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Scottsdale OdySea Aquarium wins nation’s best restrooms title

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PHOENIX — Nothing stinks about this news: A Scottsdale aquarium has been voted as having the nation’s best restrooms in an annual contest.

In a press release, Cintas, a cleaning service and uniform company, said it gave the big prize to OdySea Aquarium, located near the Loop 101 and Via de Ventura, because it was unique and always sanitary.

It also won in a public vote.

“This year, the local community of Scottsdale rallied together and showed that there is value in a restroom that’s creative and memorable for guests,” Sean Mulcahey, the marketing manager for Cintas, said in a statement.

OdySeas’ bathrooms are certainly unique. Instead of looking in a mirror while washing their hands, guests are treated to a view inside the aquarium’s massive shark tank.

“You have six- or seven-foot lemon sharks swimming by as you’re washing your hands,” Mulcahey said. “You get the opportunity to experience the aquarium before you go into the rest of it.”

Amram Knishinsky, the aquarium’s founder, said the facility was thankful for the votes and was proud to accept the title.

“From Penguin Point to our SeaTrek Helmet Diving, we have countless amazing attractions, and now we can add our restrooms to that list,” Knishinsky said in the release.

In addition to the award, OdySea will also receive a $2,500 credit toward facility and restroom cleaning from Cintas.

KTAR News’ Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.

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