As we set out on our summer road trip with Cherrie, we thought it would be a good idea for Cherrie to share some of her to tips for finding an accessible room. After all, there’s nothing worse that arriving at a property, only to discover that it doesn’t fill you access needs. With that in mind, here’s what Cherrie has to say:
- Never just ask for an accessible room or (worse yet) an “ADA compliant room”. Not all accessible rooms have the same features.
- Not all accessible rooms have roll-in showers, so if you need one be specific when you make your reservation.
- Ask about the square footage of the room, as sometimes you can get an idea of how roomy it is (or isn’t) from that.
- Ask the manager to snap a few photos of the accessible room (especially the bathroom). In this day and age that’s a very simple thing to do.
- At roadside motels, be sure and specify that you need a room on the ground floor. As silly as it seems, some properties without elevators have accessible rooms on the upper floors.
- Check out yelp and trip advisor, but be wary of overly positive or negative reviews. Scan the sites for information about the access of the property.
- Last but not least, if the reservation agent doesn’t seem too interested in helping you or doesn’t give you meaningful answers, call another property. The hospitality industry is very competitive these days, and you’ll have no problem finding someone who actually wants your business – and your tourism dollars.