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new on this website. Love to travel, but it's not always easy to find accessible accommodation

Lapal
Lapal Community member Posts: 9 Listener
Hi Scope Members,
just discovered this website. I am Laura from Spain but live in Germany.
I have a special like for UK...literature, Films, your beautiful Old Towns.
I visited London a few years ago. Now I want to see other parts of UK, reason I am here, to get more information about accessibility. I am wheelchair user due to SCI, TH 12 and love to travel. Not always easy to find wheelchair accessible accommodation.
Saludos, Laura

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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Lapal

    Welcome to the community, it's nice to see you join us and I hope you are well this evening. 

    Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself, I'm sure you'll enjoy taking part here because this is a very supportive and welcoming place. Please feel to have a browse and get involved wherever you would like to :) 

    In terms of accessibility, that will vary depending on where you are and what you will be doing, and each person's experience will be unique, meaning that somewhere that is accessible for me may not be for you, and so on. 

    Which parts of the UK do you want to visit?
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  • Lapal
    Lapal Community member Posts: 9 Listener
    thank you Ross_Scope,
    Edinburgh/Scottland is on my bucket list. Since I travel without a carer, accessible bathrooms are for me very important. I have discovered this:


    but no individual bathroom in room :/

    saludos Laura

  • Danielle_2022
    Danielle_2022 Community member Posts: 266 Pioneering
    edited February 2022
    Hiya @Lapal,
    Edinburgh is also on my list, so you have inspired me to think about booking a trip. I have found this hotel online, which you can check out here. Obviously, I have never been myself, so can't say too much with certainty. It does, however, have a long list of accessible features and reviews from other wheelchair users here.

    Good luck and let me know how you get on!
    Community Volunteer Host (she/her) with a passion for writing and making the world a better place for disabled people to exist.
  • Lapal
    Lapal Community member Posts: 9 Listener
    Hola Danielle,
    thank you, it is a beautiful hotel, I would love it. But the price is way above my budget. As I see, the most economic room around £300/night.
    Saludos, Laura

  • Danielle_2022
    Danielle_2022 Community member Posts: 266 Pioneering
    @Lapal,
    I know what you mean. Unfortunately, a lot of accessible rooms are general more expensive than the other options, in my experience. It’s frustrating, but I have faith that we can find something eventually! I’ll keep looking and post back here if I find anything more affordable :)
    Community Volunteer Host (she/her) with a passion for writing and making the world a better place for disabled people to exist.
  • Lapal
    Lapal Community member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank you @ Danielle_2022, I will also continue my search - I do it with respites in between for the search can be frustrating
  • Danielle_2022
    Danielle_2022 Community member Posts: 266 Pioneering
    Hi there @Lapal,
    I found this, which might work? Of course, it would depend on the time of year that you travel, but it looks to be about £540 for a week. Accessibility features include the following -- good luck with your search <3:
    • Emergency cord in bathroom
    • Lower bathroom sink
    • Higher level toilet
    • Toilet with grab rails
    • Wheelchair accessible
    Community Volunteer Host (she/her) with a passion for writing and making the world a better place for disabled people to exist.
  • Lapal
    Lapal Community member Posts: 9 Listener
    edited February 2022
    Thank you @Danielle_2022

    price & location are perfect, but as so often...the bathroom would be problematic with the bathtub.
    I found this website:


     I have to check each hotel's baths. Most of the times the hotel websites do not show their wheelchair accessible rooms, especially the bathrooms. I wonder why? Do they considered it not pretty or proper enough?

    In Spain I usually call the hotel's reception and ask if they can make photos from their accessible baths and mail them to me. It works well.

    Good and safe week

  • Danielle_2022
    Danielle_2022 Community member Posts: 266 Pioneering
    @Lapal,
    I read on the website that some rooms have showers, so maybe you just have to make that clear when booking. It's difficult. I agree, baths are not accessible for me, either. I hate that they are seen as being so luxurious :D. I was thinking, although it would be expensive to call, perhaps you could email? If you find there's a hotel you particularly like, that is. You won't get an immediate response, but luckily, you have lots of time to plan!

    Good luck and stay safe :)
    Community Volunteer Host (she/her) with a passion for writing and making the world a better place for disabled people to exist.
  • Poppy_
    Poppy_ Community Volunteer Host Posts: 192 Pioneering
    Hi, the accommodation looks good. I haven’t been to Edinburgh, however my parents have. Be aware of the hills and cobbles, especially in the older area of Edinburgh, as these can be challenging while in a wheelchair.
    Poppy_
    Community Volunteer Host with a passion for reading.

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