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Recent Awards

The Telegraph Travel Awards 2013:
'Best Travel Website'

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Web Awards 2013:
'Best Accommodation Site' (Winner)

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Conde Nast Traveller 2012:
'Favourite Travel Website' (Runner-up)

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'Best Accommodation Website 2012'

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British Travel Awards: 'Best Online Hotel Booking Company 2012' (Nominee)

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Wanderlust Readers' Travel Awards 2012:
'Top 10 Travel Website'

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GoodWebGuide: 'Website of the Year 2011' (Shortlisted)

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Guardian & Observer Travel Awards 2011: 'Best Online Booking Service'

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Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2011:
'Top 5 Travel Website'

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Webaward 2011: 'Outstanding Website Award' (Winner)

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Press Comments

Le Figaro (France) - 15th December 2014

"Un site très confidentiel qui ne répertorie que des boutiques-hôtels, donc des petits cocons intimes, de vrais havres de paix pour citadins overstressés!"

An honest, comprehensive site that only lists boutique hotels, including small, intimate cocoons and true havens for overstressed people.

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Emerald Street - 8th May 2014

"For independent hotels at a variety of price points, you can’t beat i-escape. They specialise in the cool and the eccentric. (We’d never have found La Casa del Maestro in Seville otherwise.) It’s never let us down."

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The Daily Mail - Travel Trends for 2014 - 24th December 2013

Gaze into the travel crystal ball: The best websites for travel inspiration in 2014 by Fred Mawler
With detailed and opinionated reviews of carefully chosen places to stay around the world, this is my favourite hotel website. For inspiration, click on "no idea where to go?", then "By Hotlist", and you are offered picks under titles like "Barefoot luxury", "Budget beach breaks", and "Family city breaks".

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The Telegraph Travel Awards 2013 - 27th November 2013

We’re over the moon to have been named ‘Best Travel Website’ in the prestigious Telegraph Travel Awards, which were decided by votes from over 75,000 readers. Here’s what The Telegraph had to say:

“i-escape is one of the first websites I turn to when I’m planning a trip... This innovative accommodation guide and booking service, now in its 13th year, has built up a 1,400 strong collection of small, well-run and stylish hotels, b&bs and self-catering properties in Britain, Europe and long-haul destinations from Argentina to Vietnam. Most are small and independent - the sort of places you wouldn’t find out about anywhere else, and they range from five-star luxury hotels to converted barges. Each property on the site is inspected and reviewed in full, frank and accurate terms, with detail about the best rooms and features, and reference to any flaws.

"The site is easy to navigate and thoughtfully ordered so that you can search by country or by interest (there is an 800-strong collection of family-friendly properties for instance). What really sets it apart though is the design. From the moment you click on the home page, you’re drawn into a world of quirky riads, sun-washed seaside hotels and moonlit desert camps. It’s aspirational browsing at its best, though many of the properties are surprisingly affordable and i-escape is liberal with offers of extra nights, or seasonal discounts. This is the travel company I have recommended to friends more than any other.”

A big thanks to everyone who voted for us!

Click here for a full list of the winners.

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Guardian and Observer Readers' Travel Awards 2013 - 11th November 2013

i-escape is delighted to appear in the top 5 in several categories of the Guardian and Observer Readers' Travel Awards, including 'Best Online Booking Service', 'Best Travel Agent' and 'Best Short Break Operator'. Click here for a full list of all the winners.

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TravelMole Web Awards 2013 - 12th September 2013

i-escape is thrilled to have been named 'Best Accommodation Site' in these prestigious, independently judged awards, which are held in high esteem by travel industry insiders. TravelMole's Graham McKenzie said the awards focus on “strictly independent and above board judging in order that truly the best sites are rewarded for their endeavours, rather than what they spend with us”.

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The Independent - The 50 Best Travel Websites - 7th June 2013


“This is one of those websites that’s as fun to browse as it is to book with. With its clever dossier-style layout, i-escape is a joy to use, whether you’re just looking to find out more about a destination, or actually planning to try out one of its eclectic selection of recommended hotels (it tends to favour the quirky over chain properties).”

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Mail Online - The best websites for finding the perfect hotel for Valentine's Day - 30th January 2013

"i-escape sounds as if it should be an Apple gadget. In fact, it's a global selection of typically chic, small-scale places to stay. Most are hotels, but there are also lots of b&bs and self-catering properties, and many affordable as well as fancy options. Each recommendation has an impressively detailed review, based on a professional inspection. You know exactly what to expect, including any drawbacks, which are prominently flagged up in a list of "lows", and guest ratings from previous i-escape bookers are given too. Search options are brilliant - you can highlight places offering anything from organic produce to a private cinema.

And the winner is...
" sets the gold standard for online hotel guides - both for its inspiring and varied selection of places to stay to suit all budgets, and for its comprehensive, honest reviews."

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The Times - Top 50 Travel Websites - 29th January 2013

"Forget bland chain resorts, i-escape covers some of the world’s best boutique hotels, B&Bs and houses to rent – all in stunning locations. Each is individually reviewed by the site’s experienced team, and you can book direct… The team select some incredible properties, and there’s no doubting their sincerity when they say they don’t recommend places they wouldn’t stay in themselves. Each is inspected, reviews are warts-and-all and there are enough photos of each to make sure you know just what you are getting before you book."

Back to top - The Most Useful Travel Websites - 12th October 2012

"One of the most beautiful sites on our list, [] features amazing photos of boutique hotels worldwide. The reviews appear to be honest with up- and downside information. Rates are listed, and it includes substantial content about each property, including what surrounds it. This is where savvy Euros go for summer bargains at high-midrange to luxury properties generally off the tourist radar."

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The Daily Mail - 13th September 2012

"[ is] the best there is for pinpointing special places to stay, saying why they are special, and giving you sufficient information to make you confident enough to book."

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The Sunday Times Travel Magazine - 12th September 2012

“Reliably stocked with the world’s hottest properties, i-escape is crucial to any search.“

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Conde Nast Traveller Awards 2012 - 7th September 2012

"Runner-up showed remarkable consistency by achieving almost identical scores [to the winner], with top marks for its social-media profile."

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Elle España - 20th June 2012

"El equipo de i-escape rastrea el mundo en busca de los hoteles más 
exclusivos para ofrecértelos con importantes descuentos o extras gratis, como el Pongwe en Zanzíbar."

The i-escape team scours the globe in search of the best exclusive hotels - like Pongwe in Zanzibar - and offers them with significant discounts or free extras.

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Wanderlust Awards 2012 - 3rd February 2012

i-escape is delighted to have been voted one of the top 10 websites in the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2012. Click here for more information and a full list of the winners.

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All My Faves (website reviews) - 17th January 2012

"i-escape is an online travel agent with a difference. It’s pretty much a travel magazine, packed full of guides to some of the world’s most interesting and inspiring destinations, on which you can then make bookings directly if you’re feeling adventurous. Simply pick a country on their map or drop down list that you’re interested in visiting, and you’ll get an easy-to-navigate page filled with tips on the best places to go, gorgeous boutique hotels to stay in (organized by price if you’re penny conscious). And if you have absolutely no idea where you’d like to go to, there’s a sweet “Inspire Me” button that will take you somewhere awesome the editor picked out, based on whether you like the beach, cheap ‘n’ chic city breaks, spa trips and so on.

"When it comes to booking your vacation, it’s very naturally built in with the site, easy to use, and generally stress free. And if you don’t believe me, it may help to know that i-escape just won the Guardian’s award for 2011 Best Online Booking Service."

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The Times - 14th January 2012

"The boutique hotel website has added Corsica to its list of destinations. Five small but perfectly formed properties are listed in a range of locations - and not only on the beach. The Hotel Artemisia is a cool, modern design hotel in a mountain village with spectacular views..."

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The Telegraph - 7th January 2012

"...special hotels appealing to all budgets, reviewed in meticulous detail and often with i-escape negotiated deals."

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Woman - 1st January 2012

"Planning a holiday is truly half the fun - you can visit a thousand places in your head before you have to wield the credit card. The website i-escape makes the planning and dreaming stage almost half as good as the actual trip: not only are the hotels and destinations individually chosen and rated by price, range of activities and suitability for different occasions, but the photography is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.Spend half an hour perusing and see if you don't feel warmer already."

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Sunday Times Travel Magazine - 1st December 2011

"i-escape's new family collection includes hip haunts where little ones can keep busy with reggae lessons (Round Hill, Jamaica), toy-filled tepees (Yab Yum, Goa), or even yoga and spa treatments (Hotel Esencia, Mexico); the hotels start from around £100 per night."

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