Anyone who travels for business (or pleasure) knows that sometimes there’s just not much you can do about the noise, regardless of the hotel’s classy layout and cutting edge amenities. There could be a rattling AC unit or poor soundproofing between rooms.
Noise happens to be the top irritant of people staying in hotels, no matter how many stars the location has. And, if you are a frequent traveler, you’ve probably already learned how to tune out the most common hotel noises (that AC unit). But what about those noise sources you can’t tune out?
There’s a whole new breed of affordable, alternative hotels out there. Playing on the unique design of a boutique hotel but geared toward the young and funky – not the old and tired. These hotels usually offer top-notch rooms and a whole bunch of fun things in between – like a 24-hour billiards room or free Wi-Fi.
However, some of these swanky hotels now offer all-night music. And we’re not talking about the kind that will lull you right into dreamland; think of a nightclub next door. So, how hip is too hip? If you can’t sleep at night – in a place where you’re paying money to sleep – that’s probably a good indicator.
It is acceptable for there to be music in the lobby, but it shouldn’t move with you through the corridors and into your room. Ever. So, how can you avoid getting such a rude awakening?
When you arrive, inspect the room. Turn on the TV; does it work? Listen carefully; are there sounds? If there’s a problem, don’t be afraid to speak up.