One of the nicest things in life is to go on holiday. However, before we actually leave for our dreamy destination there are many different things we need to arrange and figure out: Where do we want to go? How far is the hotel from the city centre? Is there a wireless Internet connection in case we want to work? How convenient is the public transport? What is the distance between the airport and our hotel? Can we get a smoking room?
If the questions above look like a lot to think about, you can only imagine how many other things come to the minds of people with impaired mobility. As much as the world develops quickly and new facilities are invented every day, the lives of people with impaired mobility are very challenging, whether they are on their way to work, or relaxing on holiday.
Trying to make things a bit easier (when it comes to booking a hotel), we have gathered here the top hotels in Amsterdam which are suitable for people with impaired mobility. We chose Amsterdam because of the morphology of the city. Most of the buildings in the city centre are narrow and not easily accessible for people with impaired mobility, so we decided to pick some of our favorite hotels, visit them and take some pictures to show how accessible and welcoming they truly are!
We visited 5 hotels:
- The Moevenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
- The Mint Hotel
- The Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam
- The Crowne Plaza Amsterdam
- Casa 400 Hotel Amsterdam
Part of the well-known Swiss-based Moevenpick chain, this hotel is situated in one of Amsterdam’s prime spots on the waterfront between the new music hall ‘Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ’ and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, just one tram stop from the Amsterdam Central Station. This hotel prides itself on being the best accessible hotel in the city centre of Amsterdam.
The Moevenpick offers different disabled-friendly rooms with a special sliding entrance door and bathroom door, and bigger space between the furniture in the room…
…and a toilet designed to be as easily accessible as possible.
The Mint Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Amsterdam. Inside, there’s not even one step; the lobby, the restaurant and lounge (one of them is located on top of the hotel, with an incredible view of Amsterdam) are easily accessible, also for people with mobility problems.
The Mint Hotel has 27 disabled-friendly rooms, all with a bigger door, slightly bigger floor area than a normal room…
…and, of course, a bathroom with everything you need for a person with mobility impairment.
In the heart of Amsterdam the Radisson Blu managed to completely renovate a block of old canal houses and transform them into a beautiful hotel.
The entrance of the hotel (with a ramp on the side) welcomes the guests inside where, without any steps, it is possible to enter the restaurant and the lounge. The rooms, as usual, are a little bit bigger, with a wider door to provide easy access to wheelchairs, and the bathroom is equipped for any need as well:
Close to the Central Station, the Crowne Plaza Hotel also offers a perfect stay for mobility impaired people. The entrance has, of course, a ramp for the wheelchairs, same for the access to the restaurant.
The rooms are bigger than standard size, in order to improve mobility, and the emergency assist alarm is present not only in the bathroom but also in the bedroom.
The bathroom is also fully equipped for mobility impaired people and has a door slightly bigger than usual to guarantee easy access.
Near the Amstel River, the Casa 400 Hotel is situated in a rural area near everything you need. The nearby Amstel Station offers different types of connections within the city center via bus, tram, metro, and train.
Hotel Casa 400 has bright and comfortable rooms, equipped with various facilities, including a spacious desk, en-suite bathroom and heated mirror. There is a room for mobility-impaired guests that can easily be accessed via the elevator; this room provides enough room to move about in a wheelchair and has a customized bathroom with a larger shower, adapted toilet, and support rails.
As we can conclude from this list, when it comes to disabled-friendly hotels, Amsterdam has much to offer. It is so nice to see how this amazing city is so considerate when it comes to people who require slightly different attention for their optimal comfort. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, each one of us needs a vacation every once in a while!