Interesting fact #1: The last two hotels I have stayed in have had earplugs strategically placed on the nightstand when I checked in.
Interesting fact #2: I have ended up with disruptive noise from the room next door to me on my last two hotel stays.
Coincidence? Or correlation?
In the case of the first hotel (a Westin, for those who are curious), the noise did not start until after 10 am and it was more environmental than guest-driven. The walls of my room shook every time the next door neighbors seemingly moved, with loud slamming noises accompanying the opening/closing (I presume) of their bathroom door, the closet doors, and the door to the room.
Earplugs would not have fixed that.
In the case of the second hotel (a Hyatt, if you must know), the noise started at 2 am as its occupants returned from a night at the bars and got progressively louder despite (from what I could tell) other guests knocking on their door at various intervals and asking them to stop (which seemed to escalate to hallway arguing) and culminating with my 4 am phone call to the front desk to ask them to please send security up to address the issue (which they finally did at 4:15 am – the noise subsequently ceased).
I did not use the earplugs on either occasion as I had early morning alarms set on both days and was more concerned about hearing my own alarm than I was about preemptively blocking out potential noises.
My question is this….
If a hotel provides earplugs to guests, is that considered fair warning of potential noise issues that removes or reduces the hotel’s responsibility to control excess noise?
I’m curious to hear reader thoughts on this issue.