This is the time of the year where you want to take a little time away and take a little vacation for yourself if you are single, or for you and your family. Also if you are working for someone, you may have to take your paid vacation benefits so you don't lose them.
A vacation is healthy and a relief of stress which we all don't need. One thing that you really need to look into and check out as much as you could ahead of time, are the hotels that you need to book nearby where you want to go on your vacation, to see if they are wheelchair accessible. Many of the hotels are covered by the grandfather laws where they are not wheelchair user friendly.
Unfortunatley there is nothing that is solid about the hotels being wheelchair user friendly. Doing research for this post, I found this link where some wheelchair users tested hotels and others, who stayed at them sent in some bad reports on these hotels.
Some of the ones who are saying that they are fully accessible and are catering to the wheelchair community are lying to get the sale. So where do you start to not have a hotel nightmare to ruin your trip?
Most complained the wheelchair accessible rooms where much higher prices then the regular hotel rooms. Some said the accessible rooms in some of the hotels where way in back of the building all the way up top. Others said that there room was too ugly so they got the regular room at a lower price.
Many of the accessible showers, did not have a shower chair in them. Some provided them upon requests. One was reported with not having bars either. Another hotel was reported as having attractive accessible rooms that were easy to get to, with a roll in shower with everything in it that the users didn't mind paying more for. They said everything inside and out, was accessible about except for the restaurant where they had to eat breakfast in morning. There they had to go up and down 1-2 steps.
Then there were some hotels, who were fully wheelchair accessible, who were reported as having rood staff who didn't care about the community. With that said, everyone is entitled to a bad day. So how do you find the gold in the haystack here?
So that your vacation isn't a nightmare for how you were treated at the hotel, research these the links of the nearby hotels, on the internet. For the ones that were reported as being good all the way around, get their name and location. Then call your local travel agent. Have them get three signed references from wheelchair users who said that they were good. That's putting out your best to have a joyful stress free vacation that you want to remember when it's over.
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