In February of 2020, we stayed at the Embassy Suites in Overland Park. That was more than a year ago, so the layout and features could have changed between then and now, but I will post the pictures and opinions I have as a comparison to other hotels.

Our corner accessible room at this Embassy Suites had a very large living area, nice sized bedroom and generous bathroom. The wide and layered draperies lent themselves to an elegant feel there, and I must say that my favorite part of the space was the huge drapery pulls that made the window coverings easy for me to open and close from a wheelchair, a luxury I don’t often have.

The bed/bedroom was wheelchair friendly because there was ample room on both sides of the bed to roll up to it and transfer onto it.

The bathroom size was generous, but the layout presented challenges. The sink was relatively easy to roll up to and the mirror was low enough to use. A single lever faucet is easier to use than separate hot and cold controls, but that was a minor inconvenience.

The toilet had one bar behind it, but no bar on either side, which makes transfers onto and off the toilet difficult for someone in a wheelchair. With no wall to attach a bar to, a pull-down grab bar between the toilet and shower would be helpful (if there is room for one).

The shower in this bathroom had good grab bars. It had a height adjustable spray nozzle with a long hose but the shower seat is too far away from the water source for someone sitting there to use the controls and shower without assistance; and it may be difficult for someone to help because the toilet is placed close to the tub. A low soap dish would be an added convenience.

It’s a beautiful place and we enjoyed our stay there. There are many things about the hotel we liked. The breakfast and complementary evening reception at Embassy Suites hotels is beyond compare. The cardboard cover over the television remote signifying it was sanitized was a nice touch, and the room overall was lovely. I do hope that when it comes time to remodel, changes are made to the bathroom to make the space even better for their patrons who have need for accessibility.

About Climbing Downhill

Wife and mother of grown kids, in my 60's and dealing with MS, making life's moments count and trying to offer something of value to others along the way.
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