‘The rules of acoustics remain the same for hotels as they do for residences, studios, or symphony halls: Acoustic signature is the quality of sound with acoustic isolation being the degree which barriers can prevent sound from passing from space to space. Both are paramount in a hotel setting.’ (courtesy of https://iands.design/articles/33277/acoustics-101-how-soundproof-are-hotel-rooms#:~:text=The%20rules%20of%20acoustics%20remain,paramount%20in%20a%20hotel%20setting)
Even though the hotel industry has been hard hit by the global pandemic, every hotel must deliver its best and that also means focusing on acoustics. It does not only affect hotel guests, but also all the people working within the hotel.
Glassflex® acoustic windows at Sandton Sun Hotel
What causes noise in hotels?
Guests are generally noisy! Even if they travel alone, they are busy on their phones or have the television on. Besides the noise within a hotel room, people and staff in corridors or hallways are also a major source of noise. Noise is simply unpleasant!
A hotel is not just limited to the accommodation they offer, they also have reception areas, restaurants and often a business centre with meeting room facilities. All these areas need to be acoustically treated, in order to keep noise levels at bay.
GF Serene acoustic glass partitions and Varikust® acoustic doors at Avani Hotel & Casino Windhoek
How can I reduce noise levels in a hotel?
As mentioned, a hotel has many different areas, so let us break it down a bit more and start with the actual room.
A hotel room is a place where a guest needs their QUIET area and does not want to hear noise from the outside, the hallways nor their neighbours. What can be done?
Aluglass Bautech has a range of Glassflex® acoustic windows that achieve around 40db sound reduction depending on the type of glass and additional frame treatment required. That would reduce the noise from the outside. The entrance door to the room is also crucial. A hotel should offer their guests not just privacy, but also safety. Our locally manufactured Varikust® acoustic fire doors offer the best of both worlds – fire tested and acoustically tested!
Acoustics within a room can be challenging. Absorption panels can successfully address the issues of reverberated sound and high frequency reverberation times. You can look at adding these to bed headboards or arranging acoustic panels near televisions.
Hotel room with Fabricmate Absorption Panels courtesy of Fabricmate
A hallway can be a large contributor to noise. Some of the above ideas apply to hallways as well. Place absorption panels along the wall, decorated to suit your décor and be totally unintrusive. Acoustic doors will also drastically cut down sounds from hallways.
Variflex® Glass mobile acoustic partitions at Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel Windhoek
Business centres within hotels can have their own set of acoustic standards, since meetings and conferences are often highly confidential! A range of custom designed solutions are available.
Our Glassflex® GF Serene acoustic demountable internal glass partitions system, creates QUIET meeting spaces within open plan applications and are ideal for smaller meeting rooms. The system features glazed and unglazed Varikust® acoustic doors from our VK62 range to complement the acoustic performance. Our Variflex® mobile acoustic partition system permits flexible room layouts and subdivides meeting venues or conference facilities, only with an overhead track. Various sized meetings or conferences are then possible while allowing privacy in each separate area. An extensive range of finishes, including glass, are available to suit décor and design.
Acoustic panels are also greatly beneficial when arranged across the room, to not only reduce noise but to create the right sound dynamics. After all, these are areas that will host people giving speeches or performances, so the room should be able to sound good.
Variflex® mobile acoustic partitions at Birchwood Hotel Boksburg
Reception areas and restaurants are where the most chit-chat happens and is certainly an acoustic nightmare. Often sound-reflecting and hard surfaces are used like tiles and glass in these areas. Placing Absorption panels along the walls and ceilings will deflect and reduce sound travelling across the area, improving speech intelligibility, and making the whole environment more enjoyable to be in. Also invest in plants and soft furnishings such as carpets and couches, all proven to absorb and scatter noise quite effectively.
Fabricmate Absorption Panels courtesy of Fabricmate
Even if the hotel has stylish décor and wonderful service, if a guest exposed to too much noise, they will probably not be back. When designing any area of a hotel, think about acoustics, plan ahead and get advice from a company with decades of acoustic knowledge and experience.