accommodation

Villy Recommends The Best Areas And Hotels Based On Travel Preferences

Thinking of visiting a new city sometime soon? Villy wants to simplify the hotel-hunting process by recommending the best neighbourhoods and hotels, according to your interests.


HouseTrip For iOS Finds Things For You To Do On Holidays

HouseTrip is a service similar to Airbnb that puts holiday homeowners in contact with people looking for a short-term rental. The new iOS app includes a messaging tool so you can speak to the homeowner, alerts you to attractions in the area, and helps you to plan your itinerary.


How To Get A Great Night's Sleep When You're Away From Home

Whether you’re in a hotel on holidays or staying with friends, sleeping in an unfamiliar bed takes getting used to. We sat down with a sleep expert to come up with some tips for a great night’s sleep, no matter where you are or what bed you’re in.


The Best And Worst Months To Stay At Hotels Around The World

Staying at a hotel can be one of the most expensive aspects of travelling, especially if you go at the wrong time. Hotel search site Trivago researched the price changes for 46 cities around the world to offer us these travel advice calendars — so you’ll know when you’ll get the best hotel rates.


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.