It's Alarmingly Easy for Hackers to Control Your Hotel Room

Next time you're in Shenzhen, "the Silicon Valley of mainland China," don't stay at the St. Regis hotel. Sure, it looks nice and everything. And those iPad-powered "digital butlers" sound neat. But really, the system is so littered with security vulnerabilities that a hacker on the other side of the planet can easily… » 7/18/14 10:23am Friday 10:23am

You Can Pay To Sleep Inside This Giant Robot's Stomach

"Sir," the bellhop says as you waltz up to the check-in counter, "we've upgraded you to out finest suite—no, not the honeymoon suite, even better. The robot gut suite." This scenario could soon become a reality at London's Beaumont Hotel, which recently installed a giant inhabitable statue on its facade.… » 6/11/14 2:40pm 6/11/14 2:40pm

Airbnb Is Giving NY's Attorney General a Load of (Anonymized) User Data

Don't freak out. But if you're an Airbnb host in the state of New York, there's a good chance your user data is on its way to the New York Attorney General's office. It's anonymized data, so personally identifiable data like your name and address have been removed. However, if the you're suspected of illegal activity,… » 5/21/14 11:20am 5/21/14 11:20am

20 Awesome Stickers From When Your Suitcase Told Stories

There was a time when well-traveled luggage looked like the suitcase above: covered with travel stickers, trophies of every adventurous explorer. My father, who spent his youth traveling across Europe in the 60s and 70s kept his weary suitcase for a long time; as a child, I admired all those well-aged little pictures… » 1/30/14 9:20am 1/30/14 9:20am

The Trick That Lets You Set Your Hotel Thermostat to Any Temp You Want

Just like "close door" elevator buttons and press-to-walk street signs, hotel thermostats are a notorious public placebo. You see the rig on the wall and get to feel like you have some modicum of control, but in reality, that thermostat will only let you go to 72, maybe 70 if you're lucky. But after that, it's… » 11/12/13 12:20pm 11/12/13 12:20pm

People With 10k Instagram Followers Stay Free In This Hotel

A picture is worth a thousand words and having 10,000 Instagram followers is apparently worth more than $150. At the recently opened 1888 Hotel in Sydney, Australia guests can stay one night for free if they contact the media department to show their social media mettle and follow the hotel on Instagram, of course. » 9/15/13 9:04am 9/15/13 9:04am

The Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in the World's Most Expensive Cities

In July, Mercer published its current list of the most expensive cities in the world. Curious about the cost of living for expats, we created a collection of the priciest apartments and rentals in these cities. But what about hotels? How much will one night in the world's most expensive towns set you back? » 8/21/13 9:00am 8/21/13 9:00am