Crowne Plaza 'Snore Patrols' Are Creepy & Rude

snoringHave you hopped into a hotel bed, exhausted after a day of conferences or perhaps from sightseeing on vacation, only to be kept up all night by some guy snoring it up in the room next to you? Personally, I haven't, but apparently, the Crown Plaza Hotel chain thinks it's a big enough problem that they have introduced "snore monitors" and "snore absorption rooms."

I've been kept asleep by loud sex in the next room, kids crying, and people partying it up in hotels, but never snoring. Maybe I'm one of the lucky few, but I'm finding it hard to believe all this is necessary and not just a little too much of an attack on snorers around the world.


The snore absorption rooms are one thing. They're totally high-tech snore stoppers with soundproof walls, headboards that somehow absorb snores, and even special pillows that place sleepers in the best anti-snoring positions. I suppose for some couples, a stay in one of these rooms could be a pleasant, albeit brief and extreme (a room is approximately $443 a night), respite from a partner's snoring; and if all hotel rooms came with sound-proof walls that wouldn't be a bad thing. So those I understand to some degree.

It's the snore patrol, however, that's really creepy and weird.

Implemented in six British hotels, there are two floors set aside as quiet zones that are patrolled by "snore monitors" (put that on your resume!). These monitors, "armed with volume measuring meters and trained ears," actually walk the halls listening for people snoring. If they hear someone, they knock on the door, wake the person up, and ask him (or her) to quiet down. If the offender keeps up the snoring, he must move to another room.

How rude! It's not like they're snoring on purpose. I know snoring can get loud, and it's no fun listening to someone saw logs, but this is the answer? Seems like some form of snorer discrimination to me.

Perhaps I'm a bit defensive as occasionally when I'm really tired or have a cold, my husband says I snore or "purr" as he tries to sugar-coat it. But I can't image how a) annoying and b) humiliating it would be to be made to pack my things and move in the middle of the night because I purred a little too loudly -- especially in a room in which I'm paying good money to stay.

I suppose you don't have to choose one of those quiet rooms, but I can't imagine many people who would. The thought of those monitors out there listening for every little sound is just weird ... and not very conducive to hotel sex.

What do you think of these snore monitors and snore absorption rooms? Have you ever been kept awake in a hotel room by a snorer?

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