November 21, 2011
Toronto Restaurant Crowned King of the Throne
e11even Wins 2011 Cintas "Canada's Best Restroom Award"
TORONTO, Ontario - November 21, 2011 – Situated in the heart of Toronto’s sports and entertainment district and complete with rich marble from floor to ceiling, modern sink basins, Toto Washlets and elegant mosaic tile accents, the contemporary and spacious washrooms at e11even are the most royal in all the land. So says the Internet public who cast online ballots in the 2nd annual “Canada’s Best Restroom” contest presented by Mississauga-based Cintas Canada, a leading provider of restroom hygiene products and services.  High-resolution images of the winner’s facilities are available at
The 2011 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, hotels, convention centers and even a car dealership. Five finalists were selected based on exceptional hygiene, style, public accessibility and usability.  
“We are thrilled to receive this honor,” says Steven Salm, e11even’s General Manager. “It is especially gratifying since it was the public that made the final decision. When we designed e11even we took great pride and care to make sure that no detail went unattended. While it may not always be top of mind when dining, we feel that the restroom is an integral part of the overall design.”
Thousands of votes were cast on the contest’s web site, which produced the following results:
First Place: e11even
Toronto, Ontario
e11even’s contemporary and spacious washrooms were designed by members of the world renowned New York design firm, The Rockwell Group. Ensuring the luxury and intimate ambiance of the restaurant was infused into the restrooms, guests are able to relax and indulge in a private space with finishes such as rich marble tiling from floor to ceiling, modern sink basins, elegant mosaic tile accents and hygienic Toto Washlets.
Second Place: Allstream Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Allstream Centre combines luxury with the highest environmental standards. The ladies washroom features a separate carpeted lounge and makeup area, complete with comfortable seating and individually illuminated mirror areas finished in walnut wood accents. The vanity areas showcase clean white custom Corian countertops with frosted and backlit mirrors and touch-free taps and soap dispensers. Allstream Centre is Canada's first conference centre built to a LEED Silver Standard, which incorporates the highest quality interior finishes and fixtures while maintaining a superior ecological standard. The individual waterclosets are equipped with low flow, automatic fixtures and utilize a rainwater-harvesting program that collects water from the rooftop to flush the toilets. All paper products are made from recycled fibres and the hand-towels are composted after use.
Third: Hôtel Le Germain Montréal
Montreal, Quebec
Hôtel Le Germain Montréal offers the comforts of home in their public washroom. Soft hand towels and luxurious bath products await you. The ambiance is serene, the light both functional and soothing, and the luxury unparalleled.
Fourth: David Morris Fine Cars
Edmonton, Alberta
This contemporary washroom features an exquisite handpicked sandstone floor-to-ceiling accent wall, mosaic floor tiles, cultured stone and a mahogany freestanding sink. The washroom features low flow toilets and energy efficient CFL bulbs. Water restrictor taps finish off this modern space. Fresh flowers and cloth hand towels add to this inviting space. For a personal touch, this auto dealership offers its clients a shelf of complimentary items such as mouthwash, body spray and hand lotions.
Fifth: Ottawa Convention Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
The Ottawa Convention Centre, which opened this year, is Canada’s newest meeting space. Its sophisticated ‘space-age’ style washrooms are quite a sight! Designers wanted to avoid one large bank of washrooms on each of four meeting floors, preferring to spread them out and place them where people expected washrooms to be. In order to accomplish this, the washrooms at the north end of Levels Two and Three are located inside a key design feature - the “orb” - to maximize the use of space. These handicap accessible restrooms have no exterior doors leading in to the washrooms, which are accessed through curved entranceways. This prevents the spread of germs, as do the hands-free faucets. The curved entrances also keep light, odours and noise from escaping the washroom. The Ottawa Convention Centre uses a rainwater cistern located under the building to decrease water consumption by nearly 70%.
Cintas created Canada’s Best Restroom in 2010 to honour those businesses across Canada that place hygiene and style at the top of their priority lists. Proprietors recognize the parallel between clean washrooms and customer retention.
“This contest is undoubtedly fun but it also conveys a critical message that restroom hygiene matters for good health and good business," says Cintas Canada’s Senior Marketing Manager Leslie Molin. "Cintas is proud to honour e11even, and we congratulate all of our participants this year."
The winner of the inaugural Canada’s Best Restroom contest was The Cactus Club in Vancouver. To view photos of previous winners, visit and click on the Hall of Fame.
For more information or to set up an interview, please contact the survey editor, Sabrina Zimring, at 757-338-7731.
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