Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Cavendish Hotel - Room Tour

Welcome back to Access London. Thank you once again for your continued support in promoting disabled access and awareness in London.

Today's post focuses on The Cavendish Hotel in Piccadilly and, in particular, the choice of rooms it has available that could be suited to meet your accessible needs. The Cavendish is Access London's recommended hotel for 2011 for all the reasons you would expect that make a hotel the perfect getaway: the service, the staff, the comfort, the warm welcome, the food and drink, the location, the value for money and the personal attention to detail. On top of all this, The Cavendish has made every attempt to make sure it meets the needs of its disabled guests.

Previous posts on The Cavendish have included, Afternoon Tea, Pre-Theatre Dinner, The Petrichor Restaurant and its outstanding Concierge Service. This post will address one of the most importnat aspects of any hotel - its rooms.

The first room Access London visited was a Twin Accessible Room (the same room can also be configured as a double). The Cavendish has several of these rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the hotel - all of which can be accessed by one of the three lifts from the ground, reception floor. The rooms have been furnished in a way to allow room for a wheelchair or small-medium sized scooter to get around them without bumping into things. Therefore, the space alongside the bed(s) is greater and also the space around the desk/dressing table area. There are several emergency pull-cords throughout the rooms and also a 'call' button near the dressing table. For its deaf or hard of hearing guests, the fire alarm is also set to flash if it is needed.

The ensuite shower rooms in the accessible rooms are all roll-in adapted for a wheelchair with handrails throughout, a shower stool, lowered sink for easier access and emergency pull-cord.

Even with the adaptions and changes made to accommodate its disabled guests, these rooms don't lack the finishing touches you would expect from a 4* London hotel - comfort, charm, character and, luxury a touch of elegance.

The staff at The Cavendish are some of the most helpful and welcoming I have known in any hotel and are always happy to try and meet everyone's needs. To further discuss any requirements you might have and to make a reservation, please call: 020 7930 2111

This short video shows some of what you can expect to find in one of these rooms - again this room has Twin beds but the same configuration in a Double is also available.

The second room type I will mention is The Executive Twin (a double can also be booked). These rooms are not set up and classed as 'Accessible' but, would still suit some people with physical difficulties if you are looking for that extra something in a room!

The Executive rooms at The Cavendish are extremely spacious and although not set up as an allocated accessible room, there is more than enough room for a wheelchair or scooter inside. They occupy the higher foors of The Cavendish and guests can enjoy some spectacular London views from the windows.

Not being set up as an accessible room means that there are no emergency pull cords and hand rails as in the previous room mentioned in this post. The bathroom too would not be suited to someone who has to remain in their wheelchair at all times. Having said that, there are handrails by the bath and also inside the separate shower. The shower has to be stepped up into but if you can manage that then, a non-slip mat and hand grabs are inside and it is very spacious, meaning that you don't need to be able to get down into the bath tub.

This short video shows some of what guests can expect from an Exeuctive Room at The Cavendish.

I would recommend either of the above rooms at The Cavendish though obviously if you have a more severe disability or have to remain in your wheelchair then the accessible room is the best option for you. If you don't have to remain in a wheelchair at all times and you fancy that something even more special, perhaps to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, then The Executive Rooms offer that little bit extra luxury.

For completely able-bodied guests, there are several other options available in terms of room types. To book an Accessible Room, Executive Room and enquire about any of the other room options, please call The Cavendish on: 020 7930 2111

Alternatively, you can Visit The Cavendish Website Here

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