accommodation

Use Google Street View To Find The Best Room Locations In A Hotel

When you’re staying in a hotel, noise can be a problem. We know to avoid low-level rooms by the street or any room near a lift, but sometimes you have other noisemakers to contend with. Google Street View can help you find them.


Get A Hotel Upgrade By Emailing The Manager Directly

It’s always worth asking for a hotel upgrade. If you feel shy about asking at the front desk or calling the hotel ahead of time, a simple email to the right person can do the trick.


Ask In Advance To Have Hotel Safe And Parking Fees Taken Off Your Bill

Staying in a hotel comes with its own array of fees, some of which are tacked on with no thought to whether or not you’re actually using the services being charged. Ask the front desk a couple of questions as soon as you check in to make sure you’re not charged for services you won’t use, such as an in-room safe or hotel parking.


Ask LH: How Can I Avoid Getting Screwed On Airbnb?

Dear Lifehacker, With Airbnb becoming illegal in some cities, and horror stories of bad hosts, should I even consider using the site for holiday rentals? If so, what should I do if I find myself in an extreme situation and need help?


Confessions Of A Hotel Insider

I’ve worked in hotels for more than a decade. I’ve checked you in, checked you out, oriented you to the property, served you a drink, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&M’s out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes and taken your money.


Check Local Tourism Websites For Exclusive Hotel Discounts

When it comes to saving money on your hotel stay, there are lots of ways to save more than you would if you just booked on Expedia or a similar site. Add making a quick virtual visit to the local tourism office to the list.


Avoid Hotel Cancellation Fees By Changing Your Stay Dates

Most hotels will charge you a fee if you cancel your room booking less than 24 hours before you’re supposed to check in. Ideally, that shouldn’t be a problem — if you’re not going to make a trip or holiday, you’ll usually know it ahead of time. However, if your flight is cancelled, re-routed or there’s another emergency, Redditor drwired has the solution: don’t cancel the room, push your arrival time out by a few days, and then cancel it, once you’re safely more than 24 hours from your check-in date.


Inform Hotels Of Special Occasions Ahead Of Time To Score Free Perks

When you’re planning a hotel stay for a monumental occasion, like a birthday or honeymoon, hotel office manager Trang Phan suggests it’s good to let the hotel know so they can deliver a special treat before you arrive.


Find Accommodation With Rentmix

You don’t have to book a bargain-basement hotel when you head out of the house for a holiday. New web app Rentmix makes it easy to find available rentals in the area you’re visiting so you can book ahead of time.


Roomorama Finds Short-Term Rentals For Business Or Holiday Trips

There’s no shortage of sites to help you find hotel rooms or serviced apartments, but if you want to safely rent a private house or apartment for a short-term stay, the options are more limited. Roomorama offers global listings of properties available for rent, giving you the option of a more individual and potentially cheaper experience.