Travel Advice -
Hotels: room location and selection
Let’s assume that you have already decided on the hotel for your
vacation and made your reservation. If you have a room location
preference, call the hotel directly and have them add your request to your
reservation. If you do not have a room preference, read the following
article and you might develop one.
When making a hotel reservation, you should be concerned with the room’s
location within the building. Room location is, usually, not a decision
that makes or breaks a vacation but the right room location can make a
difference in your sleep and comfort. If you have a room preference,
make it known when you reserve a room.
- In general, you should try to avoid rooms facing busy streets,
expressways, or other sources of noise. Of course, there are some
locations where facing the street is a desirable aspect of the hotel
location (e.g. the Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris or Las Ramblas in
- In most cities and towns, however, facing the street means
that you will be in a room subject to the noise of traffic and travelers.
- Make sure that your room is not next to the elevator bank, as this
is a noisy, high traffic area. Many people shy away from rooms located next to
alcoves containing ice and vending machines due to the noise of the
equipment and people buying candy or getting ice when you are trying to
- Another poor location is a room above a loading dock.
- During one trip
to a nicely appointed hotel in Paris, we were provided with what appeared
to be a very nice room. When the garbage truck arrived at five thirty AM
and its crew began banging cans around, our opinion of the room changed.
At six, when another truck began unloading, we were even less pleased.
- If you are concerned about fire safety or your ability to use stairs in
an emergency, avoid the upper floors of hotels and attempt to snag a room
close to the ground floor.
- Note: lower floors are generally noisy and may be aromatic, as they
are closer to the street and near the hotel kitchen and laundry
- If you are sensitive to noise, try to avoid adjoining rooms with an
in-between door. These internal doors are not as soundproof as a
solid wall and let a lot of voice noise through.
- Try to avoid rooms that look into internal light or airshafts that
provide no external view at all.
- Perhaps it is a prejudice but "viewless" rooms
always appear dark and dingy.
If you are making reservations directly with the establishment, request
the type of room location you desire and have it noted on your reservation
record. If you make your reservations on-line, call or email the hotel and
make your request after you have reserved the room.
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