For travelers with disabilities, the importance of an adequately accessible hotel room cannot be overstated. During a trip, hotel rooms are the home-away-from-home and must accommodate a variety of activities: from rest and relaxation to personal and even medical care. With our independence so often reliant on the adaptations made to our homes, it can be difficult to know if a hotel will offer the level of accessibility that we need.
With so few resources being available to travelers with disabilities, many do not know what is required of hotels or what to expect when reserving or checking-in to an accessible hotel room. This guide to hotel accessibility clears up common misconceptions about ADA requirements and contains the information you need for a successful stay. Due to the large amount of information about handicap accessible hotel rooms, this guide has been broken down into multiple parts.
Hotels are required to provide information on hotel room accessibility so that guests with disabilities can decide if a room will meet their individual needs.
Learn about the most important ADA regulations relating to the design of accessible hotel rooms, what hotels have to do, and what they don’t have to do.
See photos and read descriptions of the most common handicap accessible hotel bathroom designs, and see the types of ADA violations you might encounter.
Services and amenities that are offered to able-bodied guests must also be accessible to people with disabilities, including swimming pools and shuttle services.
If you’ve run into an issue with your ADA hotel room reservation or it does not meet regulations, use these tips to resolve the matter before, during or after your stay.