This song was only included on the Australian and International versions of Lessons to be Learned. It was left off the US edition.
Gabriella Cilmi commented on this song in publicity materials "That one is also a bit of fun. It's kind of silly, but sounds cool. When we started out the riff, it was really bluesy, then it became sort of punky."
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."