Whether you're looking for a luxury getaway or an adventurous trip that takes you off the beaten path, California has something for everyone. From the towering redwoods of Muir Woods to the bustling metropolis of San Francisco, this state has all kinds of adventures that’ll leave you feeling more alive than ever. And if you’re worried about finding a wheelchair-accessible lodging, don’t be!
The Golden State also has some of the best hotels with handicap rooms in the country. From luxury resorts to budget-friendly motels, here are some of the top-of-the-line wheelchair-accessible hotels in California that’ll make your stay comfortable and stress-free.
Solage Calistoga, a Relais & Chateaux property, is a luxury resort set on a hill overlooking the Napa Valley. This world-class hotel features spacious guest rooms with roll-in showers, grab bars in the bathroom, and raised toilet seats. There are private suites with terraces and fireplaces, allowing you to enjoy your adventurous trip to the fullest.
Designed with accessibility in mind, it offers easy access for wheelchair users with ramped entryways, walkways, and elevators. There is also a dedicated parking space for wheelchair vans. For those who want a magnificent lodging experience, there is a full-service spa, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, onsite dining at The Restaurant at Solage, as well as an exclusive collection of accommodations with scenic views.
Hotel 850 SVB
Nestled on a beautiful street in West Hollywood, Hotel 850 SVB is a European-themed hotel with plenty of character and burgeoning art scenes. The welcoming area of the hotel doubles as an intimate waiting lounge for guests, allowing them to unwind after a long trip.
There is a cozy living room with eclectic furnishing and 23 rooms with plenty of amenities like Italian linens, plush robes, in-room safes, and complimentary wi-fi. Each room is decorated in soft colors and has dark wood furniture, which gives them an elegant feel without being too formal or stuffy.
The hotel has several dining options on the property including the rooftop bar, which has stunning views of Sunset Boulevard as well as Beverly Hills and Century City. The bar features delicious cocktails made from local ingredients as well as a wide selection of wines from around the world.
In addition to all these amazing amenities, Hotel 850 SVB also offers its guests wheelchair-accessible rooms with roll-in showers, grab bars in the bathroom and around the toilet, lever handles on all doors, low-step thresholds at doorways, TTY devices for telephone and thermostats, and light switches at a lower unobstructed level.
Avalon Beverly Hills
If you're looking for a hotel in Los Angeles with a quirky mid-century theme, you can't go wrong with the Avalon Beverly Hills Hotel. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, this hotel is an oasis of luxury and relaxation.
This ADA-compliant hotel has a number of amenities — including a 32-inch opening to common areas, braille signage throughout the property, roll-in showers, TDD telephones, wheelchair-accessible parking, visual door knockers, and more — to make your stay easier and more enjoyable.
With its emphasis on design and comfort, the Avalon offers a full-service spa, a pool deck with cabanas and daybeds, valet parking, a 24-hour health club with state-of-the-art equipment, and a gleaming restaurant serving classic American and European cuisines.
The hotel's location makes it an ideal choice for travelers who want to be close to some of LA's most popular attractions, including Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
If you're looking for a hotel in California that is both hip and cozy, Sparrows Lodge is the place for you. The hotel is located in the heart of Palm Springs, which means it's surrounded by tons of restaurants, bars, and shops. The lodge is themed like an old-fashioned cabin, with rustic wooden furniture and decorative carvings throughout.
The rooms at Sparrows Lodge are spacious and comfortable; each room has at least one king-sized bed with high thread count sheets and fluffy pillows. All rooms have raised shower seats and grab bars in the bathroom. They also offer free wifi to their guests so you can stay connected to the outside world.
In addition to its luxurious rooms, Sparrows Lodge provides plenty of opportunities for its guests to explore the outdoors. There are several hiking trails within walking distance of the hotel, as well as a massage area where you can unwind and slip into relaxation after a day of adventure.
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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located right in the heart of Hollywood, LA. It's a great place to stay if you want to get the full experience of what it's like to be in the center of all that glitz and glamor, but also have some privacy (it's a hotel after all). This historic building has been around since 1927 and has been home to numerous celebrities over the years.
From the moment you step into the lobby, you'll feel like you've been transported back in time— antique chandeliers and marble floors give off an air of elegance that will make you feel like royalty.
The handicap accessible hotel rooms are modern but maintain an old-fashioned feel with rich woods and vintage fixtures like chandeliers and ornate mirrors. There is a three-level penthouse, one-bedroom suite, and deluxe rooms. Their accessible rooms have roll-in showers, mobility-assisted toilets and vanity sets, and visual alarm doors.
You'll also find plenty of cozy spaces to relax during your stay here; there are two bars on site (one with live music), as well as a spa where you can get pampered with treatments like facials or massages. There is a gym and a Tropicana pool where you can relax and soak up some sun.
The onsite restaurant serves up delicious American fare with a California twist. There is also a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge that serves up classic drinks like gin fizzes, old-fashioneds, and manhattans. All the areas are wheelchair accessible so you won’t have any issue getting around.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
Located in Anaheim, the Disneyland Resort Hotel is owned by the Walt Disney Company and is part of the Disneyland Resort complex. The hotel itself has a retro feel to it, with an old Hollywood vibe and rustic furnishings. Featuring ramps and elevators, this ADA-compliant hotel has different wheelchair-accessible and hearing-accessible rooms. You can get TTY devices at the check-in or even rent a 3-wheel electric conveyance vehicle to travel long distances with ease.
Additionally, there are three different themed pools where you can take a dip or rent private cabanas to get the perfect suntan. For enjoying scrumptious food, you can head to their onsite restaurant Napa Rose or Storytellers Cafe. And if you’re vacationing with kids, you wouldn’t want to miss Napa Rose's three-course breakfast. It has a beautiful enchanting theme and Disney Princesses to entertain the kids.
How To Get Around California?
Now that you’ve learned about different lodging options, you might be wondering how to get around in CA. Here are some transportation options currently available:
Buses and Trains
For those who want to get around California without driving, there are several options available. The Caltrain is a commuter rail service that runs between San Jose, CA, and San Francisco, CA with several stops in between. Caltrain stations have an audible sign system, accessible ramps and lifts, reserved seats, and pressure-sensitive doors. Plus, if you show them your Medicare card or Department of Motor Vehicles Disabled Placard Identification card, you can ride the Caltrain by paying half the one-way fare.
The Pacific Surfliner is another train route that runs between Los Angeles Union Station and San Diego County Metrolink Station. The train stations have accessible ramps, lifts, and restrooms. They also accommodate both manual and battery-powered wheelchairs, although there are some weight and size restrictions. Plus, they offer a 15% discount to mobility restricted passengers.
If you'd rather travel by bus instead of train, Greyhound offers service throughout most of California as well as major cities in other states such as Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon. There are also other bus companies like Megabus that offer affordable fares on routes throughout California (as well as other states).
Car and Rental Vehicles
If you're planning your trip ahead of time then renting a car may be an option for you—but don't forget about gas prices! Flying to California and renting a wheelchair-accessible vehicle from Wheelchair Getaways is the perfect solution!
Wheelchair Getaways has over 200 locations across the U.S.. All of our vehicles have been modified to be accessible for people with disabilities, and many are ADA compliant as well. The interior of each vehicle is designed for comfort and ease of use.
Accessible Travel in California
When you're looking for a hotel that suits your needs, you shouldn't have to compromise on quality or comfort. From the luxurious amenities to the accessible options, these hotels go above and beyond what's required by law, offering a comfortable experience to their guests and making them feel at home during their trip. So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure-filled tour!
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