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Last Updated:  Monday, 24 February, 2003, 14:30 GMT
Hotel for blind people opens
Guide dog
Beds will be provided for guide dogs in each hotel room
The first purpose-built hotel for blind and partially-sighted people has opened at a Sussex seaside resort.

Guests at the 4m Russell Hotel in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, have talking clocks in their rooms, beds for their guide dogs and rails along the extra-wide corridors.

The 41-room hotel also features a textured carpet in the lobby to guide people to the reception area.

There are also grooming areas for guests' guide dogs.

The hotel is managed by the Action for Blind People charity and paid for by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

"We have been very busy and everyone seems to be enjoying their stay here," said the hotel's head housekeeper Sue Clark.

"We have a lot of repeat business and if we have room we can occasionally cater for sighted people."

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