The Bahama House is a gorgeous hotel that ranks highest among those I've seen in terms of accessibility to the disabled. All rooms offer an ocean view and the disability accommodations are superior.
Arrival: Four large accessible parking spaces are found close to the front door, and can be reserved upon request. There are two sets of automatic doors at the entrance allowing smooth and unobstructed passage into and out of the hotel. Luggage racks are available, and the courteous staff will assist in bringing the luggage to your room. When assistance is needed, it helps to make prior arrangements with an estimated arrival time. The elevators are large enough to allow a wheelchair to turn around, and the elevator buttons are low enough for someone in a wheelchair to push. All of the doorways that I encountered are more than wide enough for a wheelchair. Braille inscription is found under elevator buttons and on room number signs.
Room Amenities: The rooms are spacious, and the furniture can be moved if necessary. The rooms include an easily accessible balcony large enough for a wheelchair to turn around. The bed is high enough for a Hoyer Lift to fit underneath.
The bathrooms are spacious and accessible with railing installed next to both the commode and shower. The shower has a shower seat and a long hose with a showerhead attached. Some of the wheelchair accessible rooms have roll in showers, and a wheelchair can easily fit underneath the sinks. The rooms offer computer access, and speakerphones are available from the front desk upon request.
Property Features: The pool is accessible by a long, gently sloping ramp with plenty of room on the deck. The spacious deck is great for maneuvering around or just stretching out under the hot Florida sun. The pool is equipped with a safety barrier, great for wheelchair users and the visually impaired. There is a beach access ramp directly next door for cars and pedestrians to easily get on the beach. Sometimes the sand is too soft for a wheelchair to have easy maneuvering, however beach driving is permissible in this area and Volusia County offers Surf Chairs for the disabled. These are large, maneuverable chairs made from PVC, with large wheels that allow them to be easily pushed on the sand. They can be delivered and picked up anywhere on the beach.
I love the serene location, the overall beauty, and the high quality accommodations found at this hotel.
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