Always Book Accessible Hotel Rooms

Disabled Bathroom

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.

Accessible Hotel Room

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.

Premier Inn Hypnos Bed

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.

Low Level Desk
Low Level Clothes Rail
Low Level Refreshment Tray

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.

Accessible Lights
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.

Raised Toilet Seat
Wheelchair Accessible Shower
Adapted Shower Room
Low Level Wash Basin

In short, the bathroom had everything you’d need to go about your business without too much fuss!

Overall Opinion

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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We are Rob and Bridget. We are disabled bloggers based in the UK and share wheelchair-friendly holidays, wheelchair-accessible days out and accessible holiday accommodation. We also talk about mobility aids and living with multiple chronic illnesses and disabilities.

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