Hi Cgerman, I’m Pinky ; one of the Forum Moderator’s . I wanted to welcome you to our AccessibleGo Forum community and thank you so much for your post about seeking input about hotel needs . We truly appreciate that you came to our community to get our actual input on what we need most when traveling, especially near medical centers.
I wanted to let you know that I often get people asking on our Forum about Hotels with hospital beds. Sometimes to be near a medical center and other times just to make it easier with their health conditions when traveling. Most of the time I have to find them hotels that will first remove the regular bed in the room; and then a rental company that delivers to hotels.
Another common thing that we hear about hotel needs is that “hotels sometimes make the bare minimum effort to “just” meet ADA codes; and don’t take into mind other needs we may have in a standard hotel room.” For those of us in wheelchairs, we need to everything in the room is within reach to us in the chair, whether that be clothes storage, the TV, the desk, the seating area, etc.
Lastly, I just wanted to speak up for some of our other members of the community that struggle to find rooms that meet their specific needs. For instance, having rooms for guests with auditory challenges is just as important to meeting the needs for a wheelchair guest. Also having a member of the staff who can communicate in sign language is just as important as having multilingual employees to help guests who may not speak English.
Or for our members who are Neurodiverse, having rooms that are sensitive to their needs would open up the world of travel to so many who struggle to find hotels who suit their special needs travelers. Maybe rooms that are in the quietest places of the hotel or rooms that can be extra dark for those with sensitivity to light? Just small touches like that can make the world of difference in making someone stay the difference between bliss and a living hell. (To be honest).
Thank you again for coming to our community members to get input help with your hotels. It makes us all feel just a bit better about how the world accepts us and our opportunities to participate in the world.
If I can be of any other assistance, please feel free to let me know? It’s my pleasure to be of assistance and I can’t wait to learn more about your hotels and their rooms for every guest.
Thank you to all of our members who have been posting in this Forum. We are so grateful for your participation in this thread and on the Forum. It’s members like you who are helping to make a difference for our community, and I wanted you to know we appreciate you and your responses, just as much as we appreciate the initial posts/questions. Keep it up everyone! You make us all so proud to be members of this community.