There are times when the average filthy pisshole just won't do, because you've got serious business to tend to. You've got to be relaxed, ready to go, and comfortable enough to read the entire Globe sports section if need be. Neither the renovated Au Bon Pain bathroom (no longer a Nazi doctor's stainless-steel waiting room with quarter-inch puddles), nor the Holyoke Center with its "green" flushless urinals and lines of Japanese tourists, will do. No, if you gotta make big dirt, you want the luxury-hotel comfort of the Charles Hotel. There are several WCs in the hotel's public areas, but we go for the second-floor room, right around the corner from Rialto and Henrietta's Table. Quiet, private, soft lighting, and — three golden words of non-green profligacy — cloth hand towels. In a little basket. Make way for daddy!
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