Whether I’m in Vegas, Reno, or Tahoe, it’s always the same. It’s bright, flashing, smoky, and loud, the carpet pattern seems to make the maze of slot machines even more confusing somehow, and I need to pee NOW.
Casinos are deliberately designed to be as confusing to navigate as possible, the theory being that if you can’t find your way out, you’ll give up and stuff another $20 into a slot machine before making another attempt to escape. Also, they serve alcholic (and non) beverages to gamblers for free. Again, this keeps you in the casino, pissing your money away. (Har har.)
If you need a bathroom fast, look for the bars and restaurants. These are usually at the edges of the casino floor. But don’t go in–most eateries in casinos don’t have their own loos. Instead, look up at the signs, then look to the right and to the left for the restroom markers. The water pipes in large buildings tend to cluster together, so kitchens and bathrooms sit adjacent to one another. And casinos do need to provide necessary euphemisms (read: toilets and urinals) to gamblers as well as to diners.
The most efficient solution to keep half the casino from tromping through the already-crowded buffet to the bathroom? Big, shiny, clean, well-decorated public restrooms right next to restaurants. An odd truth–once you’ve managed to locate the restroom in a casino, it will probably be the most lavish eliminatory experience you’ve ever had. Gold-plated faucets, designer mirrors, and marble everything are the norm in the higher-end casino facilities. You might even find an ultra-comfy couch in a pleasantly dim and quiet space away from the stalls where you can recline for a while away from the endless clanging and tweeting and flashing of the slot machines.