Calling coloured toilet paper sexy has to be the daftest idea I’ve come across in a long while but the silliness doesn’t end there. As an inspired marketing gimmick, the manufacturers, Renova, have opened up “The sexiest WC on Earth” in Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio.
*Spoiler alert* I’m about to show and tell you what’s inside.
After following the brightly decorated corridor, I came to a counter where I could have bought colourful souvenirs of my visit. Instead, I just paid the rather grumpy ‘toilet fairy’ 50 cents to let me go through to the cubicles.
I dutifully admired a giant yellow communal wash basin modelled after a toilet roll and an artistic display of rainbow-hued toilet rolls on one wall.
At this point, I was wondering where the sexiness factor was going to come from. In a bid to find it, I opened one of the cubicle doors, half-hoping to find another fairy in there. There were no more fairies but if you have a thing for wood, you may get a kick out of the interiors; even I had to admit they looked good.
Unfortunately, the toilet itself was in desperate need of a clean so I trotted off to fetch the ‘toilet fairy’ to see if she could muster a ‘cleaning fairy’ but she just shrugged and locked the cubicle to stop anyone else from seeing the mess.
The biggest disappointment, however, was that the toilet paper provided in the cubicles was white! I’d expected any colour but that, given that it’s the colour that is supposed to make the paper sexy. Perhaps I should have bought my own roll on the way in.
If you want to judge the sex appeal of these toilets for yourself, you’ll find them in Ala Nascente, Praça do Comércio, Lisbon where they’re open from 10 am to 8 pm every day. Or you can save yourself the trouble and watch their short video.
If you haven’t sorted out your accommodation yet, my article about which neighbourhoods make a good base for exploring Lisbon might help you decide where to stay.