As much as we’d love to be travelling and reviewing hotels all the time, there are pesky commitments like school and work which get in the way. So, it is great that our lovely Facebook audience share their travels so we can provide more information to you. Today we are sharing The Larwill Studio’s accessible accommodation.
A big thanks to Kathryn for taking all the right photos and providing lots of information about why she likes staying at The Larwill Studio which is part of the Art Series Hotel Group.
The hotel is described on their website as follows, “In a contemporary building, this art-filled hotel dedicated to artist David Larwill is 2 km from Queen Victoria Market, and 5 km from Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex.” Sounds a great location but what isn’t mentioned as a selling point is the hotel’s location near the Royal Children’s Hospital (only people needing to be close to a hospital or those needing accommodation near a hospital would understand that this can indeed be a great selling point)
Kathryn says of her stays at the hotel, “I have stayed here a number of times in the last 12 months when I have to travel to Melbourne for work and also for specialist appointments. Service is helpful and friendly and when there are special rates sales on it’s cost as little as $125 per night which is cheap for a 4 star hotel in Melbourne.
Whilst the comfy king bed set up might not work for a larger family, I wanted to highlight the hotel as being a nice one to stay when a partner/ husband/ wife has a disability. Often disabled access rooms aren’t pretty and it can feel like a romantic getaway isn’t possible. I think the Larwill is a nice comprise. I think the hotel can supply a cot for a little one. The access overall is great, the only thing I’m not sure about, is whether a hoist would fit under the bed as I don’t use one yet.
As you can see there is plenty of space to transfer from a power chair to the bed.”
Rails throughout the bathroom, a toilet seat back-rest and room to transfer make this bathroom truly accessible.
I was thrilled to see the photos Kathryn sent through of the bathroom as it looks a great size with all the right features. A flip-down shower bench, lever taps and room under the sink for wheelchair access.
There are coffee/tea making facilities, a bar fridge and microwave in the room. Kathryn commented, “The microwave is a bit high if you have to reach it from a wheelchair but guests could probably get the hotel staff to move it to a lower shelf.”
Although Kathryn has focused on the fact the room she stays in is perfect for couples she also wanted to point out that “its location next door to the Royal Children means it is ideal if visiting Melbourne for medical appointments and needing to stay on site if you have a family member ie children, niece or nephew that has been admitted to Royal Children’s Hospital.”
Kathryn also advises, “There is large children’s play area next door as well with some accessible play options ie ramps, water play. I wouldn’t call it fully accessible though.”
TIP – Contact the hotel direct about a rate if you are staying in Melbourne to attend appointments at the Royal Children’s Hospital or for medical appointments. They have a special rate for these guests.
You can read more about The Larwill Studio here.
Thanks so much to Kathryn for sharing this great find. I have heard great things in general about the Art Series of Hotels.