The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington, London, has style by the effortless bucket load, and the good news for intrepid travellers, is that the luxury extends to it's accessible features and facilities. The hotel proclaims it's accessible policy on it's website, but of course I am always dubious.
I have to cast aside my doubts and tell you this place is five star accessible. There are 6-7 rooms earmarked as accessible, from basic to deluxe. We were shown a superior room, considered slightly larger at 16-18 square metres and in the 'mid-range' category.
What makes the accessible rooms remarkable is not only are the bathrooms full wet rooms, they are gorgeous, spacious and literally flush to floor. There is a double shower head as well. The beds are a good height for a manual transfer, but if you are travelling with a mobile hoist there is ample turning and circulation space to the right hand side of the bed. The bed and bathroom have an emergency system, and a shower chair is available. If you are a shower commode user you will have plenty of space.
The corridors are wide as are the doorways. If I was going to nit pick, the carpet is potentially a little hard to wheel over, and there is a small lip at the door thresholds. But that is nit picking.
The restaurant is accessible from the street by a lift system and the accessible bathroom on this floor is well appointed and again, spacious. There are meeting rooms at this level too, if you feel the need to work.
Situated in the 'super posh' South Kensington, you are at the foot of the heart of London. Whilst the Ampersand has bent over backwards to provide you with accessible comfort, obviously there are inherent access issues at some shop fronts. However the pathways, crossings and most shops in this little piece of heaven are accessible.
I will write more on accessible Chelsea later (for shopaholics), but back to the Ampersand. Someone told me it means old friend. It doesn't, but it could. The staff go out of their way to be of assistance. Of all it's good points though, I'd come back for that bathroom alone.