New site created to help light sleepers choose soundproof hotel rooms

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A Dutch website has been created in the aim of sparing hotel guests from spending one more tortuous night tossing and turning because of rowdy teenage neighbors, loud ice machines next door and poorly insulated rooms by introducing a certification program that guarantees a good night’s sleep.

Set to launch this year, will begin listing hotels that carry the Quiet Room label, a certification that’s meant to identify hotels that offer well-insulated, noise-repelling rooms.

An initiative of the Knowledge Center Sound Insulation (KGI) in the Netherlands, the site will scout out hotels with four or more stars and rate their noise levels.

To determine noise levels, inspectors from the KGI measure the two adjacent rooms, airborne sound and impact sound.

The concept builds upon consumer demand and the growing importance for a restful stay. In a survey conducted by Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk last year, excess noise ranked fifth as the biggest pet peeve among hotel guests.

In the US, a similar site aims to serve a similar purpose, except that is based on user-generated recommendations rather than expert sound and acoustic inspections.

Over at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, guests can choose to stay on the Quiet Floor, where rooms are reinforced with additional insulation between walls, and come with complimentary earplugs and noise reducing door sweeps.

Likewise, last year the Four Seasons launched a new customized bed service that allows guests to choose from three different levels of mattress firmness as well as feather and non-allergenic pillows to ensure a good night's sleep.