In travel technology news today, Crowne Plaza Hotels is testing state of the art “anti-snore” technology at selected hotels. 10 hotels across Europe, the UK, and the Middle East will reportedly implement “snore patrols” to muffle noisy sleepers.
In a story from Reuters this morning, this news about Crowne Plaza’s initiative reveals this hotel chain’s attitude toward noisy sleepers – or sleeplessness at least. The chain has gone so far as to not only create “snore absorptive” rooms, but in training so called “snore patrol persons” to wander hotel halls and alert of noisy sleepers – that is in hotel “quiet zones” – sector 7 reporting “all quiet.” Holy cow, now that’s a marque amenity if we ever heard of one.
For the snoring guest though, these patrols may not end up being such a luxury after all. If a “snore monitor” detects snorky sounds emanating from a room in the quiet zone – he or she knocks on the door awakening the perpetrator, uh hum, guest. Laura Simpson, Snore Monitor at Leeds Crowne Plaza hotel in northern England, told Reuters:
“We have quiet zones on two floors of the hotel. As Snore Monitor, I conduct floor walks to check for noise disruptions, paying particular attention to the quiet zone rooms. Guests can ask to stay our quiet zone rooms if they are particularly light sleepers.”
But that’s not all. Crowne Plaza even has a repeat offenders rule. You read that correctly. Guests caught snoring too many times get banished (offered) a room in an alternative section of the hotel. God forbid a snorky business exec gets re-allocated to the section where the Shriner’s Convention is staying!
Crowne Plaza’s snore absorptive rooms are a new measure being tested. These rooms will use what the hotel calls ” the latest snore control technology” to reduce the negative effects of loud snoring. If you think the hotel is not serious, the chain even suggests their snore technology and this initiative may help marriages on top of curing sleeplessness. There’s even a list of technology components:
- Sound proofing on walls
- Sound absorbing head board
- Anti-snoring bed wedge
- Anti-snoring pillow
- White noise machine
You thought we were kidding, huh? According to research cited by Crowne Plaza, 30 percent of marriages end in divorce partially because of a partner’s snoring habit. This is to say nothing for hubby or wifey ruining a holiday with their incessant wheezing and whoofing all night long. However, the ramifications here are gravitas. Imagine “no snore” zones in all hotels. Smore monitors patrolling hallways, armed with ice cold water cannons – even worse, being thrown into the chill night because of your sleep apnea! More later, as this travel story develops.