We are planning a trip to Southern California to tour the Nixon and Reagan Libraries. So we are looking for hotels in or near Yorba Linda and Simi Valley. NL contacted an Ayres Hotel in Yorba Linda and asked the General Manager to send a picture of the bathroom sink and provide measurements on a drawing she sent with her request. The General Manager was super cooperative and sent the picture as soon as the room was vacated by the then current guests. NL has annotated the picture with the measurements provided. (See below)
The height of the sink is fine, but 17 inches from the wall to the edge of the sink leaves most of my lap exposed (toes touching the wall) making it difficult to wash my hands and face and rinse after brushing my teeth. It seems the hospitality industry is going to this sink in their ADA rooms, (which only meets the minimum standard) with greater frequency. Last fall we stayed at the Hyatt in Valencia, a lovely hotel, but they had the same sink. It was very uncomfortable for me to use. I am tall, long legs, deep lap, I just can't get close enough to the sink. There is little space to stage a cup, tooth brush, and toiletries, no counter top space. I've looked at the drawings depicting ADA requirements in public accommodations and 17 inches, wall to the edge of sink, meets the minimal standards. I'm wondering why the standards have been shaved this close. There are wall mounted sinks that once were very popular in public accommodations. The overall width of that sink is 27 inches. What happened to that other 10 inches, (in the ADA standards) which is just what I need to sit comfortably at the sink? The answer certainly is cost and hotel designers not understanding wheelchair user needs.
Now we are back to square one looking for a hotel with a suitable sink.