Alt Hotel

Last summer I needed a change of scenery when I was laid up in bed with a really bad back. I decided I would rather spend a night laying in a hotel bed looking out at the harbour, so I headed to Alt Hotel to check it out. I had already heard good things about their accessibility, and the pics I saw online of the lobby and rooms looked so dreamy. I was not disappointed! It was beautiful and cozy, and I had such a relaxing night not very far from home.

For anyone interested in going for a (mostly) accessible staycation at the Alt hotel, here is a list of accessibility features you will find there:

– There is an underground parking garage so you don’t have to deal with trying to find an accessible space on Water Street. There is an elevator from the parking garage to the rest of the hotel, but please note that there is a heavy door that you need to open to get to the elevator.
– The main entrance has automatic doors, but the entrance to the patio area does not.
– There is a beautiful courtyard overlooking the harbour with lots of picnic tables, but no accessible picnic tables as of yet.
– The Terre cafe and restaurant are wheelchair accessible.
– There are push buttons that open and close the accessible hotel room doors.
– The accessible rooms have amazing accessible washrooms with a sink you can roll under, a mirror at wheelchair height, lots of space to maneuver a wheelchair, grab bars around the toilet, and a gorgeous wheel-in shower that has fancy lights that you can change the colour of on a control panel.
– There are two control panels in the room that you can operate by putting your key card in. There is one in the main hallway as soon as you enter the room, and another beside the bed so that you don’t have to get up to change settings. On these panels you can control the lights, temperature, and blinds, and you can also hit a “do not disturb” button or a “please make up room” button.
– Each accessible room comes with a queen sized bed and a single bed in the corner. Both beds were at a good height for me to transfer to and from my wheelchair, but I know this can be different for everyone.
– The closet had a rod to hang clothing at wheelchair height.
– The rooms are beautiful but they are compact, so there wasn’t a whole lot of extra space to move around in my wheelchair. This could prove difficult for someone with a larger power chair. We had to move a couple things around (like a bench) to make it easier to turn the corner from the hall into the rest of the room.
– The staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating.

This hotel really worked for my accessibility needs and I will definitely be back for another staycation in the near future!

A photo of me in the Alt Hotel lobby. I'm sitting on a light grey sectional with blue, red and orange cushions. Next to the couch is my wheelchair and behind me is a very cool hexagonal wooden tiled wall.
Image: A photo of me in the Alt Hotel lobby. I’m sitting on a light grey sectional with blue, red and orange cushions. Next to the couch is my wheelchair and behind me is a very cool hexagonal wooden tiled wall.
A photo of the Alt Hotel lobby with lots of very fun, modern couches, chairs and ceiling lights.
Image: A photo of the Alt Hotel lobby with lots of very fun, modern couches, chairs and ceiling lights.
A photo of a wooden display shelf in the lobby of the Alt Hotel. On the shelves are some books, board games, and various merchandise for sale. In the background is a cooler with drinks.
Image: A photo of a wooden display shelf in the lobby of the Alt Hotel. On the shelves are some books, board games, and various merchandise for sale. In the background is a cooler with drinks.
A photo of the inside of the closet in the accessible room. It is red and there is a road with a denim jacket hanging at wheelchair height and a shelf above with an iron.
Image: A photo of the inside of the closet in the accessible room. It is red and there is a road with a denim jacket hanging at wheelchair height and a shelf above with an iron.
A photo of the interior of an accessible room at the Alt Hotel. A large window on the far wall, a desk and chair, a queen bed and a single bed with a nightstand in between the two.
Image: A photo of the interior of an accessible room at the Alt Hotel. A large window on the far wall, a desk and chair, a queen bed and a single bed with a nightstand in between the two. Photo taken from Alt Hotel website because we made the room messy immediately and I couldn’t take my own photo.
A photo of one side of the washroom in the accessible rooms at the Alt. Lots of space, a counter you can wheel under with a large mirror above it, a toilet in the corner with grab bars behind and to the side.
Image: A photo of one side of the washroom in the accessible rooms at the Alt. Lots of space, a counter you can wheel under with a large mirror above it, a toilet in the corner with grab bars behind and to the side. Photo taken from the Alt Hotel website because we also made this room messy before I could take a photo.

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  1. Thank you for you advocacy. I have been Following you on Twitter for some time – just out of interest in accessibility, not that I needed access myself. Well without warning last week my husband developed a sore on his foot (he is a diabetic) that quickly spread. After a few days in hospital we were told by the doctor that it had to be amputated. The next day ( a week ago) he became disabled – an amputee at age 66. Now our lives have taken a sudden traumatic turn, we have entered a new world for us and have to learn and adjust to doing things differently. Your advocacy and experiences and work on AccessYYT will become part of our new lives. Thank you.

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