10 accessible Airbnb rentals in Portland, Palm Springs and London

Srin Madipalli is a devoted world traveler who uses a wheelchair. To make it easier to find accessible lodging when booking online, he co-created Accomable, an online resource that was acquired by Airbnb in 2017.

Since then, Madipalli, who heads Airbnb’s accessibility team, has refined the homestay rental company’s search filters to help people with disabilities and their families find places that can be easily enjoyed without steps or stairs, and other accommodations.

“No two people with a disability are the same, so we offer 27 accessibility filters for a spectrum of needs, and we’re working on more,” says Madipalli.

–Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

jeastman@oregonian.com | @janeteastman

Airbnb/Oarboard Rowing Excursion

Madipalli writes about experiences adapted for travelers with disabilities. One example he included in Growing Our Accessibility Community is an adaptive Oarboard Rowing Excursion in Seattle.

Airbnb/Great SE Division location. Lovely new cottage

Rentals that meet mobility and health needs make it easier to visit Portland and travel the world.

One cottage available for rent in the Southeast Division Street neighborhood is owned by Maggie Skenderian, who was looking ahead to when she and her husband might need a smaller place to maintain with supportive features.

She found her solution in her backyard. She replaced an old detached garage with a 380-square foot second home, or accessory dwelling unit, designed for people with limited mobility.

Airbnb/Great SE Division location. Lovely new cottage

The cottage’s layout allows someone in a wheelchair or using a walker to be able to move from the curb into the front door.

The Skenderians, who live in the original house, plan to rent out the backyard cottage ($79 a night) until they need it themselves or want to use the self-contained apartment as a caregiver’s living quarters.

Airbnb/Great SE Division location. Lovely new cottage

Some of Skenderian’s guests have special needs.

“We have had a few people, like someone who just had knee replacement surgery and a man with an oxygen tank, who booked specifically because we don’t have stairs,” she says. “People appreciate the ease and that the doors are nice and wide.”

Airbnb/Great SE Division location. Lovely new cottage

The home does not have an accessible kitchen sink, but there is a roll-in shower.

Airbnb/Great SE Division location. Lovely new cottage

Airbnb trains hosts to post clear photos and describe features that can help travelers with different accessibility needs determine if they can easily navigate their way in and around the rooms.


Currently, there are hundreds of accessible Airbnb rentals around the world. Filters can help travelers find a place with hoists into the bed or pool.

Here’s a look at accessible places to stay in Portland and other popular travel spots.

Expect these basic prices to vary depending on your travel dates.


FowlerHousePDX is a wheelchair-accessible, single-story detached home that has ramps to connect to the garden and outdoor dining area.

The dwelling was designed by Webster Wilson Architect for the hosts’ parents to age-in-place “with dignity and beauty. Until then, we are offering it to guests,” state hosts Monica and Alex.

The modern dwelling ($89), which has 10-feet-high windows that rise to meet a cathedral ceiling, has received an award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was invited to be on the 2018 AIA Portland Homes Tour.

Airbnb/Foodie Row Studio

Foodie Row Studio in the Laurelhurst District was recently remodeled and furnished.

Although the name of the place suggests eating out, the apartment ($40) has a fully equipped kitchen with stainless-steel appliances to let a roaming chef prepare a feast and serve it at the nearby table.

Flat floors, wide doors and a curb-less shower are some of the accessible features.

Airbnb/NE Sanctuary New Modern Private Home

A new modern home in Northeast Portland was designed and built by an architect to meet strict sustainable environmentally conscious green certification standards.

The sanctuary ($94), across from a Zen center, has a kitchen, dining area, king-size bed with a memory foam mattress, an office, 55-inch smart TV, air conditioning and a washer-dryer.

Wide room entrances, one with a barn door, provide easy access.

A concrete walkway leads to the front door. The front patio offers views of people on the bicycle route. “Close to the action yet just out of the chaos,” state the hosts.

Airbnb/Loft Living steps from Laurelhurt’s restaurant scene

Loft living steps from Laurelhurt’s restaurant scene ($149) lists 18 accessible features, including an accessible-height bed, fixed bathroom grab bars and shower bench, plus wide clearances.

Airbnb/Private garden cottage in the heart of Mississippi

Private garden cottage in the heart of Mississippi ($98) has an open-floor plan with sliding barn doors to the bedroom with a queen-size bed made with hypoallergenic linens.

The newly built, off-street garden home with no steps, wider doorways and walk-in shower is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers.

“We are excited to welcome all kind and considerate people to enjoy our brand new little home,” state the hosts.

Airbnb/Barberton Retreat

The Barberton retreat house for 16 people in Vancouver, Washington, has been redesigned to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

It’s a welcoming and “comfortable space for everyone,” say the hosts.

Most of the living spaces and bedrooms are on the mail level ($325).

Airbnb/Chelsea Harbour Modern Apartment

A modern flat in London’s Chelsea Harbour near the Thames River is hosted by a diversity and inclusion consultant.

The ground floor is fully wheelchair accessible with an easy-access kitchen, low-light switches, wide doors and a wet room with a roll-in shower. The home is reserved into 2020.

Airbnb/Vermont Botanical Studio Apartment

Hosts are adapting their rentals to meet the needs of visitors with mobility limitations. A quirky cottage ($75) attached to a botanical art studio in Putney, Vermont, has ramps to the deck and the outdoor shower. Inside is a step-free bathroom.

Airbnb/Adults-Only: Poolside Luxury King

El Noa Noa estate in Palm Springs’ Warm Sands is the former home of pop singer Juan Gabriel. The large studio has a fireplace, kitchenette and walk-in shower with a bench ($129). 

Vacasa Oregon/Airbnb

Looking for more ideas: Here are 10 ideal Airbnb rentals for sweet Cannon Beach getaways: For people who dream of having a beach house, an Oregon Coast vacation rental is a sweet substitute.

In addition to hotels and B&B, Cannon Beach visitors can check into a cottage or condo, wrapped in classic cedar shingles and equipped with a kitchenette and patio, that’s operated by hospitality professionals as well as homeowners with space to spare.

Airbnb’s research found visitors book their Cannon Beach getaway at least two months before their trip. Nightly rentals are restricted and people devoted to special events like the crowd-pleasing Sandcastle Contest and hilarious corgi run race to reserve a place.

–Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

jeastman@oregonian.com | @janeteastman

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