We all want to have a stress-free holiday or business trip, but traveling in a wheelchair needs more careful planning. There are so many things to think of and to check when booking a hotel! Most wheelchair users who have visited Paris agree that it is a well-adapted and “easy to roll in” city. Make a wish come true and head to the city of love. Here are some tips for a smooth and exciting stay.
A list of the 12 best wheelchair accessible hotel rooms in Paris
While staying in Paris, a range of hotels offer wheelchair accessible rooms. As in any old city, it is not easy for hotels in Paris to accommodate guests with mobility issues, but it is getting better. It can be useful to note that chain hotels almost always have wheelchair accessible rooms, as they comply with regulatory laws better and are usually set in larger buildings. Here is a selection of wheelchair-friendly accommodations for you to choose from:
Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel
To start off with a luxurious option, this hotel features spacious bedrooms accessed with an elevator. The ones dedicated to guests with reduced mobility have a roll-in shower. It is located just 500 meters from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées, which are both wheelchair accessible. If you feel like having a dip in the on-site pool, a lifeguard can help you get in and out. 37 Av. Hoche, 75008 Paris.
Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera
Located in the Opera district of the city, this hotel is inspired by the elegance of its neighborhood. It offers a guest room accessible for travelers with reduced mobility, outfitted with a queen bed, 22 in (56 cm) high, with light switches and a telephone reachable from the bed. The bathroom features a roll-in shower, portable shower seat, and grab bars. The hotel’s step-free restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and features a wine bar. 2 Rue Édouard VII, 75008 Paris, Franc.
Vieux Saule Hotel
When staying at the Vieux Saule, you can request the ground-floor bedroom with a spacious shower, reserved for wheelchair users. The hotel features a sauna, which is accessible too, and you can easily reach central sights, such as Place de Vosges. 6 Rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris.
This modern boutique hotel features two types of rooms for guests with reduced mobility. The triple room sleeps three and has a roll-in shower with grab bars and a handheld showerhead, hardwood floors, and a lounge area in the room. The double room has one king bed, and the same accessible features as the triple room. Breakfast can be served in the hotel’s cafe or directly to your room. The hotel is a 10-20 minute walk or roll to the Louvre and the Rue de Rivoli for shopping. 48 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris.
You might have guessed, this hotel is in the heart of Paris, but it is set in a quiet street. It has a wheelchair accessible bedroom with a roll-in shower, and you can request breakfast in bed! 1Bis Rue du Maine, 75014 Paris.
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
At the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, you will find wheelchair accessible bedrooms, each with a roll-in shower. Their elevators are spacious and you can have dinner on site. What makes them even more special? They have a wheelchair adapted spa! 4 Rue de Valois, 75001 Paris
Golden Tulip Opera de Noailles
Located in Paris’ 2nd arrondissement, this hotel lies in the heart of Paris. The Golden Tulip Opera de Noailles features two different types of accessible rooms for people with reduced mobility. Both rooms are on the ground floor with patio or garden views. Bathrooms have roll-in showers, grab bars, and free space under the sink. 9 Rue de la Michodiere, 75002, Paris.
In a popular, authentic and lively area, not far from Place de la Bastille, this boutique hotel is set up to welcome wheelchair users. Their bedrooms have a roll-in shower. 31 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris.
Park Hyatt Hotel Paris Vendome
This prestigious hotel has 156 rooms, some of which designed for guests with reduced mobility. The staff is trained to help you if you have any specific requests. All areas of the hotels are accessible to PRM. 5 Rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris.
Hotel Dress Code
A modern and trendy hotel, Dress Code features spacious wheelchair accessible rooms with hardwood floors, and free turning radius. Rooms are available with roll-in showers and bathroom grab bars. Enjoy a continental breakfast in the step-free dining area or a drink in the onsite bar. 5 Rue de Caumartin, 75009, Paris.
The Splendide has rooms and facilities for wheelchair users, in the heart of Paris. You can even request a massage in your room, which has a lower sink and other useful set ups. When you’ve had enough French food, you can indulge in their on-site Italian restaurant. 18 Rue du Cirque, 75008 Paris.
Last but not least, this hotel has very high standards when it comes to hosting guests with reduced mobility. They have 2 wheelchair accessible rooms with a roll-in shower, and a large elevator. Located in central Paris, it is the perfect place to stay for some sightseeing. 10 Rue du Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris.
Getting to the hotel
By plane or train
The two main airports in Paris are Charles de Gaulle and Orly. When arriving at either of them, you will find adequate assistance, free of charge. If you book this before you travel, someone will be waiting for you when you get out of the plane, and they will guide or push you to wherever you need to go. If you can only use your own wheelchair, it will be retrieved for you by the assistant. Otherwise, an airport wheelchair will be used and you can collect yours with your luggage.
If you are coming from another city in France, or from another European country, you might have chosen to get to Paris by train. There are 7 train stations in Paris : Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare de Bercy, Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, and Gare Saint-Lazare.
To get from an airport or a train station to your hotel, you can book a car or van. This can be done once you have arrived, or your hotel might have a shuttle service available, which you can book at the same time as your hotel room. You can also choose to take public transport such as a bus or a metro.
The M14 metro line, which runs across Paris from north to south, is entirely accessible. However, most of the other metro lines don’t have basic accessible facilities such as an elevator. It is better to use the RER trains or to take a bus to travel through Paris. 100 % of the bus lines are accessible to people in a wheelchair thanks to an automatic ramp.
By road: parking options
On a road trip? Can only travel by car? You would surely like free or cheap parking, onsite or close by. For exact details on accessibility, it is recommended to check with the hotel directly.
- Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel: A space at a nearby accessible public car park can be booked for fee.
- Vieux Saule Hotel: A space at a private nearby car park can be booked for a fee.
- Central Hotel: No parking available.
- Grand Hotel du Palais Royal: A space at a nearby public car park can be booked for a fee.
- Fabric Hotel: No parking available.
- Park Hyatt Hotel Paris Vendome: A space at an on-site car park can be booked for a fee.
- Splendide Royal: No parking available.
- Cadran Hotel: No parking available.
Wheelchair accessible services on site
The Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel has an on-site cinema, an art gallery, a spa, a swimming pool, 3 restaurants, and a high-end breakfast is served.
When staying at the Vieux Saule Hotel, you can enjoy a sauna, and a simple breakfast is available.
At the Central Hotel, however, breakfast is a big deal. Once you have found a table, hot drinks, fresh bread and croissants are served to you. You can then head to the buffet which features fruit juices, cereals, biscuits, cheeses and yogurts.
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal has a beauty center, a hairdressing salon and a fitness center. On site, you can also find a restaurant and a bar, and breakfast is available.
From 18:00, the Fabric Hotel opens its honesty bar with a selection of drinks and snacks. Throughout the day, enjoy free tea, coffee, madeleines and chocolates in the lobby, and meals can be served to your room. The wellness center comes with a steam room and fitness equipment.
The Park Hyatt Hotel Paris Vendome has 2 restaurants, including an outdoor one. There is also a bar, and a spa with 4 treatment rooms, a steam room, a sauna, a whirlpool and a fitness center. On the breakfast menu, pastries, freshly squeezed juices and eggs are listed.
While you stay at the Splendide Royal, there is an onsite restaurant and in-room beauty treatments can be booked. Breakfast options include continental, Italian, vegetarian, gluten-free and American.
A very unusual feature at the Cadran Hotel: a wine self-service machine when the wine bar is closed! You can relax on the terrace or in the spa area which has a sauna. There is also an internet corner. Breakfast is rather exciting as it includes hot and cold drinks, 4 types of cereals, pastries, fresh fruit salad, a cheese board, cold meats, jams and honey, and a selection of fresh bread.
Whether you are traveling alone, with friends or with family, Paris is a great place to experience. The city promises a rich experience with sights, museums, great restaurants and quaint streets. Wheel the World’s multi-day Taste of Paris trip is a 4 day, 3 night package that includes activities, guaranteed accessible accommodation, ground transportation, and equipment. You can learn more about it here. Before your trip, check out some tips for awesome wheelchair travel.