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Honest and open reviews about unusual hotels from around the world, for independent travellers who want to explore the art and science of unusual journeys.

Sleeping in Poetry – A Night in an Ice Hotel

Why would you sleep in an ice hotel? Why would you sleep in an ice […]

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Upper House Orchid

The Upper House, Hong Kong: A Luxury Hideaway With Views of the City

Hong Kong excels at two levels: on the ground amid the colours, the chaos, and […]

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Bamboo bar pool

The Five Star Bomb Shelter Hotel in Hanoi

The Sofitel on Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi, is not a beautiful hotel. At least, that’s […]

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The Nightclub Hotel: The Mira Hong Kong Review

Twice I arrived at the Mira, expecting it to be empty; twice I met a […]

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Banke Hotel Exterior Paris

Ooh la la. A Boutique Hotel in the Centre of Paris. The Banke Hotel Paris.

The Banke Hotel Paris – Review From the moment you step through the door, you […]

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How Lyon’s Secrets Defeated the Nazis

The Cour des Loges Hotel Review As hotels go, the Cour des Loges didn’t need […]

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Photo on the Go: A sneaky night view of one of my favourite hotels ever: The Savoy, Yangon

A sneaky night view of one of my favourite hotels ever: The Savoy, Yangon On […]

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nsidetravellab at Riviera Maya

Holy Smoke. A Mayan Massage in Mexico

A priest. A still-beating heart. Blood flowing down sacrificial steps until it flooded the ground some 30 metres below.

That’s my first mental image of Mayan culture, the…

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Mama Shelter Pizzeria

Mama Shelter Paris – Just Too Cool

To see the cool side of Paris, see Mama Shelter. Forget the Eiffel Tower and ignore the Champs Elysees. The young, the weird and the beautiful wine, dine and, er, rendezvous in the 20th – and they make no apology for it.

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London Bridge Hotel near Tower Bridge

London Bridge is Falling…Up?

The London Bridge Hotel lives next to London’s record breaking The Shard and is only […]

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W.o.w. The W Retreat & Spa, The Maldives

Flying over teardrop-shaped islets that rise up from the Indian Ocean is a non-too-shabby approach […]

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Homes in London

London. As Seen From The Cavendish Hotel

As a Londoner, you miss out on London at its polite and polished best. The London that would turn up to a job interview. The London you would take home to meet your parents. The side of London that tourists get to see…

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Images of London

21 Barclay Road: London as You’ve Never Seen It Before…

…Covering a Wall and Bathing in Resplendent Lime Green

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Sleeping Above A Bakery – In London

Ah, London. According to some things I read, there’s nothing but high rise buildings, reams […]

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Finding the Golden Fleece – A Chic Hotel in Covent Garden

A golden sofa waits in the lobby of the Radisson on Mercer Street, its spine forming a glamorous backdrop that

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On Fire at the Egerton Hotel: An Independent Luxury Hotel Review

There are hotels. And then there are hotels. Places so imaginative, so extraordinary and so unusual that they stand out as experiences in their own right. The Egerton Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, is one of those hotels…

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The Rubens hotel review

The Rubens At The Palace – An Independent Hotel Review

Like many a hotel in London, a Union Jack flag hangs over the doorway of The Rubens at the Palace, the

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Spa Seychelles view

Blissing Out in the Banyan Tree Spa Seychelles

Picture this: a beach of white sand that curves to clasp the Indian Ocean. Palm trees fluttering at the edges of your vision. The crash and sigh of the waves in the distance. I open my eyes and…

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Hospes Pattern wallpaper, Granada

A Luxury Hotel in Granada – Hospes Palacio de los Patos, An Independent Review

he Hospes Palacio de los Patos, a luxury hotel in Granada, has a story. Maybe even a story and a half.

Built in 1890 or so, as a grand expression of fine living in Granada, it quickly acquired the nickname of the “Palace of the Ducks” – a cheeky reference to…

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Hotel Niwa - Inside Room

Bamboo & Clear Water in Tokyo’s Concrete Jungle

Tokyo’s a crowded, industrial place, particularly around Suidobashi station. Yet Hotel Niwa resists the greyness by bringing the essence of a traditional Japanese Ryokan into this thoroughly modern hotel.

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