Las Vegas is one of the most accessible cities in America, if not
the world. And it was that way long before the federal American
With Disabilities Act ever saw the light of day.
Why? Because Las Vegas hoteliers understand a basic marketing
concept: you need to do everything you can to get everybody in the
door. And if that means building a ramp, adding more
wheelchair-accessible suites or lowering some blackjack tables,
then so be it.
That’s why Las Vegas continues to be a top vacation choice for
wheelchair-users and slow walkers.
The first-rate access extends well beyond the glitzy hotels and
casinos that line the Strip.
In fact, it starts at McCarran International Airport. The modern
terminal features barrier-free access to all buildings, accessible
restrooms and even a wheelchair-accessible monorail.
There are also a wide variety of accessible airport transfer
Grey Line Airport Express operates an on-demand lift-equipped
shuttle service to the Strip, downtown area and outlying hotels.
Reservations are not required, and frequent departures make it a
Bell Transportation and CLS Transportation also provide
wheelchair-accessible transfers between McCarran and city hotels.
Both services, however, do require reservations at least 48 hours
Also, accessible taxis are available at the airport, but since
they cannot be reserved in advance, are a bit harder to secure. In
most cases, the airport dispatcher has to order an accessible taxi,
and the waiting period can range from a few minutes to more than an
The good news: There’s no shortage of accessible hotel rooms in
Las Vegas. In fact, most properties have gone well beyond the
minimum ADA requirements.
For example, Bellagio has 61 accessible rooms with roll-in
showers, while the Imperial Palace has 85 such rooms. In both
cases, this greatly exceeds the minimum requirement of 30 and 27
Many Las Vegas hotels, such as Treasure Island, the MGM Grand
and the Luxor, have wheelchair lifts at their swimming pools.
The Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio also have rooms
equipped with electric track lifts in the bathrooms and bedrooms.
This unusual feature, a rarity in hotels elsewhere, makes it
possible for wheelchair users to transfer from the chair to the
bed, bath or toilet independently.
Most of the major hotels can also arrange rentals of such as
wheelchairs, Hoyer-type lifts, commode chairs and scooters.
Alternately, arrangements can be made directly with American
Scooter Rental (Las Vegas-based) or Scoot Around North America (a
national company) for wheelchairs and scooters.
Most of the newer Las Vegas hotels are like little cities
featuring everything from shops and restaurants to showrooms and
movie theaters. And all are easily accessible.
Many casinos even feature accessible slot machines and lowered
gaming tables. And in most cases, dealers will place bets and take
verbal commands from guests who cannot move their hands.
Getting around town is a snap too.
The Las Vegas Strip Trolley stops at most of the major Strip
hotels. Most of the trolleys, actually buses, are accessible and
the fare is an affordable $1.30. Accessible taxi service is
available through Ace Cab Co. Additionally, the CAT bus system,
which offers service to the airport and around town, operates a
variety of accessible vehicles.
And for the truly independent client, Wheelchair Getaways has a
large selection of accessible self-drive vans for daily and weekly
rental. This option offers the greatest freedom to explore
accessible Las Vegas and the surrounding area.