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Old 10-30-2014, 07:35 AM
 
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I love to travel but hate staying at hotels and not sleeping. If I don't sleep I am so tired all day with a splitting headache which does not encourage me to do much touring, so the day is ruined.

I generally sleep fine in very expensive and fancy hotels with deluxe mattresses and advanced heating and air-conditioning units and soundproofing, but generally I can't afford these places.

The mid level places I can afford tend to be noisy, have terrible mattresses that seem like I am on the floor, and terrible air-conditioning or heating units that turn on and off all night.

Can you relate or can you sleep like a baby at a motel?
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Old 10-30-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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I usually stay at places like Best Western, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn. I sleep well unless a guest is having a party in the corridor, meaning loud voices, slamming doors etc
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:32 AM
 
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I don't really sleep, the beds and pillows are softer so I feel like I'm sinking in.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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When traveling for business, I generally stayed at upscale hotels so I usually slept very well. Beds were comfortable, temperature controls just right, and no kids coming in asking me for money.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: SC
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Depends on several factors, all related to noise.
  • If the AC unit is loud/vibrates and I cannot make it stop, and it is too cold/hot to sleep without it, I will immediately call the desk and ask for a better room. If none is available and I am tired, I try to sleep. But I raise hell about it in the morning. Really. The only thing a person wants from a motel is sleep - and they can't keep the AC quiet?
  • At about 2-3 AM the drunks come back from the bar and don't seem to understand that people are trying to sleep as they yell or stomp down the hall falling into the walls as they go.
  • Like the drunks, I also get wakened by azzho\es who do not understand that they should not be blaring their radios as they enter or exit the parking lot.
  • I make sure I stay away elevators and snack stations.

Almost every motel I stay in, I suggest that they put a sign at the parking lot entrance and at the stairs/elevator that says "Quiet Please." None of them seem to take the advice.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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The only things that prevent me from sleeping are flashing lights (TV) and stale air (need some sort of fan or ac going). The bed itself isn't too important. Even sleeping on the floor doesn't bother me.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:01 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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If I am very tired as an example if we go to Euro Disney then I sleep no matter what pillow what mattress. But if I am not that tired I barely sleep in those cheap hotels. I feel the metal bars under the mattress and pillow like no pillow, but in a expensive hotel, I can sleep mostly. But there are hotels reasonable price ones with good beds.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Depends on several factors, all related to noise.
  • If the AC unit is loud/vibrates and I cannot make it stop, and it is too cold/hot to sleep without it, I will immediately call the desk and ask for a better room. If none is available and I am tired, I try to sleep. But I raise hell about it in the morning. Really. The only thing a person wants from a motel is sleep - and they can't keep the AC quiet?
  • At about 2-3 AM the drunks come back from the bar and don't seem to understand that people are trying to sleep as they yell or stomp down the hall falling into the walls as they go.
  • Like the drunks, I also get wakened by azzho\es who do not understand that they should not be blaring their radios as they enter or exit the parking lot.
  • I make sure I stay away elevators and snack stations.

Almost every motel I stay in, I suggest that they put a sign at the parking lot entrance and at the stairs/elevator that says "Quiet Please." None of them seem to take the advice.
lol, the guy I usually team up with when travelling on business has the same problem. He HATES noise, and I hate people who watch TV. Perfect match,he just sits on his bed and reads books, and I just work on my laptop. While hotel clerks probably find his constant complaining annoying, he does get us a lot of free breakfast vouchers.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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I don't sleep well anyway but when traveling we stay at hotels that have an indoor pool so we can go to the pool later in the evening after the families have gone to their rooms.
Just walking around the shallow end and being enveloped in the warm water seems to help me sleep much better.
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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Depends on several factors, all related to noise.
  • If the AC unit is loud/vibrates and I cannot make it stop, and it is too cold/hot to sleep without it, I will immediately call the desk and ask for a better room. If none is available and I am tired, I try to sleep. But I raise hell about it in the morning. Really. The only thing a person wants from a motel is sleep - and they can't keep the AC quiet?
  • At about 2-3 AM the drunks come back from the bar and don't seem to understand that people are trying to sleep as they yell or stomp down the hall falling into the walls as they go.
  • Like the drunks, I also get wakened by azzho\es who do not understand that they should not be blaring their radios as they enter or exit the parking lot.
  • I make sure I stay away elevators and snack stations.
Almost every motel I stay in, I suggest that they put a sign at the parking lot entrance and at the stairs/elevator that says "Quiet Please." None of them seem to take the advice.

My problem is TOO quiet. I wish the AC made more noise. I sleep with a fan at home, so in hotels I prefer the AC to vent loudly, or at least hope for a loud bathroom exhaust fan I can turn on. I've also been in rooms where the AC is not cold enough (I like it freezing when I sleep). So if it is quiet and hot, I will be awake.

I did install a ****e noise app on my phone that sounds like a fan, so that helps!
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