The great thing about Las Vegas is that its magic is truly available to everyone. The strip is extremely wheelchair-friendly, making the city a great place to live or visit for those with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) calls for ADA-certified hotels to have wheelchair-accessible rooms with roll-in showers, and Las Vegas is a leader in the U.S. when it comes to meeting these requirements. Just remember to call your hotel directly, as many third-party services (such as hotels.com or expedia.com) may not have the ability to specifically ensure an accessible room. Even though most casinos on the strip meet the minimum requirements, we've detailed the best places to stay in Las Vegas for accessibility, and also called out some options to steer clear of. Let's roll!
The Bellagio hotel is a favorite location for Sin City?goers with disabilities for a number of reasons. One is simply its location. Situated toward the center of the strip, staying at the Bellagio makes it easy to visit other casinos on either end without traveling too far. The other main reason, of course, is the hotel's amenities. Although features vary by room type, accessible amenities include lowered closet rods, lowered safety/amenity bars, roll-in showers, bathroom phones, and hearing-impaired fire alarms. Several rooms even offer a track-ceiling Hoyer lift, so call in advance to request all of the options you require.
Check-in is even speedier for those with disabilities, who can skip the long lines and head directly to the "Invited Guests" desk. The rest of the hotel and casino is very wheelchair friendly, and those requiring ramps will find them anyplace they see stairs. Most slot machines have chairs in place, but they can be easily moved to make room for a wheelchair. Bellagio also offers a free tram that stops at the Aria, Monte Carlo, and Vdara and is wheelchair accessible.
Another stop on the free, wheelchair-accessible tram, the Aria hotel is a favorite option for those requiring special considerations. The hotel offers 120 rooms with roll-in showers, and an overall wheelchair-friendly layout for shopping, dining, and gaming. Several Blackjack tables are lowered for wheelchair access, and slot chairs are light and easily moveable. The parking garage offers a free self-park for accessible vans.
Another centrally located option, the Vdara hotel offers several suite options with roll-in showers. Wheelchairs and scooters can also be rented at the front desk. The best part? The hotel pool features a lift for guests with wheelchairs. There are no steps to get into the hotel, and ramps and elevators are located throughout. Other bonuses are that the hotel is smoke-free, and it is another stop on the free, wheelchair-accessible tram.
Roll-in showers and surehand lifts are just some of the wheelchair-accessible amenities at the Wynn hotel. There is a pool with pool-lifts, and common areas, facilities, and restaurants are all easily accessible via ramps and elevators. Its central location on Las Vegas Boulevard makes it easy to get around via the wheelchair-accessible Deuce or SDX.
With two wheelchair accessible pools, you'll want to take a dip at the Cosmopolitan hotel. Its 120 accessible rooms have roll-in showers, and the Cosmopolitan is a central option with a lively atmosphere. There is onsite accessible dining, gaming, and there are no steps to get into the lobby. Ramps and elevators throughout make the Cosmo very wheelchair-friendly.
The best part of staying at Mandalay Bay is that you really don't need to ever leave the facility unless you want to. The whole campus is also ADA certified. The on-site aquarium has more than 2,000 animals with exhibits for all the senses. The hotel, casino, restaurants, and pool area are all extremely wheelchair friendly. There is also a free, wheelchair accessible tram that connects to Excalibur and Luxor.
Paris Las Vegas
You don't need to fly to Europe for a full-on Parisian experience. Say oui to a stay at the Paris hotel, where casino, restaurants, and bars are all wheelchair friendly. There are also lots of shopping experience that connect to Bally's hotel, so there is plenty to do without leaving the premises?including the Eiffel Tower experience, which has easy elevator access to the view from above. There are 63 accessible rooms, and no steps for entry, so the hotel is quite accessible throughout.
Some Hotels to Avoid
Although we all love to be transported to ancient times at Caesar's Palace, guests with disabilities warn that the hotel features many steps and escalators, often without a ramp present, so visitors have to use a hydraulic lift to enter certain areas of the casino and shopping corridors.
Visitors at the Las Vegas Marriott note that there is no grab bar next to the shower seat in the roll-in shower, although it technically meets requirements, its design is flawed and difficult to use for wheelchair users.
Another difficult option is the Four Queens Hotel and Casino, which only has one roll-in shower ramp and requires a hydraulic lift for restaurant access.
Aside from some red flags, most hotels in Las Vegas are very accessible and wheelchair friendly, but remember to call the front desk and mention your specific requirements to ensure your room has everything you need. Also ask about special entry and check-in options, since you may be able to go straight to a designated area.