Somehow of late, we are being assigned HP rooms where ever we go and so rather than write a general review, of which there are plenty, let me focus on the HP features in our room.
In general, our room was small and cramped. Anyone in a wheel chair would have difficulty reaching the drawers, the fridge and the desk. The space between the foot of the bed and the dresser is minimal. The door hiding the fridge is hinged such that you would have to back into the space between the bed and the dresser in order to reach into it. There are two small closets in the room. One is filled with the ironing board and very little usable space. The other closet is entirely designed to be wheel chair accessible.
The flashing light for the doorbell is jury-rigged. They have taken a top-hat light fixture, screwed it onto a board which sits on the little table along with the ice bucket and cups. Very elegant. BTW, I did not test it to see if it works.
The bathroom has room to move around but the door opens into the room. There is a tub in the room, not a roll-in shower stall (I forgot to check if it has hold bars). The toilet has one hold bar--and a seat that is too small to cover the cold porcelain fixture (not pleasant!). There is a cutout under the sink.
In order to make the room wheel-chair accessible, the night stand on the far side of the bed has been removed and the bed pushed towards the window. There is no reading light on that side except for the pole lamp behind the armchair and you have to get out of bed to turn it off. There is an armchair and hassock in the room and they occupy the entire space between bed and the window. You have to be very careful getting in and out of bed so that you don't stub your toes or trip.
All in all, it will do in a pinch for a night or two but if you have a choice and need an accessible room, keep looking. If, like us, you don't need the HP features, ask for a different room.
The best feature in the room is the heating/cooling unit in the window--NOT!! It blows right onto the desk making it impossible to sit there and work since even in winter, it blows cold air unless you want your room to be 85 degrees. It took a while but I finally figured out how to make the thing work and blow a steady stream of hot air.
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