On Wednesday 21st October, the technology applied to enhance the accessibility of hotels will be the subject of the specialist presentations held in InteriHOTEL’s Knowledge Area. In the session, we will have the opportunity to gain insight from three perspectives: hotel manager, architect and manufacturer. The professionals themselves will share their real first-hand experience and generate discussion on the issue.

Firstly, the Majestic Hotel & Spa on Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona, a symbol of 5-star hotel excellence since 1918, will explain how the recent conversion of the hotel’s rooms went, with the incorporation of the latest technology throughout the room, bathroom, furniture and automation to enable full independence and freedom of movement for guests with disabilities.

Then, Enrique Rovira-Beleta, architect, wheelchair user and director of the consultancy Rovira-Beleta Accesibilidad SLP, will share his experience spanning back over 30 years, incorporating accessibility in an indiscernible way through design that encompasses everybody at a low or no cost. Rovira-Beleta is a nationally and internationally renowned figure in the field of accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, with work including projects, accessibility plans, project supervision, audits, training courses and conferences, articles, publications, etc. He was in charge of improving accessibility on the Organizing Board of the 1992 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Barcelona and he is currently involved in drafting the new accessibility legislation in Catalonia and Spain, in collaboration with institutions, foundations and associations of people with disabilities working in this field.

Last but not least, Adom, the result of the merger between BJ Adaptaciones -national leader in disability support products and technology- and Erreka -leading manufacturer in the automation sector, will explain the background of this project, as well as their conceptualization of ‘Hotel A’ with rooms for all types of guest, especially designed for people with disabilities or certain limitations, but which are perfectly suitable for other guests.

As Adom’s slogan puts it, “The disability is in the places, not the people”.


Fotografía: Adom-autonomía

Vídeo: Majestic Hotel Group