How to Have a More Peaceful Hotel Stay

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 that I be put in a room in a specific location.

I have found that the quietest rooms are those that are:

  • Away from the elevator
  • At the end of a hallway
  • NOT adjoining to another room (I can’t stress this one enough)

How 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. Rooms at the end of a hallway only have neighbors on one side versus people on both sides.
  3. 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 one (or more) of these requests the next time you reserve a room (at least #3!) You’ll see how much quieter and more peaceful your hotel stay can be!

Originally published at on February 21, 2017.