Stannahsaur Sighting in W1 Hotel!

In 1988, did a Stannah Piccolo passenger lift go on a working holiday to the charming Hotel La Place in Marylebone, love it and decide to stay? Possibly, as it continues to deliver excellent service, with no sign of quitting.

Which is great news for a lift company currently celebrating 150 years at the forefront of the UK lift industry – and great news, too, for this vibrant hotel on the lip of the West End and with hundreds of London-hungry guests every year.

The Piccolo was installed 29 years ago when the building underwent a major transformation into the handsome hotel it is today, combining modern comforts and amenities with traditional charms. Both the hotel and the lift undergo regular revamps which explains why they both look and function so well.

Cruising effortlessly at a speed of 0.5m/s between all five floors, the 3-person lift saves the legs of staff and guests alike. Its rich, puce exterior opens to reveal a stylish, mirrored interior and an original control panel in satin stainless-steel, complete with a Stannah heritage logo (more bluebird than pterodactyl!).

Hotel owner, Hal Jaffer, has only praise for their long-serving lift:

“Our Piccolo performs perfectly, easily handling all stops between basement and the top floor. We’d be lost without it and are delighted that it is happy to call Hotel La Place home.”
Hal Jaffer, Owner, Hotel La Place

A small passenger lift predecessor to the modern-day, new machinery-directive Piccolo lift, this Piccolo owes its longevity to Stannah’s superior genetics and the support of a comprehensive lift servicing plan, delivered by the London and the South East – Dartford branch of Stannah Lift Services, part of a nationwide network providing comprehensive lift servicing and support.

With a plethora of Piccolos still in service and over 25 years old, Stannah has high hopes of the modern generations of Stannah Piccolo.

NB: Inhouse palaeontologists are unearthing numerous prehistoric Stannah lifts, with several sites of special scientific interest currently under investigation. Great news for lift fossil owners and their many fans. So watch this space!