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19th August 2014 extends City Breaks collection

Calling all urbanites: hip hideaway specialists have unveiled their latest additions in some of the world’s finest cities. All offer stylish accommodation and are just a quick hop away - perfect for easy post-summer getaways.

The new city boltholes cover all townie tastes and interests, from an uber-stylish design hotel near Prague’s Old Town to eco-chic apartments in the elegant spa town of Harrogate. Prices start from £76 per room per night, with highlights below:

Luxurious design hotel near Prague’s Old Town - Hotel UNIC, Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel UNIC is an unpretentious yet gorgeous design hotel on a quiet street near Prague’s Old Town, with 1- or 2-bedrooms and suites to suit couples, families and friends alike. The ambiance is intimate and laid-back with vibrant colours, original artworks and super-comfortable beds. A relaxing restaurant-cum-bar, friendly staff and an alluring sun terrace all add to this city pad’s appeal.
Prices start from £76 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis. Plus, i-escape guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine during their stay.

Serene river retreat with panoramic views - Boutique Houseboat, Berlin, Germany
Boutique Houseboat is a unique place to stay in the buzzing capital of Berlin. Set 15-30 minutes from the city centre, the stylish boat has a front-row position on the outermost pier of Rummelsburger Lake marina, with unobstructed views across the bay towards the downtown skyline. The floor-to-ceiling windows and private outdoor deck (stretching the length of the boat) are designed to maximise the experience of being on the water, and there’s a cool double bedroom, an open-plan living area (with double sofabed), and a minimalist white kitchen for self-catering.
Prices start from £143 per boat per night based on 2 sharing, including use of bicycles (March-November). Plus, i-escape guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine.

Tranquil elegance in a quiet corner of the medina - Riad Sapphire, Marrakech, Morocco
This gem of a riad opened this year and offers 8 chic suites as welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of vibrant Marrakech. It’s tucked away in the quieter northern section of the medina, and the rooftop terrace, 2 marble courtyards, solar-heated hammam and small plunge pool - all with a contemporary Zen-chic sensibility - are particular highlights.
Prices start from £128 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis. Plus, i-escape guests receive a free hammam session for stays over 3 nights.

Tip-top design and a central setting - Valencia Boutique Apartments, Valencia, Spain
Bang in the heart of the city, with shops, cafés, restaurants and beautiful architecture all around, these 7 self-catering apartments are divided between 2 period buildings and offer great-value for money. Choose the Caballeros building for couple-friendly 1-bedroom options, or Micalet for 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with cathedral views. All have superbly equipped kitchens, and some have private balconies or terraces ideal for sunbathing and sundowners!
Prices start from £64 per apartment per night, based on 2 sharing on an accommodation-only basis.

Adults-only gem in the heart of the city - Memmo Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Located in Lisbon’s historic heart, Memmo Alfama is hidden down a cobbled street lined with orange trees, just a rickety yellow tram ride from downtown. This super-chic, 43-bedroom retreat is a calming oasis of wood and stone, whose modern décor perfectly complements the building’s original features. However, the real jewel in Memmo’s crown is the rooftop terrace, with its shimmering red-tiled infinity pool, fabulous wine bar and jaw-dropping city and sunset views.
Prices start from £119 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis. Plus, i-escape guests receive complimentary local liquor and pastel de nata.

Eco-chic apartments in a Yorkshire spa town - Royal Parade Apartments, Harrogate, UK
These 3 eco-chic apartments (sleeping 2-4, or 12 if taken together) are a stone’s throw from Harrogate’s famous Pump Rooms, as well as many local restaurants and cafés. Choose between classic French on the first floor, exotic Rajasthan on the second, and brassy Brooklyn with glorious views on the top – all brilliantly blend antiques and contemporary pieces. There are well-equipped kitchens (ideal for families and longer stays), and you can order a breakfast hamper if you don't want to cook.
Prices start from £95 per apartment per night. Plus, i-escape guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine.

Other new i-escape city boltholes include great-value Rosa et al Townhouse in Porto’s arty quarter, sassy Hotel V Nesplein in Amsterdam and foodie No 131 in Cheltenham.

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