Top 10 Wheelchair Accessible Hotels
Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on March 29, 2016. 0 Comments
Wheelchair users travel around the world searching for the best accommodations. Wheelchair accessible rooms include wide doorways, mid-height power outlets and light switches, lever door handles, roll-in shower, raised toilet, shower seat, grab bars in the bathroom and lower hanging space in the closet. While most hotels offer wheelchair accessible rooms, the list below includes the top wheelchair accessible hotels around the globe.
Luxury Accessible Hotels
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City
This luxurious hotel offers wheelchair accessible rooms decorated in a Boho-chic style. Celebrities often choose to stay at this hotel which explains paparazzi roaming around on the sidewalk. Make reservations ahead of time for an accessible room that will meet all of your needs.
Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami
This hotel offers ocean views, restaurants, nightlife, and spa treatments all in one place. This luxurious hotel has accessible hotel rooms that meet ADA requirements. Reserve a wheelchair accessible room in advance.
The Wellesley, London
This exclusive baby grand hotel is luxury at its best. It overlooks Royal Hyde Park and is surrounded by museums, theaters and shopping options. They offer wheelchair accessible rooms that are suitable to your needs.
Moderate Accessible Hotels
Hyatt Regency, Waikiki Hawaii
Located across the street from the beach, this hotel offers wheelchair accessible rooms and other features throughout the property such as electric door openers in the lobby and public restrooms.
Aloft New Orleans Downtown, Louisiana
Wheelchair accessible rooms are available ranging from standard rooms to suites. The rooms are decorated with modern furniture and vibrant accent colors. The famous French quarter is nearby and filled with entertainment.
Loews Hotel Atlanta, Georgia
This hotel has wheelchair accessible rooms that meet ADA requirements. It is located near shopping, dining and entertainment. Make reservations in advance to secure an accessible room.
Accessible Hotel Chains
Established in 1919 in Texas, this sophisticated hotel chain is known to many simply by the name “Hilton.” The hotel chain has more than 4,000 hotels located worldwide with wheelchair accessible rooms.
Intercontinental Hotels Group
This hotel chain includes Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Candlewood Suites. It has more than 4,800 resorts located around the world that offer wheelchair accessible rooms.
Founded by J. Willard Marriott, this hotel has more than 4,100 properties that offer wheelchair accessible rooms across the globe. The Marriott International Group also includes The Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn and Courtyard under its umbrella.
Wyndham Hotel Group
This group has the world’s largest number of hotels around the globe. It spans 6 continents and 66 countries. It offers wheelchair accessible rooms and takes pride in making every guest experience memorable.
Tips on Finding a Good Wheelchair Accessible Hotel
The hotels mentioned above offer wheelchair accessible rooms. However, you need to narrow down your options by following the list below.
- Location – Every destination has a variety of attractions to offer. As a wheelchair user, it is wise to stay at a hotel located closest to the attractions to limit transportation issues. Sometimes hotels are located directly across the street from main attractions, restaurants and entertainment.
- Consider your interests – Wheelchair users need accessible rooms, but some may require a pet-friendly hotel, a swimming pool, internet access and more. Call the hotel of your choice to confirm they offer specific amenities suited to your needs.
Questions to Ask the Hotel Reservation Agent
- Do the rooms meet ADA requirements? (Only ask this question if the hotel is located in the United States)
- Does the hotel provide special disability services?
- Can the furniture in the accessible room be moved to create more space?
- What floor are the accessible rooms on?
- Are the wheelchair accessible rooms located near the fire exit?
- Does the hotel have specific emergency exit instructions for wheelchair users?
- Are handicap parking spaces available in the parking lot?
- Does the hotel offer a wheelchair accessible shuttle or public transportation?
Booking in Advance
Hotels offer a specific amount of accessible rooms that get reserved quickly. As soon as you learn your travel plans, make your reservations immediately to assure you get a wheelchair accessible room. While it is convenient to book your hotel reservation online, it is recommended to call and speak directly with the reservations department regarding accommodations. This is the perfect time to ask the questions mentioned above.
The most beautiful and luxurious hotels in the world offer discounts on occasion. Remember to ask the reservation agent if there are any discounts available. Sometimes there are specific discounts for senior citizens, AAA Travel members and more. If you are traveling in a large group of eight people or more, ask for a group rate. You will find most hotels have impressive group rates.
Even the most beautiful destinations in the world have crime. Unfortunately, some criminals target wheelchair users. Protect yourself by keeping your wallet and valuable items nearby. Put locks on luggage bags and keep backpacks, purses and bags zipped and closed at all times.
There are thousands of wheelchair accessible rooms located around the globe waiting for you to arrive. Remember to book your reservations in advance, ask questions, choose a good location and be safe. Don’t forget to ask for discounts. Choose to stay at one of the top wheelchair accessible hotel chains mentioned above and enjoy your trip.