A guide on booking hotel rooms for handicap dimensions

September 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

Finding hotel rooms for handicap dimensions can be a tedious task. With so many accommodation options to choose from, travelers with disabilities have to do a thorough research to compare the hotels and to identify the rooms that best meet their needs.

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This brief guide will help you choose the best hotel rooms for handicap dimensions which can make the difference between a great vacation or a frustrating trip.

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1. Start by limiting your choice list

Though wheelchair accessibility is a priority for the handicapped person, many travel agents and travel booking sites forget that a person with a disability has other needs as well. On the other side, in addition to suitable mobility access, disabled tourists are also interested in amenities such as a swimming pool, restaurants and Internet access.

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So, you should find online booking sites that offer advanced search capabilities that allow you to select the specific housing options you need and amenities you want. This will allow you to make a list of the best accommodation choices for your trip.

2. Talk to a hotel manager directly

Your next step is calling each wheelchair accessible hotel and asking several questions to quickly determine if the hotel is suitable for disabled people and right for you. The first question if they provide special disability services? The answer will allow immediately indicating the experience of ownership and desire to help disabled travelers. Also ask where the rooms for handicapped people are located? They should be on or near the ground floor in case of emergency, especially when the elevators are not in use.

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Then you need to check if the rooms are ADA compliant. As usual, they are, but you should ask for clarification on how the room is equipped for disabled travelers. Depending on room size and configuration, you may need to make adjustments such as moving beds and other furniture.