The Ultimate Guide to Hotel Elevators

Choosing an elevator system for a hotel differs significantly from selecting a residential building elevator. For residential buildings, elevator only needs to meet the basic need accessing floors with ease. However, hotel elevators require much more because they are part of your investment portfolio. Therefore, elevators for hotels are typically designed to enhance the overall user experience. When it comes to choosing hotel elevators, there are a lot of factors to consider. These include durability, capacity, size, accessibility, and speed. This article is a complete guide to hotel elevators. It covers everything you need to know to choose the right elevator for your next hotel and maximize your revenue growth! Without further ado, let’s begin.

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Factors to Consider When Installing A Hotel Elevator

Capacity of the Elevator

Capacity of the ElevatorIt is important that the elevators are optimized for capacity to reduce wait times especially during peak times, such as check ins or check outs, and events or meals. The minimum capacity of hotel elevators is 3000 lbs. The capacity can however exceed 3500 lbs depending on the needs of the hotel.

The speed of the elevator

Similar to capacity, the speed of the elevator must also be optimized according to the building height without compromising safety to reduce wait times that can lead to overcrowding. The elevator speed of low-rise buildings speed ranges from 100 to 200 feet per minute (fpm). In mid-rise buildings, the speed can be about 200 to 500 fpm. The speed can be even greater in high-rise buildings.

Number of Elevators

Installing the right number of elevators in your hotel also contributes to reducing wait times and overcrowding. Hence, increases the overall customer satisfaction. The required number of elevators depends on the number of floors in the building. Generally, high-rise buildings require more elevators compared to mid rise and low rise.
Location of the Elevator
The elevator should be located close to the guest rooms, not greater than 150 feet. This makes it convenient for guests to conveniently access the elevator.


Assessing your space should be your topmost priority before installing an elevator. This is important so that any space constraint can be addressed early before embarking on the elevator project. It will also help determine the appropriate elevator for your hotel. For instance, hotels with limited space can opt for space-saving elevators such as machine-room-less (MRL) elevators.
Our engineers at Dazen can work with you to develop custom solutions appropriate for your available space without compromising aesthetics or safety.


This is no-brainer. Durable elevators ensure safety, minimize breakdowns and require less maintenance, thus, reducing your operational costs.


Your customers can’t appreciate how durable and functional your elevators are until they use the elevators. However, they can be attracted to the elevators from a distance based on its appearance. The aesthetics are as important as capacity and speed. Let the design of the hotels add colour to the hotel. Also, ensure to choose elevators with high-quality, wear resistant finishes to preserve their elegance and functionality for a long time.

Hotel Elevator Types

Traction Elevator

Hotel elevators are mostly traction elevator due to their efficiency, capacity, space utilization, energy efficiency and quality of ride. By choosing traction elevator, you can ensure quick and seamless transportation for your customers from one floor to another.

Machine Room Less Elevators

Machine room less elevators are ideal for hotels with space constraint or if you desire a compact design. They are also ideal for hotels with their cost savings, energy efficiency, aesthetics, and superior ride quality. Therefore, by choosing MRL elevators you can maximize the available space, reduce construction and operation costs, as well as offer a seamless movement for guests up or down the floors.

Hydraulic Elevators

ydraulic elevators are an excellent choice for low to mid-rise hotels due to their lower installation costs, high load capacity, smooth ride quality, and emergency safety features. That being said, hydraulic elevators require adequate space for a machine room, and may consume higher energy consumption. With a careful assessment of the needs of your hotel and ensuring regular maintenance, hyrdrualic elevators can offer a cost-effective and reliable solution for your hotel.

Glass Elevators

Glass elevators are a popular choice for hotels looking to create a distinctive guest experience. They allow guests to have a stunning view of the environment from the elevator car, elevating the overall guest experience. However, you must take into consideration factors such as safety, maintenance, privacy and structural requirements.
Although glass elevators can improve the elegance of your hotel, the installation requires a high level of expertise. If you want to learn more about installing glass elevators for hotels, you can contact us now to speak our engineers.

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Frequently Asked Questions On Hotel Elevators

Are Hotels Required to Have Elevators?
According to the International Building Code guidelines (IBC), hotels with three to four floors must have a minimum of one elevator. You can decide to increase it to two or three elevators depending on your need. Equipping your hotel with the precise number of elevators can help to improve accessibility and reduce wait times. As a result, improve the overall guest experience.

How Many Elevators Are Required On The Hotel Premises?
The number of elevators required on your hotel premises depend on the floors in the building and the number of keys in the hotel. As a hotel owner, your primary objective is to provide convenience for your guests. You do not want your customers waiting on the line for long to get into the elevator car. To achieve this, it is recommended that an elevator should be positioned not more than 150 feet from the guest rooms or 75 keys to one elevator and service elevator.What is the standard size of a hotel elevator lift?
The standard size of a hotel elevator lift is 6’-8″ by 5’-5″. The sizes vary depending on the design of the elevator. For example, the stretcher elevator and service elevator. Stretcher and service elevators have different configurations to accommodate larger loads.

Is a service elevator essential?
Service elevator allows staff to carry out their duties effectively without disrupting the guest experience. They are designed to handle heavy loads, frequent use and service-related tasks. Most small hotels utilize passenger elevator and that is quite understandable due to the cost of installing a specialized elevator. But for large hotels with at least 75 guest rooms, it is important you have a minimum of one service elevator. It will enhance the overall operations of the hotel.

When is a Stretcher Elevator Necessary?
Stretcher elevator can save a life in the event of a health emergency. Ensure to install one in your hotel. Moreover, the IBC mandates that buildings with at least four stories above the ground level must invest in a stretcher elevator. The elevator car must be able to accommodate a 24 by 84 feet ambulance stretcher horizontally.
Additionally, a side opening door will be the ideal door for the elevator. Side opening door provides wider opening space as it opens to one side rather than splitting in the middle. The capacity should be at least 3500 lbs.

What is the Appropriate Capacity of Hotel Elevator?
The capacity of the
hotel elevator depends on the size of the hotel. However, it typically ranges from 2000 to 4000 lbs.

What is the Ideal Speed for a Hotel Elevator?
The speed of hotel elevators varies depending on several factors, including the building’s height, the number of floors, and the desired guest experience. A low-rise hotel ought to have an elevator speed of about 100-150 fpm. Mid-rise hotels have speed of about 200-350 fpm. High-rise hotels have speed of about 350-500 fpm and skyscrapers have speed of about 500-1200 fpm. You can contact our engineers now to help you determine the optimal speed for your hotel elevator.

Is Backup Power Necessary for My Elevator?
Yes, backup power is necessary for your elevator, to ensure safety and efficiency. The backup power provides uninterrupted service, allowing the elevator to continue operating during power outage, improving customers experience and convenience.
Moreover, safety regulations require elevators in certain buildings such as hotels to have backup power.
As you invest in an elevator, also invest in a backup power. It can be an emergency battery system or UPS. This provides an immediate backup power to keep systems running temporarily until a more permanent solution such as generator kicks in.
Additionally, try to connect the elevator to the main switchboard to ensure the elevators receive a stable and reliable power supply from the building’s main electrical infrastructure.

Dazen: Hotel Elevators Manufacturer

With over 20 years in manufacturing elevators, Dazen Elevator has developed a comprehensive understanding of the specific needs and requirements of the hotel industry. We have the expertise to provide elevator solutions that enhance both operational efficiency and guest experience.
We offer traction elevators and other types of elevators for hotels. We also offer specialized elevators such as service elevators and stretcher elevators. We are your one-stop solution for your hotel elevator.
If you have any questions or need more information, speak with us today for tailored elevator solutions for your hotel.

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