Checklist for hotels and restaurants

Hotel guests feel and demand good hotel acoustics. Every disturbance is superfluous and therefore a holistic quality is required. This also benefits the staff, the neighbours and ultimately the hoteliers. A checklist provides orientation.

The acoustic hotel quality can be quantified with concrete parameters and practically designed down to the last detail. Are you interested in solution hints and examples? Then get in touch with us, you are most welcome.

Acoustic requirements


shall be determined separately according to the location and noise situation of the building.


to distinguish between rooms, according to resting needs and noise generation.


from the noise of installations and technical installations of all kinds.


for silence and speech intelligibility in rooms depending on use and size.

From the reception to the hotel room


Speech intelligibility must be guaranteed here. For this purpose, the reverberation time and the noise level (e.g. technical equipment, acoustic irradiation, external noise) must be suitably reduced. A special feature here, however, is also a certain degree of confidentiality, e.g. organizationally supported.


Here and in other open areas there may be a need for relaxation, concentration or communication. Therefore, reverberation time and background noise must be reduced again and shielding between individual areas must be made possible.


Conversations, walking and rolling noises (e.g. suitcases) by guests and staff (e.g. cleaning) are disturbing. Despite the sound-absorbing doors, noise should be minimised by room attenuation (reverberation time) and suitable floor coverings.


quiet and with a somewhat subdued atmosphere, they radiate peace, safety and quality. Inside the cabin, music can avoid unpleasant silence. Outside the cabin, technical and signal noise should be reduced to a minimum.


have the highest requirements with regard to freedom from interference and privacy. The sound insulation to the outside and to all neighbouring rooms (horizontal, vertical) must fit and technically caused noises must be minimised. Room acoustics hardly play a role.


and hotel rooms are inextricably linked. A quiet bathroom ventilation system pleases the guest and soundproof sanitary and water installations are essential for the peace and quiet of the neighbours. This is not only about sound levels, but also about the information content of the sounds.

Restaurant & Co.

Here, depending on the concept, peace, communication and euphony must be made possible in equal measure. From the guests' point of view, conspicuous interior noise and traffic noise from the outside are undesirable, as are speech intelligibility and audibility (music).

If the kitchen and guest room are separated, it should be noticeably quiet for the guests as well. The various kitchen noises can be technically, structurally and organizationally contained. Openly integrated kitchens are acoustically attractive. As with music sound, however, it all depends on the degree.

It may seem like an exaggeration by acousticians, but even soft noises from WC areas are extremely irritating in the restaurant. Sound insulation of walls and especially doors as well as quiet flushing also prevent these possibly rare situations.

Meeting and conference, wellness and fitness

The undisturbed communication is in the foreground. A reverberation time that depends on the size of the room, low noise emission (systems, floor coverings etc.) and good sound insulation to the outside as well as to the neighbouring rooms serve this purpose.

today include very different designs, so that the respective room properties must also fit the use. Peace is a central element. It can be achieved with holistic sound insulation, complemented by the right room acoustics.

In these rooms, variety and dynamics can also be felt acoustically, without exaggerating. Outside, however, the neighbours should remain as undisturbed as possible. The suitable position of the rooms in the building and a high level of sound insulation must be taken into account.

Traffic, operation and technology

of guests, personnel or suppliers generate unavoidable noises. But they are just as annoying as public traffic noise. Even in a quiet environment, it may be necessary to protect the exterior components from noise. In the case of underground garages, sound insulation in the building is also required.

The acoustic rule for the operation, cleaning and maintenance of outdoor facilities is: Use quiet devices and systems only at suitable times. Low-noise cleaning and gardening equipment is available to relieve both guests and neighbours.

 Electricity and heat generation
in a hotel can also become an acoustic nuisance. However, energy efficiency and a low noise level can be combined with good exhaust silencers, vibration-insulating mountings and sound-insulating enclosures.