Access Statement

Accessibility at Ashford International Hotel
We aim to provide the highest standards of service to all our guests and we look forward to welcoming you to the Ashford International Hotel and making your stay an enjoyable one. Facilities available for guests with disability needs are as follows:

Public transport
If not travelling by car, the nearest bus stop is located at the Sainsbury's Superstore directly adjacent to the hotel. And the bus routes from here take you to Ashford Town Centre and Kennington where connections can be made to destinations further afield.

An accessible taxi service is available from Ashford Taxis who can be contacted on (01233) 646646.
The nearest train station is Ashford International Station which is approximately 5 minutes by car from the hotel. Ashford town centre is just 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

Directions to the Hotel are available by clicking here, or by calling the hotel on 01233 219988.

As you arrive at the Hotel, you will find 400 parking spaces of which 8 are reserved for blue badge holders. 3 of these are located in the car park on the left as you enter the hotel grounds by the hotel's main entrance, the remaining 5 are located in the rear hotel car park. There is also a turning circle located directly outside the main entrance for dropping off and picking up only. There is a level, paved route from both sets of disabled parking into the hotel where the main entrances have a revolving door and a set of automated entrance doors.
If you need assistance with luggage or equipment, our team are on duty 24 hours.
The Reception desk is located on the ground floor of the hotel in the entrance lobby. The reception desk is 115cm high although check-in can also be completed whilst sitting at a lowered level at the end of the reception desk.

You will be offered a personal check-in service with a full explanation of the hotel's facilities together with a familiarisation tour if required. Assistance is available to help take your luggage to your room.
Reception staff will also brief you on our evacuation policy and please note on your registration card if assistance is needed in the event of an evacuation.
The following accessible aids are available at Reception:
• Induction Loop for use at Reception
• Portable Induction Loop for use in our boardrooms
• An evacuation chair is also available to enable our staff to assist with the emergency evacuation of disabled guests.
• A wheelchair is available for guests requiring access around the hotel on a complimentary basis.

Our lifts are located behind the main bedroom staircase giving access to all floors.

Ashford International Hotel has 3 purpose built accessible rooms on the ground floor with double beds.

Bedroom Inclusions:
Transfer space and turning of at least 120cm on one side of the bed
Short pile carpet
Non slip compound bathroom flooring
Reading lamps provided
24 hour room service
Walk in shower with shower chair no bath
Accessible wheel-in shower wet rooms with wall mounted drop down seat
Appropriate grab rails
Horizontal and vertical grab rails and emergency cords
Height adjustable sink units

If you would like to specifically book one of our access rooms please contact our UK call centre on 0845 034 5777

In the event of fire alarm activation these rooms have a sounder, vibrating pads and a visual flashing light. In the event of an emergency a member of the team will assist with your evacuation if necessary. Fire evacuation advice is provided on the back of your bedroom door and disabled refuge areas are situated on the lift lobbies in case staff need to summon extra assistance during your evacuation.

Public areas & Toilet facilities
There are no steps or slopes on the main corridors and public areas on the ground floor.
All the restaurant, bar and lounge facilities at Ashford International Hotel are located on the ground floor making them easily accessible.

One lift has audible enunciation and tactile buttons at standard height.
Accessible toilet facilities are located in the main boulevard by the leisure club and in the conference room corridor on the ground floor.

Conference, Banqueting & Meeting Rooms
Our meeting rooms are located on the first and ground floors of which all are fully accessible from Reception.
Hearing loops are available upon request in advance. Lighting can be dimmed where required.
Please notify your conference or banqueting manager for specific seating or staging requirements.

Leisure and Spa
The leisure club is located on the ground floor. A member of the leisure team will show you the facilities and assist with access to the swimming pool and spa. A chair lift is located in the Leisure facility to allow access to both upper and lower leisure levels. A dedicated accessible toilet, shower and changing area is located within the leisure club, with a drop down seat and appropriate grab rails. Access to poolside is on the same level and there are steps with a handrail into the pool. Both the steam room and sauna are accessible with door widths of 85cm. Seating is provided in both.

Outdoor Facilities
The patio area can be accessed via the rear hotel entrance which is level and paved. There is a revolving door along with an automatic opening door for easier access / egress.

Contact Information
Address: Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN24 8UX
Telephone: 01233 219 988
Email: [email protected]
Local carers: available on request depending on your needs
Local equipment hire companies: available on request depending on your needs
Local public transport numbers for busses & trains: 0871 200 22 33