6 of the Best Lifts to Ride around the World

December 1, 2016 by Alexandra Gregg

Choosing which elevator to ride may seem insignificant when planning your holiday, but it’s the little things that make all the difference when you travel. And what better way to end a perfect day of exploration than with a compelling journey to your chosen floor? Here we look at six of the best lifts to ride around the world:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London

WHAT? Singing lift

The JCB lift at London’s Royal Festival Hall, designed by Martin Creed (design no. 409), treats visitors to some beautiful four-part harmonies. As you travel up and down from floor to floor, an a capella scale ascends or descends with you – there’s something incredibly soothing about it.

QT Sydney, Australia

WHAT? Musical lift

The QT Sydney is one of the city’s newest hotels, so it’s no surprise it keeps pushing the boundaries. And the latest in its bold additions is a set of interactive elevators that really mess with your head. Installed with heat sensors, they can detect how many passengers are in a lift and will play a song to reflect that. So, if you’re travelling alone, don’t be surprised if Eric Carmen’s ‘All By Myself’ starts blasting out of the speakers.

Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany

WHAT? Time capsule-esque elevator

This elevator may not sing to you, but it does look like something out of a space-age movie. So if you’re a fan of science fiction flicks like Total Recall and Judge Dredd, you’ll feel right at home here.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

WHAT? Super-fast

Prepare for some ear-popping speed in the lift at the Burj Khalifa. You’ll hurtle to the observation deck atop the world’s tallest building (828m) at a whopping 40mph. This lift also holds the record for the longest travel lift in the world, rising 124 floors from the ground. It may seem terrifying, but it’s nowhere near as scary as the alternative: climbing 2,909 stairs.

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, elevator art (image: Flickr)

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, elevator art (image: Flickr)

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel, USA

WHAT? Elevator art

Undoubtedly the swankiest lift we’ve experienced, the Art Deco mock-up room inside this elevator matches the luxury style that stretches throughout this indulgent hotel. Described as being “vinyls of moustache-accented classic beauties enlivening the elevators”, it certainly makes for a unique elevator ride.

Radisson SAS Hotel in Berlin-Mitte, Germany

WHAT? Lift inside an aquarium

So much more than just a lift, this elevator is the core of the AquaDom, the world’s largest freestanding aquarium. An attraction in itself (part of SEA LIFE Berlin), when you’re travelling up or down the two storeys, bathed in a turquoise glow, you can gaze upon 1,500 tropical fish and 97 different species. Visit between 11am and 1pm to see divers cleaning the tank, or at 2pm to witness the daily feed.


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About Alexandra Gregg

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not underwater or deploying a snorkel, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. Tweet me @wonderg1rl