If you are disabled and traveling, then you need to find wheelchair accessible hotels. There are lots of different hotels around, however, which means that you do have to do some research and get as much information as you possibly can in order to find a hotel that suits you. The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, guaranteeing that anyone with a disability could have the same rights as someone without any disabilities. This includes, therefore, access to hotel accommodation. That said, there are a few things you should do to determine your needs.
Finding the Right Wheelchair Accessible Hotels
- Narrow down your choices
There are tons of websites that you can use in order to find hotels. Find the one that you like and use that to find the hotels that you like. The website should enable you to narrow your search results down so that you only see hotels in a specific geographical location and with wheelchair accessibility. You may also want to consider other amenities that you find important, such as internet access, restaurants, complimentary breakfast, swimming pools, pet-friendliness, and so on.
- Speak to the hotels directly
While websites are fantastic tools, they aren’t perfect and they are unlikely to really give you all the information that you really need. Unless you have already used that hotel chain in the past and know you exactly what you are getting, you need to call them. Some of the things you need to ask for include:
- Whether their rooms are fully ADA compliant. They are likely to say that it is, so do press then to ask how it is compliant. For instance, does it have a handicap bathroom, a wide turn area, wide doorways, roll in showers, and beds that are not too high.
- Whether the hotel offers handicap parking and, if so, how many spaces. If you are in a wheelchair, you will know how important this is.
- Whether the hotel has shuttle services to attractions, and whether those are wheelchair accessible as well. If not, you will need to find other transportation means.
- Whether there are specialized services for the disabled. Many hotels do this, and it tends to be the ones without experience in disabled guests that don’t.
- Consider the emergency procedures
A lot of travelers forget to consider this. This is understandable because the chance of an emergency happening is very small. However, you do need to make sure that there are exits available to you and that you know how to get there.
- Consider how friendly the staff is
When you are on the phone to the hotels, pay attention to how friendly they are in answering their questions. After all, you want to have a relaxing, enjoyable experience when you are traveling.
While it may take a little bit of time and research for you to find the right hotel for your needs, it is important that you take that time.