Hilton, Marriott, Drury, Microtel, Radisson...so many chains out there, and most will be ok for wheelchair users but we must give our props again to the Drury Inn chain for consistency and so much value for travelers of all stripes.
Accessible rooms are easy to book online and trained desk agents are eager to put your mind at ease if you have any concerns. Call before arrival and they'll make sure you are in the room you want to be in.
Freebies are plentiful. Breakfast, dinner, popcorn, soft drinks, cocktail hour, phone calls, Internet...the list goes on and on. You will definitely get your money's worth here at this Midwest based chain.
We particularly like their flagship destination near the Gateway Arch in St. Louis for impeccable rooms, beautiful lobby, and prime downtown location.
Drury Inns is our hotel chain of the year.
Our independent hotel is much harder to choose. We stayed at two magnificent hotels this year. Both had great, accessible rooms...bookable online, beautiful facilities, outstanding dining and drinking, good locations, and top notch staff members.
It is just impossible to choose between the two so this year we have co-winners. First, The Ambassador Hotel in Milwaukee is an art deco masterpiece at Marquette University. The large, accessible room featured a big, very comfortable king size bed with a queen size sofabed. Large bathroom, foyer equipped with wet bar and fridge, large flat screen TV, good wifi, with large windows and great views. The only knocks I have are the manually operated, historic elevator doors (tough on those with weak hand strength) and a shuttle that would take you anywhere, anytime, but not wheelchair accessible.
The second co-winner is the fantastically beautiful Mission Inn in Riverside, California. The name's appropriate at this circa 1870 hotel because it looks like a huge mission, maybe more like a castle. There are hidden passageways, nook, crannies, deep round rotundas, fountained courtyards, and rooms as big as a small house.
Our junior suite had two separate rooms with a king size bed and large sofabed, two flat screen tvs, a walk-in closet, robes, and a semi private patio.Several restaurants and watering holes are on the premises, along with an award-winning cupcake bakery. Spa and a large pool with handicapped lift.
It's not cheap but it is worth every penny.
While you're here, you should take a look at our Year in Review - 2012.
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