Soundproof Hotels in New York City?

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.

Soundproof Paint Featured on Hotel Impossible

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

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.

Do Luxury Hotels Actually Exist Near Airports?

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

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, 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?

Why Aren’t Hotels Soundproofing?

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

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.


Short Guide on Soundproofing a Hotel

May 13th, 2012

There are many Soundproofing hotels articles, browse through them and your bound to get a feel for the ones that make the most sense. Here is one How To Soundproof A Hotel Article that resonates very well. let us know if you find any others.

Hotel Soundproofing in New Orleans

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

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.