9 Accessible Airbnb Rentals to Consider for Your Next Vacation
Have you ever tried Airbnb while on vacation? If you assumed it would be too difficult to find accessible housing through the home rental platform, think again! In a step toward wider inclusivity, Airbnb acquired Accomable, an accessible travel startup, in 2017. A few months later, with the help of Accomable’s founder and newly appointed Accessibility Product and Program Manager (Srin Madipalli), Airbnb released a slew of accessibility features allowing people with disabilities to better assess whether a property fits their unique needs. Now, hosts get a better understanding of what meets accessibility standards while users can search based on various filters. Do you need a roll-in shower? Just click the box! Or how about a pool with a hoist (because what’s a vacation without a pool)? You can find that, too!
Wheel:Life searched Airbnb for accessible rentals across the world, and we came up with nine listings we’re just itching to call home for our next trip. Couple one of these gorgeous properties with Coloplast’s WheelMate app to help you find accessible parking and restrooms at your vacation destination and all that’s left to do is pack your bags! After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a stress-free getaway from time to time?
1. Chelsea Harbour Flat – London, United Kingdom
Airbnb host Toby is a diversity and inclusion consultant whose bright, modern home is a stone’s throw from the Thames, Chelsea Harbour, and the attractions of central London. Fully wheelchair-accessible, the ground floor apartment has an en-suite wet room with a roll-in shower, easy-access kitchen, low light switches, and wide doors. Toby also offers accessibility equipment to guests such as a height-adjustable bed and a ceiling hoist. There is free 24/7 on-street parking with Blue Badge (London’s disabled parking permit).
2. Villa Sunny Paradise on the Cote d’Azur – Valbonne, France
Set in the beautiful, rolling Provençal countryside, and just a 30-minute drive from Cannes, Nice, and Monaco, this traditional five-bedroom family villa has been adapted with ramp access to the ground floor and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom with a wide roll-in shower. Guests can enjoy the expansive lavender gardens, a swimming pool, pétanque (a popular French game often played in parks), and access to tennis courts.
3. Botanical Artist’s Studio – Putney, Vermont
On hot summer days, cool off in the outdoor shower and sit out on the deck at this quirky yet elegant accessible home attached to a botanical art studio. Cleverly designed with a ramp to the front door and an indoor step-free bathroom with an eco-composting toilet and grab rails, the home is bright and spacious with arched ceilings, large windows, and the host’s botanical art lining the walls.
4. Casa Peixe – Alentejo Coast, Portugal
Set in the hills overlooking Portugal’s wild Alentejo Coast, this cozy eco-cottage is ideal for a couple looking to relax. Airbnb host Cornelia designed Casa Peixe to be accessible to guests with disabilities offering level access, a roll-in shower, and gradual pool entrance (see above photo).
5. Finnish Lakeshore Villa – Kangasniemi, Finland
Perched on a lake and surrounded by forest, this stylish four-bedroom wooden cabin built Scandinavian-style has a large, accessible wraparound terrace to soak up the views. The ground floor is completely level with one wheelchair-accessible bedroom and a bathroom with a roll-in shower and chair. All guests can reach the villa’s dock, sauna, and beach via a step-free walkway, and Airbnb host Pasi offers fishing trips on his wheelchair-accessible boat for an additional fee.
6. Eco Cave House – Tenerife, Spain
Tucked away on Tenerife’s wild and little-visited northern coast, this design-led home built into a cave is set on a farm with access to gardens and a swimming pool. The ground floor is step-free and includes a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with a Smart TV and a roll-in shower. Environmentally friendly, the cave home also reuses 90% of the water consumed for irrigation on the farm.
7. Coliseum Vacation Home – Rome, Italy
Just minutes away from the Colosseum, Airbnb host Salvatore welcomes guests to a unique, accessible retreat in the heart of Rome. Ground-level access is via a beautiful courtyard lined with plants in terracotta pots leading into the spacious newly modernized home. With room for 13 guests, it’s ideal for multi-generational family trips and has one bedroom and bathroom that have been specifically converted to accommodate guests with a disability or mobility limitation.
8. Newly Built Chamonix Ski Apartment – Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Airbnb host Anastasia is a parent of two children, one of whom is a wheelchair user, and ensures her new home is accessible to people with disabilities and families with young children. Just five minutes from the Aiguille du Midi ski lift in lively Chamonix, the ground floor ski apartment has two step-free bedrooms, a wheelchair-accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower, TV, washing machine, bike room, garden, ski locker, and garage.
9. SeaChange Experience – Barwon Heads, Australia
Just off the Great Ocean Road near the beaches of Barwon Heads, this architect-designed home oozes style with a gourmet kitchen, fireplace, and lovely extras such as picnic blankets, toys, and a range of pillows from soft to firm. It has an accessible design too, with step-free access throughout, a wheelchair-friendly stove and microwave, roll-in shower, and adaptive equipment such as a shower chair, adjustable grab bars, toilet assist attachments, mobile hoist, and more.
Now that you know your dream vacation can be made a reality, what are you waiting for? Head over to Airbnb.com now to start planning your trip!