- Jun 15, 2009
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What do you do to minimize noise transfer between rooms? Do you think its acceptable to hear another rooms TV or radio? If not, how to keep the quiet?
we do have less noise than in hotels where their thick, commercial insolated walls still allow loud noises to excape to the next room.We have a small note on the TV remote to please lower volume at 10PM as a courtesy to others. I hate notes but after the BIG storm when we had people here for months, they all became 'too comfortable' and were treating their room as if it were their home. We chatted with each person (all here on business) saying we did not think it was them but were asking everyone, to be fair, to please do this. Everyone seemed to accept it well, guess not pointing a finger helped and the guilty knew who they were.
I know we have spoken about white noise before. I have had several guests bring a fan as they said they could not sleep without a little noise. As was noted on another thread recently, we are not able to be all things to all people. One wants NO noise, the next wants a little something... I can't understand how someone could think that a B&B would be totally sound proof between rooms - we are houses for Pete's sake... But for the most part, I think because of people being courteous in B&B's we do have less noise than in hotels where their thick, commercial insolated walls still allow loud noises to excape to the next room..
We've had that, too. I'VE been woken up by the TV being turned on in the living room because guests want their coffee but their spouse is sleeping. I go right out and turn it down and remind them OTHER guests besides their spouse are sleeping.Our issue is the older guest who doesn't hear well and turns the TV on early in the morning, waking up the entire house. Or, the guest who gets up early and turns the TV so that they can hear while they are in the bathroom. I do hate to mention it to them especially if it is a hearing issue. Mornings are the worst time around here for noise.
At the same time, the smell of coffee brewing in the kitchen rises to the second floor and is a wonderful way to wake up. The guests love it. We also put a large carafe of coffee outside the bedrooms for the early riser. There is a large chair, a good lamp and a stack of books, magazines as well as the morning paper. Hopefully, thats keeps the TV off and the noise level down..
There is no way to make every room sound proof unless you live in a bunker.
Hotels are the worst, slamming self closing doors, housekeeping vacuums, echoing corridors, ice machines!!
I think B&B's are pretty nifty when it comes to different room config's to help with sound. If someone is sensitive to sound, I wish they would ask which room is away from the others or stairs or dining room where there is talking in the am's. Etc. Heck some people complain when it is too quiet! Go figure!
I try to ask for a room on the quiet side of the house if possible, but who knows you might have some blabbermouth on a cell phone stand in the hallway and talk - we can't solve every problem, its LIFE..