Archive for the ‘Hotel Soundproofing’ Category

Soundproofing Isn’t Just for Sleepers

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Hotels are always looking for the newest and best features – to be the cutting edge and to top the list of places travelers want to stay. That’s why many are now thinking outside the box when it comes to adding not only standard amenities but special features as well.

While this means that some hotels are stepping up their culinary options or the thread count of their sheets, places like the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara are taking things to an entirely new level. This particular hotel has created a soundproof booth designed for teleconferencing.

Catering to the business crowd is a top-notch idea. Those traveling on business, or even those on working vacations, often struggle to find quiet places where they can touch base with the office or take that international business call they simply couldn’t wiggle out of despite traveling. The soundproof booths give them a place to get away from family, friends, and other hotel guests so that they can take care of business in a quiet environment.

A lot of hotel chains are encouraging their individual hotel managers to experiment and listen to customer feedback. They want to implement the changes their patrons are asking for – and they’re definitely working hard to make things work.

Novotel New York is Undergoing Massive Renovations

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The Novotel New York, a hotel in Times Square, is currently undergoing some major renovations. The changes, which are slated to be finished by this fall, are designed to target the younger, “hip” crowd the hotel tries to attract regularly. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young business person or a tourist, this hotel is going to cater to the gadget-friendly.

So what’s changing? Our favorite feature, of course, is the soundproof windows they’re installing; they’ll actually be able to open and close.

Of course, that’s not all. The new hotel rooms – all 480 of them – will have new beds and furniture, subtle lighting, Wi-Fi, dockstations for iPads and other electronics, and large flat screen televisions.

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking I may need to make a trip to New York City this fall!

Soundproof Paint Featured on Hotel Impossible

Friday, June 7th, 2013

In this quick video clip featuring a piece from acclaimed television show, Hotel Impossible, you’ll hear one of the design professionals talking to the owners about a change she made to their restaurant. In addition to adding a great new decor, she added some soundproof paint behind the paneling to help bring down the noise levels within the room.

While we don’t generally recommend paint as a method of soundproofing a room (many scam artists recommend “dark” paint), we do think it’s interesting that a product was designed for unique restaurant environments. We still recommend things like Green Glue for traditional jobs, but this is definitely an interesting, quick clip.

Hotel Spotlight: Hotel Schweizerhof

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

We’re always keeping our eyes peeled for hotels that go above and beyond when it comes to the creature comforts we’ve come to expect while traveling. That’s why we were pleased to find that The West Australia had down a showcase on Zurich, Switzerland’s famed Hotel Schweizerhof.

Zurich lies at the heart of Switzerland and is a city tourists and business travelers love to visit. It’s considered one of the financial capitals of the country and is a major player in the railway system for the country as well.

The 114-room hotel is, compared to other hotels in the country, mid-sized, but it has an elegant charm that has lasted throughout decades, with a few minor face-lifts. Our favorite feature, of course, is the soundproof windows which, coupled with thick curtains, protect visitors from the noises of the hustle and bustle of the busy streets below.

The plush queen-sized beds, marble bathrooms, and delicious breakfasts are nothing to sneeze at, either.

If you ever have the chance to visit Zurich, look for the Hotel Schweizerhof. The quiet atmosphere and friendly service are hard to beat.

Why Aren’t Hotels Soundproofing?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Despite advances in soundproofing technology, we’re always astounded to hear horror stories from individuals who have visited different parts of the country – or the world – only to have bad experiences in noisy hotels. Hotels are constantly upgrading and renovating, so why haven’t they caught on yet?

Case in point. Nancy, a reader, spent three nights in a hotel near the Philadelphia, PA airport. The hotel is part of a large chain and the first two nights were fine. The last night, a Friday night, was a nightmare. The hotel had a celebrity-like guest and the entourage was incredibly loud. The atrium-style center that all of the upper rooms could look down on suddenly became a funnel for the noise.

Another reader, Aaron, had a bad experience in what he thought was an upscale hotel in China. They happened to book their stay while China was celebrating Oktoberfest and a band began playing on the street outside of their 12th floor room. While the hotel wasn’t soundproof enough to accommodate the noise outside, they were kind enough to switch Aaron to a room that was closer to the interior of the hotel and away from the streets.

Two horror stories; two sleepless nights. But why? Are hotel maintenance staffers unsure how to soundproof rooms or do the hotels just not care? Are the patrons not complaining enough to make the problem a concern for management?

If you ever have a bad experience in a hotel, make sure management knows about it before you leave – and write a letter to the head of the chain. Sometimes (just sometimes), they don’t realize they have a true problem until people start telling them.

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 Soundproofing in New Orleans

Friday, April 20th, 2012
Pelham Hotel LA

Pelham Hotel LA

As part of their updates and rehab the Pelham Hotel of New Orleans has addressed a long standing complaint of hotel stayers worldwide. The complaint of noise from the hallway coming into the rooms from the gaps at the perimeter of the door and the lack of privacy of the sound of the bedrooms going out into the hallways via the gaps around the doors. They accomplished this by installing automatic door bottoms to seal the gap at the bottom of the door and adjustable door gaskets to seal gaps at the jambs and headers of the doors. Good Job Pelham! Let’s hope other hotels continue this trend and pay more attention to the sound proofing of their doors, walls, floors and ceilings (and windows).

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.

Hotel Door Sound

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

OK. Even in upscale hotels where they pay attention to soundproofing their walls, there is still annoying noises from the hallway. You finally are drifting off to sleep when…bang! someone slams a door down the hallway. There is usually a simple solution called automatic door bottoms which drop a seal when the door closes and raise the seal when the door opens. Hotels cannot be busy changing their door hardware too often. that is why it is important to get an automatic door bottom that comes with the highest grade neoprene and anodized finish.

Hotel Soundproofing Woes

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

As stated many times on our blog Hotels are just not paying enough attention to properly soundproof their walls, floors ceilings and their doors (not to mention windows). They tend to rely on architects who tend to rely on paperwork of companies with claims of high STC ratings. A little digging and fine tooth combing would have shown them that for their application there are a lot better and cheaper alternatives. Don’t believe us see this long list of complaints from New York Times readers.