Lifehacker Hotel Vlog: Crown Towers Melbourne

Crown Towers is the hotel above the casino in Melbourne. What gives with the exuberance of pillows, and why might the hotel designers be annoyed with Apple? Find out in this video review.

Jedi-Approved Productivity Tricks For The Business Traveller

Whether you’re a serial procrastinator or a black belt in OCD, everyone with a job requiring travel feels the pressure to reach Jedi status while on the go. Whether we’re tasked with meeting and impressing a VIP or aiming to land a new client, we need all the “force” we can get.

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.

Orbitz's Hotel Rates Heatmap Shows You When To Book Your Hotel

The next time you’re planning a trip, head to Orbitz’s Labs section and take a look at the Hotel Rates Heatmap. It might save you some cash by helping you figure out when the rates of your destination city are likely to be at their lowest.

Ask LH: Can I Stay In A Hotel Room When I'm Under 18?

Hi Lifehacker, Is it possible to stay in a hotel room if you’re under 18? I’m planning a trip to Melbourne, and I’ll be 17 (and a half) at the time. Any suggestions on how I can make such a booking?

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.

Reminder: Your Boss Isn’t Liable If You Suffer A Sex Injury On A Work Trip

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.

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.

The 'Australia Tax' Also Applies To Club Sandwiches

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.

Lifehacker Hotel Vlog: Four Points By Sheraton LAX

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 . . .