Review of SuzanneStays Accommodation by STAR Client

Heather Coombes review of SuzanneStays: “This is a luxury apartment with cracker views and friendly assistance available. Bathroom facilities are second to none.  The whole experience would suit a person in a wheelchair, powered or other, with able-bodied assistance. There is clear evidence of a well-thought out holiday destination.  I recommend asking the owners about specific individual needs.  Thanks for the delightful opportunity to explore “SuzanneStays” in Brisbane.”

WHEELIE GOOD  HOLIDAY ON HIGH

As a motorised wheelchair user, I am pleased to review a modern wheelchair-friendly apartment, named “Suzanne Stays” on the 31st floor of a high-rise complex, overlooking the beautiful Brisbane River and the Story Bridge.

Come with me as I wheel you through a tour of this picturesque holiday spot.

Before your holiday

You can order required equipment online upon booking e.g. hoists, over-toilet frames which will be in place before you arrive. 

Parking

There is disability undercover parking under the apartment block.

Entry to Foyer

Terrain is flat, with automatic opening doors.  A property host will be there to meet you to escort you to your apartment via a very spacious lift and accessible lift buttons.

Entry to Apartment Front Door

You will probably find the door difficult to access independently on account of its heaviness and narrow circulation space in parts, but with able-bodied assistance it should be fine.  There is a CCTV camera at the entry to ensure safety from unwanted intruders.

Doorways throughout the apartment are widened for wheelchair access.

Fire Safety

In the event of fire, the Fire Brigade are automatically notified of guests with disability. They will be assisted in the emergency.

24/7 Access to Help

Your property host is available via phone to assist if needed. Furniture can be moved for extra space.

Bedrooms

Each of the two bedrooms has the potential to house two single beds. However, when there are two singles, circulation space for a motorised chair is very tight. However when one is bed removed, movement is a dream. There are remote controls to raise and lower the motorised beds. You can pre-order side rails if needed. For easy access, there are no doors on the wardrobes and clothes racks can be moved down for better reach.

At its peak capacity, there is room for six people to stay if you use the fold down bed from the wall in the living area. If there is one single bed in each room, there is space for two people in wheelchairs to be accommodated.

Balconies 

The small balcony in Bedroom 1 has a step down.  However the other two balconies in the living area are spacious, have flat access and the views over Brisbane are to die for! You are the king/queen of your castle for unique day and night views, with access to a BBQ facility and table and chairs.

Laundry

There is a front-loading washing machine in this small laundry.

Bathrooms

For able-bodied people there is a small bathroom with toilet.

For people with disability, there is a huge bathroom with brilliant movement space. There is a rail for left arm use on the toilet (as you are on the loo) with right hand access for your wheelchair.  For back support there is a portable back rest.

In the same room there is a big shower area, no hob, a hand-held rose, fold- down shower seat from the wall. In addition there is a separate adjacent fold down seat for drying.

Living Area

Apart from a round table and chairs, there is a wide-screen TV (free internet and TV) with space for a wheelchair person to sit together with their friends on the lounge. Lights can be turned off and on by a portable set of switches on the kitchen bench. Power points are also portable along a special bar on the living room skirting board. These devices would be particularly helpful when you are charging your power chair.

Kitchen

The island bench is deliciously at wheelchair height. I did not try the fridge. The gas stove is also accessible from a side angle. If you require front-on access for cooking or food preparation, then space might be a problem. If you have able- bodied friends with you, then it would be great to have a holiday from kitchen duties! There a blender and drinking straws for people with those particular needs.

Facilities

Using the lift, you can have access to the gym downstairs, which is equipped with a ramp, mats and big exercise machines. You are responsible for your own fitness as there are no personal trainers.

There is an outdoor lap pool and spa. A wheelchair hoist to service these areas is on the drawing board.  There is a lovely shaded outdoor eating area with ramped access where needed.

Entertainment, Walks and Eats

With easy access to the board walk by the river, the apartment block is near to the Brewery where there is often live music playing. Howard Smith Wharves Entertainment area is close by and Eagle Street is only 200 metres away.

Cost

The usual price to stay in this beautiful fit-for-wheelchair purpose apartment is $425 per night, but if 6 people stayed the price would be shared. The owners require a minimum stay of 1 week.

Summary

This is a luxury apartment with cracker views and friendly assistance available. Bathroom facilities are second to none.  The whole experience would suit a person in a wheelchair, powered or other, with able-bodied assistance. There is clear evidence of a well-thought out holiday destination.  I recommend asking the owners about specific individual needs.  Thanks for the delightful opportunity to explore “SuzanneStays” in Brisbane.

For more information, go to https://suzannestays.com/