As I’m writing this, it’s been about a week since I’ve come back from Las Vegas. I love Vegas. I was there for four exciting days. The days were filled with scorching heat, shopping, dining, and trying, unsuccessfully, my hand at gambling.
I booked the trip a few days prior to leaving for Italy. If you’re reading this blog for the first time you can read about some of the tours I went on here.
We flew with Westjet and stayed at Bellagio. Rather surprisingly, my wheelchair suffered no damage at all during either of the flights. I was getting used to going to baggage services after every flight. Things are looking up.
The main reason for this trip to Las Vegas was to see Gwen Stefani perform at the T-Mobile Arena.
Before I get into what we did in Vegas, I’ll tell you about our hotel room and a piece of equipment that I rented.
When we booked the hotel, we requested the Queen Resort Room equipped with a roll-in shower and a track ceiling lift. After we checked in, I immediately noticed that the room did not have a track ceiling lift, only the two queen beds. So, I called down to the desk and after a few minutes they informed me that they had one accessible room left but it had a king bed instead of two queens, however, they could bring in an extra roll away bed. I asked the clerk on the phone if they would charge me for the cot. Actually, I said, “okay, but you’re not going to charge us for the bed, right?” I asked this because last year when I stayed at Bellagio, it was the same story, but they did try to charge me for the extra bed. So, this time I averted the extra charge. Yay.
Shortly later when we got to the second room, the track ceiling lift was there, but the hanging part and control was missing. We waited maybe an hour for someone to come and hook it up. This room has two lifts – one in the bedroom area and one in the bathroom.
I contacted Desert Medical Equipment and requested to rent a shower chair. They informed me that it would be waiting at the bell desk upon my arrival and that I was required to make sure it was sent back down to the bell desk when it was time to check-out, otherwise there would be an additional charge to my credit card.
The photo of the shower chair on their website was different from the one that I received. The one in the picture has wheels which makes things much easier. The one I received was just a plastic chair.
I didn’t bother calling Desert Medical again because the chair worked well enough, but I don’t recommend it if you’re a quad. If you decide to rent one from them, be sure to clarify which one you want. I did, but still received the wrong one.
The Strip is completely wheelchair accessible; there are elevators everywhere – on the pedways and, of course, in the hotels. I’ve been to Las Vegas quite a few times now and this was the first time that I encountered two elevators on the Strip that were out of service. It wasn’t a problem though, because there were other elevators nearby.
Here is my first post that I wrote regarding general wheelchair accessibility in Las Vegas.
I’ll leave you now with some pictures.
And a video from the concert if you’re curious.