How Families with Autism Can Benefit from Using Hotel Chains

 

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Hotel chains do not immediately appear to the average family as the most comfortable or budget friendly option. But staying in chain hotels carries unexpected benefits for families, especially those with a family member with autism. Here are the four benefits my family and I see for other families with autism staying in chain hotels.

Familiarity

Though the similar looking rooms in each different location may look uninteresting to some patrons, this might be a selling point to families traveling with autism. Guests with autism can get used to the visual layout of the room. Family members with autism can feel more relaxed and at home with the usual amenities like the same brand soap, slippers, and even TV channels. Some chains even have the same smells sprayed in their lobby and use the same amenity kits companies for their bathrooms. These little things can help ease the stress of staying away from home, especially for kids with autism.

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Accruing Points Leads to More Free Stays

If you stay loyal to one or two major chains, you are on your way to earning free night stays and status building with the companies. By earning points, travelers can get freebies like Wi-Fi, water in the room, and access to the executive lounge. These little perks can add up so that you and your family can afford to travel more frequently.

Since these hotel chains make note of your preferences on your profile web page that can make your family’s stay more comfortable. For special needs families, this is especially useful. The chain keeps track, worldwide, of special requests, like feather-free bedding, quiet rooms away from elevators, and food allergies.

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Your Complaints Carry Weight

In today’s travel world where customer service is scaled down, this is an extra bonus. As a loyal patron with status, the company will listen, care, and try to correct whatever is wrong faster. Legally, the hotel companies can’t ask customers what their special needs are. Therefore, it is up to you to be proactive and let them know about your needs and how they can accommodate your family.

Our advice is to write a list of what your child is sensitive to and what they require to help make them feel comfortable in a new setting so you can relay this to the staff. After over a decade of travel, our favorite chains for special needs accommodations are Marriot, SPG, Fairmont, and Sofitel.

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The Marriott chain boasts a great model that other hotel chains should follow. The company has a special accessibility desk that families can be transferred to and speak with after making their reservation. Patrons can tell the staff member what exact accommodations their family requires, and they will note them on the reservation and even contact the property to make sure they are followed. This way the chain can address personal preferences such as air room purifiers, allergen free, feather free, and chemical free special needs.

The Fairmont hotel chain also offers chemical-free rooms. However, it is up to each of their properties to deal with traveling family requests individually. They do offer pet-friendly or pet-free rooms by request. The chain has also expanded, in the past few years, their gluten free options in most of their properties.

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Welcoming Service Animals

Under the 1990 ADA public access law, hotels must allow service animals. Hotels also cannot charge a direct pet fee for the stay. However, many places do charge a fee for cleaning up after the pet. For families traveling with service dogs, it is helpful to request a room close to the lobby area. This way, owners can easily go outside for potty breaks. Families with noise sensitive kids can bring an artificial patch of grass to put in the room’s bathroom instead.

Some hotel chains, like SPG and Fairmont, go out of their way to make service dogs extra welcome by pampering them with special beds, treats, and even freshly prepared meals to order.

In Summation

The main issue to remember when searching for a chain to accommodate your special needs traveler is to communicate your concerns and requests to the chain representative and the hotel staff. It never hurts to ask for any accommodations you may require. Often the hotel representatives will go out of their way to help you. It is important for parents to remember that by finding a hotel chain that fits your family needs, and sticking with one or two hotel chains when possible, will go a long way towards creating stability and familiarity for your child with autism and help them enjoy their travels better.

It is important for parents to remember that finding one or two hotel chain that fits your family needs, and staying with them frequently, will promote stability and familiarity for your child with autism and help them enjoy their travels better.

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