Roll-in showers for everyone! They’re great!
Taking the time to examine life from a perspective other than our own is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Too often people only concern themselves with their own insular existence. This is a tragedy. The world is complex and vibrant and I believe we have a responsibility to experience as much of it as possible.
Jay Winuk shares a unique experience he enjoyed with his family on a recent vacation. Thank you for examining the world from a different perspective Jay.
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My wife, our two children and I recently vacationed in New Orleans, one of our nation’s most special and distinctive cities. As a couple we had been there before, but we wanted to share the wonderful historic sites, music-lined streets and special food of that city with our kids.
Aside from making sure we’re in a good geographic location for what we want to do, our hotel accommodations on this kind of trip are less important to us than for other trips, since in a place like NOLA we’re not actually in the hotel that much with so much to see and do outside. Still, we like a nice, comfortable accommodation.
Upon arrival in the historic Warehouse District of New Orleans we checked into the Embassy Suites Hilton property, not knowing in advance that we were assigned an accessible room. Didn’t seem to matter much to us either way, as long as we weren’t taking that room from someone who might really need that configuration. Assured of that by the hotel staff, we proceeded with our bags to that room to unpack.
On previous trips I don’t recall ever being assigned an accessible room, though I’m more mindful of those now that my agency provides public relations support to brettapproved. So this coincidence of being assigned such a room was a productive one.
My wife and I were pleasantly surprised. Nothing out of the ordinary in this room vs. other Embassy suite rooms we’ve stayed in before. It was a bit wider in the hallway, perhaps, between the living room and the master bedroom to better accommodate wheelchairs – all good there. The most noticeable difference was in the bathroom, which featured a roll-in shower and no bathtub. No lip to roll over for entry, just a nice shower curtain extending down to the floor, which featured a drain to capture the shower water. And two different showerheads mounted, one at typical height and the other lower, on the sidewall. A nice feature!
After a few days, and therefore a few showers, I found that I liked the set-up better than I’d experienced in “regular” rooms at other hotels. Easy in, easy out, multiple sprays, roomy, etc. I came away thinking that, for the traveler, there’s only upside here, no downside, whether you’re mobility challenged or not. And, aside from the cost of an extra showerhead and a bit of extra plumbing, perhaps, I’m thinking there’s only upside for the hotels, too, to make more mobility accessible rooms available in their inventories. As to cost, in fact, how many people really use the bathtubs we so often find upon entering a hotel room’s bathroom? Probably a lot of wasted money there. I say, more roll-in showers and less tubs!
As Brett and his team often note, as the huge baby boomer generation ages, more and more of us will face some kind of mobility challenge along the way. And so the hotel industry would be wise to find more ways to best accommodate the increasing accessibility needs of business and pleasure travelers. One good way would be to build many more rooms with those needs in mind.