Hotels for Seniors with Disabilities

Sometimes trip planning gets tricky for families, especially when combining requirements of kids, as well as grandparents. Even trickier is if the grandparents require wheelchair accessible hotel rooms. Here are a few hotels in Europe that provide accessible rooms, yet can satisfy requirements of comfort and location. This blog is submitted by a member of my family with a disability.

What to look for:

– an excellent location in the center of the town and close to the main sights (for town
hotels);
– access without stairs to the hotel itself, to the restaurant etc. and to the room;
– fairly spacious rooms with separate beds
– a well adapted bathroom, with separate shower and tub if possible, or else at least a separate shower.
Berlin, Germany
NH Hotel Berlin
On Friedrichstrasse, a very centrally located modern 4-star business hotel, in walking distance (with wheelchair) of the museum island, the Brandenburger Tor, Unter den Linden, and many other sights. Hotel is well accessible from street and also inside; the breakfast room is reachable via a ramp. Well-equipped bathroom with separate tub and shower (in selected rooms). Good breakfast and dinner, very friendly and helpful staff.
           Photo credit: NH Hotel
Vienna, Austria
Hotel-Pension Pertschy
Even more centrally located, the Pension Pertschy is housed in the baroque Cavriani palace, a listed building which traces back to the 14th century. The entire centre of Vienna, from the St. Stephens cathedral to the “Neue Burg”, the imperial palace, is in convenient walking distance. The pension has 55 rooms of very different shapes and sizes and differing facilities. It helps to be quite specific when ordering. The staff is very helpful and will try their best to satisfy your requests. Bathrooms are mostly simple with only a shower, but reasonably complete. The buffet breakfast is generous and ample. There is no restaurant. The house was to be refurbished and overhauled last year and presumably improved again within the limits of monument protection regulations. Accessibility with a wheelchair is good, movement inside the hotel is unproblematic.
                                               Photo credit: Ethan Prater
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Hotel Anthelia
Spacious and comfortable 4/5 star hotel at the seaside. Access with wheelchair to the hotel is unproblematic, movement within the hotel likewise. Also, easy access behind the hotel to the paved seaside promenade. Room size is sufficient for wheelchair. The hotel offers several rooms which are specifically equipped for people with disabilities. Bathrooms in standard rooms are well equipped but don´t have separate shower and tub. The large breakfast buffet is delicious, as is dinner in the two restaurants. A quick snack
for lunch is available at a bistro besides the pool. The staff is both local and international and generally very friendly and helpful. All together the house offers a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday experience also for handicapped people.
Photo credit: sunshine.co.uk

New York Times Top 45 Places

Have you read the New York Times article, “The 45 Places to Go in 2012“? The list includes favorite spots, like London and Vienna. But, I am inspired by the not-so-well-known destinations, like Helsinki, Finland (also appears in Lonely Planet’s “10 of the world’s unsung places”); Puebla, Mexico; Koh Rong, Cambodia; and even, Space! I have to chuckle at that last one….

If I could pick an all-expense paid trip right now, my choice would be Halong Bay, Vietnam — “a Unesco World Heritage site with a seascape of limestone islands and islets in the Gulf of Tonkin.”

Have you read the article? Where would you go? Which location would you add to this list? Reply below.