We’re hoping that you have landed safely now en route to your hotel, resort or Air B&B. We recommend that you also let the hotel know what your needs are when booking your stay.
Below is a list of “must check” and/or request from the hotel when booking so that there are no surprises when you get there.
When booking, ensure that you are booking an accessible room. If you are still using a wheelchair or will be traveling with a wheelchair, make sure that you book a room that is wheelchair accessible. “Accessible” rooms are often limited and vary by hotel.
Key things to ask for:
- Accessible shower – can you roll your wheelchair into the shower stall? Is the shower a stall instead of a tub?
- Accessible room – ask if there are barriers that would prevent you from rolling your wheelchair with ease. It is almost guaranteed that there will be a door frame around the doors especially in older buildings. Ask the hotel if their accessible rooms have door frames that would make it difficult for you to get your wheelchair around. If you do not use a wheelchair, it is still a good idea to check for your own safety.
- Most accessible rooms are designed so that no furniture is blocking your way around the room. There should be enough space between the walls and room feature. Some rooms are not carpeted so that you can move with ease. We all know wheelchairs and carpet don’t make a good combination. Just check with the hotel.
- A lot of accessible rooms are commonly on the first floor or lobby area near the elevators. If you do not like your room near the lobby area or the first floor, be prepared that the room you get on other floors may not be fully accessible.
As mentioned above, most accessible hotel rooms are often fitted with a roll in shower stall instead of a bathtub. However, do check with the hotel if that is in fact the design of their bathrooms or shower.
Ask if there is a shower chair attached to the wall (mostly for roll in shower stalls) or if they can provide a shower chair. Many hotels do not provide shower chairs nor do they have a lot in storage. Most hotels, if they have them, will have two or three shower chairs in storage that they can provide you. Make sure you make this clear when booking your hotel.
In the Lobby
You don’t have to make this prep until you get there, but it is a good idea to know where the emergency exits are and/or access to other facilities in the hotel – gym, swimming pool, etc.
Also find out where the nearest hospital or clinics are in cases of emergencies. Usually listed in the hotel amenities list, which can be sometimes found in a drawer or on top of your room’s desk. Like we recommended in our blog, make sure you have the contact info for the local prosthetist in the area.
If you’ve missed our Travel Tips for Amputees 1, 2 and 3 see below
Going Somewhere? Travel Tips for Amputees Part 1: Before the Trip
Going Somewhere? Travel Tips for Amputees Part 2: The TSA
Going Somewhere? Travel Tips for Amputees Part 3: At the Gate and In the Air
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We’re in this together!