Always Book Accessible Hotel Rooms

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Written By The Bimblers

Rob and Bridget - The Bimblers are two of the UK's most influential chronic illness and accessible travel bloggers. They live by the mantra Life is an adventure; let's make it accessible.

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 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 cannot 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 tested, invite us to be official testers!

Our room in the Premier Inn had abundant space and was very easy to negotiate.

I could push the chair around the whole room, even the bed. Talking about the bed, it was just the right height to manoeuvre from a chair and 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, and even the refreshments were all at the right height, meaning 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 clinical bathroom, 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, and 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!

Overall Opinion

We were apprehensive about booking an adapted room because we’d had enough hospitals and wanted to feel like we were in a hotel.

We needn’t worry 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’s adapted rooms.

We’d love to hear about your experiences of staying in adapted rooms.

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