Airlines have tried to minimize the noise on planes with child-free flights, now a UK hotel is trying to minimize noise by targeting loud guests with noise detectors.
According to the Daily Mail, Premier Inn will be installing noise meters into the hallways of its properties. These meters will be triggered when a certain level of decibels is exceeded, and will remind the offenders to keep their voices down.
The hotel chain is known for offering refunds to customers who did not get a good night's sleep, and enforcing quiet in the hallways is one way it is looking to keep the refund costs down.
Similarly, a few years back, Travelodge hotels in the UK instituted sleep wardens to patrol the hallways and issue warnings to guests "disturbing the peace," NBC News reported.
Noise detectors and sleep wardens are just a couple of ways to deal with the eternal problem of too much noise in hotel corridors. HuffPost Blogger and travel veteran George Hobica proposes having a second door between the hallway door and the room to block out noisy late night revelers. (Of course, that doesn't do much about other gripes like slamming hotel doors, which would be amplified under that plan.)
Hotels have also taken more serious measures to combat noise that might offend their guests. In New York, the Millennium Hilton sued over business lost due to Ground Zero construction noise. The hotel also tried providing guests with white-noise machines and earplugs to mitigate the noise.
For more ways hotels (or you) can ease up on the noise, check out the slideshow below.
Believe it or not, where you place your furniture can play a great deal into how much noise you hear from the apartment next door or even the home nearby. For instance, placing a thick bookcase against the wall can help muffle noise. Or, if you are aware that your neighbor's living room is right next door to your bedroom, then placing your bed against a wall further away will help.
Acoustic tiles are the most design-savvy solution to sound disturbances we've come across. These from MIO
are designed specifically to diffuse sound and can be installed temporarily with double-sided tape, or permanently with wallpaper paste.
When weather permits, using a box fan, an air conditioner or space heater will help drown out noise. This will be helpful to those who aren't bothered by the hum from fans or heaters.
Sound machines are helpful in not only drowning out noise, but soothing you to sleep. Whether it is listening to ocean surf or white noise, we think any choice is better than honking horns or sirens.
If you're living in an apartment, then your best option for floor insulation is carpeting (if the landlord allows it). If not, try a large, thick area rug. This will muffle sounds coming from below. If you own the space, then you can actually insulate the floor
below the base boards, which will do wonders for blocking out noises coming from the neighbors below. Installation can be tricky, so it's best to tackle with a handy friend or hire a professional.
If you layer your windows with thick curtains,, it will help add an insulating buffer between the window and you. This is a very simple and quick fix.
The gaps in an old window can let in a draft... and every sound nearby. To seal your windows, use a window and door insulating foam like Great Stuff, From Lowe's
. Plus, it will not harm your window frames or sill, so it's definitely worth a shot.
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