As hotels and spas open their doors again to customers, it could be a good time for hospitality venues to carry out an access survey to ensure guests with disabilities or mobility issues do not miss out on the opportunity to finally enjoy a mini break or a holiday after months of lockdown. Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director of the Platform Lift Company, brings us up to speed with the latest innovations for hospitality venues.
For hotels and spas who need to improve or install an access solution before the holiday season starts, there is still time to get a solution in place. Installing a platform lift can be easily achieved within a two-to-three-day period without having to carry out major structural alterations. There is also still time to book a service with one of our qualified engineers to ensure existing platform lifts are in working order.
Best platform lifts for tight spaces
One of the biggest challenges within a hotel which is not purpose built is space. A lot of buildings have been converted from big country houses or tall town houses into luxury hotels and spas. While there are quite a few compact platform lifts on the market, a couple really stand out in terms of their small footprint and innovation.
The FlexStep is an ingenious space-saving 2-in-1 low rise platform lift solution which can reach heights of 1.25m. It provides both stairs and a stairlift even in the tightest of spaces. At a touch of a button, the FlexStep transforms from a flight of stairs to a platform lift. It is the perfect access solution for hotels and spas with space restrictions who are looking to comply with Part M and The Equality Act 2010. You can choose from a variety of materials and finishes to complement an existing interior or exterior.
When it comes to a vertical platform lifts solution, the Motala 2000 platform lift is in a class of its own. No other platform lift offers the same high-quality performance, low noise level and the option to be glazed on all four sides. The Motala 2000 is unique with its dual guided chain drive system and has the largest internal platform size with the smallest external footprint on the market. This model comes with a fully clad self-supporting shaft which doesn’t require any structural fixing – this is a huge advantage for period and listed hotels as any existing building fabrics remain undisturbed.
The most stylish platform lifts
The beauty of platform lifts is the range of materials and finishes which are now available. A bespoke platform lift can be made in any four-digit RAL colour with features such as natural stone floor inlays, fully glazed panels for panoramic views and beautiful natural oak door handles.
EasyLift is an elegant platform lift which fits both external and indoor settings. This access solution has been designed by architects and features clean lines. It easily overcomes a small difference in level of up to 1.25m. This simple yet stylish platform lift is easy to install and integrates with both modern and traditional environments.
Another product to mention is our new Italian designed Open Style Platform Lift. This quality engineered wheelchair lift is designed to reach distances of up to 3 metres and can be made to specification. Cleanly designed for a timeless look, it blends effortlessly into both commercial and residential environments. This product excels in both indoor and outdoor settings to overcome architectural barriers such as a difference in levels or steps.
If you are seeking a platform lift which offers a similar experience as a passenger lift and can be made to a high specification, then consider our Deluxe Cabin Platform Lift. Our in-house design team will work closely with you to create a stunning product which can include anything from mood LED lighting to ambient music to create the perfect user experience within a luxury hotel or spa environment.
To discuss your access requirements, book a complimentary access survey or organise a platform lift service, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.