love it when my hotel room or my plane has one. And it's not just me, the NYTimes wrote about them, and several competing brands have appeared in the US in recent years.

If you want a Washlet in the sky, you don't have much of a choice – only ANA and JAL have them, and only in the premium cabins.

ウォシュレット!

But what about hotels? As the spokesmodel in this commercial says, "I can't go on vacation anymore". A few of us were discussing this the other day and I said that yes, in fact, the presence of a Washlet would be a slam dunk for me when choosing a hotel. So I went poking around to find places outside of Japan that have them. Please message me if you know one that should be added to the list!

Hotels with Washlets


The Americas
  • The Kitano Hotel in New York has them in all of the rooms.
  • The Chatwal Hotel in New York
  • The Ritz Carlton Battery Park City, New York (suites only)
  • the $18,000 a night Presidential Suite at the NYC Four Seasons has one too :P
  • J House in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Aria Casino, Bellagio, Mirage, and Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas have them in their suites
  • Also in Las Vegas: Nobu Hotel, Red Rock, Palazzo, the Venetian, and the Mansion at MGM (again, all likely only in the suites)
  • Holiday Inn Express in Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • some of the rooms in the Hotel Madonna in San Luis Obispo, CA
  • the Tower rooms at the Royal Hawaiian in Hawaii
  • the Suites at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Hawaii
  • Some of the rooms at Andaz Maui 
  • Grand Hyatt in Kauai 
Asia
Europe
TIP: If you go to Trip Advisor to look at a hotel, you can click 'Room and Suite' and then click 'Bathroom' to check out visitor photos before you book
TOTO also keeps an online list of restaurants. I think they do this largely so people can "try before they buy" if they've never used one before.


Hello Kitty Washlet!





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