If you’re looking for a (huge) wheelchair accessible hotel room in the center of Berlin, don’t look any further. When I booked my hotel room for the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Haus, I didn’t really expect much of it. But as soon as I opened the door to my room, I was amazed by all the space we had in the room.
“I want to make memories all over the world.” – Unknown
This hotel counts 75 rooms and 3 of these rooms are fully wheelchair accessible. These wheelchair accessible rooms are HUGE, it looks like an apartment. Most of the time, when you book a hotel room in the center of a city, it’s way too small to maneuver with a wheelchair.
The room counts enough power outlets to charge your powerchair, phone, laptop, etc. But it’s also equipped with power outlets near the bed, so if you’re using a breathing machine, it’s possible to have it near your bed.
If you are, like me, unable to make transfers by yourself and use a hoist, it’s possible in this room. Most of the time I bring my own Molift Smart 150 hoist with me, just like this time. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit underneath the bed, but we figured out a workaround and lifted the bed a little bit to make it fit. The owner of the hotel helped us and found this solution for us. Keep in mind that the room has carpet flooring, so it might be a little bit hard to use the hoist.
Now let’s talk about the bathroom. I think it was one of the biggest wheelchair accessible bathrooms I’ve ever seen. The toilet is equipped with bars and so is the shower. For me personally, the sink was at the perfect height to fit underneath. There was also a shower chair available, but for me, it didn’t support me enough to sit on it.
The pricing of the hotel was pretty fair for what you get. A wheelchair accessible room (double room) starts from €109 ($107) per night and also includes breakfast. We visited the hotel in August (summer season) and paid €138 ($136) per night including breakfast.
I’d love to give this hotel a 4 out of 5-star rating. The room is big enough, pricing is normal, and the accessibility by public transport from Berlin Central Station to the hotel was also fine. But the carpet flooring made it difficult to make transfers with the hoist.