Five hotels with an unusual twist

V8 Hotel, Stuttgart

From a hotel for car fanatics in Germany to staying in a former Boston jail, Piper Terrett looks at five quirky hotels.

Three eco-friendly wildlife holidays

Puma © iStock

From tracking pumas through the Patagonian peaks to hanging out with orangutans in Malaysian Borneo, Chris Carter looks at three of the best trips to go wildlife spotting.

Where to stay in Bath

The Gainsborough, Bath

A newly opened spa hotel drawing its water directly from the Roman springs in Bath versus Georgian grandeur in the city’s Royal Crescent.

Where to stay in Istanbul

Raffles, Istanbul

A modern hotel in the vibrant business distract of Istanbul and a historical gem in a 19th century palazzo.

A £100 foot rub in Monaco

Metropole, Monaco

Ruth Jackson enjoys a foot massage and Michelin-starred dining at Monaco’s Hotel Metropole.

The perfect family hotel in the south of France

Terre Blanche, France

Ruth Jackson checked into Terre Blanche, a wonderful family hotel in the south of France that’s bigger than Monaco.

Six grand Budapest hotels

Gresham Palace, Budapest

From a former stationery factory to Habsburg-era majesty, Ruth Jackson looks at six of the finest places to stay in the Hungarian capital.

The best hotels on the Turkish coast

Jumeirah Bodrum Palace hotel, Bodrum, Turkey

Ruth Jackson picks six of the most luxurious hotels on the Turkish coast.

Live like royals in St Petersburg


For years St Petersburg has lacked top-notch hotels, says Ruth Jackson. But that’s all changed with Four Seasons’ recently renovated Lion Palace.

Where to stay in Stockholm

Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm

An Art Nouveau redbrick townhouse and a grand hotel in a fantastic central location in the Swedish capital.

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