[NFBWATlk] Landmark Hotel Orcas Island
laura.allison.n at gmail.com
Mon Mar 8 21:04:08 UTC 2021
Thanks for your thoughts,
If you want to share my facebook post about this, here is the link
From: NFBWATlk <nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Merribeth
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Sent: Monday, March 8, 2021 12:16 PM
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Subject: Re: [NFBWATlk] Landmark Hotel Orcas Island
I am sorry to hear about your experience.
I work at a Hilton and can tell you that chain hotels are more informed and
know better. The staff gets training on ADA, safety issues, sensitivity
I am thinking they are a locally owned business. But, at the same time.
they should not have treated you like that and need to get some training on
As someone had already had suggested I would post on TripAdvisor and other
social media places about your experience. I am sure the management or
owners look at those reviews and would not like for the negative things out
there. Especially at this time of low occupancy with the pandemic.
On Sun, Mar 7, 2021 at 8:45 PM Allison Mello via NFBWATlk <
nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> My name is Allison Mello.
> I am new to this list.
> This past weekend my husband and I stayed with some friends at the
> Landmark hotel on Orcas Island.
> Upon check out, the manager called my friend who made the reservation
> and inquired whether an animal had stayed with us.
> She answered that it was a guide dog. The phone was passed to me. I
> spoke with the rude and pugnacious manager. She asked if I had a
> service animal and what kind of service animal it was. I said that yes
> I had a service animal and that he was a guide dog.
> She asked what a guide dog does, and then cut me off during my reply
> saying, "oh, a guide dog. I know."
> She demanded proof. Paperwork. A copy of his card. She said that it
> was required for airlines, so it was required for them.
> I informed her that airlines are part of a different law, and that it
> is illegal to ask for any paperwork.
> She started to try and educate me on the difference between an
> emotional support animal and a service animal. We hung up. She sent a
> threatening email demanding proof and saying the consequence for not
> complying was a
> $200 fee.
> I informed her of the language in Title II of the ADA, to which she
> responded by saying that people with service animals don't understand
> the work it takes hotel cleaning staff, and that they would need to
> clean the comforters.
> This brings so many things to light. One, obviously I know how to
> clean after my dog. Two, these are the routine issues a public
> accommodation has to deal with. Three, in a pandemic why aren't they
> cleaning their comforters anyways?
> I am angry. I am upset. And I think other dog handlers need to be aware.
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