The Eerie Ruins of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they're not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left… » 1/22/15 9:02am 1/22/15 9:02am

Williamsburg Brooklyn Is Getting a Luxury Microtel Because Hipsters

Williamsburg is filled with hip restaurants, hip boutiques, hip bars, and hipsters. But if you don't live there, there aren't really any hotel options in the increasingly popular and overpriced Brooklyn neighborhood. Tourists don't want stay in Manhattan and cross the East River for their artisanal cheese needs.… » 1/15/15 4:25pm 1/15/15 4:25pm

Watch That Wi-Fi: Hackers Use Hotel Internet to Steal Nuclear Secrets

Security researchers recently identified an elite team of possibly state-sponsored hackers that infiltrate hotel Wi-Fi networks to gain access to the computers of high-level executives and leaders, probably to steal nuclear secrets. They're calling this band of cyber-spies DarkHotel. » 11/11/14 11:24am 11/11/14 11:24am

This Transforming Pod Is a Bed, Bath, Shower and Tiny Garden

When we think of small living expertise, we think of NASA, submarine engineers, or tiny house enthusiasts. Hotel designers don't come to mind, but they ought to: Like these two Dutch architects managed to wedge nearly everything you'd need to live comfortably into a wood mechanism the size of a walk-in closet. » 9/30/14 4:44pm 9/30/14 4:44pm

A Simple Plastic Adapter That Fixes Stupid Hotel Hangers

Somewhere near the top of the list of travel annoyances are those proprietary hotel hangers with detachable hooks designed to stop guests from stealing them. They make it impossible to hang your clothes anywhere but in the designated closet, but you can finally fight back with a simple plastic adapter called the … » 9/17/14 4:45pm 9/17/14 4:45pm

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 7/18/14 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