The Simple Things


Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that really make a difference. For example when you are talking about access, most large hotels get the big things right – things like ramps, parking spaces and wide doorways – but some come up a bit short on the simple things. But not the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. They even got the little things right; things like accessible (truly accessible) drapery pulls.

To be honest, a lot of properties miss on the drapery pulls. Some properties do make an effort by installing longer wands on the draperies; but that can be problematic for folks who can’t grip, as they have no way of safely grasping these wands. I’ve also seen some high tech electronic drapery pulls; but to be honest, not only is this an expensive option, but since it’s mechanical, it’s also prone to periodic breakdowns. And then there are those properties that expect you to magically open the drapes with the standard high wands.

But the Hyatt Regency Riverfront came up with an inexpensive and accessible solution to the whole drapery problem. They installed a long wand with a large circular loop at the bottom; so even if you can’t grasp the pull you can just put your hand through the loop and open the drapes.

Three cheers to the Hyatt Regency Riverfront for making their property truly accessible. It would be a shame to miss their great river view, just because you couldn’t open the drapes. Hopefully more hotels will follow suit and install this very simple adaptation in their accessible rooms.

After all, sometimes it’s the simple things that really matter.

Now I’m off to explore more of Jacksonville. I think it’s going to be a great destination for my Emerging Horizons readers.