I travel a lot. So, I decided to create a series of videos to show the difference in accessibility in hotel rooms. On a recent trip to California, I stayed at several different hotels. While they were all pretty accessible, some had better features than others.
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, I wanted to highlight this next hotel I stayed at during a visit to Thousand Oaks, California at the Residence Inn.
You’ll see there are many nuances between the different hotels within the same brand and so here I’ll highlight some of those.
There are going to be some things you notice about this hotel room that we shared with the previous room. They are the same brand.
You’ll see that the desk again is nice and accessible. You can wheel right underneath there where the chair is. See here, the bed is up a little bit higher than the other hotel in this brand. Again, no consistency.
You’ll see the nightstand is higher which makes it nice and then of course, the closet is low and accessible. Everything is within reach.
There are a lot of consistencies and really impressive on the accessibility front. There are some minor differences. You’ll see in this room, there is a tub instead of a roll-in shower, but overall, the kitchen is the same. You can roll right underneath the sink. You can also, uniquely in this one, there are some switches down below that you can turn the lights on over the stove which makes it very convenient.
Same issues with this one. You can’t reach the coffee pot or the plugs up against the wall. You’ll see that I’ve got my coffee pot pulled up to the front, in front of the microwave.
The dishes are typically out of reach. However, they are a little bit lower in this room than they are in the same brand at the room in Orange County.
As we go through the bathroom in this hotel room in Thousand Oaks, we’ll see that there is a bathtub with bars on the wall. So, for that one, I’ll just transfer from my chair to the side of the bathtub and then to the floor of the bathtub. So, again, it is consistencies or inconsistencies that make it a little bit more challenging for many people as they are going through their daily travels.
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