Expedia launches new search tool for disabled travelers

A new search tool from Expedia and Hotels.com makes it easier for consumers to find hotels that offer accommodations for disabled travelers. The search function will allow travelers to filter results to only show those hotels with accessibility equipment for the deaf, handicap-accessible bathrooms, Braille or raised signage, a roll-in shower and more. Once a hotel is located, a customer can request one or more of the specific accessibility features on Expedia.com’s online Reservation Page.

I did a quick search for hotels in Miami with accessibility features on Hotels.com and Expedia.com. The results were plentiful, and included properties that range in price and star-rating. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, for example, offers rooms equipped with accessibility equipment for the deaf, raised signage, handicapped parking, and rooms with roll-in showers. The Marriott Miami Biscayne Beach offers similar options, as do the 62 other hotels that came up after I filtered my search. However, all these hotels note that amenities may be available only in some rooms and some amenities may incur additional fees, so it’s best to double check with your Expedia or Hotels.com customer service rep about any additional fees before booking.

To ensure the hotel is absolutely accessible for the needs of the traveler, Expedia.com and Hotels.com customer service team will review the traveler’s request for the hotel booking and contact the hotel to verify the specific needs of the traveler are met. Expedia or Hotels.com will follow up with call to the consumer to confirm the reservation or aid in booking another hotel.

According to HotelMarketing.com, Expedia.com offers more than 15,000 hotels that publish accessibility options.