By Carissa Bluestone
Heavy footsteps, thunderous snores, clanging air-conditioning units, and whining minifridges — it’s a marvel anyone gets a good night’s sleep at a hotel. USA Today’s travel gurus air their most common complaints regarding sleep-stealing noise, and offer a few tips to dampen ambient noise. They also point out an amusing way that North America is failing behind Europe in customer service: Crowne Plaza deploys “snore monitors” at its European properties to walk the halls, note excessive snoring that might be disturbing other guests and offer the guilty party some suggestions on how to better control the snoring.
Hotels do seem to be getting better about dealing with guest noise. Some major chains have instituted what are essentially “quiet hours,” like those you’d find at a campground: make egregious amounts of noise after 10 pm and risk incurring fines or forfeiting your room.
Guest noise is easy to control. Thin walls and loud machinery are problems that no type of patrol can solve. AOL Travel has even more tips on getting better rest on the road, and the LA Times has a good rundown on how to pick a room to minimize disturbances.