From the Annual Meeting 2006 column of the October 2005 Perspectives
Arrangements for Persons Requiring Special Needs
AHA Staff, October 2005
To facilitate hotel reservations and participation in the meeting for those who need special physical, sight, or hearing accessibility arrangements, the following information is provided. Guests should advise the housing bureau about specific needs when room reservations are made.
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The city of Philadelphia hosts a web site, Access Philadelphia, to provide up-to-date information on access to city facilities, procedures for requesting reasonable accommodations, and other important information relating to accessibility.
All hotels have accessible lobbies; several have autoslide doors. Thresholds and doormats are in compliance with ADA regulations and door-service personnel are 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 direction. Restrooms in lobbies and on meeting room floors are accessible by guests using wheelchairs and have tactile signage.
All 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/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.
Parking: ADA guests are accommodated on the Filbert Street driveway entrance to the hotel by valet parking attendants.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 68 ADA-approved accessible rooms; 52 are nonsmoking. Thirty deluxe rooms feature king-size beds and 26 deluxe rooms feature two double beds. Thirty-one of the rooms have roll-in showers and 29 feature tubs, four with grab bars.
Meeting rooms: The meeting rooms are located on floors 3, 4, and 5, are accessible by elevator, and are fully carpeted. All meeting room doors are ADA compliant.
Restaurants: Allie's American Grille and Champions Sports Bar are located in the hotel's lobby level and are entirely accessible. JW's Steakhouse is located on the mezzanine level (access via elevator from lobby) and is also accessible.
Parking: ADA guests are accommodated at the 12th Street valet parking entrance by hotel staff or by the doorman at the Market Street entrance if arriving by taxi.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 17 ADA-approved accessible rooms, including one suite.
Meeting rooms: All meeting rooms—located on the second, third, and fourth floors of the hotel—are accessible via elevator, and can be set up to accommodate wheelchair requirements.
Restaurants: SoleFood Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge is on the lobby level and is entirely accessible.
Parking: Hotel guests are accommodated by valet parking.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 21 guestrooms with roll-in showers, offering a mix of king beds and two queen beds. All but two of the accessible rooms are nonsmoking.
Meeting rooms: The hotel's 11 meeting rooms are located on the first floor and the mezzanine level, and are accessible via elevator.
Restaurants: Junipers Café, open for breakfast, and the Lobby Lounge and Restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, have accessible areas of seating.
Parking: ADA guests are accommodated at the garage entrance by valet parking.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 10 ADA-approved accessible rooms.
Restaurants: Standing O is located on the lobby level and Academy Café on the second floor and both are accessible.
Parking: The parking garage has four designated spaces on each floor directly located next to elevators. An elevator that leads into the hotel lobby provides accessibility to the hotel.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 10 ADA-approved accessible rooms. Three have roll-in showers and accessible tubs and seven have roll-in showers only. The hotel also has 12 TTY-machines for hearing impaired guests. Guests' swimming pool on the second floor is handicap accessible.
Restaurants: The Tenth Floor Grill and Lounge has accessibility to all areas of dining.
Parking: There are 10 spaces each on “P1” and “P2” levels of the hotel's garage that can accommodate vans up to 6 feet, 4 inches. The elevator from the garage level accesses directly into the main lobby.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 22 ADA-approved guestrooms with roll-in showers and has 15 TTY transmitters for hearing-impaired guests.
Restaurants: Shula's Steak House and Terrace Restaurant are located on the lobby level and are accessible. The lobby bar has ramp access to the bar and seating area.
Parking: ADA guests are accommodated on 13th Street/Main Lobby entrance of the hotel by valet parking staff.
Guest rooms: Ten guest rooms are accessible to individuals in wheelchairs.
Parking: The hotel has self parking with a number of designated parking spaces. An elevator from the garage leads to the lobby. The hotel has wheelchair ramps for easy accessibility to all hotel entrances.
Guest rooms: The hotel has eight accessible guest rooms.
Restaurants: The Breakfast Bar located on the first floor is equipped with wheelchair ramps.