How do you feel about connecting doors in hotel rooms?

Here’s a quick Saturday morning poll. I can’t say I’m usually fazed by connecting doors, though I’m presently staying in a hotel room which has connecting doors on both sides, and I can’t say I’ve ever noticed that before.

Which brings me to the poll question:

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If the poll options don’t do your answer justice (or you’ve had a weird/entertaining/loud experience with connecting doors), feel free to answer in the comments section below.

Filed Under: Hotels, Travel
  1. I usually put the luggage rack and my suitcase in front of the adjuoining door … makes me ‘feel safer.’ I’ve recently been staying at a hotel that has two adjoining doors in every room I’ve had with them. I need to ask them if each floor is just one big room all strung together with adjoining doors.

  2. It is not the doors per se, that bother me. It is that the noise level from the rooms next door is significantly higher through connecting doors than (most) hotel walls.

  3. My biggest problem with them is not kids rattling the knobs, but that they are far less sound insulated than the rest of the wall – even in top tier hotels. That can turn an incredible suite into the equivalent of a Motel 6, as it did at a recent stay at a Four Seasons for us. I don’t need to hear the marital squabbles of the couple next door, especially while on our own romantic vacation. Of course the Four Seasons then went to the ends of the earth to accommodate us into a different room – a Motel 6 would have just said “tough cookies.”

  4. It’s not the safety issue with me, but I often find it allows more noise from next door to creep in.

  5. “Lucky, correct word is fazed.”

    Unless the magical adventures on the other side include phasers.

  6. I agree with hobo13 – when traveling with a group of friends/family, it’s definitely a plus. If not…eh…whatever. Doesn’t really bother me.

  7. As others said it’s more of a noise issue, when i’m trying to sleep for work the next day when I am traveling the last thing I want is to hear everything that happens next door. Most recently this happened with a hilton.

  8. I really dislike them. A significant minority of my hotel noise problems have been related to connecting doors. For instance, in March, at an upscale resort property, I got to hear my 3 year old neighbor’s nightly tantrum. Low level, mid level, top level (JW Marriott Beijing) – connecting doors are never good. I believe they used to be relatively popular, but I really hope new hotels are using them less.

  9. In 1994 I was working for a company where we had to stay in some sketchy motels. I was watching the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation when the connecting door opened, the manager came through, said excuse me, and existed through the main door of the room. After that I always traveled with a wedge to kick under the door when I had a connecting room…….

  10. At a recent stay at the Hilton Sedona Golf Resort and Spa an elderly, hard of hearing couple was assigned to the room next door. They shouted at one another from 5am to 6am, getting ready for their tour bus. The connecting door made me a party to their preparations, when I much rather would have been sleeping. Why does anyone need to have these doors?

  11. I had a room at the Hilton Chicago Hotel and towers during New Years 2004, and our neighbor in the adjoining room repeatedly opened the ajoining door ever so slightly, and did so on more than one occasion during our stay. Upon finally realizing this was going on, I noticed the door wedged open with our neighbors watching us as disrobed, and immediately called hotel secuirty.

    The Hilton Chicago Hotel and Towers security could care less. Instead of sending someone from security up to confront the people in the other room, “security” merely said they’d send someone up when “they have the time” to show us how to use the lock— the lock was set by us and being a frequent traveler was well aware of how to lock the adjoining room door— the crafty neighbors found a way to still pry it open.

    Upon check-out, we asked to speak to a manager about the incident. They said the MOD was busy and could talk in 15 minutes; we couldn’t wait that long since we needed to catch out of ORD.

    Outstanding treatment of an earned HHonors Gold member.

    Needless to say, subsequent stays to Chicago haven’t been at that hotel with awful management and horrible security.

  12. Lucky, I spent six nights in a junior suite about two weeks ago at the HR Chicago (downtown) as an earned diamond upgrade at checkin. I was in the east tower (staying at a conference) and to get to the rc, had to constantly go down 25 floors, across the skyway, then up 34. Plus, the room had doors on each side (to standard rooms, judging by the map on the door.) Maybe they can make a more expensive suite? Anyway, the conference was of 5,000 high schoolers and college students, besides maybe 1000 adults. We almost filled the hotel and McCormick, as well. The room next to me left theirs open and knocked on mine, and played loud rap on their iPod dock at 3-4 am. This with me getting to sleep at midnight and having to be up by 6 every day. I knocked on the wall a couple of times, then my room phone rang. The kids had called me to ask me to stop hitting the wall, as it was “annoying.” I called security, and in the morning a “great stay” manager caught me in the rc and moved me to the same room, two floors down for the final 3 nights of my stay.

  13. I don’t like them, mostly cause you cannot feel safe when knowing that there is someone next to your room, connected to a door. But as you said, you never know what kind of adventure may come out from the unknown 🙂

  14. I’ve experienced the 5 year old trying to get through late at night. Also drunk guests playing with the door. Last night I was in Portland, Oregon and stayed at the Westin for the first time. I got upgraded to their Penthouse Suite (Starwood Platinum) probably because I was only staying 1 night. Great room! The living room had an adjoining door to another room that was not mine. I can understand that door to make it into a 2 bedroom suite. The positive is that noise from the adjoining door cannot disturb sleep because it was way on the other side.

  15. I think that door is good only for family or people that are close enough to share it. Otherwise it is not comfortable to stay in a room with door to the neighbor room.

  16. I agree with everyone else about the noise. If no one’s next door, no big deal.

    Does amaze me though that there must be enough demand to have a significant number of connecting rooms. I seem to always get them.

  17. I’m in one now….I can hear rustling of papers, footsteps and conversations like i’m in room with them..

    It’s a couple so I’m guessing I could be listening to some sex later…

    I’ve always hated these things but this one I’m in is totally out of control…

  18. Had a guy in room next door threaten to bust the door down if I dindt be quiet, funny thing is I was actually asleep on the bed when I heard him yelling like a maniac, that woke me up. He started banging on the door and telling me to shut up. I was obviously not making noise since my TV was off and I was 100% asleep and had been for at least 2 hours.

    I unlocked my side (his was already open since he was pounding on my door) I saw him face to face and asked him what the f**/ is your problem and told him it wasnt me. He quickly piped down and apologized, not sure if me being 6’7″ had anything to do with his change of tone or if it was the fact he was confronted and got humiliated since he knew he was acting irrational. For liability reasons I never entered on his side and remained on my side . He did the same , if he would have lunged at me or come over to my room I would have knocked him cold. Once I explained it wasnt me he looked embarassed and I was kind of embarassed I had to tell him. I then just told him that if he thought it was me why didnt he politely just knock on my actual room door and ask me and we could have determined it wasnt me. He apologozed and that was the end of it. Saw him the next morning at the elevator and he apologized once again. We kind of laughed about it, but and I explained that some people may not have taken it lightly and he needs to think before he acts insane.

    Funny how a quick conversation can straighten things out. Hotels need to understand that this adjoining door can be the cause of a physical altercation and a liability to the hotel and for the guests. They need to take these out and replace with regular insulated walls, its of no real use to 99% of people who stay anyway.

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