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For travelers with disabilities visiting Italy, there are a number of wheelchair accessible hotel rooms in Rome. During my trips to Rome, I have personally stayed in only two hotels there, plus a single night experience in a low-cost hostel. I’ve detailed each of these accommodations below and have also included a list of other hotels that advertise wheelchair accessible hotel rooms across a variety of price points.
Sina Bernini Bristol Hotel, Autograph Collection by Marriott
The Sina Bernini Bristol Hotel, located on Rome’s Barberini Square, offers wheelchair accessible accommodation to guests with disabilities. It is a 5-star hotel that is part of the Marriott Hotels Autograph Collection. During my stay at the property, I slept in two different rooms with varying adaptations and have reviewed them separately below.
Room 222 at the Sina Bernini Bristol Hotel
Room 222 is spacious and features a large king size bed with space to park a wheelchair on both sides of the bed. It was a comfortable place for rest and relaxation.
Upon entering the room, the sleeping area is located to the left and the bathroom to the right. The entry foyer connecting the two featured a closet with a safe.
The bathroom was large and featured a roll-in shower with a folding wall-mounted shower seat and handheld showerhead. A bathtub was also located in the bathroom, with a glass panel extending from the foot of the tub — the panel’s length is equivalent to half the length of the tub. There were no grab bars in this bathroom, but I managed by using my wheelchair and other bathroom surfaces for support when transferring.
Here are some measurements of the room’s accessibility features:
- Bed height to top of mattress — 21.5 inches
- Clear space under bed — 5.5 inches
- Sink height; free space under sink — 33 inches; 31.75 inches
- Toilet seat height — 20 inches
- Shower seat height — 24.5 inches
- Bathtub side wall height — 19 inches
- Guest room door width — 36 inches
- Bathroom door width — 34 inches
Room at Sina Bernini Bristol Hotel
The second adapted room was much smaller, though still comfortable and it may actually have been my preferred room.
The room featured a smaller full size bed with 5.5 inches of clear space underneath to accommodate a transfer hoist. A desk, two chairs, TV and a closet sat opposite the foot of the bed. There was space to maneuver my power wheelchair comfortably, however the right side of the bed was too close to the wall/window to permit easy access on that side. No doubt, the bed could have been moved to permit greater access, but I never made that request.
This bathroom was much more accessible in some respects, with a clearly roll-under sink, toilet with a single folding grab bar, and a roll-in shower space with a vertical grab bar. There was no built-in shower seat and the hotel was only able to supply a tiny stool. The key challenge was the limited space — there was no room to turn my power wheelchair in a 360-degree rotation inside the bathroom, apart from directly in front of the sink.
To research room rates or to make a reservation, visit the Sina Bernini Bristol hotel website.
Gioberti Art Hotel
Located steps from Rome’s central Termini Station, the Gioberti Art Hotel is an independent boutique hotel offering a wheelchair accessible hotel room with a roll-in shower. I was assigned to room number 112.
The double size bed was comfortable and accessible on both sides with my power wheelchair. A closet-like wall installation provided a place to store my luggage and clothing, and it also contained a safe and minibar.
The accessible bathroom lacked grab bars, but there was a roll-under sink, roll-in shower and space to park a wheelchair alongside the toilet. A portable adjustable-height shower stool was provided.
Here are some measurements of the room’s accessibility features:
- Bed height to top of mattress — 22.5 inches
- Clear space under bed — 5 inches
- Desk height; free space under desktop — 29.75 inches; 26 inches
- Sink height; free space under sink — 33 inches; 31 inches
- Toilet seat height — 18 inches
The Gioberti Art Hotel was comfortable, accessible (enough) and affordable, and it’s a property that I would enjoy staying at in the future. The hotel’s convenient location near Termini Station is a big plus, with easy access to city bus connections that reach all parts of the city.
I booked a standard room through a third-party website, then called the hotel to request an accessible room. At check-in, I was upgraded to an executive room which is a bit larger and has a sofa. You can support WheelchairTravel.org and book the Gioberti Art Hotel through Priceline.
Generator Rome Hostel
Looking for an affordable and accessible place to stay in Rome while backpacking through Europe? The Generator Rome Hostel is a great choice, with an adapted wheelchair accessible bathroom in its 6-bed mixed dormitories.
I don’t have a problem with staying in an occasional hostel, though I’m not a fan of bunk beds. Sadly, at Generator Rome, there are no accessible shower facilities outside of the dormitories. During my stay, I was assigned lower bunk number 6. There was space to park my electric wheelchair alongside the bed without blocking the ladder to the top bunk, and I was able to charge it using the outlet at my bunk.
The dormitory bathroom, shared by up to 6 guests, featured a roll-under sink, toilet with grab bars (one fixed, one folding), and a roll-in shower with wall-mounted seat. The bathroom wasn’t anything special, but it did tick the boxes for accessibility.
To book a room at Generator Rome and to read verified reviews, visit Generator Rome at Hostelworld.
14 additional wheelchair accessible hotels in Rome worth considering
The following hotels advertise wheelchair accessible guest rooms in Rome, Italy, offer convenient access to the city’s attractions, and are worth considering for your stay. Be sure to verify that the hotel will be able to meet your specific accessibility needs.
- Courtyard Rome Central Park — Located steps from Pineto Regional Park, the Courtyard hotel offers multiple accessible rooms with a variety of bed types.
- Crowne Plaza Rome – St. Peter’s — The hotel is just steps away from Villa Pamphili city park and a few minutes from the old neighbourhood of Trastevere.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti — The accessible guest rooms (pictured above) feature a roll-under sink, toilet with folding grab bar, and a shower with a built-in seat.
- Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge — Accessible guest rooms are available with one queen bed or two twin beds. Bathrooms feature a roll under sink and roll-in shower.
- Holiday Inn Rome – Eur Parco Dei Medici — Explore Rome’s sights, such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon, all within 30 minutes by public transport from the hotel.
- Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George — The accessible room features a queen size bed and can be booked online via the hotel’s website.
- InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace — The accessible room features a luxurious king size bed and can be booked online via the hotel’s website.
- The Rome EDITION — Opening in April 2023, the Rome EDITION hotel will bring a new level of luxury just a block away from the U.S. Embassy and two blocks away from Piazza Barberini.
- Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora — This beautiful hotel is located steps from Villa Borghese gardens and the 2000 year old historic Roman walls.
- Rome Marriott Park Hotel — Consider this property if you’re searching for a hotel room near Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
- Sheraton Parco de Medici Rome Hotel — Located near the airport, the Sheraton offers accessible guest rooms with either a king size bed or two twins. Bathroom accessibility looks great, with a roll-in shower, toilet with grab bars and more.
- The St. Regis Rome — This ultra-luxury property has been named a top 5 hotel in Rome numerous times, most recently earning the number 3 spot on Travel & Leisure’s 2022 honors list.
- W Rome — Historic palazzo on the outside, a bold interpretation of luxury inside, W Rome celebrates the Italian attitude and captures the energy of the Eternal City.
- The Westin Excelsior Rome — Nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens & Gallery, The Westin’s accessible guest rooms feature superb accessibility with a roll-in shower, roll under sink and toilet with grab bars.
Have we missed one? If you have visited Rome and have a hotel that you would recommend to travelers with disabilities, please share your experience in the comments below!