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Top 8 Travel Tips to Get a Quiet Hotel Room

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If you’re a light sleeper or need a quiet space to work or relax, a noisy hotel room can ruin an otherwise good stay in any hotel. It may seem like getting a quiet room is just a matter of chance, but here are some travel tips you can use to ensure more peace and quiet.

Top Eight Tips to Get a Quiet Hotel Room

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  1. Ask if the hotel has a quiet zone. Many properties have entire floors dedicated to peace and quiet with no pets, no children, and no large groups allowed.
  2. When you’re booking your room, take the opportunity to make your request for a quiet room. Hotels can’t always honor those requests, but if you don’t ask, they have no way of knowing that’s what you wanted.
  3. Follow up with a call to the hotel a few days before your stay. Try asking the front desk what rooms are away from noisy places like elevators, ice machines, lounges, and ballrooms. Then ask reservations if they can put you in one of those rooms.
  4. Whether you requested a quiet room or not, always check with the front desk to make sure that’s what you got. It’s far easier to change rooms before you’ve checked in.
  5. Some of the quietest locations in a hotel are midway down a hallway. That’s usually away from centralized elevators, and stairways at the end of the hall.
  6. In larger hotels, try a room on an upper floor to minimize noise from meeting rooms, restaurants, and the street. But stay away from rooftop pools, bars, and ventilation plants.
  7. In low-rise hotels, try a room towards the back of the complex. Noisy restaurants and meeting rooms are usually closer to the front. Check to be sure the gym or pool aren’t back there with you, though.
  8. Consider an airport hotel. It may seem counterintuitive, but airport hotels are often better insulated against sound. Of course, very inexpensive hotels near the airport are probably very inexpensive because they don’t have very good soundproofing.
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If you still get stuck with a noisy room, you have one final fall-back option: ask the front desk if they can move you someplace quieter. They’ll generally be happy to accommodate you, if they can. (That’s the power of a world where every customer is a potential review!)

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14 comments on “Top 8 Travel Tips to Get a Quiet Hotel Room

  1. Great tips! I can sleep through most any kind of racket, traffic, loud guest noise, etc. but my husband is such a light sleeper that I always consider this when booking a hotel.

    • Hi Sharon! We are a mixed lot in that way, too, but we both enjoy the peace and quiet. We’ve learned it’s hard to relax when you’ve got screams from the kids’ pool or traffic from a busy street right outside your window. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Good tips. I’ve always found that by going straight to the hotel staff, accommodations can often times be made. Also, I tend to find that by calling the hotel directly when booking, rates are cheaper, despite what people may think!

    • Hi Fifi & Hop! You’re right about calling the hotel. They have to fill up rooms, and many times have the power to offer better rates. If you’re just calling the reservations phone number, you may be talking to a central reservation center – particularly if it’s a chain hotel – and they don’t have that kind of power. Thanks for reading, and for your comment!

  3. Very useful tips – a quiet room is so important in order to get some rest for new explorings! I was mostly quite lucky with this issue while traveling, but your post made me realize it might not always be the case and it´s better to try to take this into consideration even before booking your room!

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