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.
The High Court of Australia has ruled that a public servant who injured herself while having sex “on the job” is not eligible for compensation. The woman was injured when a motel light fixture fell on her and a male colleague mid-coitus. While originally winning the case, the decision was overturned on the grounds that the woman’s injuries were not caused in the course of her employment. In other words, if you manage to get lucky during a work trip, you might want to keep the gymnastic horseplay to a minimum.
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.
The comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an amusing bit about how the entire airport industry is a racket to sell overpriced sandwiches (the airlines and planes are just there to distract you from the outrageously high mark-ups). If you swap the aviation angle for pillow mints and swimming pools, the joke could just as easily apply to hotels — especially when it comes to club sandwiches.
One of the perks of working at Lifehacker is staying in a lot of different hotels, around Australia and around the globe. Hotels have a lot in common, but it’s the little differences that stick out, as this video of the Four Points By Sheraton LAX proves. Actually, maybe that should be flush out . . .
Coughing up a chunk of cash for 30 minutes and a 63-byte download limit is no one’s idea of a fair deal, unless you’re the operator of a hotel offering such an irresistible package. That said, change may be on the way… if Tourism Australia gets its way. The body is reportedly urging the industry to not only dump the price tag, but the wires as well.
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.