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Paris Wheelchair Accessible Hotels

Paris wheelchair accessible hotels are found in many parts of the city, but disabled tourists will benefit greatly by staying in the correct areas of the city. Staying in the wrong arrondissement (French word roughly translating into “district”) can truly diminish the quality of the trip for disabled and elderly travelers. Some arrondissements are far from the main tourist attractions and consequently require expensive taxi rides to get to the main sights like Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, and the Eiffel Tower.

An alternative to taking a taxi is using one of the numerous accessible bus routes. While busses run throughout the city, in many parts of the city the hotels are several blocks from a bus route, and walking or rolling a long distance from the hotel to the bus stop may be undesirable.

While accessible transportation is one factor to take into account when selecting an area of town to stay in, there are even more important factors to take into account. Several parts of Paris have hills and cobblestones, and you should consider that when choosing an area of town. Additionally, it is great to wake up in the morning and be able to cross the street to see a fabulous church or world famous museum.

When selecting a Paris wheelchair accessible hotel, you should also consider the nearby restaurants. It can become a hassle if you need to take a taxi or bus to get to a meal. Many Paris wheelchair accessible hotels have restaurants inside them, but venturing outside to the quintessential Paris sidewalk cafés is part of the allure of visiting Paris. I’ll say it again….staying in the right parts of town is very important for disabled tourists.

Now that I’ve mentioned what the important factors are for selecting accessible hotels in Paris, what are the best areas for hotels? In order to answer that question, you need to understand how the arrondissements are arranged. The 1st arrondissement runs along the Seine River and contain the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre. It is quite long, and the area ner the Louvre is closer to the other major tourist sights. The 2nd arrondissement runs parallel to the 1st but is further away from the river. Consequently the 1st is better for Paris wheelchair accessible hotels than the 2nd.

The fourth arrondissement is also on the river and is near the Louvre Museum and Sainte Chapelle church. It is located on the eastern edge of the tourist sights. The fifth is on the Left Bank of the Seine River which is a very popular part of town for tourists and has several Left Bank accessible hotels. Part of the fifth arrondissement is hilly and should be avoided. The area east of the Pantheon has some hills. The sixth arrondissement is next to the fifth and also popular for tourists. The seventh is also on the Seine and extends from the Eiffel Tower to the Orsay Museum. It has very few Paris wheelchair accessible hotels. The Champs-Elysées is in the eighth arrondissement.

The rest of the arrondissements (9th through 20th) are away from the portion of the Seine river with tourist sights. In general, you are best off to avoid those sections of Paris. Overall, the best areas are for the 1st, 5th, and 6th arrondissements for disabled travel to Paris.

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