Accessible Hotel rooms need to tick all the boxes to be registered and classed as actual Accessible Hotels. This is an easy way of making sure that these hotels will actually cater to the needs of the individual who choose to stay there. We have more detailed guidelines available to download, but here’s the gist.
The bedroom should have enough space to allow a wheelchair-user to move around with ease. There should be at least 1000mm space around the sides and foot of the bed to allow complete access as well as room to manoeuvre. There should also be a minimum of 1200mm by 1200mm space between the main doorway and the bed itself. The guest should also have a clear path to the window.
Any plug socket in the room must be installed at the ideal height for a wheelchair-user. The switches for these sockets should be easy to get to and accessible to those with limited reach.
If you’re wanting to install a ceiling track hoist in the room, then the ceiling itself should be strong enough to support the hoist lifting up to 200kg in weight. If the ceiling simply cannot accommodate this weight, then there is the option of mounting the hoist system to the wall, whether it’s tracking or an Integralift. Light switches must be conveniently located, and door handles and locks need to be easily gripped at a height of 850-1000mm from the ground.
Plenty of space for wheelchair users is a must for Accessible Hotel bedrooms.
The bathroom should also have sufficient space for the guest to move around in if they are a wheelchair-user. The layout of the room should accommodate a clear turning circle of 1500mm, and the bathroom door should open outwards into the bedroom.
The toilet flush controls are best positioned towards the front of the cistern on the side that is most easily accessed. The handle should also be easy-to-grip. The toilet seat itself should also sit around 400mm from the floor. The sink needs to be wall-mounted at 770-850mm from the floor to allow room below the basin for wheelchair users.
If installing a level access shower, it needs to be positioned in the corner of the room so that a shower stool can be installed on the wall. The controls should be on the adjacent wall, and again they must be easy to grip and use.
Like the bedroom, the ceiling needs to be able to sustain a hoist lifting 200kg if you’re wanting to install one. Again, it is possible to have a wall-mounted hoist system if the ceiling is not strong enough to facilitate weight this heavy. The bathroom walls should also be strong enough to support users putting weight on to grab rails and other equipment.
Accessible Hotel bathrooms need plenty of space, and the level access shower is best positioned in the corner of the room to enable a wall-mounted shower seat to be used.
Accessible design of the future
If a hotel is looking for an ideal solution to make all their hotel rooms accessible as standard, then we'd highly recommend the AllGo concept. This has been developed by Motionspot, one of the UK’s leading accessible design specialists, and it aims to transform spaces and lives through beautifully designed, accessible bedrooms and bathrooms that deliver independence for anyone with a disability or in need of extra support. Motionspot was recently awarded the prestigious Celia Thomas International Design Award for their collaboration with Ryder Architecture to design this concept for the accessible hotel bedroom and bathroom of the future.
AllGo is a unique, universal approach to hotel room design that will deliver personalised, accessible hotel rooms across the world, removing the barriers to travel and creating truly inclusive environments for guests. Each room can be adapted to the needs of the user through integrated and flexible design features that can be modified before the arrival of a guest. Further information on the design concept can be found at www.all-go.co.uk.
Established in 2016, AllGo is a design collaboration between Ryder Architecture and Motionspot to create and provide personalised, accessible hotel rooms across the world for those with a range of disabilities.