Green’s Dictionary of Slang

heartbreak hotel n.

[1956 song ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by Axton, Durden & Presley]

1. anything designed to elicit pity.

[US]W. Diehl Sharky’s Machine 190: What is this here you’re layin’ off on me, Arch? What’s with this heartbreak hotel shit?

2. a prison.

[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 58: Ow was the old ’eartbreak ’otel, Dougo? Full of shit, eh?
[US]Crow Dog & Erdoes Lakota Woman 166: I was not too happy in that jail which the goons jokingly called ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.