With increasing awareness and efforts towards (wheelchair) accessibility, more and more hotels are stepping up to meet the needs of all guests. One such hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Paris – Canal de la Villette. If you’re looking for wheelchair accessible accommodation in Paris, this might be just what you need! In this post, I will review the wheelchair accessibility features of this hotel, including its accessible rooms and public areas, as well as its location near public transportation.
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Let me tell you all about wheelchair accessibility of the room, like wider doors, and lowered switches. The bed was high enough for my Molift Smart 150 to fit underneath. Our room had a connecting room, which means you can stay close while still having your own private space. This is especially helpful if you travel with a family member who uses a wheelchair and may need some extra assistance.
Not only did we have an accessible and comfortable room, but we also got to enjoy a beautiful view of the canal. Having a great view from your room can really make you feel like you’re on vacation and help you relax after a long day of exploring Paris.
The bathroom was accommodating, but unfortunately, it was quite small. The roll-in shower was definitely a plus, but it’s disappointing that there was no shower bench installed. In addition, the lack of grab bars by the toilet and the fact that it was only accessible from one side could be a challenge for some guests. The small threshold at the entrance was difficult with the hoist, but we managed to push over it.
Public areas such as the lobby, breakfast room, and meeting room are also wheelchair accessible. The hotel is located near public transportation, which makes it easier to get around Paris. The nearest metro station, Riquet, is wheelchair accessible, and there are also buses and trams in the area.
In conclusion, the Holiday Inn Express Paris – Canal de la Villette offers wheelchair accessible rooms with several helpful features. Their accessible rooms have wider doors and bathrooms with roll-in showers. However, there is some room for improvement, such as installing a shower bench and grab bars. I’d love to give this hotel a 3 out of 5-star rating.