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Ireland’s first sensory hotel bedrooms to boost ‘autism-friendly’ holidays

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New sensory hotel bedrooms aim to offer “a non-stressful stay” for families living with autism, reports “Independent”.

Last month, Sligo’s  Radisson Blue Hotel & Spa unveiled the first ‘sensory hotel bedroom’ in Ireland, a refurbished suite with features like mood lighting, aura projections, massage rollers and a mobile sensory trolley – all designed to offer children with autism, ADHD and other disabilities, “a non-stressful stay”.

Designed by the Radisson’s innovation team with Multisensory Ireland, a company specialising in sensory rooms and soft play spaces, the room also includes soft fabrics, ear defenders and fibrotic lights showing a starry night.

Overnight rates in the sensory room start from €158 over mid-term for two adults and a child sharing, or from €188 for two adults and two children.

The Radisson Blu Sligo is a member of Ireland’s iNua Collection, which the Irish Independent can reveal is spending over €80,000 in adapting several similar rooms throughout the country. The rooms will be available to book by the end of February 2020.

In general terms, Irish hotels are “fairly accommodating” to people with autism, says Tara Matthews, Deputy Executive Director with the Irish Society for Autism.

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