Team GB are currently smashing it at the Rio Paralympics, holding 101 medals at the time of writing. As the athletes do us proud in Brazil, there are people trying to make life better for people of different abilities at home and around the world.
Although you might not know it from watching our Paralympians, much still needs to be done. We may have come together for the most successful Paralympics ever at London 2012, but there is a long way still to go to become a more accessible city. Take the London Underground, for example. Only about half of stations have step-free access, making the rest inaccessible for people in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues.
Travelling as a disabled person can be hard too. When you need an accessible room, it’s not always easy to find one that’s suitable. Although many hotels promise both accessible rooms and public areas, the reality is that many don’t quite deliver on their promise.
Accomable is a platform that helps people find accessible hotels and holiday rentals in over 60 countries. They have partnered with Hilton London Bankside to show off their hotel’s exceptional accessible rooms.
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The hotel’s accessible rooms have the same sleek style as all their others. They feature roll-in showers with grab rails, wide doorways, and lowered beds and bathroom facilities. Of course, they also have free bottled water and WiFi. The hotel has step-free access, as well as facilities for people who are hearing-impaired or visually-impaired.
Hilton London Bankside also makes their facilities accessible, with disabled access in the gym and swimming pool. Thanks to their new partnership with Accomable, booking through the site gets disabled and elderly travellers an awesome 12% off their room.
Accomable makes sure to verify the access of each room on their site. So there’s nobody turning up to their hotel or holiday rental and realising it’s not as accessible as they thought. Hilton London Bankside’s rooms are not only accessible, but also have great views and tonnes of style. They’re not just an afterthought, tucked away in a corner.
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