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Hall monitors will be keeping an ear out for snoring at one Crowne Plaza hotel. Image: Flickr / erikogan / CC-BY-ND

The Crowne Plaza hotel chain in the United Kingdom is taking on the problem of loud sleepers. New “snore absorption” rooms are being paired with “snore monitors” charged with keeping the peace. These efforts are intended to help customers sleep better away from home.

Snore absorption rooms

The rooms at the Crowne Plaza hotels that are designed to absorb snoring noise. Soundproofing on the walls, in the headboard and even in the pillows aims to keep the sound of snoring in the room. White noise machines and headphones cut down letting snoring disturb guests.

Quiet floors in the Crowne Plaza

In addition to these sound-proofed rooms, the Crowne Plaza hotel is taking a new step toward helping guests sleep well. New “quiet floors” will be patrolled by snore patrols. These patrols will listen in the hallways, and if a particular guest is snoring too loudly or too much, a monitor will knock on the door and warn the guest they are being too loud. After repeated warnings, the guest will be asked to move off the “quiet floor” during their next stay.

Noise pollution in hotels

Noise pollution in hotels is such a rampant issue that the AmericInn chain ran a contest for $5,000 to hear the worst noisy-neighbor-in-a-hotel story. The more expensive a hotel is, the more likely it is to be quiet, because more money is spent on insulation, thick carpeting and thicker walls. In the end, though, how loud or noisy a hotel may be depends more on the guests than anything else.

An unneeded focus on snoring

The Crowne Plaza is focusing on snoring as one of the biggest sources of noise from guests. Having hall monitors waking up snorers may, in the end, cause more noise than the snorers themselves. Snoring is also involuntary, and most snorers suffer from physical issues they are unable to control. Those who have CPAP machines in order to treat sleep apnea (which causes snoring) can be just as loud. Do you think that the focus on snoring is appropriate, or should the Crowne Plaza focus on other causes of noise?

Sources

Time Newsfeed: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/21/mind-your-zs-hotel-chain-introduces-snore-free-zones
USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/travel/hotels/2007-10-18-quiet-hotels_N.htm
MSNBC: http://world-news.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/21/7133795-light-sleepers-rejoice-hotel-chain-drafts-snore-patrols-as-shuteye-sentries#comments

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