Monday, 24 January 2011

Belmore Court & Motel Is Seeing Blue Stars


Belmore Court & Motel is the latest hospitality venue in Northern Ireland to sign up to revolutionary new website the Blue Star Scheme, which rates hotels according to their level of disabled access and facilities.



For disabled travellers, the Blue Star Scheme (www.bluestarscheme.co.uk), offers invaluable help by rating individual hotel's facilities throughout the country, allowing them to choose a hotel, bed and breakfast or any other accommodation that meets their own individual needs.



The Belmore Court & Motel recently added 30 more bedrooms and the increase doubled the amount of accessible rooms onsite. As well as offering accessible standard double rooms & family apartments they can now accommodate wheelchairs in superior double, and twin rooms in the new building which has a lift. There is also an interconnecting accessible rooms available for those who wish to bring a friend or carer with them.



Founder of the Blue Star Scheme, Sean Gorman, commented, “We are delighted that Belmore Court and Motel has joined the Blue Star Scheme and is taking an active step towards achieving improved equality for the industry. With over 10% of the population suffering from a disability of some kind, now is the time for hotel owners to recognise that whilst location, d├ęcor and service are all very important considerations for travellers, a proportion of potential guests also need to know how disabled friendly their facilities are.



“The Blue Star Scheme is relevant to all hotels, regardless of the level of disabled facilities they have in place. It merely serves to provide disabled travellers, the elderly and family or friends with the information they need to make an informed decision.”



The ‘Blue Stars’ ratings indicate the accessibility and suitability of hotel facilities for all disabled guests and range from 1 to 5, reflecting on information such as availability of ground floor rooms, bathroom facilities and access to hotel parking, through to lift signs in Braille. This allows guests to be aware of the suitability of individual hotels prior to booking their accommodation.


Terry McCartney, Owner/Manager, Belmore Court & Motel, commented “We are delighted to be able to accommodate disabled travellers and those with limited mobility. Our new product has been built to high standards in line with building control guidelines and should be available to as many people as possible. Enniskillen is a friendly and scenic place and we want everyone to enjoy what it has to offer.