If you use a wheelchair and have never visited Las Vegas before, you may be wondering whether you will encounter any issues in Las Vegas, or at one of the strip clubs. I have been to Las Vegas many times with a good buddy of mine who is in a wheelchair, and let me assure you, he encountered very few inconveniences because of the chair.
Las Vegas Resort Accessibility
Las Vegas is renowned for its service to its visitors, and has gone the extra mile to make sure the resorts and the entire Strip is accessible. The main floors of the newer resorts are one level. Corridors and pathways through the casinos are wide and smooth. If there are stairs or escalators, there is always a ramp near-by. The casinos have some low gaming tables with positions reserved for those in wheelchairs.
Some of the older resorts, and those downtown were built during an era when not many people in wheelchairs traveled to Las Vegas. They have done their best trying to make these older facilities accessible, but in some cases, even though you can get in, the buildings are more cramped and you may have more difficulty navigating some area.
One of the most annoying things for those in wheelchairs is that many people do not watch where they are walking. They are too busy gawking at everything and, since you are usually lower to the ground, they don’t see you until the last minute. So be prepared for that.
Gentlemen’s Clubs and Wheelchairs
Rest assured, accessibility is not at a problem at the popular gentlemen’s clubs! As with the resorts, the main level of the clubs is usually at street level or up s ramp. Some of the clubs have multi-level interiors, but they also have ramps or elevators to accommodate wheelchairs. The restrooms have large stalls and some have low sinks. If they don’t, there is usually an attendant to help with water and towels.
The only downside is that the clubs can get crowded and this can be a challenge for maneuvering. The chairs and tables in the clubs are pretty close together. But, there are also a number of hosts walking around who will be happy to move obstacles. And, don’t worry about the ladies. Judging from the attention my buddy got, the women do not have any issues with guys in wheelchairs!
Las Vegas also has many taxis that are accessible, so you won’t have any trouble getting to a club from your resort. It may take a little while for the taxi-stand valet to get one to the hotel, but he or she will. Once you are in a cab, get a business card from the driver and you can call him when you are ready to leave the club.
A Tip For Powered Chair Users
You will be doing a lot of traveling through your resort and on the strip. The resorts and the gentlemen’s clubs are mainly carpeted, which can drain the batteries faster. Keep an eye on your remaining power and charge your batteries when you are back in your room getting ready for the next thing you want to do. Otherwise, you might have the same unfortunate situation that my buddy had; running out of power at a gentlemen’s club! My task for the remainder of the evening was to push him around the club, and back to our room at the end of the night. Pushing a 250 pound wheelchair across all that carpet is hard work!