Knowing I would be staying at several different hotels throughout a trip to California, I decided to take the opportunity to create a series of videos on hotel accessibility. Find out what made the fourth hotel room I stayed at the least accessible.
ANDREW HOUGHTON: Hi. It’s Andy from Disability Inclusion Solutions. As part of my series on accessibility of hotels I visit as I travel around the country, this is the fifth hotel I’ve visited to date in New Jersey. For the most part, it is pretty accessible but just take a look and you’ll see, and particularly if you’ve had a chance to view the series, you’ll note some consistencies from an accessibility standpoint, but you’ll also notice some consistencies from a lack of accessibility standpoint. So, hope you enjoy.
This is the fifth hotel in five cities. You see this couch right here is – it’s a beautiful couch but it’s right in the way. I can’t close any of the blinds or access the window. Not to mention it is right in the way of getting to the desk.
Now, this desk is only thirty inches high from the bottom of it to the floor so I can’t wheel underneath it which makes it very challenging for me.
Now, the bed in this room is nice and low but there is very little room between the bed and the wall, so it makes it challenging there.
Now, there is a full-length mirror here, so that is pretty cool. The hook is a little bit lower but still may be a little high up for people, some people.
The thermostat is within reach, so that’s good. As we move over here to the closet, we’re going to see that oh, look at that. Very nice. Last night I wanted to iron my shirt before I went to the event. Oh no. Way up there. So, totally inaccessible.
As far as the bathroom goes, there are bars, typical bars. I was able to hop right in. This is the bathroom. The toilet was fairly easy to get on. And the sink was easy to wheel right underneath.
So, overall, again, very different. Little nuances. But there we are.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me. Andrew at Disability Inclusion dot com.