Why Aren’t Hotels Soundproofing?

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.

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