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CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by D.H. » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm

Here are some suggestions. Does anybody have anything to add to the list?


For a hotel to be CPAP-friendly, it should meet the following criteria:
• A bedside night table large enough to accommodate a large CPAP without displacing a lamp, telephone, radio, or anything else on that table. Preferably, it should be lower than you head.
• An electric socket near the bed that can be used without displacing anything already plugged in. The socket should be of the configuration, voltage, and frequency expected for the country in which it is located. Alternatively, there can be a universal socket.
• An adjustable (and working) thermostat to allow you to set a comfortable room temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Celsius.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by JDS74 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:59 pm

Seems reasonable.
I stay at Hampton Inn and at Hilton hotels and they both meet the criteria.
I do need to move the lamp and radio over just a little to make space for the CPAP and it's supplemental external humidifier but nothing major.
The space I need is 11" x 15".

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by chunkyfrog » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:15 pm

We always unplug the clock radio, and move it to the desk.
Is the hospitality industry the very last to realize these devices are OBSOLETE?
It is next to impossible to find them at retail.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by HoseCrusher » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:37 pm

I travel a lot. I carry a Sil Eco mat that I put my machine on and it is placed on the floor. In spite of some earthquakes I have never had my unit fall off of the floor. Frequently in older motels a place to plug in can be an issue so I carry a 16' extension cord rated at 13 amps.

In addition I carry an extra mask, extra hose, rescue tape, black electricians tape, and velcro zip tie strips.

In addition there can be an issue with stray light at night. I carry a black out mask to help with that.

If I am on a local trip I carry my own distilled water. On longer trips I pack a small bottle of distilled water in my suitcase. That will get me through a night or two and give me time to find a local water source. If worse comes to worse there is always tap water, but in some areas it stinks... literally.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by CapnLoki » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:38 pm

D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
Here are some suggestions. Does anybody have anything to add to the list?
Aren't these issues that would affect all hotel guests? Why does using a cpap make me so special?
D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm

For a hotel to be CPAP-friendly, it should meet the following criteria:
• A bedside night table large enough to accommodate a large CPAP without displacing a lamp, telephone, radio, or anything else on that table. Preferably, it should be lower than you head.
Actually, I have no problem putting the pump on the floor. I do insist that my room comes with a floor.
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Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm

• An electric socket near the bed that can be used without displacing anything already plugged in. The socket should be of the configuration, voltage, and frequency expected for the country in which it is located. Alternatively, there can be a universal socket.
OK, an outlet is important. But this is why I always have an extension cord. Or three.
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Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
• An adjustable (and working) thermostat to allow you to set a comfortable room temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Celsius.
If they don't have a thermostat calibrated in Rankine I insist on another room. I find Rankine much more comfortable than Celsius.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by zoocrewphoto » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:40 pm

MOst hotels are just fine. Sometimes, I need to unplug something so that I canplug in my surge protector which has 6 outlets. But it isn't a big deal.

I usually put my cpap inside the drawer of the night stand.

If there is no night stand, I either use a chair, or one of my cat carriers with a towel on top.

While I use my own clock alarm to get up, I do appreciate having a clock in the room so that I caneasily see the time from different directions as well as after I have unplugged my personal clock. I'm usually on a deadline to get checked out and moving along.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by D.H. » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:14 pm

zoocrewphoto wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:40 pm
MOst hotels are just fine. Sometimes, I need to unplug something so that I can plug in my surge protector which has 6 outlets. But it isn't a big deal.

. . .
You should not have to unplug anything that comes with the room; obsolete or not.

Note that if you have a standard U.S. surge suppressor, it will not work in most countries outside of the Americas (and a few countries within). Also, you would not be able to fit a foreign plug into your surge suppressor, regardless of the voltage.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Barbee » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:30 pm

Most of the hotels I’ve used has the electric outlet built into the lamp on the nightstand. This allows you to set the machine on the nightstand or the floor. Works for me.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by zoocrewphoto » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:41 pm

D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:14 pm
zoocrewphoto wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:40 pm
MOst hotels are just fine. Sometimes, I need to unplug something so that I can plug in my surge protector which has 6 outlets. But it isn't a big deal.

. . .
You should not have to unplug anything that comes with the room; obsolete or not.
Some hotels have one set of outlets behind the night stand. Often used for a lamp and clock. Many hotels nowhave extra outlets as part of the lamp. Or I may use an outlet on the well next to the bed. In rare cases, I unplug something. It's NOT a big deal.


Is it really such a hardship to you to unplug something? When I travel, I used a cpap machine and charge a phone and ipod touch. I also bring a laptop, charge batteries for my camera and flash (2 different chargers). Sometimes I run a printer, external hard drive (plugged into an outlet), and a laminator. If I share the room, there may be another cpap, laptop, cell phone, etc.

Oh, and on rare occasions, I travel with a deep cell marine battery that I use at events where they charge way too much for 2 days of electricity. If it is a 2 day event, I will need to haul it in and charge it over night. That one gets its own outlet with a special heavy guage cord.

I have a tendency to plug in a LOT of items. I still haven't had a problem. Most hotels, at least in the US, are fine with outlets. I do NOT need anything special for my cpap. My complaints with hotel rooms would be poor lighting in some. And I have to be careful to get first floor if there is no elevator. Too many trips up the stairs hauling stuff will really set off my asthma. The biggest consideration, though is that pet friendly does NOT mean cat friendly. So, I have to confirm with each hotel before booking.

My cpap has never caused me a problem with hotel rooms.



Note that if you have a standard U.S. surge suppressor, it will not work in most countries outside of the Americas (and a few countries within). Also, you would not be able to fit a foreign plug into your surge suppressor, regardless of the voltage.
Since using cpap, I have left the country once. That was Mexico. I stayed with my exchange sister and her family. So, no issues. If I ever plan to travel overaseas, I will buy the correct cables to handle the situation.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by palerider » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:44 pm

CapnLoki wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:38 pm
D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
Here are some suggestions. Does anybody have anything to add to the list?
Aren't these issues that would affect all hotel guests? Why does using a cpap make me so special?
I just wonder what kinda run down dumps DH stays at normally to warrant a post like this.

I can't think of a hotel I've been in, in the last 50 years, that didn't have these amenities.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by LSAT » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:36 pm

D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
Here are some suggestions. Does anybody have anything to add to the list?


For a hotel to be CPAP-friendly, it should meet the following criteria:
• A bedside night table large enough to accommodate a large CPAP without displacing a lamp, telephone, radio, or anything else on that table. Preferably, it should be lower than you head.
• An electric socket near the bed that can be used without displacing anything already plugged in. The socket should be of the configuration, voltage, and frequency expected for the country in which it is located. Alternatively, there can be a universal socket.
• An adjustable (and working) thermostat to allow you to set a comfortable room temperature in degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Celsius.
OMG.... :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Chris8243 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:38 pm

"CPAPs Not Welcome Here."

I've heard of a "no pet" policy but never a "no CPAP" policy. I travel fairly often and have not had any issues with outlets, size of nightstand, room thermostat, etc.

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Goofproof » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:42 pm

D.H. wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:29 pm
Here are some suggestions. Does anybody have anything to add to the list?
Check at the desk, see if they have a D.H. in a room, if so go to a different country! :roll: Jim
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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Jas_williams » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:11 am

Barbee wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:30 pm
Most of the hotels I’ve used has the electric outlet built into the lamp on the nightstand. This allows you to set the machine on the nightstand or the floor. Works for me.
That tends to be a US only thing in the rest of the world there is no extra sockets on the lamp

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Re: CPAP Friendly Hotels

Post by Barbee » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:33 am

Jas_williams wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:11 am
Barbee wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:30 pm
Most of the hotels I’ve used has the electric outlet built into the lamp on the nightstand. This allows you to set the machine on the nightstand or the floor. Works for me.
That tends to be a US only thing in the rest of the world there is no extra sockets on the lamp
Thats really a shame. They are so handy!