F1 hotel invests $1m to cut noise pollution

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The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi has invested about AED5m ($1.36m) to replace 600 guest-room balcony doors following numerous complaints over excessive noise.

The hotel overlooks the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island and is located 10 minutes away from Abu Dhabi airport. 

The new doors, being fitted over the next six months, are expected to reduce the level of noise heard from the Formula 1 cars and planes flying overhead by around 30 percent, according to general manager Heiner Werdeling.

"There’s a new airport building nearby while the main building is being built, we know that in two and a half years time there’ll be a new runway which will be away from all the hotels on the island, but currently guest comments tell us we’ve got a big problem with our balcony doors," said Werdeling in comments published by Hotelier Middle East.

One TripAdvisor review in October complained of the noise from "planes landing in the nearby airport", while another dated November 2011 described the roar of the Formula 1 cars as "unbearable". 

"If you are looking for peace and quiet this is not the place for you," said the reviewer going onto describe the noise as "deafening" throughout the property. 

"Our double glazed-balcony door didn't close properly and we had to ask members of staff (who had a special suction tool) to close it for us. It was not much of an improvement," the reviewed continued. 

Werdeling said the issue was a legacy from the opening and something that needed to be addressed.

"This hotel was built in an incredible 18 months so certain things need to be fixed a little later. 

"Every room has a balcony and the doors which were already put in were not suitable for the guest use; they're just not user-friendly," he said, adding that access to the balcony was also an issue.

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Posted by: www.aljoufilaw.com

Were they not aware of this during the architectural design of the hotel? Well of course it's just normal to have the constant noise of the race track, but when it's unbearable anymore, then it's just right to upgrade those walls.

Posted by: ZeTallGerman

Huh? Who are these people? It's like booking a room in a hotel right next to Ascot Race Course, and then complaining that it smells like horse... tss tss tss...

Posted by: Billy

I know....lets book a room in a hotel that is in the middle of an F1 track and then complain about the noise from the F1 cars. What did these people expect?

Posted by: Simon Duke

If you don't like the noise of a F1 car then don't book a hotel next to a face track?? Surely common sense??

Posted by: Bill Schuilenberg

I don't understand how one can go to a hotel in the middle of a race track and expect no sound intrusions. Hello? That's like buying a phone and complaining that it rings. I have stayed at the Viceroy and quite enjoyed the ultimate level of service, the architecture of the building and the noise of cars racing about. True the planes fly over but I didnt mind. When I want a silent holiday I will go elsewhere.

Posted by: procan

Hey Bill I am a big F 1 race fan. But the only upgrade I want in this Fabulous Hotel is assurance the is a sprinkler system in the building! I do not mind losing a little sleep but draw the line at my life : )

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