The only thing that will ruin a holiday more surely than awful weather is a bad mood.
Every holiday has at least one individual who gets lazy and short-tempered if they don’t get enough sleep. If you’re travelling alone or you can’t identify the tetchy one in your group, it’s probably you.
A hotel stay is a luxury, but some places are more conducive to late-night partying than making up your sleep deficit. Morning Life wanted to know which were which – so we analysed thousands of TripAdvisor reviews to find the hotels with the most mentions of the word “quiet.” Here are the quietest hotels in every capital city in the world, plus the most sleepworthy hotels across the UK, U.S., and other top holiday destinations.
Scroll to the end for our tips on how to get a good night’s sleep at a hotel – whether you need them for yourself or are asking “for a friend”!
- The world’s quietest hotel is The Little Garden Boutique Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which 42.28% of reviewers say is quiet.
- The Ndemi Place in Nairobi, Kenya, is the quietest hotel in Africa (38.68%).
- The Relais Medicis in Paris, France, is Europe’s quietest hotel (35.29%).
- The UK’s quietest hotel is COMO The Halkin in London (33.23%).
- The quietest hotel in the U.S. is Parrot Nest in Florida (23.00%).
Bali, London, and Paris Among Top Destinations with Super-Quiet Hotels
They’re called ‘tourist attractions’ for a reason. The world’s top holiday destinations attract a lot of out-of-towners – which makes finding a peaceful hotel a struggle. We found that just nine of the top destinations have hotels tagged “quiet” by at least a quarter of visitors.
Quietest of all is Kusuma Resort in Bali, a self-described “haven of rest and relaxation” offering “total renewal.” The Kusuma is on a side-road 20 km from the city centre and features just 18 rooms and seven bungalows, so noise is not an issue for guests.
London is Home to UK’s Quietest City Hotel
One-third of visitors to London’s COMO The Halkin describes it as “quiet.” Set on a quiet residential street in the posh Belgravia district, this five-star hotel offers “quiet rooms with magnificently decorated, large bathrooms and generous breakfasts,” according to one reviewer. Even the construction work on the nearby Peninsula Hotel did not disturb another reviewer’s stay.
But before you rush to book your room at COMO The Halkin, keep in mind the hotel is currently closed till early September 2022, and will resume operations once the renovation is complete.
The UK’s second quietest hotel is towards the other end of the main island in Glasgow, Scotland. 15Glasgow is an independent bed-and-breakfast set in a “grand old 19th century terrace” offering “a tranquil atmosphere and ideal escape from everyday hustle and bustle.” As a reviewer puts it, “the sleep quality could not have been better.”
Florida Island Host’s Quietest Hotel in the U.S.
Considering the diverse landscape of the U.S., it’s not impossible to find a quiet hotel – as long as you don’t mind the destination. We found that the quietest hotels in 32 states have a quietness rating of at least 25%. However, only three of America’s most visited cities can boast the same.
Sabal Palms is “one of lively Orlando’s loveliest and most serene” resorts. It’s also the quietest hotel you’ll find in any of the top 20 most-visited cities. But, while 26.94% of reviewers mention the quietness, TripAdvisor also has a few reviews that mention noise from the interstate or early morning lawnmowers. So, just like any other hotel, give yourself the advantage by asking for a quiet room when you book.
Parrot Nest on Sanibel Island, Florida, is America’s quietest hotel overall. Almost half (47.66%) of reviewers use the word “quiet,” and presumably, the rest are too blissed out to notice. The hotel consists of six secluded bungalows, each named after a local bird of paradise, on the “quiet side of the island.” Says one guest: “My bed is comfortable and I have slept like a log” – and they’re not the only ones to comment on the high-quality beds at the Nest.
Tips for Sleeping Well in a Hotel
Holidaying in a hotel is exciting – but, ironically, muting some of that excitement and making your room feel like home will be beneficial to your trip. If your partner is not with you, experts suggest taking an unwashed T-shirt of theirs to smell in your sleep; if you’re single, take an unwashed pillowcase. Kids should take a favourite teddy, and if you’re organising things, then plan the following day’s activities with care so you’re not kept up by a worrying mind.
We’ve collected the best specialist advice for getting a good night’s sleep on vacation into our new infographic below – essential holiday reading for those with trouble sleeping!
The World’s Best Hotels for a Good Night’s Sleep
Life is better on a good night’s sleep. On holiday, waking up refreshed helps you appreciate every detail of your adventure and avoid making logistical mistakes with your limited time and budget. But most importantly of all, it helps you – or whoever you’re reading this article for! – to be the chirpiest morning bird and holiday companion you can be. Do use our table below to find the quietest hotel in the city, state, or other destination to which you’re headed.
METHODOLOGY & SOURCES
First, we compiled several seed lists: capital cities, US states, holiday destinations, top 20 UK cities people visit, top 20 US states people visit. Using the TripAdvisor search bar, we looked for the keyword “quiet” in each location from our seed lists and gathered the data from the hotels tab.
We scraped the number of reviews overall and the number of quiet mentions for each hotel. We then calculated the percentage of “quiet” mentions and grouped the data according to the seed lists.
Aiming to focus on only hotels, we manually cleared our final lists from resorts, lodges, RV parks, hostels, BnBs, etc. We also calculated the average number of quiet mentions for multiple UK and US hotel brands.
The data was collected in February 2022.
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