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Disabled Hotels & Disabled Accommodation access grades from GAAS Ltd

This represents the overall grade that the hotel has been awarded for it's accessibility standards, with 0 being classed as 'unaccessible' and 5 classed as 'exceptional access'.
A grade from 1-5 that features a + next to the number indicates that the hotel has wheelchair access to some or all of the leisure facilities available.
The GAAS logo will also be allocated by the hotel one of three colours: Bronze, Silver or Gold to display how easy or not it is for wheelchair users to get around the hotel 'resort' (not the hotel itself).
Visual indicator that the hotel has some level of wheelchair access.
Hotel has at least 3 different adaptions for hearing impaired guests.
Hotel has at least 3 different adaptions for visually impaired guests.
Points of interest

Hover over the markers to find out further
information of how our grades are built.

How does it work?

For Mobility Access: There is a number inside the GAAS logo from 0-5+ featuring number highlighted and this describes how good the access is for persons with mobility impairments & wheelchair users. The gradings table tells you what each grade of 0-5+ means in detail or there is a brief description of each below!

A hotel which achieves a 5 grade within the scheme will have excellent facilities/access adaptions for persons who are looking for Disabled Hotels & Disabled Accommodation. A lower grade indicates that less adaptions or facilities might be on offer however they might still be suitable for many so you must look in the relevant tabs for full details.

Example of the accessible accommodation tab

If a hotel has a plus (+) grade next to their number, this means the hotel has some access to leisure facilities within the hotel. The plus grade is awarded based on the hotel's award for other areas within the hotel. For example, if a hotel has been awarded a 4 grade this means all doorways are at a minimum 800mm+ wide and therefore so too are the doorways within the leisure facility.

**Access to leisure facilities does not mean that the facility is adapted for accessible use, it simply means a wheelchair can get access to the facility**

Always check the leisure facility tab to see more details about the facilities available.

Mobility Grades at a glance:

Grade 0
This hotel has not met the minimum standards in the grading scheme for wheelchair access. However always check the detailed information in the hotel listing to understand if the hotel may still be suitable for you.
Grade 1 / Basic Access
(In general*) A hotel that has no specific access provisions for wheelchairs & maybe difficult or impossible for some severely mobility impaired guests & larger wheelchairs.
  • a. Symbolises a hotel that has no special adaptions for a wheelchair user; however there will be access to a bedroom with bathroom, the restaurant & bar with all doorways required for access no less than 650mm. The areas maybe tight with not much room to manoeuvre.
Grade 2 / Standard Access
(In general*) A hotel that has no specific access provisions for wheelchairs but has good sized rooms/bathrooms making the hotel suitable for some wheelchair users.
  • a. Symbolises a hotel that has no special adaptions for a wheelchair user; however there will be access to a bedroom with bathroom that has handles, light switches & plug sockets accessible by a wheelchair user, the restaurant & bar with all doorways required for access no less than 750mm. The areas will allow good space to manoeuvre.
Grade 3 / Intermediate Access
(In general*) A hotel that provides bedrooms/bathrooms that have been modified for wheelchairs & therefore will be suitable for many, bathroom facilities may vary from shower OR bath.
  • a. Symbolises a hotel that has some levels of access for wheelchairs; there will be access to a bedroom with bed no higher than 700mm & no lower than 500mm, light switches doors handles & plug sockets are accessible by a wheelchair user & an alarm cord or phone in the bedroom or bathroom, the bathroom will have either a bathtub or roll in shower & a toilet that has grab rails next to them, access to the restaurant & bar with all doors required for access no less than 750mm. There is plenty of space to manoeuvre around the facilities.
Grade 4 / Good Access
(In general*) A hotel that provides good levels of wheelchair access with a specific roll in shower facility, suitable for most wheelchair users.
  • a. Symbolises a hotel that has good levels of access for a wheelchair user; there will be access to a bedroom with bed no higher than 700mm & no lower than 500mm, light switches doors handles & plug sockets are accessible by a wheelchair user, a phone in the bedroom, alarm cord or phone in the bathroom, the bathroom with have a roll in shower & a toilet that has grab rails next to them, access to the restaurant & bar with all doors required for access no less than 800mm, a separate accessible toilet facility in the hotel, There is plenty of space to manoeuvre around the facilities.
Grade 5 / Exceptional Access
A hotel that fully caters for mobility/wheelchair access & this hotel will have everything a severely mobility impaired guest would require, such as hoists in the bedroom & bathroom.
  • a. Symbolises a hotel that has exceptional levels of access for a wheelchair user; there will be access to a bedroom with bed no higher than 700mm & no lower than 500mm, light switches doors handles & plug sockets are accessible by a wheelchair user & a phone in the bedroom, alarm cord or phone in the bathroom, the bathroom with have a roll in shower & a bath available & a toilet that has grab rails next to them & hoists available in both the bedroom & bathroom, the restaurant & bar with all doors required for access no less than 800mm, a separate accessible toilet facility in the hotel, There is plenty of space to manoeuvre around the facilities.

Detailed view of the mobility access grades

Access Around the Complex

Example of the grading colours The GAAS logo will also be allocated one of three colours (Bronze, Silver or Gold) to display how easy or not it is for wheelchair users to get around the hotel complex. The words Bronze, Silver or Gold will also be written within the logo to assist those with visual colour difficulties. The access around the complex colours DOES NOT include the hotel itself, only the grounds surrounding the hotel.

So what does each colour mean?

Bronze
The hotel has indicated the resort could be very hilly with steep pathways which are difficult to walk up. There could be many areas with steps & stairs. The terrain could be very unsettled & wheelchair inaccessible, it is reasonable to say that a wheelchair would find it difficult to get around the resort, if not impossible.
Silver
The hotel has indicated the resort is on a varied terrain with some slopes & occasional steps (not stairs) to overcome, with alternative routes, but generally accessible by wheelchair. It is fair to say that a wheelchair could get around the resort but would need assistance at times.
Gold
The hotel has indicated that the resort is on a good terrain with well-maintained pathways & grounds, easy to walk around, has no steps & accessible by wheelchair. It is reasonable to say that a wheelchair could get around quite easily/unassisted or with minimal assistance.

Hearing & Visual Impairments

Example of the impairment icons Also contained within the GAAS grading scheme & GAAS logo are provisions for persons with visual & hearing difficulties - look out for the ear or the eye contained within the logo. We do understand that high levels of sensory adaptions within hotels are actually quite rare; however we still feel passionately such adaptions should be recognised & promoted - with the long term hope we can encourage through the GAAS scheme participation that such adaptions are worth-while to be implemented.

Ear icon/ Adaptions for Hearing
  • The hotel has indicated that it has 3 of the following adaptions/facilities for guests with hearing impairments:
    • Flashing Room Knocker
    • Visual emergency Alarm
    • Vibrating emergency alarm
    • Telephone for hearing impaired
    • Hearing induction loop
    • Staff proficient in sign language
    • Vibrating Pillows
    • Closed caption TV
Eye icon/ Adaptions for Visual
  • The hotel has indicated that it has 3 of the following adaptions/facilities for guests with hearing impairments:
    • Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guests
    • Emergency exit signs in Braille
    • Emergency info in Braille
    • Restaurant & bar menus available in Braille
    • Restaurant, bar menus & other signage in tactile 14pt print
    • Elevators have Braille Instructions
    • Steps/stair cases have colour markings
    • Braille/large print literature

Liability of Information

We (GAAS & Access All Rooms) are an online grading scheme & hotel booking intermediary, hotel information provider & booking facilitator for the hotel bedrooms within a contracted hotel on our website. GAAS ltd will not be liable for any misinformation provided within the grading process or in the detail contained within hotel landing pages. We will strive to ensure information provided by hotels is true & correct to avoid disappointment & ensure satisfactory hotel stays. However, information for GAAS grading & hotel listings on our website is provided directly by the hotels & therefore we cannot ensure the information provided is wholly correct.

Booking is direct with the hotel & thus upon arrival if a guest is not happy with what they find the quarrel is direct with the hotel - of course we will take action necessary to remove any hotel from our site, or down grade the GAAS award for providing inaccurate information should such an incident arise.