How to soundproof a hotel floor

February 24th, 2012

If you are a hotel franchise and you are reading this before your framing is up then you can do a simple soundproofing procedure that will go a long way in providing you with headache relief of the noise problems that plague hotels. It it is a wood frame construction, simply add a 2nd layer of plywood (sub flooring) on top of the first layer of sub flooring (the thicker the better) with Green Glue Damping Compound in between at a rate of 1 tube per every 16 sf. The benefit of this is

  1. You get a heavier floor thereby adding “mass” which is always a good thing for sound and eliminates the need to use Mass Loaded Vinyl in your project.
  2. You get damping in the floor by using the Green Glue (It also comes in Green Glue Buckets, which are cheaper). Which dramatically cuts down on airborne sound.
  3. You are putting the damping compound in the floor thereby allowing you to damp any footstep noise as it hits the floor.
  4. You are getting a complete smooth sound control layers under the wall framing and minimum penetrations (no recessed lights or HVAC openings)

Read more on Hotel Construction here.

Hotel Door Sound

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

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.

Bellman Carts

June 2nd, 2011

OK it is not exactly a soundproofing issue (except when the wheels are squeaking :-) ). Nevertheless being that we so many hotel owners coming to our blog we like to share any new or interesting things that we find on the web.  Nothing new over here with Bellman carts except that this site allows you to customize your quiet luggage carts for hotels in a few simple steps. We think that is a nice feature, after all , luxury hotels pay attention to the smallest of details don’t they deserve to have their carts match their taste?

Whisper Clips are Easy to Use

April 7th, 2011

Whisper clips are a great alternative soundproofing material, especially if you can incorporate them into a new construction and can use them in conjunction with other methods, like Green Glue.

This video is something we put together to show you how easy it is to install whisper clips. Watch and you’ll see for yourself.

Poor Soundproofing Review at Boston Hotel

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.

Moda Hotel Undergoes Soundproofing

March 24th, 2011

The Moda Hotel, in Vancouver, BC, recently announced that they are beginning soundproofing efforts. The announcement was made in February via a Twitter post, which we think is a great way of keeping in touch with modern visitors.

The hotel takes customer feedback very seriously. They apparently had quite a number of reviews on TripAdvisor, complaining about the sound levels. They took those reviews to heart and put a plan in motion. We can’t wait to see how the upgrades turn out!

How to Stop Snoring While Traveling

March 18th, 2011

Some people snore all the time. Others only snore while they’re traveling or when they are ill or under stress. Either way, you may find that snoring while traveling can be a hinderance to your work, especially if you have to share a  room with others while you work.

The solution? There are now devices called “Stop Snoring Mouthpieces” that you should be able to purchase in a pharmacy or health supply store. It looks like a mouth guard and is molded to fit your teeth, but holds your jaw in a position that is not conducive to snoring.

You can’t always find a soundproof hotel while on the road, so make sure you take something with you so that you don’t bother others!

Applying Green Glue is Easy

March 10th, 2011

No one should shy away from the possibility of using Green Glue in a soundproofing project. We recommend it even for large projects like those done in hotel renovations. Applying the product to your walls is incredibly easy. We show you just how easy right here:

Comfort Suites Tout Soundproofing

March 4th, 2011

The Comfort Suites hotel in Miami, Florida is now adding soundproofing to its list of amenities. Considering it’s hot night-life and party atmosphere, any hotel in the area that can claim to have soundproof rooms should have a leg up over the competition.

We’ll give the hotel credit where it is due. It’s located in a gorgeous section of the city and caters to a wide variety of crowds, ranging from business travelers to families, and within close proximity to a number of universities and attractions.

We’re not paid to write a promotion for the hotel but we’re always happy to give a shout out to companies who have included soundproofing in their measures to make their sites better.