Hoyer-friendly hotels: Comfort Inn, Stanton, Texas (West Texas)

Comfort Inn, 800 W. Interstate 20, Stanton, Texas, 432-756-1100, $135-172.

Very accessible Hoyer-friendly room in West Texas, a real stroke of luck because we were deposited here by tow truck. First the dude pulls us off a treacherous desert highway in 100°, free of charge (I told him, Who’da thunk our guardian angel has a bushy mustache?), but then he lets us off at a hotel where we were actually comfortable. There were only three in town to choose from. The cherry on the cake was that he set down the van in a disability space! From now on I’m going to have Dale pick all our hotels.

The room is called an ADA suite, but is a single newly updated and super-roomy space. The bed sits on a platform, but there is a pullout sofa bed that was good for the Hoyer. It is a little bit short for my 6 feet 2 inches but worked for me. I’ve got to point out too that I don’t have back problems and this thing was not the most supportive frame and mattress: my wife sat on one of the corners and almost fell through. Also, the pressed carpet was not easy rolling for the lift. But, bottom line, I slept soundly here and was ever so glad to get this room. It was the Garden of Eden after what we’d been through. They even gave us a room discount on the first night, owing to our circumstances.

Good-sized bathroom. The best cutout sink we’ve ever had: I could roll right underneath. Maneuvering around the sink to the toilet could be difficult with some Hoyer-type lifts. Standard bathtub with a bench. Probably not an issue for most, but the bathroom has a small speedbump type of entry.

Finally, the automatic doors at the hotel entrance were not recognizing me in my wheelchair. They adjusted them for me, but I still had to play around out there until they popped open.

Man do those air conditioners work! Maybe a little too much… But we weren’t complaining, not after being dragged off of a scorching desert road.

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