Noise and Cigarettes Ruin Hotel Stays

10th August 2007 (Last Updated August 10th, 2007 06:33)

Noisy neighbours and the smell of stale cigarettes top the list of turn-offs for UK hotel guests, according to a recent survey. The poll of 500 people conducted by the UK's The Sunday Times Travel Magazine revealed noisy neighbours and thin walls put most people off a hotel room,

Noisy neighbours and the smell of stale cigarettes top the list of turn-offs for UK hotel guests, according to a recent survey.

The poll of 500 people conducted by the UK’s The Sunday Times Travel Magazine revealed noisy neighbours and thin walls put most people off a hotel room, at 28%, followed by old décor (21%) and hair in the sink (19%).

Most respondent (29%) have had a hotel stay ruined by the smell of stale cigarettes, and 11% have suffered at the hands of unhelpful staff.

Unsurprisingly, the most important feature of a hotel room is the bed and the comfort of the mattress, but 18% of travellers say it is important that a double bed is actually a double, and not two twins pushed together.

Reported by staff writer