From the Annual Meeting 2007 column of the October 2006 Perspectives
Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
AHA Staff, October 2006
The information that follows is provided to assist AHA annual meeting attendees with special needs to obtain the reasonable accommodations they require. Please refer to this information when making hotel reservations or arrangements to participate in program sessions and other events. In particular, guests should advise the housing bureau about specific needs when making room reservations.
All hotels have accessible lobbies; several have autoslide doors. Thresholds and doormats are in compliance with ADA regulations and door-service personnel are available at most properties. Lobbies have marble floors and/or low-pile area carpeting. All hotels have accessible registration desks or provide clipboards to guests to complete registration documentation. Elevators connect all levels of each hotel. Each elevator has a wheelchair accessible keypad, Braille numerals beside each control button, and audible direction. Restrooms in lobbies and on meeting room floors are wheelchair- accessible and have tactile signage.
All hotels have accessible guest rooms. The number of such rooms at each property is noted in the listing below. Among other amenities, these rooms feature: wheelchair-accessible doors, lever door handles, security peepholes, ample room space, grab bars in restrooms, low sinks with insulated pipes, accessible towel racks, and accessible mirrors. The following auxiliary aids are available at most properties: flashing fire alarm, doorbell, and telephone; vibrating alarm clock; closed-caption decoders; Braille signage; and TDD telephones.
If you require a scooter, rentals are available by contacting: ScootAround Inc., toll-free at 888-441-7575, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, online at http://www.scootaround.com, or by fax at 204-478-1172.
Parking: An elevator from the parking garage leads directly to the hotel lobby. Valet service available next to elevators. Special car parking spaces are provided and wheelchair van parking is available nearby.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 35 ADA-approved accessible rooms, at least two on every floor.
Meeting rooms: The meeting rooms are located on floors 1, 2, 3, and 4 and are all-accessible. The Crystal Ballroom, which is bilevel, is equipped with wheelchair lifts.
Restaurants: Nikolai’s Roof, Le Café, Garden Terrace, Trader Vic’s, and Casablanca Lounge are accessible.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Parking: Hotel staff at the Peachtree Center Avenue valet parking entrance accommodates ADA guests.
Guest rooms: Twenty-six wheelchair-accessible guest rooms are available.
Meeting rooms: The Job Register is located on the Continental Level and meeting rooms are on the International Level, and all are accessible.
Restaurants: Champion’s Sports Bar, Atrium Express, Allie’s American Bar & Grille, and GrandStand Lounge are accessible.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Parking: Guests should arrive at the Motor Entrance Lobby on Peachtree Center Avenue at the rear of the hotel for valet staff to assist with accessible parking.
Guest rooms: Thirteen physically accessible, six sight accessible, and six hearing accessible rooms are available.
Meeting rooms: Meeting rooms are in the Embassy Hall and the Conference Hall Level and are all accessible.
Restaurants: Avanzare Steaks and Parasol Bar Lounge are accessible.
Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta
Parking: Accessible parking is available at the Spring Street lobby entrance.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 28 queen-bedded accessible rooms.
Meeting rooms: All meeting rooms on floors 6, 7, 12, and 14 are accessible.
Restaurants: The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View, the Café, and the Lobby Bar are accessible.
Residence Inn Downtown Atlanta
Parking: Accessible parking is available at the Forsythe Street entrance.
Guest rooms: The all-suite hotel has 12 accessible rooms; 4 have roll-in showers and accessible tubs.
Restaurant: The dining room, where the hotel offers a daily complimentary breakfast and afternoon reception, is accessible.