Avoiding Hotel Noise

I can’t tell you how many times people complain about noise online.  Just the other day, my husband’s sister commented:

In a hotel in Peoria, AZ and just heard a man peeing in the hotel room next door. Gross. Talk about thin walls.

You can imagine where the thread went wit regard to unwanted noise overheard in adjacent hotel rooms.  I’ll leave it at most of it is gross, and it is certainly distracting, unwanted, and unnecessary.  I say unnecessary because though people are loud and their human voice travels, they don’t have to invade near-by areas.  Sound masking can be quite effective in these situations, whether instigated by the hotel or the guest.  There are several options, both laid out below, so that either party can take noise problems into their own hands for happier guest stays.

A More Effective Move

A good night of sleep is just a plug {or a few batteries} away!

I have two suggestions for these situations: one for the management and one for the guests, but both revolve around the idea of sound masking, or the use of white noise to cover unwanted noise.  Essentially, this unstructured, uniform sound {white noise} masks the structured, annoying, sleep-depriving sound{s} so often found in hotels, be it barking dogs, loud guests, elevator dings, blaring TVs, crying babies, or street noise.

  • Sound Masking System.  Hotel owners or managers can easily, quickly, and affordably install a sound masking system for various zones of the hotel.  Since some rooms may be more likely to experience noise {those adjacent to elevators, for example}, it might be reasonable to have a zone for that area.  You can’t control for loud guests or where they stay, but you might as well try to deal with predictable noise.
  • Sound Machines.  Some people sleep straight through the night without issue {such as my children}.  However, most of us adults have trouble letting go of the worries of the world, especially when there’s a persistent, disturbing noise.  Thus, I believe it’s wise to carry a portable sound machine with you when on the road.  Thus, even if you’re close to loud hallways, you can still enjoy a peaceful and good night of sleep.

If you travel a lot, or even have a single trip coming up, and are worried about getting enough sleep, try taking a portable sound machine with you.

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