Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Reviews
Our informative videos, reviews, rankings and overviews are designed to help simplify the process of finding wheelchair accessible hotels in South America, including Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Santiago (Chile), while helping to ensure you reserve a hotel that has a history of satisfying the accessibility and usability needs of travelers in wheelchairs. We look beyond basic ADA standards to give you a complete, accurate picture of hotel accessibility.
Equally important, WheelchairJimmy.com provides invaluable information on which South America area hotels to avoid - as they fail to provide acceptable levels of accessibility and/ or usability for travelers in wheelchairs.
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Jim's Tips on Booking a Hotel in South America
Booking a hotel room online is convenient, but more often than not it results in arriving to the hotel only to find out they did not properly reserve an accessible room, or even worse - they have no accessible rooms in the hotel. Before booking a hotel room, we recommend reviewing our list of certified South America hotels. And please remember international hotels typically offer fewer wheelchair accessible rooms and do not use the term ADA, so book your room well in advance and request a room that is wheelchair accessible with a bathroom that is accessible for a wheelchair. In each of the South American hotels I stayed, they only had 1 wheelchair accessible room. So book early if you can. When booking a hotel room, WCJ highly recommends the following:
- Call the hotel directly and "block" your wheelchair accessible room for the desired dates of travel. I typically found the front desk personnel spoke reasonably fluent English.
- Have the hotel email or fax you a confirmation, noting the accessible room and bring this with you at check-in.
- Call the hotel directly 24-48 hours in advance of your arrival to re-confirm your wheelchair accessible room. Put their "local phone number" in your speed dial before you leave home.
- While we loved our hotels in Buenos Aires and Santiago, and we like to stay at locally owned hotels when we travel abroad, on a return visit to Rio I’d suggest staying with the major hotel chain such as Marriott, Sofitel, Sheraton or Hilton.
- Rio is built around many mountains and steep hills, which create beautiful scenery, but it's not necessarily good for a wheelchair traveler. And the city is huge and very spread out so be careful where you stay.
When calling the nationwide reservations call center for many hotel chains, they do not have the ability to "block" wheelchair accessible rooms with individual hotel properties. We recommended to call the hotel directly, and speak to the front desk to properly reserve and block your accessible guestroom.