Hotels - Disabled & Special Needs

ACCOMMODATION FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

By Dee McMath

While it is not always easy to find a comprehensive list of hotels and places to stay in Andalucia which cater for or are adapted to the needs of the disabled, those listed as suitable for disabled travellers are more numerous than in the past. The Spanish Tourist Office in London can offer some help and can supply you will a list of user friendly hotels. The following are suggestions and some examples of places to stay in Andalucia that are user friendly for those with wheelchairs or with special needs regarding physical mobility.

the Costa del SOL INLAND MALAGA

 

Hotels On the Costa del Sol

In Fuengirola

Hotel Yaramar
The Yaramar (4 star hotel) opened in November 2000 and is right on the sea front promenade at the Los Boliches end of Fuengirola. There are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants close by. The first floor outdoor pool is heated in winter and there are free sun beds. It is described as one of the best hotels on the coast for facilities and access and comes highly recommended by disabled people who have had happy holidays there.

Fuengirola Park
This is a popular hotel in a relatively quiet area with direct access to the beach. It is about 3.5 kilometres from Fuengirola centre, but has plenty of shops, commercial centre and bars. There is a restaurant, TV rooms, social rooms, free parking and a large swimming pool. It has been described by one person as a good place for a long stay, because of easy access, good position and low cost.

In Torremolinos

Beach Club
The hotel is 30 meters from the Playa del Lido beach and within 800 meters from bars restaurants, cafes and shops. It has 2 swimming pools, whirlpool, sun terrace and indoor heated pool with whirlpool. There is disabled access via ramp or lift. No adapted rooms, but rooms are accessible. Bathrooms with baths (not roll in showers).
This hotel is very popular and has excellent access for wheelchairs, good facilities and very friendly staff.

Don Pablo Sol
This is another popular choice and is very accessible. The hotel has lifts, swimming pools, parking, and good room facilities. Disabled visitors speak very highly of this hotel and say that the staff are friendly and always do their best to make things run smoothly.

Riu Nautilus
This hotel has 299 rooms and is split into 2 buildings - one 4 and one 7 storeys high. There are nice private hotel gardens. The hotel is on the beach promenade at Torremolinos. There are good facilities in all the rooms and the hotel is just 700 m from the Puerto Marina and shopping centre. One visitor commented "Get a room on the first floor and you can take the scooter right in for charging!"

In Benalmadena

Siroco
This hotel is just 200 meters from the popular 'Malapesqueras' beach and 500 to the resort centre. The hotel has attractive gardens and 2 swimming pools, a gym, 2 bars and live music some nights of the week. Access to the hotel is by a rather steep hill leads up to the hotel making this hotel unsuitable for the less mobile. However, many clients who use mobility scooters find access very easy.

Triton
The Triton is around 300m from the marina with its many shops, bars and restaurants. It has 373 rooms, two swimming pools, gym, sauna, snack bar, bars, gift shop. There are good facilities in the rooms and some have excellent sea views. This hotel is very popular for its excellent position, service and friendly atmosphere.

Bali
Access to the nearest beach (Malapesqueras) and the promenade is about 350m and then down 80 steps. However, the hotel has 2 swimming pools, a nice sun terrace, bar and a small garden. The hotel has 374 rooms, 2 linked buildings blocks, 8 floors, 4 lifts. Although the atmosphere is very friendly and the hotel facilities are excellent, if you have mobility problems and need to use a wheelchair or scooter, then it may not be suitable.

Riviera
The Riviera has 188 rooms including 7 suites. There is a nice garden and terrace. There is private parking, lifts, hairdresser, gym, pool, sauna and massage parlour. The facilities include air conditioning, heating, en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, TV, etc
This centrally located hotel very popular with disabled users.

Las Arenas
This hotel is next to the Castle of the Bil-Bil and the beach of Santa Ana. It has 104 rooms, swimming pool and gardens. The rooms have en suite bathrooms and good facilities. It has good access and is well situated and central. Another popular choice.

Hotels On The Costa de la Luz

Hotel Isla Antilla in Huelva,
Tel: (+34) 959 486331

This hotel was awarded the best hotel adapted for disability users, by the Spanish Tourist Board in 1997. It has 344 rooms and a 4 star rating. It belongs to the Spanish Confortel Hotel chain and offers very good facilities for the disabled.

Hotels In Sevilla City

Hotel Santa Lucia (3 star), Plaza Santa Lucia 33, 41003 Sevilla
(500 meters from Santa Justa train station. Quite location and just 10 minutes from main commercial centre.
Tel: (+34) 954 275442