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Your “home away from home” on a trip is a critical component of planning a trip you will enjoy. Some travelers favor luxury and special amenities, and others prefer to save their dollars for the experiences, the food or the night life. Regardless of your preference, getting a good night’s sleep, and staying in a convenient and safe location, will make a huge difference in your ability to have a great trip. A good night’s sleep helps stave off getting sick and helps you get the energy you need for your sightseeing and activities. A proper bed, good climate control, showers and sinks that are easy to use, and access to a nearby restaurant, bar or market in the hotel should not be overlooked.
If you or someone in your party has limited mobility and you plan to stay in a hotel, it’s very important to plan ahead and ask clear questions so that you fully understand what your lodging situation will be.
The Wise Blue Yonder Team has vetted a set of 10 questions you should ask prior to booking your accommodations.
Call hotels you are exploring during the day when the full-time staff are working and ask to talk to a supervisor so that you can be sure you are getting answers from a person who likely has experience with hotel’s accommodations.
Ask for pictures of the main areas and rooms, or even consider asking the staff to FaceTime with you and offer a virtual tour.
Book your hotel as far in advance as possible to secure an accessible room if you need one. Hotels are required to hold accessible rooms for guests with disabilities until all standard rooms in that class are sold. But if there aren’t any left, try asking for a free upgrade to a more spacious room. They will sometimes be able to accommodate you.
If you run into any difficulties when you arrive, explain that you called ahead. And even if you didn’t, always communicate your needs clearly and firmly. You and those you love deserve a stay that is comfortable, inviting and safe for you, regardless of your abilities.
Also consider leaving a review of your stay on the hotel website for future travelers with limited mobility. Was the hotel accessible? Were they accommodating? How was your stay? Sharing about your experience can be a big help to future travelers!
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