By Howard L. Chabner and Michele E. DeSha
© Howard L. Chabner and Michele E. DeSha 2003
passerelle is a pedestrian bridge, of which central
In planning our trip we used the Internet and other information sources but not a travel agent. We traveled on our own, not with a group.
We have tried to be as accurate as possible, but of course accuracy is not guaranteed. The reader should confirm all information, especially access details, directly with hotels, museums, transportation providers and other facilities. As in all research, primary sources are much better than secondary ones. Also, things change. It is essential to re-confirm information shortly before acting on it.
Because one’s physical capabilities,
limitations and equipment affect the access achievable under a given set of
environmental and design conditions, and one’s point of reference colors one’s
perception of access, we’ll tell you about ourselves. Howard has muscular dystrophy and uses an
electric wheelchair. On this trip Howard
used a Quickie P110 folding electric wheelchair that is 25” (63.5 cm) wide,
weighs approximately 100 pounds and has gel cell batteries. Howard is six feet tall, cannot walk and can
transfer to an inaccessible automobile only with great difficulty. Michele is able-bodied. We are fortunate to live in
In planning our trip we sent questionnaires to approximately 60 hotels inquiring about access. A form of hotel access questionnaire is Appendix A. You are welcome to adapt it for your own use. A metric conversion guide is Appendix B. The results of the access survey and of our visits to several hotels are attached as Appendix C. This article (including the appendices) may not be reproduced or used for profit without our written permission, but readers are welcome to reproduce or use it for any other purpose.
Phone numbers are given with the single digit “1”
area code used for calling
Passerelle des Arts, a pedestrian-only bridge immediately west of the Pont Neuf, was renovated in 2000 and a moderately sloped ramp added at each end. This wide, wooden planked structure is a popular gathering place for chatting with friends, picnicking and listening to street musicians. Passerelle Solferino, a new pedestrian-only bridge farther west linking the Musee d’Orsay with the Jardin des Tuileries, also is wheelchair accessible.
The built-in semicircular balcony
seats on the Pont Neuf that cantilever over the
Stores and Restaurants
Stores and restaurants typically are up one stair. The proprietors are very willing to lift your wheelchair into the store or restaurant. Cafes, of course, have small outdoor tables. The major department stores have level access.
Most pay phones we saw are inaccessible, either because there is a high edge or the phone is too high. Some newer phones are accessible, but with difficulty.
Michele used ATM’s at a variety of banks in various locations. All were too high for a wheelchair.
In 2000 there were almost no accessible bus lines. We were very pleasantly surprised to find many accessible buses this time. (Because we researched the buses in planning the trip, actually we weren’t surprised that accessible buses exist, but at how well they work.) Not all lines are accessible, perhaps 50%. Our impression is that the number is increasing quickly. The most important lines – those that traverse the city from train station to train station - are being made accessible first. There are four accessible lines – 92, 94, 95 and 96 - within two blocks of our hotel. All buses on an accessible line are accessible, which isn’t the case in some other European cities. The buses have large windows, no graffiti and minimal advertisements. The buses are lower than the typical American bus and, consequently, the ride is smooth.
The accessible buses have a retractable ramp on the side, midway between the front and the rear. The ramps always worked, except for two buses in a row on one line one day. The ramps are wide – almost as wide as the double door, which reduces the chances of falling, and, because they are deployed with the bottom edge on the sidewalk, are not too steep. We never waited more than 10 minutes for a bus. Every driver we encountered was courteous, skilled and well trained in dealing with wheelchair passengers, always deploying the ramp safely at our desired stop. There is a call button in the wheelchair seating area. The passengers were almost always polite and helpful. They were patient with Howard’s broken French and many were eager to speak English. The wheelchair area of the bus is narrow and it was difficult to maneuver to face the correct direction, so Howard generally remained perpendicular to the length of the bus, with the wheelchair protruding into the aisle, but passengers were not upset and were careful to go around. The wheelchair area lacks any securement devices, but because the drivers drove so well and the routes were mostly flat, the ride was smooth and the absence of tie-downs wasn’t as dangerous as it might seem.
RATP, the public transit operator, has an excellent website that includes an English language section. Before our trip Howard asked RATP detailed questions by email in broken French and received prompt, accurate responses.
RATP access information (includes buses, trains, metro and RER): www.infomobi.com
To ask questions: email@example.com
English language information center: (0)8-92-68-41-14
RATP general website: www.ratp.fr
We didn’t use the Metro or RER.
Several organizations provide accessible van transportation upon advance reservation. GIHP (Groupement pour L’Insertion des Handicapes Physiques) is affiliated with or funded by the government. On this trip and in 2000 GIHP transported us from and to the airport at a bit less than the cost of a regular taxi. We also got rides one evening from ATPAP (Association pour le Transport de Porte a Porte), a for-profit service. ATPAP was fairly expensive, but gave us a ride at on a Friday night. The drivers for GIHP and ATPAP were all on time, skilled, safe and very friendly. The vehicles were well maintained, clean and spacious.
GIHP. Phone 1-55-33-56-56 or 1-45-23-85-50. Fax 1-45-23-16-11. www.gihpidf.asso.fr
ATPAP. Phone/Fax 1-45-60-01-96. firstname.lastname@example.org
27 avenue Georges Brassens, 94550 Chevilly Larue
Several other van services are listed at www.infomobi.com in the section “Transports Specialises” and at the Paris Tourism Office website www.paris-touristoffice.com in the section “Disabled/Specialised Transport Means.”
We didn’t see any accessible taxis or learn of any from our research.
In 2000 we took an enjoyable boat ride with Vedettes de Pont Neuf, Square du Vert Galant; phone 1-46-33-98-38; www.pontneuf.net The square is down a long, bumpy, stone ramp. Boat access was good. Other accessible boat operators are listed on the Paris Tourism Office website www.paris-touristoffice.com in the section “Disabled/Croisiere Accessibles Aux Handicapes.”
Although bus access is
quite good, we still believe that for hotels, as for real estate, the three
most important factors are location, location and location (assuming the hotel
has good wheelchair access). Strolling
through a beautiful, interesting neighborhood is what
Where We Stayed
Victoria Palace Hotel
6, rue Blaise Desgoffe
2003 we stayed at this charming, immaculately maintained 62-room four-star
hotel in the 6th Arrondissement north of Boulevard Montparnasse, not far from
Place St-Sulpice and Jardin du Luxembourg.
It’s a pleasant one-mile stroll to the
Wheelchair access is very good by
Parisian standards. There is a portable
wooden ramp for traversing the one and a half steps at the front entrance. The elevator is large enough for a
wheelchair user and two able-bodied people.
The call buttons are reachable.
We stayed in Room 601, the adapted room.
The room is completely quiet. The
bedroom and bathroom are large, the toilet is high, the sink is excellent, the
bed height is very good for transfer, the bed is firm but not too firm, the
doorways are wide, and the mirrors are large and well-placed. There is a large bathtub but, as seems to be
Transfer to the toilet is not ideal but not bad. There is sufficient transfer space at one side of the toilet. The grab bar adjacent to the toilet is removable and attaches to the side of the bathtub. It is not as sturdy and stable as a wall-mounted, fold down-bar. A toilet paper holder protrudes from the rear wall and prevents some wheelchairs from being positioned completely against the rear wall. This toilet, like the typical French toilet, isn’t long, so a complete side-to side transfer isn’t possible for many wheelchairs, but a side transfer at a moderate angle is; the angle between toilet and wheelchair is much closer to parallel than to a right angle.
There are some barriers that are minor for someone traveling with a companion but potentially significant for a solo wheelchair traveler. The door closer on the room door is set too tight and is extremely difficult or impossible for many wheelchair users to open and close. The closet pole and safe are at normal height and therefore inaccessible. Howard has written the hotel asking it to fix these items.
Novotel les Halles
6, place Marguerite de Navarre
we stayed at this three-star hotel in the 1st Arrondissement between
the Louvre and the
Access Survey Results
In late June and early July 2003 we emailed and faxed access questionnaires to approximately 60 hotels, mostly three- and four-star hotels in the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Arrondissements. Questions and responses are in English. The results of the survey and of our visits to several hotels are attached as Appendix C. We visited several hotels (indicated by **), but most entries are based solely on the written responses we received; therefore, we cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information. Accuracy depends entirely on the respondent, typically a reservationist; we did not specifically ask the hotels’ general managers to respond. We asked follow-up questions when a response was ambiguous but did not send a second round of surveys to ascertain whether the answers would be the same both times.
The questionnaire, with minor improvements and turned into a form, is Appendix A. You are welcome to adapt it for your own use. A metric conversion guide is Appendix B.
We did not initially intend to
publish this information. But accurate,
current information in English about more than a handful of hotels in the
central neighborhoods is scarce; having spent so much time doing the research
in the first place, we decided to publish the results. We hope the reader will use them as a
starting point. It is clear that there
are serious, widespread access barriers in
In France “accessible” in describing a
hotel room means merely that there are no barriers such as stairs and there is
sufficient doorway width and other space for a wheelchair to travel to, enter
and move around the room - that there is, in effect, what Americans would call
an “accessible path of travel” to and within the hotel room. Hence, an “accessible” room may have a
completely unusable bathroom. Moreover,
there doesn’t seem to be a uniform, generally accepted standard for
“accessible” - it appears that many hotels consider a room accessible if it is
literally, but just barely, physically accessible. “Adapted” means that the room has been modified
to allow a wheelchair user to use the bathroom, although, unfortunately, almost
all adapted rooms reported lack roll-in showers. “Adapted” and “accessible” are terms used in
guides such as Paris-Ile de France for Everyone (in English; published by CNFLRH)
and a list of accessible hotels in French we obtained from the French
disability organization APF Paris (22, rue du
In organizing and reporting the results, we included rooms that are merely “accessible” although not “adapted.” We indicate whether the room is “adapted” or merely “accessible” when this information was provided, but in many cases it wasn’t. So, be aware that many hotels listed in the Accessible and/or Adapted category below are not truly accessible by American standards. We believe that widespread use of the French “accessible” concept promotes too low a standard of accessibility, but we decided to conform to the French terminology in reporting the specific results. (In the general discussion, “accessible” has the stricter, but more generic, American meaning.) In many cases the response was unclear whether the room was adapted or merely accessible and follow-up inquiries didn’t elicit clarification; hopefully, for a reader to know that a hotel she is interested in may at least be “accessible” would be a helpful starting point for her research. Some readers may be able to use a room that is “accessible” although not “adapted.” Also, because so few hotels have adapted rooms, if hotels that are accessible but not adapted were excluded, the results would include far fewer hotels. As our purpose is also to provide a general picture of the state of access and to indicate which hotels have the potential for greatly improved access, we included hotels that are only “accessible.”
In the questionnaire we mentioned the width of Howard’s wheelchair and asked whether all the doorways were at least 75 centimeters (29 ½ inches) wide, because it would be exceedingly difficult to maneuver in any hotel room with narrower doorways. It is possible that some of the hotels reported as inaccessible may have doorways narrower than 75 centimeters but may be “accessible” to people who use very narrow wheelchairs.
Almost needless to say, it’s
imperative to contact the hotel directly to verify access, as one would in the
It appears from the published guides mentioned above that there are a larger number of accessible hotels in the outer arrondissements than in the central neighborhoods where the hotels we surveyed are located, but the guide entries for many hotels lack meaningful detail and for others indicate only a minimal level of access. It’s clear that hotel access must be improved everywhere. There are virtually no roll-in showers. Many bathrooms lack grab bars. Many hotels that were renovated in the past few years still have these barriers. Although we didn’t specifically ask how many rooms are adapted, it’s clear from some of the responses and hotel websites that those hotels that have adapted rooms typically have only a few, certainly fewer than the Americans with Disabilities Act would require in the United States for comparably sized hotels.
We realize that many hotels in central
Parisian public bathrooms, whether
accessible or not, generally are small and poorly designed and have lower
standards of cleanliness than those in
Wheelchair accessible public bathrooms
are extremely difficult to find in
Many of the bathrooms that are accessible are poorly designed and have problems including insufficient turning space, small toilets, inaccessible sinks, inaccessible toilet flush buttons or buttons that require too much pressure, toilet paper dispensers that are too high and poorly designed so the paper is difficult to reach or gets stuck inside the dispenser, a lack of paper towels, inaccessible door locks, inaccessible hand dryers and poorly positioned mirrors. Don’t be too discouraged, though. No accessible bathroom has all these barriers, and it’s possible to work around most of these barriers.
Because museum bathrooms are accessible and museum entrance is free for disabled people at many museums, it’s a good idea to use the bathroom at museums when you are nearby even if you don’t want to view the collection.
Access at most major museums is quite good. Disabled people and one companion are entitled to free admission at all government-operated museums. We encourage you to try to tour all major museums that interest you - they are likely to be at least partially accessible.
Atelier. Access to this fascinating
re-creation of Brancusi’s studios, located near the
Louvre. I. M. Pei is a genius. Access is A or A+.
Museum of Jewish Art and History. Access to this relatively new museum in a beautifully restored hotel particular is excellent. The front entrance is accessible via a long portable ramp and a large, modern elevator serves all gallery floors. The superb collection of ritual objects, paintings and historical artifacts is broad, deep and well displayed, with informative, detailed explanations in French and English; it’s of interest to Jews and non-Jews alike.
Musee d'Orsay. Gae Aulenti is no I. M. Pei. Wheelchair access is confusing, as are the museum’s gallery plan and traffic pattern in general. Be careful - the numerous elevators are in small vestibules with dangerous automatic doors that can trap you if you don’t react quickly and position yourself in exactly the right spot. But all, or almost all, the galleries are accessible.
Notre Dame. There is a level entrance in front. The nave is accessible but beyond the crossing there are two or three stairs up to the apse.
Pantheon. There are many stairs at the front, no lift or ramp, and no accessible side entrance. However, it is currently undergoing a major renovation that may include wheelchair access.
Sainte-Chapelle. There is access to the magnificent upper chapel of Louis IX via the first floor of the adjacent Palais de Justice during business hours, when the latter is open. The doorway was actually the king's private entrance from the palace to the chapel. Ask the employees at the main church entrance at the ground floor to accompany you and unlock the door, then take the tiny elevator in the Palais de Justice one flight up to the first floor. Howard’s wheelchair just barely fit in the elevator. It’s well worth the trouble to reach the light-filled upper chapel, with its exquisite rose window and side walls comprised almost entirely of stained-glass windows.
St-Germain-des-Pres. There are many stairs at the front, no lift or ramp, and no accessible side entrance.
St-Sulpice. An excellent, moderately sloped ramp with a good railing has been installed on the south side since 2000.
Electricity and Charging Your Wheelchair
If you use an electric wheelchair, we recommend obtaining a wheelchair battery charger with settings for 110 and 220 volts. It eliminates the need for a separate converter. A surprisingly small, lightweight and inexpensive charger with dual settings is available from MK Battery. www.mkbattery.com.
We highly recommend gel cell batteries, which are non-spillable, safer and more acceptable to airlines than wet batteries.
We experienced no problems charging Howard’s wheelchair in our hotel room.
ZI route de Meslay 37210 Parcay-Meslay
Chanceaux sur Choisille 37390
Phone 2-47-55-44-00; Fax 2-47-88-58-03
On the website www.ican.com the section “Travel/Destinations/Paris Resources” has good information about repair and rental of wheelchairs and other medical equipment.
we didn’t need wheelchair repair, so we have no experience with these
At Charles de Gaulle Airport on our flight home, the head of airport security was unwilling to permit Howard to remain in his wheelchair until the boarding gate, insisting that he transfer to an (extremely uncomfortable, unpadded, narrow) airport wheelchair at the check-in area in the front of the airport, pass through the security checkpoint in it and remain in it at the boarding gate. Although the batteries are gel cells, the head of security didn’t want to allow an electric wheelchair to pass through the security checkpoint, even with the batteries disconnected. After extensive negotiations, he agreed that Howard could remain in his wheelchair if the batteries were removed and checked as baggage. This required getting someone to push Howard through the airport. This problem didn’t arise in 2000, in the pre-9-11 world.
As in 2000, we saw very few blind or visually impaired people and almost no Braille signs or textured markings.
Access-Able Travel Source, www.access-able.com has useful general information about traveling in a wheelchair, and articles and links about travel to a variety of destinations.
Paris (Association des Paralyses de France –
European Union has produced country-specific disability travel guides in
English, including one about
The English language website www.franceway.com contains a list of French disability organizations under “Travel/Practical Information/Welcoming Disabled Persons.”
The website www.ican.com has a useful section entitled “Travel/Destinations/Paris Resources.”
The Paris Tourism Office website www.paris-touristoffice.com has a superb, comprehensive section in the English language version entitled “Practical Information/Disabled.”
The website of the Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) contains articles, links and resources about accessible travel in general and traveling with a disability. www.sath.org email@example.com Phone 212-447-7284.
The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris. By Patricia Wells. This well-written guide by the American maven of French cuisine includes restaurants, bakeries, food stores, wine bars, tea salons, cooking stores and even recipes. We followed many of her restaurant recommendations and were almost always delighted, and never disappointed. Her website, www.patriciawells.com, is more current than the book, although less comprehensive.
The Guide to the Architecture of
My wife and I will arrive in
I use an electric wheelchair that is [[ ] centimeters ([ ] inches)] wide. I am unable to walk at all. My wife is not disabled. We would like a non-smoking room with one large bed. We have the following questions about your hotel:
1. Do you have any specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms? If not, please disregard the other questions. Thank you and we would appreciate a recommendation of hotel in the area that does have specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms.
If you do have specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms, we have the following questions. Please answer even if you are fully booked for the requested time, because we are interested in your hotel for the future.
1. Is it necessary to go up or down any stairs in order to get from the street entrance to the guest room? Does the building have an elevator? If so, how wide is the elevator door and what are the interior dimensions of the elevator?
2. In the bathroom, is there space for a [ ] cm wide wheelchair on one side of the toilet? What is the width of the doorway into the bathroom? What is the height of the toilet? What is the size of the shower? Can a wheelchair roll into the shower? Are there grab bars near the toilet and shower?
3. Are all the doorways in the room at least 75 cm wide?
4. What is the size of the room? Does this include the bathroom?
5. Was the building renovated recently?
If you do have specially equipped (adapted) wheelchair accessible guest rooms, is the room available on the nights mentioned above? If yes, please quote a price.
Thank you very much. We can be reached at [ ]. We really appreciate any help you can provide.
Very Truly Yours
Metric Conversion Guide
One inch = 2.54 centimeters.
One centimeter = 0.3937 inches
One meter = 39.4 inches
One square meter = 10.76 square feet
One kilometer = 0.62 miles
One mile = 1.61 kilometers
One kilogram = 2.2 pounds
One pound = 0.454 kilograms (454 grams)
Hotel Wheelchair Access Survey Results
The following hotels told us either that they have adapted rooms or are accessible. The hotels we visited are marked with **. Room size and other details are provided when available. Many hotels have very small rooms that would be extremely cramped for most wheelchair users although literally “accessible” per the French definition.
Castille Sofitel Demeure Hotel Four star 1st Arrondissement
33-37, rue Cambon
There are adapted rooms, but they are very small. Exact size was not provided.
Hotel du Louvre ** Four star 1st Arrondissement
Place Andre Malraux
We visited this hotel of approximately 180 rooms, which we were informed had been renovated in 2001 or 2002. The main entrance has two high stairs, but there is an alternate entrance without stairs a few steps away. The staff was very gracious. We were told there are three adapted rooms, but the hotel was fully occupied so we were unable to see any rooms. We were told that the deluxe room size is 20 square meters, including bathroom. The information we were told in person contradicted the questionnaire response regarding whether there are roll-in showers or just regular inaccessible showers. We were told the following: elevator door width is 155 cm (61 inches); toilet height is 41 cm (16 inches); bedroom door width is 85 cm (33.5 inches); and bathroom door width is 75 cm (29.5 inches).
Hotel Louvre Sainte Anne Three star 1st Arrondissement
32, rue Sainte Anne
There is one accessible room located on the ground floor. Room size is 10 or 12 square meters. Bedroom door width is 80 cm (31.5 inches). We were told there is a roll-in shower with bench.
Hotel Louvre Saint Honore Three star 1st Arrondissement
141, rue Saint Honore
There is one small stair at the entrance. There is one accessible but not adapted room located on the ground floor. Room size is 16 square meters; bathroom size is 5-6 square meters. There is a shower, but it is unclear whether it is a roll-in shower. There are no grab bars. There is at least 70 cm (27.5 inches) of space at one side of the toilet.
Hotel Washington Opera ** Four star 1st Arrondissement
50, rue de Richelieu
We visited this 36-room hotel, which we were told had been renovated in 1998. There is a small step at the entrance, and automatic sliding doors. The staff was extremely gracious, both on our visit and in response to our email inquiries. The elevator was large enough for Howard’s wheelchair and two able-bodied people, though it was too narrow to turn around in. There are two or three adapted rooms, all of which were occupied when we visited the hotel. We saw a standard room; it was far too small for a wheelchair. We were told that the adapted rooms are deluxe rooms and junior suites, and that there are no roll-in showers but the sinks are large.
Hotel Daunou Opera Three star 2nd Arrondissement
6, rue Daunou
The elevator is large enough for a wheelchair. There is a bathtub only, no roll-in shower.
Hotel des Arenes Three star 5th Arrondissement
51, rue Monge
There are two adapted rooms on the ground floor. We were told that one has a roll-in shower but is small, and the other is larger but has a bathtub only.
Villa Pantheon Four star 5th Arrondissement
41, rue des Ecoles
This hotel opened in 2000. The entrance has no stairs. There is an accessible room on the ground floor. Room size is approximately 20 square meters. There is a bathtub only, no roll-in shower. There are no grab bars.
Artus Hotel (formerly Buci Latin) Unknown 6th Arrondissement
34, rue de Buci
The building was renovated in 2000. There are adapted rooms on the ground floor, accessible via a side entrance to the hotel. There is a roll-in shower but no grab bars. Bathroom size is 5 square meters.
Hotel Bel Ami Four star 6th Arrondissement
7-11, rue Saint Benoit
This hotel opened in 2000. There are no stairs at the main entrance. Accessible room size is 24 square meters, including bathroom. Elevator door width is 80 cm (31.5 inches). Elevator size is 107 cm (42 inches) by 139 cm (54.5 inches). Bedroom door width is 90 cm (35.5 inches). Bathroom door width is 80 cm (31.5 inches). Toilet height is 48.5 cm (19 inches). There is a bathtub only, no roll-in shower.
Best Western Left Bank Saint Germain Three star 6th Arrondissement
9, rue de l’Ancienne Comedie
There is one adapted room on the ground floor. We were quoted rack rate for a triple room even though there were only two of us; perhaps the only accessible room is a triple. There are a shower and bathtub, but the shower is inaccessible. There are grab bars.
Citidines St. Germain-des-Pres Three star 6th Arrondissement
53 ter, quai des Grands Augustins
This “apartment-hotel” with cooking facilities opened in 2000. Studios have foldout beds and are 25 square meters; apartments are 38 square meters, in both cases including the bathroom. 13 apartments are “equipped for people with reduced mobility” and have larger bathrooms than standard apartments, with grab bars near the toilet and bathtub. There are no roll-in showers.
Hotel Le Clos Medicis Three star 6th Arrondissement
56, rue Monsieur-Le-Prince
A triple room, located on the ground floor, is accessible and has wider doors and a larger bathroom than in the standard rooms. There are no grab bars. The building was renovated in 1994.
Holiday Inn Saint Germain des Pres Three star 6th Arrondissement
92, rue de Vaugirard
There is a small stair at the entrance. There are four adapted rooms; the size is 22 square meters including bathroom. Elevator door width is 78 cm (30.5 inches). Bathroom door width is 78 cm (30.5 inches). There are bathtubs only, no roll-in showers. There is transfer space adjacent to the toilet. There are grab bars near the toilet and bathtub. The building was renovated in 1999.
Millesime Hotel ** Three star 6th Arrondissement
15, rue Jacob
We visited this 22-room hotel, which we were told had been renovated in 2002. The lobby is small but there is a gradually sloped front entrance without any stairs. The elevator is too small for a wheelchair. There are two rooms on the ground floor through a charming courtyard, one of which is the designated adapted room. It is quite small; we were told it is 12 square meters. The bathroom is fairly large; we were told it is 6 square meters. There is sufficient transfer space adjacent to the toilet. There is no roll-in shower. The other ground floor room has a larger bedroom but a smaller bathroom, and the bathroom doorway is too narrow for a wheelchair. Both rooms have 5 cm (2 inch) high thresholds at the entrance.
Hotel Prince de Conde Three star 6th Arrondissement
39, rue de Seine
Accessible room size is 20 square meters including bathroom. There are grab bars. There is a bathtub only, no roll-in shower.
Hotel Prince de Conti ** Three star 6th Arrondissement
8, rue Guenegaud
There is one accessible room, located on the ground floor. We inspected this room in 2000 and found it to be quite small. Stated room size is 15 square meters; stated bathroom size is 5 square meters. Stated bedroom door width is 80 cm (31.5 inches). Stated bathroom door width is 70 cm (27.5 inches). There is a bathtub only, no roll-in shower. There are no grab bars. The toilet may be in a tight corner with inadequate side transfer space.
Relais Christine Four star 6th Arrondissement
3, rue Christine
There is one accessible but not adapted room, located on the ground floor. There is a bathtub and shower, but the shower has a step. There are no grab bars.
Best Western Premier Eiffel Park Hotel ** Three star 7th Arrondissement
17 bis, rue Amelie
We visited this 36-room hotel, which we were told had been renovated in 2001. The entrance is level. The hallways are extremely narrow, and Howard was just barely able to fit into the elevator. We were shown two designated accessible rooms; one is very small and the other tiny. There are grab bars. There are bathtubs and no roll-in showers.
Hotel Pont Royal ** Four star 7th Arrondissement
7, rue de Montalembert
We visited this 75-room hotel, which we were told had been renovated in 1999. The entrance is level. The elevator was easily large enough for Howard’s wheelchair and two able-bodied people, although it wasn’t wide enough to turn around in. We were shown Room 601, one of two designated adapted rooms. The bedroom is well appointed but small. The bathroom is fairly large but lacks sufficient transfer space adjacent to the toilet; the sink is too close. There is a bathtub, not a roll-in shower. The bathroom is large enough to be reconfigured for better access, including replacing the bathtub with a roll-in shower. We were told that the other adapted room in the hotel is the same size and also doesn’t have a roll-in shower.
The following hotels told us, either in response to our questionnaire or on our site visit or both, that they have no adapted rooms, and either affirmatively mentioned that they are inaccessible or didn’t state that they are accessible notwithstanding the absence of adapted rooms. The hotels we visited are marked with **.
Hotel Brighton Three star 1st Arrondissement
218, rue de Rivoli
This hotel may be undergoing renovation in 2003.
Hotel Duminy Vendome Three star 1st Arrondissement
3-5, rue du Mont-Thabor
There are three stairs at the entrance.
Hotel Mansart Three star 1st Arrondissement
5, rue des Capucines
Hotel le Relais du Louvre Three star 1st Arrondissement
19, rue des Pretres-Saint-Germain-l’Axerrois
Hotel des Tuileries Three star 1st Arrondissement
The bathrooms are very small.
Hotel Violet Three star 1st Arrondissement
7, rue Jean Lantier
Hotel Favart Three star 2nd Arrondissement
5, rue Marivaux
Pavillon de la Reine Four star 3rd Arrondissement
28, Place des
Hotel California Saint-Germain Three star 5th Arrondissement
32, rue des Ecoles
Hotel Sully Saint-Germain Three star 5th Arrondissement
31, rue des Ecoles
Hotel de l’Abbaye Three star 6th Arrondissement
10, rue Cassette
Hotel d’Angleterre ** Three star 6th Arrondissement
44, rue Jacob
We visited this hotel. There are two stairs at the entrance. The elevator is too small for a wheelchair and there are no guest rooms on the ground floor. There are no wheelchair accessible rooms. Be aware that there is a hotel in the 8th Arrondissement with the same name.
Hotel d’ Aubusson ** Four star 6th Arrondissement
We visited this 50-room hotel, which we were told had been renovated in 1996. There are two moderate height stairs at the front entrance. The elevator appears large enough for a wheelchair but Howard didn’t try it. There are no wheelchair accessible rooms.
Best Western Aramis Saint Germain Three star 6th Arrondissement
124, rue de Rennes
Best Western Villa des Artistes Three star 6th Arrondissement
9, rue de la Grand Chaumiere
This hotel was completely renovated in 1997.
Hotel de Buci ** Four star 6th Arrondissement
22, rue de Buci
We visited this 24-room hotel. The elevator is too small for a wheelchair and there are no guest rooms on the ground floor. There are no wheelchair accessible rooms.
Hotel de Fleurie Three star 6th Arrondissement
32-34, rue Gregoire de Tours
The elevator is too small for a wheelchair.
Grand Hotel des Balcons Three star 6th Arrondissement
3, rue Casimir-Delavigne
Hotel Lutetia ** Four or 6th Arrondissement
45, boulevard Raspail Five star
We visited this 230-room hotel. There are approximately five stairs between the entrance and the lobby, and there may be additional stairs between the lobby and the elevators. The only access is via a small, dingy freight elevator through a dirty hallway. Although all the guest rooms are being renovated in 2003, there appears to be no plan to improve access to the building or to create adapted rooms. According to the employee who showed us the hotel, some guest rooms have grab bars but the toilets are not raised. The building is large and the guest floors have wide hallways. It appears that access to the hotel could be greatly improved and adapted rooms created.
Madison Hotel Three star 6th Arrondissement
143, boulevard Saint Germain
Hotel de l’Odeon Three star 6th Arrondissement
13, rue Saint-Sulpice
Hotel le Regent Three star 6th Arrondissement
This hotel has 25 rooms.
Residence des Arts Unknown 6th Arrondissement
14, rue Git-le-Coeur
Hotel des Saints-Peres ** Three star 6th Arrondissement
65, rue des Saints-Peres
We visited this 39-room hotel, which we were told had been renovated in 1996. There are no stairs at the entrance. The elevator is too small for a wheelchair. There are two rooms on the ground floor with level entrances and a third up a couple stairs. All rooms were occupied, so we couldn’t see any. There are no wheelchair accessible rooms, per the receptionist. The ground floor hallway and lobby are wide. It appears that one or both of the ground floor rooms could be made into adapted rooms.
Hotel de Seine ** Three star 6th Arrondissement
52, rue de Seine
We visited this 30-room hotel. It has not been recently renovated. The entrance is ramped. The elevator is too small for a wheelchair and there are no guest rooms on the ground floor. There are no wheelchair accessible rooms.
Hotel Relais Saint-Sulpice Three star 6th Arrondissement
3, rue Garanciere
Hotel le Senateur Three star 6th Arrondissement
10, rue Vaugirard
La Villa ** Four star 6th Arrondissement
29, rue Jacob
We visited this 31-room hotel, which we were told had been renovated in 2001. There is a 6” high step at the front entrance; it could have been ramped because the stoop goes inward, it doesn’t protrude onto the sidewalk. Although Howard didn’t try the elevator, it appears large enough for a wheelchair. There are no accessible or adapted rooms. The inaccessible standard room we were shown was quite small.
Hotel Villa d’Estrees Four star 6th Arrondissement
17, rue Git-le-Coeur
Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon ** Three star 7th Arrondissement
14, rue de Saint-Simon
We visited this 34-room hotel. The entrance is level, although narrow. The elevator is too small for a wheelchair. Per the receptionist, there are three rooms and three suites on the ground floor, but none has an accessible bathroom. All rooms were occupied, so we couldn’t see any rooms. Given how many rooms there are on the ground floor, it seems likely that at least one could be made into an adapted room.
Saint James Paris Four star 16th Arrondissement
43, avenue Bugeaud
The following hotels didn’t respond to two and, in some cases, three or four inquiries.
Pavillon Louvre-Rivoli Three star 1st Arrondissement
20, rue Moliere
107, boulevard Saint-Michel
Hotel Relais Saint-Jacques Four star 5th Arrondissement
3, rue de l’Abbe de l’Epee
8, avenue Rapp
This hotel has 33 rooms.
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