We were planning to attend the DMUK Awards ( Disabled Motoring UK) at The Heritage Motoring Centre at Gaydon on September 5th. and needed somewhwere to stay. The DMUK staff were staying in the Premier Inn at Banbury, so this was our first choice, but then I thought that if we stayed in Leamington Spa that I would be able to borrow a Shopmobility scooter the next day and look around.
On arrival everything was wonderful, a brand new hotel built behind an edwardian facade, right in the town centre and I could park outside with my blue badge. At the reception desk the pleasant young lady asked if I would require help in case of a fire, now I like to be independent, so I replied "No". I use crutches and refuse a wheelchair.
Our room was ideal for me and the bathroom (wetroom) was a joy, one of the best I have used.
The staff were very good and friendly and the breakfast I would class as memorable. Unfortunately it was the events of the evening that stopped me giving this hotel 5 stars. When we arrived at Gaydon we were shocked to discover that the hotel in which the DMUK staff were staying - The Premier Inn in Banbury - had burnt down that afternoon, luckily they all escaped albeit with lost possessions and minor injuries.
So it was with this on our minds that we arrived back, late in the day, at Leamington Spa, this time with a very different viewpoint. Our accessible room was on the second floor, the window did not open and looked out on a glass covered atrium on the 3rd. floor due to a split level. We searched for a fire escape, all we found was the standard staircase along two long corridors and through a security door. I feel that if fire had broken out in our hotel that we would have a poor chance of escape. I feel so strongly about this that I am going to take the matter of fire in hotels and the emergency egress of disabled people a lot further.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Leamington Spa is the jewel in Warwickshire's crown. Elegant setting in the heart of the picturesque town. Excellent transport links to the M40/M42/M6 and all that Warwickshire has to offer. An ideal location to visit the historic pump rooms or a meander around the boutique shopping area. ... more less
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