Disabled-friendly travelling in Paris
One of the most problematic things for many disabled people is booking a hotel in Paris which can cater to their needs. This is due to many reasons, but the main reason is that the regulations in place are not as stringent as they are in the UK so the number of Paris hotels which are available to disabled people is reduced significantly. However, there’s no need to worry as there is still a number of cheap Paris accommodation options which cater to disabled people.
Many hotels in Paris, luckily, do cater to disabled travellers, but just to make sure that the hotel in question does cater to disabled people you should call them before booking any rooms or spending any money. All it takes is a call to the front desk and the receptionist can usually tell you both quickly and easily about whether they can cater to disabled people or not. If you are calling one of the more modern hotels then you will probably not have a problem with being catered to.
If you are looking for very cheap Paris accommodation, though, then you may have a few problems as many of the cheapest hotels available do not have lifts. This is not a unique problem. There’s a good number of London hotels converted from large Victorian and Edwardian townhouses without lifts. Although for many disabilities you can probably live without lifts, for wheelchair users this is impossible so you might have to be prepared to splash out a little more cash in order to get the right accommodation for you. But there are exceptions to this rule as you might be able to get a room on the ground floor of the hotel which means you will be able to book a room with the cheapest Paris hotels available.
The underground system in Paris is pretty much the same as the underground system in London in that it does cater to disabled travellers. The underground system is a pretty modern creation so the architects did have disabled people in mind when they designed it, but ideally you will want to try and purchase a taxi which can take on disabled people. Personal transport is much easier to utilise than public transport because the needs of many disabled people are very specific and can be better catered for with a taxi.
The great thing about Paris is that most of its historical attractions can be seen by everybody, including disabled people. The reasoning for this is pretty obvious because things like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triumph can be seen in all their glory from the outside of the structure. It might be a problem actually going inside certain attractions, but the large majority of Paris’s main attractions can be seen by anybody and everybody.
The great thing about Paris is that although the standards set by law are not as stringent as places like the UK, most Paris hotels still cater to disabled people. This attitude towards disabled travellers also extends to the main attractions of Paris so if you are a disabled traveller you won’t be left out in the cold as a result of your disability.