The people in the next room are having sex all night! it is early morning and I can not sleep and my flight is in a few hours! Their bed is hitting the wall because of the action which makes a great noise in my room like someone is constantly knocking on the door. I tried calling the reception but nothing happened, then tried calling their room but the phone is on DND. I always liked hotels as a part of travel, just not this time!

Should I knock the door and try something like "please stop [expletive deleted] or I will join you!?"

  • 16
    Get earplugs...
    – gerrit
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 19:40
  • 8
    Next time you're travelling, don't forget your earplugs.
    – gerrit
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 19:43
  • 23
    I'd knock on the door and ask if I can join in. :)
    – Karlson
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 19:45
  • 8
    Bang on the wall (maybe in syncopation to their bed sounds).
    – tcrosley
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 22:39
  • 14
    Provide loud commentary?
    – gillonba
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 18:42

3 Answers 3


Why not ask the front desk to get you a new room? We were once put in a room right next to the elevator shaft once and didn’t notice until we shut off the tv before bed. The elevator clattering was the most annoying sound imaginable. We tried to bear with it for an hour but just couldn’t get any shut-eye as every time our eyes would get heavy, the elevator would move and the cables would clatter and clang against the wall right by the bed.

We went to the front desk. Even though it was past 11p, we got a new room and a complimentary breakfast coupon with apologies.

You can even ask the front desk if you can keep your unpacked stuff in the old room overnight and use the new room just for sleeping until you can bring your luggage over the next day. They won’t be able to rent out your old room anyway so it’d be something a good front desk staff person would be able to do. I remembered their name and slipped them a good tip the next day.


I believe, all jokes aside, you have four options:

  1. Try to ignore it. Obviously, you're trying this already and it's not working. But you could turn the tv on, listen to some music, or take a sleeping tablet if you have one.
  2. Passive aggressive behaviour. Turn the tv or music up really loudly. Bang on the wall. Hope they'll take the hint. Cheer them on! Decide to take delight in exacting your own form of personal revenge on your neighbours. Order them some food!
  3. Indirect/Direct confrontation. You could yell at them to shut up, that people are trying to sleep, but I've seen this be ignored even in dorms. You could go around to their room (since you've tried the phone) and knock on the door, and explain the situation and that they're being unreasonably loud - they may not even realise that the sound is carrying that well! enter image description here (from homesandproperty.co.uk)

  4. Use the resources available to you in a nice hotel - call reception. Tell them that you called before and nothing happened, that it's still going on and that they're banging on the wall (you don't need to say what you think is happening, just that the effect is keeping you up), and will they please send someone to knock on the door and tell them there's been a complaint.

More than likely, 3 and 4 are your best bets for a quick response, and #4 is the most likely to keep you calm - a bad confrontation while you're overtired (ala #3) may not be the best thing for you.

  • The user already said that the 4th option didn't work :P Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 7:13
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    @Noldor130884 I was merely listing the options, future readers might want to try them all.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 13:30

Well you can always do "The Thin Wall Challenge":

- Thin Wall Challenge

I guess it can keep you busy while you wait for them to finish. Or you can call reception and tell them that it seems someone is being attacked on the other room because of all the screaming ;). That worked me one or two times...


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