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THE WESTIN BRISBANE – ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION BRISBANE

As a city, Brisbane has been lucky to have several new hotels with accessible accommodation open in recent years. On my last visit I stayed at the Westin Brisbane. It came highly recommended and has some lovely accessible features. Located in the heart of Brisbane it was a quick walk to the Queen Street Mall area and close enough to access the South Bank precinct if we’d had more time for exploring.

Westin Brisbane Lobby - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The luxury 5-star hotel certainly ticked all the boxes for our accessible accommodation needs but the headline-making detail for me was the swim-up pool bar with hoist access.  Although I’ve seen some spectacular accessible rooms in my time, it’s still rare to find hotels in Australia with pool access. The Westin Brisbane is kicking some serious accessibility goals.

THE WESTIN BRISBANE – ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION

The Westin Brisbane Accessible Room with King Heavenly Bed - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Given the Westin Brisbane only opened in November 2018, it still has the freshness of a new hotel. It’s modern and stylish throughout, including the accessible accommodation.

The super king Heavenly bed ensures everyone gets a wonderful sleep. But just in case you need additional relaxation, the hotel provides a small bottle of calming lavender spray.

The room offers flexibility with the option of an interconnecting room if additional space is needed when travelling with family, friends or a support worker.

The Westin Brisbane - Heavenly Bed and Bedroom Access - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

One side of the bed has good clearance for transferring from a wheelchair to the bed, the other side is narrower and may be difficult if travelling with a wheelchair. If using a large wheelchair I suggest asking for the arm chair and foot stool to be removed from the room to increase the space around the bed.

Bed height is 62cm, clearance on left side of bed 80cm and under bed clearance 12cm.

ACCESSIBLE BATHROOM

The Westin Brisbane - Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Recess - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

An enormous open plan bathroom provides great circulation space and accessible features including a wall-mounted shower bench, grab rails throughout, lever taps and a backrest on the toilet.

The Westin Brisbane - Accessible Bathroom Toilet and Sink - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Wheelchair access is available at the sink and for those needing measurements, the toilet seat is approximately 48cm from the floor and 43cm to the pan.

The Westin Brisbane - Accessible Bathroom Sink and Facilities - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

A large sliding door provides easy access to the bathroom with 87cm door clearance.

The Westin Brisbane - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane Hotel Rooms - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Lowered amenities are located at a wheelchair accessible height throughout the room, including a double-peep hole on the front door and air conditioner controls at a good height.

The Westin Brisbane - Lowered Amenities for Wheelchair Users - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The wardrobe features a hanging rail which can be lowered with a pull down arm.

The Westin Brisbane - Wardrobe - Accessible Accommodation Brisbane - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

NON-ACCESSIBLE ROOM

We always stay in a non-accessible room when we can to ensure the accessible accommodation is left for those who need it. I also find it good to be able to compare rooms.

The Westin Brisbane - Heavenly Beds in Double Room - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

AJ and I had a wonderful stay at the Westin Brisbane. We flopped on to those Heavenly beds after being on our feet all day at the Source Kids Disability Expo. We were exhausted, and our evenings consisted of down time in the room watching YouTube and dining in. We lapped up the opportunity to relax and to be honest, the room was too good to leave.

The Westin Brisbane - Heavenly Beds and Hotel Room - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The main difference between the accessible room and the one we stayed in is the bathroom.

The Westin Brisbane - Bathroom Facilities - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Our room had a much smaller bathroom with the toilet located in a separate cubicle and the shower was not open-plan.

The Westin Brisbane - Relaxing in Luxury Hotel Accommodation - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

AJ made herself right at home in the room. She tells me it’s her “kinda hotel”, with Chromecast, fluffy pillows and a comfy bed making her one happy camper.

THE WESTIN BRISBANE ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES

It’s wonderful to see a hotel making their facilities accessible to all by providing a pool chair hoist into the pool. I’m sure guests with access needs at the Westin Brisbane will be thrilled to be able to enjoy the pool, particularly if visiting Brisbane in the summer. The Westin Brisbane - Pool Accessibility and Recreation - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The Westin Brisbane also boasts the city’s only swim-up pool bar.  Nautilus Pool Bar serves fresh smoothies, custom cocktails and an all-day menu with signature dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

The Westin Brisbane - Pool Hoist for Wheelchair Users - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Embracing Brisbane’s climate and outdoor lifestyle, the Westin Brisbane has a range of activities available in the roof top area including oversized games.

The Westin Brisbane - Large Chess Set for Family Fun on Queensland Holidays - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

BJ loves the giant Connect 4 game because it offers him a game he can play with others while in his chair.

The Westin Brisbane - Connect Four for Family Entertainment in Queensland Accommodation - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The Westin Brisbane - Relaxing in Accessible Accommodation in Queesland - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Such was AJ’s level of relaxation, it was hard to drag her away from the roof area.

DINING

Eden’s Table tempts guests with a menu filled with tantalizing food made from locally sourced produce from the ocean to paddock. Sadly we only had time to sample the breakfast fare but it was excellent.

The Westin Brisbane - Eden's Table Restauarant - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We loved the light-filled and modern restaurant.

The Westin Brisbane - Eden's Table Restauarant Buffet - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Buffet breakfast areas are often congested so I was impressed to see such a good accessible design at the Westin Brisbane. The food options are spread out over a large area with the majority of food items located at a good height for wheelchair access.

The Westin Brisbane - Eden's Table Restauarant Buffet Selection - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Breakfast consists of a variety of choices including cold items such as, fresh fruits, pastries, yoghurt pots and smoothies. And a range of warm options like made-to-order eggs, bacon, mushrooms and hash browns.

The Westin Brisbane - Eating at Eden's Table Restauarant - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

AJ and I had no trouble filling our bellies to ensure we were well fuelled for our days at the expo. I find a good big breakfast always sets me up for a good travel day.

The Westin Brisbane - The Charles Lounge and Jazz Bar - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Casual dining is available at The Charles’ which is an Aviation-inspired restaurant which transforms to a jazz bar at night. The Charles’ bar offers everything from healthy breakfasts to curated cocktails, fines wine and craft beers that perfectly complement seasonally-inspired dishes.

The Heavenly Spa seemed to be the first stop for many guests checking in at the hotel. I overheard others booking their wellness treatments as they arrived. Wellness is a priority at the Westin Brisbane.

We think the location and accessible features of the Westin Brisbane makes it a good spot for a staycation or luxury stay while visiting Brisbane. You can read more about the hotel on the Westin Brisbane website.

We were hosted for our stay at the hotel but as always our opinions are our own.

 




5 thoughts on “THE WESTIN BRISBANE – ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION BRISBANE”

  1. Sounds and looks great! In a family of six, I’m the only one whose never been to Queensland. mmmmm……looks like a

    good place to start!!!

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  2. The basin in the accessible room did not look as though you can roll under. It looked as if there is a full width shelf.

    Reply

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