To be able to shower in a train station might not sound luxurious, but that's what I felt it was after dropping a few guilders at Amsterdam's Centraal Station to rinse the travel grit off and stow my backpack. Train station bathrooms and lockers are a godsend to travelers, but this American has only ever encountered them in Europe and some parts of Asia.
Now a company called POSH Stow and Go aims to bring readily-available bathrooms and temporary storage to travelers in New York City—minus the train station. The company's plan is to rent street-level spaces and kit them out with lockers, storage rooms, powder rooms with toilets and "luxury showers." And they're even staffed: "Our bathroom facilities—featuring motion-sensored flushers and faucets, high-powered hand dryers and even baby-changing stations—are immaculately clean, sanitized and cared for by a friendly and attentive staff that is always on duty," writes the company.
Need a protected place to lock up a change of clothes for an interview, event, change in the weather, meetings, lunch, dinner, party or day of errands? Would you enjoy the convenience of having a private place to change in the city? POSH Stow and Go offers secure storage PLUS individual, soundproof rooms with luxury showers for those long days that require some freshening up before a long night out.
Won't they become infiltrated with homeless, you ask? Not likely—the facilities will only be open to members. Yes, bathroom club members. Annual dues are $15, on top of which one must purchase blocks of time at $24 for 3 days, $42 for 6 days or, for power poopers, $60 for 10 days.
And as the company name suggests, it will be exclusive. "In an effort to keep POSH Stow and Go a place with consistently easy, quick and hassle-free access every time members visit," the company writes, "membership availability is LIMITED." Capitals theirs.
Rollout starts in June of this year, with locations planned for both midtown and downtown Manhattan.