The Wyndham Garden hotel here in Austin has partnered up with The Thoughtful House to provide their clients with autism-friendly rooms. I had actually heard about these rooms a long time ago and I remember thinking wow, I want to stay there! I even remember thinking I could plan a vacation around those rooms!
Well they don't disappoint. First thing they have the whole reservation up and ready for you to go so you don't have to wait around at all when you arrive. It was our luck that the woman behind the desk was the same one in the social story they have available online! The rooms are completely childproofed- outlet covers, safety corners on all the edges of the furniture, door knob cover to the bathroom, and a security alarm I can set at night that will wake me up and inform the front desk that our door was opened.
While exploring the room we found a big box full of toys and books, a complimentary basket with a bunch of gluten-free snacks, a GF/CF/SF menu (A FULL MENU), and completely natural soap. The rooms are cleaned specifically with friendly cleaners.
On top of that the staff has been trained by The Thoughtful House on autism and some of the behaviors they may see. Everyone that works here knows you are from The Thoughtful House and they go out of their way to accommodate you. They always stop to say "Hi" to Brian when they see us talking one of our walks. They even brought me up some disposable thermometers out of their first aid kit when they heard he was sick.
And BONUS- there's a swivel chair in the room. That's all Brian needed to be won over.
Oh and did I mention for all this above and beyond treatment- you get a reduced rate than other guests at the hotel.
This is an amazing place. I wish all hotels could be so thoughtful.