Are any other very frequent travelers concerned about the increasing tendancy among hotels to seal hotel room windows shut? I can no longer get a good night's sleep in a sealed room not to mention the health risks involved. The leading responses I have received from hundreds of hotel staff with whom I have discussed this issue are as follows: 1) to keep smokers from violating the hotel's no smoking policy, 2) to protect the hotel from liability from guests (mostly children) crawling out the window, 3) to manage insurance costs and 4) to protect the guests from outside fumes.
Marriott's solution to my problem has been to advise me to post a request in the comments field of the reservation. Unfortunately, this rarely works since very few hotels read or sometimes even have access to this field. The most helpful thing Marriott could do is to tell us which hotels are totally sealed environments. The only real solution I have found to date is to actually call the hotel in advance and connect with the front desk (not reservations). Would you believe, some front desk personnel cannot answer the question, "do you have any rooms with windows that open?"
Is anyone else experiencing this problem and , if so, have you found a solution?