Disabled travel writer Emily Rose Yates, who is a wheelchair user, tells us how AccessAble is a game changer when searching for accessible hotels.
Regardless of where you choose to travel to, somewhere to rest your head for the night (or a room to play board games in on a rainy day) is going to be important! If you are a disabled traveller planning to have a staycation in the UK and enjoy all the history, culture, scenery and sights we have to offer here, then you’re in luck!
AccessAble, the online Accessibility Guide for all who have access requirements and might need to put that little extra bit of planning time into their travels, is home to over 800 inclusive hotel Detailed Access Guides. So, whether you’re journeying to Blackpool or Birmingham, Glasgow or Greenwich, Suffolk or South London, there’s bound to be a venue within our directory that will suit your needs and make your trip that bit easier and more enjoyable. For some summer holiday hotel inspiration, do read on!
When you visit the AccessAble Website and search for hotels, you will have the opportunity to input your preferred location, distance and accessibility symbols. So whether you require on-site, accessible parking, a wet room, information in braille or via sign language or facilities for assistance dogs, these are just some of the symbols that you can select to ensure that whichever hotel appears in the search results will suit you down to the ground. The Detailed Access Guides for each hotel in our database will also give you more information about the hotel’s overview, address and contact details, an introduction to the hotel, getting to and around the hotel, any conference or meeting facilities that it has and the eating and drinking options available to you as a guest there.
Take the Orsett Hall Hotel in Essex for example. This 4-star hotel situated in 12 acres of landscaped gardens just 40 minutes outside of central London offers level access, blue badge on-site parking, and accessible accommodation, toilets and shower rooms. And just have a look at their funky turquoise bar, sure to impress anyone with a love of colour and pattern!
If you’re looking for hotels that have provided disability awareness and equality training to their staff to ensure the highest inclusive service, you might want to have a look at the Holiday Inn, Brighton Seafront hotel (a well located hotel with two accessible rooms available) or the Crowne Plaza Liverpool – John Lennon Airport hotel (which also has hearing loops installed, and vibrating pillows and flashing beacons available on request, alongside bed raisers and bath mats).
After you’ve booked your hotel, don’t forget to use AccessAble to find out more about the accessible attractions, restaurants and venues such as cinemas and leisure centres that can enhance your trip even more. We have Detailed Access Guides for art galleries in Glasgow, museums in London and shopping possibilities in Chester, as well as so many more.
We hope this short guide to searching for accessible hotels all over the country using our website and App has proved helpful to you and your loved ones. Happy holidays to you all!