do not disturb

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When I go on a trip, I like to relax and unwind.  Sometimes, that’s easier said than done at a hotel.  
The noise other guests make is out of my control; I just have to grin and bear it.

One way I’ve found to help alleviate the noise problem is to ask for a room in a specific location away from the busiest areas:

  • Away from the elevator
  • Away from the vending & ice machines
  • At the end of a hallway

More importantly, NOT adjoining to another room (I can’t stress this one enough)

getting a good night's sleepHow do these requests help me have a quieter stay? you ask. Let me explain.

    1. Areas around an elevator tend to be pretty noisy with so many people coming and going.  
    2. Areas near vending machines can be loud, especially if the ice machine is being used. 
    3. Rooms at the end of a hallway only have neighbors on one side versus neighbors on both sides.

PRO TIP: Request that your room is not adjoining another room (unless, of course, you are traveling with young children).  

Why is this type of room important?

Adjoining rooms are not as soundproof as regular rooms because they don’t have a solid barrier (i.e., wall) between them to muffle the sound; they have a door between them instead.  The space underneath the door allows sound in both rooms.  Sometimes the noise is so bad, it can seem as if the other guests are in your room with you. 

So, if you want a more peaceful stay, make these requests the next time you reserve a room. You’ll see how much quieter and more peaceful a hotel stay can be!

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