If you ever drive around the streets and highways close to any major airport you will always find lots and lots of hotels. After all it makes sense that many travelers would want to stay close to an airport if they have a flight the next morning. Also, unexpected flight cancellations and layovers happen all the time which sometimes require a flight to be pushed back to the next day leading to all of the passengers spending a night at one of those nearby hotels on the airline’s dime. I’ve personally been in a situation like that multiple times.
As one can imagine, so many hotels being in such a small area breeds some pretty cutthroat competition and that leads to situations where those hotels will do anything they can to get a leg up. The New York Times recently discussed a case of Marriott coming up with a pretty unusual idea at their hotel outside Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The upper floors have an unobstructed view of the airport’s runways which offers a great view of planes taking off and landing and they’re trying to milk it for all it’s worth. Those rooms with a view come with a private balcony, a runway map, an airplane guide, and binoculars and are marketed specifically towards aviation enthusiasts and leisure travelers.
That sort of deal should send up some serious red flags for anyone who’s flown on a plane or have seen the New York Mets play at home. The sound of a jet engine running 100 feet away from you is about 140 decibels. That’s not just loud enough to keep just about anyone up at night, that’s loud enough to do serious damage to your hearing. Considering that most of us get hotel rooms for the purpose of having a place to sleep when we’re away from home that’s a pretty big problem. Mariott’s solution is some pretty serious soundproofing. The hotel’s windows are two inches thick and the walls and insulation are much thicker than that of an average building. After that it’s just a PR offensive to convince potential customers that the rooms are actually quiet enough where you can get a good night’s sleep. As for me though, I’d gladly trade a close up view of an airport and a shorter trip to that airport for the darkness and silence that I need to sleep at night.
I wonder if they offer noise cancelling headphones upon request.
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