So many accessible rooms!
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
The Ibis is a large modern hotel approached from the South Bridge. With thirteen accessible rooms accessibility is main stream.
Transport & Parking
Frequent and numerous buses pass along the street outside the main entrance. Edinburgh's Waverley Railway Station is a fifteen-minute walk away. There is no parking at the hotel as it is located in a busy part of the town. There is some on street parking in nearby Chambers Street. Long stay parking is further away. Whilst there is a loading bay situated outside the main entrance it is on the street and subject to some restrictions. Public transport is good with lots of buses passing by the front door going to all parts of the city. All the Lothian buses are wheelchair accessible.
Access in and around the building, Wheeling along from the station I found the hotel quite easily. The entrance is a modern glass fronted facing. There are plenty of signs showing the hotel name and a large rotary style door spins to admit guests. I used the accessible door to the side of this which was extra wide for wheelchair access. Getting in from the street was level access and you wheel straight in to the reception area. At this point you are actually on the fourth floor. The reception was bright and modern and is on the left hand side as you enter the foyer area. The reception has an induction loop and this is clearly signposted. Just around the corner from reception was a large lift to take you to the other floors. The lift has a door clearance of 92 cm. Access in the accessible bedrooms and bathrooms, During my visit I saw two of the thirteen accessible bedrooms. All the accessible rooms have wet rooms which was great news. The doors to the rooms were wide and gave a clear space of 83 cm to get in. Some of the accessible rooms are doubles and others set up as twin rooms. There was plenty of space to wheel around and some of the furniture could be moved which was helpful. Bright spacious wet rooms provide shower, hand basin and toilet facilities. The shower space was generous and there were plenty of grab rails around each of the areas. Importantly, I was easily able to wheel along the side of the bed in order to transfer. Access in the dining area, The dining area, lounge and bar are on a lower floor. Taking the loft down it was easy to find and to wheel in. There was plenty of room to move around. Tables and chairs were moveable which made getting a comfortable position was easy. Access to other facilities, The bar was integral to the dining area and offered a range of seating.
An accessible toilet is adjacent to the bar and dining area. It was spacious and clean and tidy.
The staff we met during our visit were helpful and friendly. Happy to explain what facilities were available for disabled guests.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
The hotel is modern and well equipped. It would make an ideal place to stay if your group has more than one wheelchair user.