My husband and I are staying in the Hilton Garden Inn in Arlington, VA.  We requested and received their wheelchair accessible room.  As anyone with a disability who has traveled can tell you,  not all accessible rooms are created equal.  We will be moving across the street tomorrow to another hotel that has an accessible room that makes you want to pay extra money.  However, the cost is almost the same as the room at the Hilton.

In our room in the Hilton, there is a bathtub with a small tub stool.  These things are like the trill ride from outer space when your legs don’t work and you weight 30 pounds more than your traveling companion.  The bed is higher than any accommodations I’ve ever seen, making it almost impossible to climb into the bed.  A person without any disabilities would find it hard to maneuver into this bed. 

The room where we will be staying tomorrow evening is the Arlington Court Suites, a Clarion Collection Hotel.  The address is 1200 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201.  In addition to the bedroom, there are two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining/living room combination.  A wonderful evening buffet is included in the price Monday through Wednesday evening and a free breakfast buffet each morning. 

The bathroom has a large roll-in shower with a shower seat.  The safety bars are conveniently located.  The water nozzle and the shower head in the shower are placed within easy reach of the person taking the shower.  In short, it is a great bathroom. 

The one drawback is that the bedroom has one queen-size bed.  Because my husband has developed a spastic jumping while he sleeps, we can no longer sleep in the same bad.  However, most people do not have that problem.  And we have worst problems while traveling.

If you are in the Washington DC area, I would not hesitate to recommend this fine hotel to anyone needing a wheelchair accessible room.  One word of advice, book your room through a hotel reservation website.  You can save from $20 to $70 a night.

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