I know the prevailing conventional wisdom is to avoid staterooms near the stair/elevator well, ostensibly due to noise generated in the area. However, that has not been my experience at all. I actually prefer to book a stateroom near the stairs (I usually look for a room right beside the stair well, with the added benefit of not having an interior stateroom directly across the corridor), for ease of getting around the ship without spending as much time in narrow, stuffy stateroom corridors. And I have not noticed any undue noise as a result.
What is your experience? Why is this the prevailing conventional wisdom? Am I just odd? (Wait, don't answer that last one; I already know the answer.)