Keio Plaza Begins Renovation
Universal design provides wheelchair access
The 1,450-room Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo will update its 10 universal-design guestrooms on the 30th floor and add three new rooms of this type in an effort to offer higher levels of satisfaction to customers with varying medical and other special needs.
The original design was launched in 2002 to help increase accessibility and functionality for travelers with disabilities or specialized requirements. All of these accommodations are wheelchair accessible and supply ample space to move. Some of the features include an electric reclining bed, an electric chair, a closet with a lowered bar, a desk with space to roll under and a bathroom equipped with grab bars and a slip-proof mat.
The current round of renovations, which represents a $3.6 million investment, will expand the size of bathrooms and add new furniture that maintains the basic functionality concepts of “adjustable” and “adaptable.” At the same time, special lighting systems will be created for guests with visual impairments.
The renovations begin this month, and the rooms are expected to reopen in December.