At this point in my career, I’ve seen thousands of accessible hotel rooms. Some are good, and some are not so good; but my job is to describe their access so that my readers can make appropriate choices based on their abilities.
But every now and again, I run across something that does surprise me. Some surprises are not so good – like the two-by-four entrance ramp I once found at a rural New York inn. On the other hand, sometimes I run across some access surprises that really make my day. Yesterday was one of those days, when I was checking out the accessible rooms at Yavapai East, up on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Room 7420 has all the standard access features, including a roll-in shower, a hand-held showerhead, a portable shower bench, and toilet and shower grab bars; however it also has a feature you don’t often see – an automatic door opener on the inside of the room. What a great idea!
Sometimes doors present quite a struggle for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Think about it — it’s not easy to pull open a door in a wheelchair, and what if you don’t have the use of your arms? The folks at Yavapai Lodge apparently thought about this issue, and went the extra mile to make access easier for their guests.
I love it when properties go above and beyond, as it shows a real commitment to access. So kudos to the folks at Yavapai Lodge for making access a priority. And if you’re thinking of visiting the Grand Canyon, Yavapai East has the largest number of accessible rooms in the park, so check them out when you make your travel plans. You’ll be glad you did!