The Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, one of Abu Dhabi’s luxury hotels, has decided to spend a staggering amount of $1.36 million dollars to put an end to the noise pollution issue affecting their suites, reported Arabian Business.
About 600 of the hotel’s guest-room balcony doors were re-designed and are expected to reduce the level of noise heard from the Formula 1 cars and planes by 30 percent.
“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 hotel general manager Heiner Werdeling in a magazine interview.
The fitting of the new balcony doors is expected to be completed within six months.
According to TripAdvisor, a hotel review site, the noise of planes landing in the nearby airport could be heard while engine sounds of Formula 1 cars was described as “unbearable.”
Werdeling admitted that the issue has been going on for quite some time and that it needs to be fixed saying that “every room has a balcony and the doors which were already put in were not suitable for the guest use; they are just not user-friendly.”
Werdeling added in defense, as quoted by Arabian Business, “This hotel was built in an incredible 18 months so certain things need to be fixed a little later.”
The hotel is strategically located overlooking the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and is a 10-minute travel to the Abu Dhabi airport.