Archive for the ‘Hotel News’ Category

Carmel, CA Inns Undergo Renovations

Monday, December 16th, 2013

According to SFGate.com, quite a number of inns throughout Carmel, California have undergone renovations. The Carmel area is well-known for it’s quaint charm, so seeing so many places undergoing renovations may leave people feeling a bit hesitant. Is the area evolving and growing? Will it lose it’s charm? Probably not.

The hotels that opted to undergo renovations were in dire need and the essence of each place was kept. Included were the La Playa Carmel, the Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites, and Quail Lodge.

Each has a rich history. La Playa Carmel, for example, was built in 1905 as a family retreat and was later turned into an inn (with 75 small but romantic rooms). Vendange is just about 86 years old and has received both a physical renovation as well as a renovation of their service offerings, something the previous owner left sorely neglected. They even added soundproofing due to their busy street location. Quail Lodge opened in 1964 but closed in 2009 due to economic troubles. The hotel reopened earlier this year and the entire golf resort has a new atmosphere and look.

Seems like the area was in need of an overhaul. Charming doesn’t have to mean run-down, and the folks in Carmel are doing what they can to step things up a notch.

Have you ever been?

 

Airport Fun at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Those who travel frequently know how tough it can be to get back and forth to the airport. Those making quick trips, or with long layovers, know how important it is to stay close to the main transportation hub. While some prefer to distance themselves from airport noise, there are others who would prefer to watch the planes come and go all night long. For those people, there are places like the Renaissance Concourse in Atlanta.

This place is seriously cool – and probably even better if you have a child who is really into airplanes. According to a PR Newswire release, the hotel has special areas where you can watch planes come and go. Visitors get kits with information about the visible runways and the types of planes they’re seeing, too. Once you’re done watching the planes, you can relax in a room that was soundproofed specifically with airplane noise in mind. You’re close to the airport, can enjoy the view (especially at night), and can relax in peace!

I, personally, haven’t flown in years – but I love watching airplanes. There’s something about those massive beasts hanging in the sky that just fascinates me. Forget science. It seems unreal. And if I can watch them without all the noise? All the better!

NJ’s Saddle Brook Holiday Inn to Undergo $10M in Renovations

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Not many people from the area would give a raving review of the Holiday Inn in Saddle Brook, NJ. The building, located off of Route 80 and current closed, was definitely in need of some serious TLC.

The building, however, was recently bought out by a group known as Alena Hospitality, LLC. The group plans to renovate and reopen the building in January of 2014, rebranded as a Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Nik Patel, a young entrepreneur at the age of 30, bought the hotel for a stunningly low $1.6 million – a far cry from the asking price of $2.8 million, which he negotiated directly with the foreclosing bank. His organization plans to put more than $10 million into renovations before reopening.

The building has been closed for almost 3 years now. The hotel, which is located near a railroad track, will have all new soundproof windows installed to ensure the comfort of patrons.

They entire building will be renovated from top to bottom, and they hope to attract a great crowd for Superbowl XLVIII next year!

Would You Sleep in an Underwater Hotel?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

No, this isn’t a trick question. Would you ever consider sleeping in an underwater hotel? In the Maldives, that’s just what you might be able to do.

A group of polish developers is working on the Water Discus Hotel and just recently received the thumbs up from the national ministry of tourism to begin work. The hotel will be located off of Kuredhivaru, an island surrounded by coral reefs.

The good news is that you can stay at this hotel without living under the surface. There will be rooms both above and below the water, and you can choose your preference – a view of the sky or a view of the marine life in the surrounding waters.

The parts above the water will also feature a restaurant, pool, and helicopter landing pad – you know, in case you feel like flying in privately.

The submerged sections will feature soundproof rooms (of course, because fish are so noisy), dive centers, and the hotel bar.

If you’ve got the spare cash and a taste for luxury, this hotel – date to open yet to be determined – may be a destination to consider.

Soundproof Hotels in New York City?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

A good friend of ours asked, not too long ago, about good soundproof hotel rooms in New York City. Her concerns varied. Her husband is a light sleeper and the city, as we all know, “doesn’t sleep at night.” She wanted to make sure they’d be in a place that was comfortable and moderately quiet.

In an attempt to help her out, we asked around and these are some of the suggestions we came up with. We thought we’d share them with you as well, in case you’re headed to the Big Apple in the near future.

The Benjamin can be found in Midtown East and features a sleep concierge who can help you with white noise machines, sleep masks, and even the perfect bedtime snack.

St. Giles – The Tuscany is reported to be an incredibly quiet place. It’s in a quieter location to start with, near E 39th and Lexington. Try to get a room that faces the courtyard.

The Ritz Carlton has a few locations but the New York Battery Park Site is fantastic. It’s Lower Manhattan location makes it convenient, but the lack of restaurants and bars in the area means you won’t be disturbed by late night party goers.

The Franklin NYC is an Upper East Side hotel. The location is full of apartment buildings and museums – no late night haunts are around to keep you awake.

A trip to New York City should be exciting, but you’ll need your rest at the end of each day. Try these recommends  out the next time you’re in the area.

Do Luxury Hotels Actually Exist Near Airports?

Friday, May 10th, 2013

With all of the complaints we see regularly about neighborhoods demanding soundproofing because of airport noise, it seems silly to think you’d actually find a luxury hotel near an airport. Hotels? Yes. Luxury hotels? Not a chance.

Apparently, we were wrong.

The truth of the matter is that there are some serious travelers out there – travelers who, when faced with layovers, want to spend some time in a plush environment without having to worry about transportation back and forth from hotel to airport – a nuisance that can contribute to lateness and missed flights. Instead, some world-savvy travelers are looking towards luxury hotels right near their airports.

Here are a couple of examples:

The Sofitel London Heathrow hotel is actually attached to the airport terminal. The super-soundproof hotel features modern rooms with contemporary designs. You’ll also find a bar, spa, and gourmet restaurant to keep you comfortable between flights.

The Cedarbrook Lodge hotel in Seattle is located just 5 minutes from the hotel – not nearly far enough from the flight paths. The soundproof hotel is quiet, secluded, and surrounded by nature. And if you don’t mind a little bit of noise, you can enjoy a game of bocce ball or croquet while you wait to go back to SeaTac for your next flight.

There are tons of luxurious hotels that exist right near airports, so if that’s the way you usually travel, don’t despair. Five-star comforts exist near airports around the globe.

 

Dining Out? Check Your Phone with Your Coat

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

We’ve all be there, done that – gone to a restaurant only to find the quiet ambiance disturbed by obnoxious ringtones, text message buzzing, and loud voices. Oh, and let’s not forget the constant camera flashing since no one can eat out without taking pictures of their food these days.

According to ehotelier.com, many restaurants are torn when it comes to dealing with these noisy distractions. On the one hand, they could ask customers to stop taking pictures or using their phones in the dining room. On the other hand, they could do like Chef David Bouley and actually invite the amateur critics into the kitchen to see the place in action.

So here’s the question. What would you do if you walked into a restaurant and were asked to check your phone at the door? I, for one, wouldn’t mind putting my phone aside for an hour, but I can also see how diners with children at home or with babysitters might worry a bit. Still, they can check on their children without being distracting, too.

So how about you? Would you stay or would you leave? How connected are you?

Hotel Soundproofing in NYC

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

 

The upscale 5 star hotel in New York City next to Central Park “The Mark Hotel” won’t settle for anything less than the best. From a  complimentary shoe shine by staff trained by renowned British shoemaker John Lobb to rooms designed by Jacques Grange you’ll only find the best at The Mark Hotel. So when the engineers realized that communicating doors at adjoining rooms are allowing sound to leak through from room to room they did their research and decided to seal the gaps at the bottom and jambs and headers of the doors with high quality door gaskets and automatic door bottoms. This is a great move on the part of The Mark sure to please their clientele and insure that they have a quiet and serene stay. Let’s hope other hotels take the cue and also start paying more attention to this very crucial customer satisfaction needs, sound control.

 

Hotel Door Perimeters

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

As more and more hotel stayers are complaining of hallway noise coming into their rooms and at the same time worrying that their noise is being heard out side in the hallways we want to tackle the 2nd culprit on the door. The first was the door bottom which we mentioned in an earlier post can be tamed with an automatic door bottom. the 2nd is the perimiter of the door which need door gaskets in order to get a good door seal on the door. Although there are basic ones hotels should probably aim for adjustable door gaskets as these can be used for years to come when doors and frames have a tendecy to shift. Check it out for yourself next time your in a hotel stand in the hallway and close the door there is usually some kind of rubber stripping between the door and the frame chances are that a good portion of the door is not even in contact with that rubber strip let alone creating a tight seal.

If hotels put more effort into it they may even be able to get rid of their sleep wardens. What are sleep wardens… read this msnbc hotel noise article to find out. For more info on how to control sound on your doors see this door soundproofing article.

Poor Soundproofing Review at Boston Hotel

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This Bostonian Hotel received a less than stellar review in terms of soundproofing from a customer leaving feedback on a popular travel website.

Let’s start by saying that the visitors LOVED the hotel itself, the room, and the atmosphere. The only problem is that the street-side of the hotel faces the bars and clubs in the nearby area. The soundproofing? Not so great.

Hopefully the  Bostonian Hotel will see the review and take it to heart. Sound is a huge consideration for travelers and, with the economy the way it is, travelers will only shell out cash for the very best.