Annual Meeting, 2005: Arrangements for Persons Requiring Special Accessibility
AHA Staff, October 2004
From the Annual Meeting 2005 column of the October 2004 Perspectives
Arrangements for Persons Requiring Special Accessibility
To facilitate hotel reservations and participation in the meeting at the Seattle Convention Center for those who need special physical, sight, or hearing accessibility, the following information is provided. Guests should advise the housing bureau about specific needs when a room reservation is made.
Entrance: The center has three main entrances on the street level. The Pike Street and Convention Place entrances have automatic doors. Once inside the Galleria, look for signage that gives directions to Level 4 (via elevators) for meeting access.
Restrooms: All restrooms meet ADA requirements. Restrooms are on Level 2, Level 4, and Level 6. These restrooms have at least one handicapped stall and sinks at 34 inches, with knee space of 29 inches.
Meeting Rooms: All meeting rooms meet ADA requirements. The meeting rooms are located on floors 2, 3, and 6. All meeting rooms are accessible by elevator. The second and third floor meeting rooms are accessible with manual single-wide doors (36 inches wide) with latch handles that open out, one-fourth inch lip at the entrance with low carpet in all meeting rooms. In the hallway outside the Galleria meeting rooms, the floors have hard surfaces (no carpet). One wheelchair lift and one stage (and dais) wheelchair ramp for are available—please submit a request for this equipment through the AHA headquarters. Six radio-frequency hearing assistance packs are available at no charge; however, receivers are $50 per day. For additional information, contact Audio Visual Factory at 206-694-5142.
Telephones: Accessible pay telephones are on the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth floors. All emergency house phones (colored red) have Braille signage. TDD telephones are available in two different locations, Galleria Level 1 near Convention Place and Galleria Level 4 near Entrance 4C.
Elevators: Elevator services in the Convention Center connect all levels. All elevator buttons are accessible to individuals in wheelchairs and are marked with Braille notations.
Parking: The Convention Center has 16 designated parking spaces. Enter on 8th Avenue, stay on the Blue Level, and proceed to Aisle G or F. The Convention Center entrance is accessible from the garage, and individuals should follow the blue path to the Galleria and take the elevator to Level 4 for event access.
All hotels have accessible lobbies; several have autoslide doors. Thresholds and doormats are in compliance with ADA regulations and help at doors will be available at most properties. Lobbies have marble floors and/or low-pile area carpeting.
All hotels have accessible registration desks or provide clipboards to guests to complete registration documentation. Elevators connect all levels of each hotel, and have keypads that are wheelchair accessible, Braille numerals beside each control button, and audible directions. Restrooms in lobbies and on meeting room floors have tactile signage and are accessible to guests using wheelchairs.
The hotels have accessible guest rooms—the quantity at each property is noted in the listing below. These rooms feature among other amenities wheelchair-accessible doors, lever door handles, security peepholes, ample room space, grab bars in restrooms, low sinks with insulated pipes, accessible towel racks, and accessible mirrors. The following auxiliary aids are available at most properties: flashing fire alarm, doorbell, and telephone; vibrating alarm clock; closed-caption decoders; Braille signage; and TDD telephones.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers
Parking: ADA guests are accommodated on the Sixth Avenue driveway/Main Lobby entrance of the hotel by valet parking staff.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 18 ADA-approved accessible rooms.
Meeting rooms: Located on floors 2, 3, 4, and 35. All meeting room floors are accessible by elevator, and are carpeted with the exception of the foyer on the 35th floor. Meeting room doors provide a minimum of 32 inches clear width.
Restaurants: The Pike Street Café and the Gallery Lounge are located on the lobby level and are entirely accessible.
Parking: Seven spaces on “G” level of the garage are designated and van accommodation (up to 7 feet) is available on the garage’s main deck. The hotel has 24-hour valet parking, available at the Westlake entrance.
Guest rooms: The hotel has seven guestrooms with roll-in showers. The hotel has 24 guest rooms in the North Tower that can accommodate hearing-impaired guests and the South Tower has 13 guest rooms accessible to hearing-impaired guests.
Meeting rooms: All meeting rooms are accessible via elevator, and can be set up to accommodate wheelchair requirements. The hotel has an FM transmitter and individual receivers for hearing-impaired guests. Stage ramps are also available upon request.
Restaurants: Both of the hotel’s restaurants, the Fifth Avenue Corner Café and Roy’s, have accessible areas of seating.
Crowne Plaza Seattle
Parking: The Crowne Plaza has a valet-only parking garage. The entrance is on Seneca Street.
Guest rooms: The hotel has eight guestrooms equipped for accessibility.
Restaurant: The hotel’s restaurant, the Regatta Bar and Grill, is located on the second floor of the hotel and has sections that are accessible to guests in wheelchairs.
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Parking: Valet parking is available at the Pine Street entrance. To self-park, individuals should enter the parking garage from either Seventh or Eighth Streets.
Guest rooms: The hotel has nine accessible guest rooms, four with roll-in showers.
Restaurants: 727 Pine Restaurant is located on the Lobby Level and is equipped and accessible.
Parking: Valet parking is not available. Guests should enter the parking garage from Sixth Avenue. The hotel has nine floors of parking. Floors 6 and 7 have two designated stalls directly in front of the elevators, and floors 3 and 8 have one stall in front of the elevators. If help is needed with luggage, telephones are located next to the parking garage elevators that will connect guests directly with Guest Services.
Guest rooms: Ten guest rooms are accessible to individuals in wheelchairs.
Restaurants: The hotel’s two restaurants—the Lobby Lounge on the lobby level and the Top of the Hilton on the top level of the hotel—are both accessible. The Top of the Hilton has a ramp into the dining room.
Red Lion on Fifth Avenue
Parking: Valet parking is available at the Fifth Avenue entrance.
Guest rooms: The hotel has four accessible guest rooms.
Restaurants: The Terrace Garden on the fifth floor and the Elephant Castle and Pub on the lobby level are both equipped and fully accessible.
Parking: Ten accessible parking spaces are available for guests in wheelchairs. The hotel’s entrance is accessible from garage elevator.
Guest Rooms: Twenty-nine rooms are accessible.
Restaurants: The Lobby Court Lounge, located on the lobby level, has level accessibility. Maxwell’s Cafe on the second floor has access from elevators. Pellini Restaurante is an accessible rooftop restaurant located on the 28th floor.
Parking: Valet parking is available at the Seventh Street entrance.
Guest rooms: The hotel has two accessible guest rooms. Guests should contact the hotel in advance to guarantee availability.
Restaurant: Von’s Grand City Café is located on the street level with limited accessibility due to several steps.
Parking: Valet parking is available at the Fourth Street entrance, adjacent to the hotel.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 12 accessible guest rooms.
Restaurant: The Brasserie Margaux on the Lobby/Street Level is equipped and accessible.
Parking: Valet parking is available at the Seneca Street entrance.
Guest rooms: The hotel has five accessible guest rooms and one accessible suite.
Restaurant: Earth & Ocean on the first floor is fully equipped and accessible.