Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL

Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL
Photo by: Terry Eaton (Stock Exchange)

Howdy, all!

On today’s Disabled Travelers, a set of new links for finding accessible hotels. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, let me say I’ve just gotten back from a whirlwind trip around Europe and I’m going to need a few days to decompress before we really hit the trail again.

For that reason, just going to share a few things quickly right now, while I take a little vacation from my vacation.

Photos need to be uploaded, packing unpacked, and handwritten notes for future blog posts interpreted!

I found these new links completely by accident, and I just can’t believe that we’ve never included them before. World’s Accessible Hotels is located at www.accessiblehotels.net. A relatively new site, its aim is to document every accessible hotel around the globe. It also includes facts on furnished apartments and bungalows. The database is a little bit messy since it isn’t sorted by country, but entries are very detailed. Future plans include info on renting cars and yachts. Hope to see this one grow and become more and more useful as time passes! Drop by, even if only to tell them what you want from their site!

Accessible Hotels Worldwide is a similar site, but it takes the concept one step further by making even the website layout maximally user-friendly and legible for those with mild to moderate sight impairment. With a searchable database created in partnership with Priceline, it’s convenient to use and you can book directly from the site. It covers almost 100 countries and regions, often with dozens of cities represented in each one. Unfortunately, the search function is a little bit sparse and only covers mobility impaired access right now. But there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing more sites purpose-built for hard-of-hearing and visually impaired travelers soon!

From the popular travel website TripAdvisor, you can get a lot of great user feedback on a range of accessibility issues no matter where you’re headed. I’ve turned to this site while preparing many of my own trips and found a lot of the regulars to be helpful. and well-informed Check out the “traveler lists”, used to rank and rate travel topics, for in-depth treatments of various subjects. For example: “Wheelchair accessible hotels” is a “four-star” list with several personally tested hotels. If you’ve had good experiences with hotel accessibility, I’d urge you to start your own and spread the word.

That’s all for now, but we’ll be back soon with more accessible travel news, including a first-hand look at some of the destinations I just tripped through myself. Until then, my friends, adventure on! And wish me luck trying to figure out all these notes I wrote to myself during my flights!


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