Staterooms Near Stairs and Elevators

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.)

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I have no problem, but mu DH hears the elevator dings. So we tend to be off from them by at least 3 cabins. However, I agree on the convenience of being near them.

We do the same.

This is also our preference. We tend to also book as high of a deck as possible, this reduces the foot traffic noise which is more of a distaction than the dings or mechanical noises.

We like rooms near the elevators too. I don't like the tiny hallways and feel claustrophobic if I'm too far from the larger lobby type openings by the elevators. I also don't hear much noise, but I have a great ability to tune a lot of things out. We look for rooms that are above or below other rooms though and not above or below bars/pools/restaurant areas to avoid excessive noise.

I think the whole issue is overblown. We have sailed on many different classes of ships, on two cruise lines (mostly NCL), and go out of our way to select midships cabins that usually are within about 3 doors down from the stairs/elevators. It has never been a problem. and we've done it enough to know its not just dumb luck. I think a bigger problem is being 15-20 cabins down a looooooong narrow companionway. Selecting what is above and below etc is an artform...agree completely...

I have been corrected by "the boss"....that's 3 cruise lines, I omitted 2 on RCCL, quite awhile back, and there was noise from one elevator and they shut it down for a day to fix whatever it was. I didn't remember any noise from it actually in our cabin, which couldn't have been more than 3-4 doors down. She remembered the inconvenience of several thousand of your closest friends waiting for elevators. Mea culpa..

We like being near the elevators (They have stairs? Happy ) Noise has not been a problem.

I guess this needs some clarity. If as we usually do .. book a balcony then being by the stairs and elevators (which are usually together or side by each) is a definite benefit as it makes getting around so much better and with a balcony being on the outside side of the hall the noise is minimal. However an inside cabin being on the inner side of the hall and possibly adjacent to and sharing a wall the stairs or elevator shafts ... now that I can see as being problematic and possibly noisy.

Good thinking. That never occurred to me. but then, we've never had an inside. AND, if you think about it or actually see ships plans (the ones you don't see), those insides probably share walls with all kinds of maintenance passages and storage facilities. I'd welcome comments from folks who regularly book insides. other than it being dark heheheheh.

I prefer to be away from the lobby, stairs and elevators. I like a cabin at the end of the hall way so less traffic and quieter. I'm young enough to not mind the walking down the hall ways. I prefer the walking, just as I try and take the stairs when ever I can.

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