When we visited Dublin at the beginning of January, we made a point of booking a wheelchair friendly hotel room in the Premier Inn.
In this post, I want to offer an overview of the facilities in the room.
This is not a review of the Premier Inn Dublin Airport; It’s more a closer look at the standard facilities you can expect in mainstream accessible hotel rooms.
Accessible Hotel Rooms
The number one most important thing in a hotel bedroom is space! Despite anything else, if you’re unable to manoeuvre a wheelchair, the whole thing’s a non-starter.
Using measurements at the design stage is one thing but turning a chair is another. I’m notorious for “nearly” knocking Bridget’s toes into walls, so space is paramount.
I wonder how many hotels have wheelchair users test individual rooms? If you want your rooms testing, invite us to be official testers!
Our room in the Premier Inn had an abundance of space and was very easy to negotiate.
I was able to push the chair around the whole room, even around the bed. Talking about the bed, it was just the right height to manoeuvre out of a chair and onto sideways.
All fixtures and fittings in the room were low level and easy to access from a seated position.
Light switches, security spy holes, low-level clothes rail, wheelchair friendly desk, hairdryer even the refreshments were all at the right height, which means a chair user won’t need to stretch and risk falling.
There are also some useful extras in the room, like touch-sensitive bedside lamps and a vibrating “thingy” to put under your pillow if you’re hard of hearing.
Overall the bedroom was very usable and felt like an un-adapted room with extras rather than a hospital!
Accessible Hotel Bathroom
An accessible bathroom needs to be precisely that; accessible! But there’s nothing pleasant about a bathroom that is clinical, and it’s downright off-putting.
This bathroom wasn’t clinical, even with a raised toilet seat, numerous grab rails, alarm cord, low-level sink, accessible shower complete with seat and grab bars. The bonus was the amount of turning space in the bathroom.
In short, the bathroom had everything you’d need to go about your business without too much fuss!
We were a bit apprehensive about booking an adapted room, not least because we’ve had enough of hospitals and wanted to feel like we are actually in a hotel.
We needn’t have worried because the adaptations are tasteful and in keeping with the room. These subtle changes to the norm made our stay so much more comfortable, and although this is not a review, we’d be happy to endorse Premier Inn adapted rooms.
We’d love to hear your experiences of staying in adapted rooms?
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