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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

How to Find the Best Deals - The Sunday Telegraph - 8th August 2010

"It isn't only tour operators' websites that offer bargain holidays. For the best deals, you have to look farther afield. [Of the] luxury hotel specialists... boutique agent i-escape has a regularly updated deals category on its site, searchable by both destination and month."

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TravelMole Awards 2010 - 18th June 2010

We're thrilled to announce that we are the winners of "Best Accommodation Website" in the 2010 TravelMole Awards for the Travel and Tourism Industry.

We were one of 3 accommodation websites shortlisted by thousands of readers, which were then examined and judged by a panel of travel experts - and the award presented to us in a London ceremony on 17 June 2010.

Director Laila Ram, who collected the award, said "We're delighted that our recent redesign has obviously hit the target, and we'll continue rolling out more improvements over the coming months... the web is a fast-evolving arena and, rest assured, we won't rest on our laurels".

See a 3-minute video of the winners

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Daily Telegraph - Spain 2010 - 20th January 2010

"With its impressively detailed reviews, is a great resource for independent bookings – if you're after a small, stylish hotel or guesthouse in Andalusia, Majorca, Ibiza, the Canaries, Barcelona or Madrid."

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France 2010 - The Telegraph - 16th January 2010

"For independent bookings, offers detailed, insightful reviews of an impressive selection of small-scale and chic French hotels."

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Good Web Guide - 1st January 2010

We're delighted to discover that we've been shortlisted for the Good Web Guide "Website of the Year 2009", in which sites are nominated and voted for by readers of this respected guide. The final award is made by a panel of judges. As one of only 3 travel websites, was hailed for "helping discerning independent travellers to find and book exciting and unusual places to stay across the world."

See the full shortlist here

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Irish Times - Serendipity in Sri Lanka - 19th October 2009

" is an excellent site for the independent traveller, with great boutique hotels options."

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Woman and Home - Fab Getaways That Don't Cost The Earth - 6th October 2009

"Keeping your eye on your budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice luxury or choose second-rate destinations when you go away, says w&h travel guru Jane Hayward.

"[In Venice] doubles at the Novecento cost from £137 B&B - look for 15% off for early booking via, a neat little site that digs out bargain boutiques worldwide."

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Marie Claire - i-escape launches Namibia - 8th September 2009

Marie Claire (October 2009)
Travel Insider: The latest weekend breaks and stylish getaways.

"With designer lodges, a sensational desert landscape and no jet lag, Namibia is a good choice for a winter adventure. Check out for the best places to stay, from tented camps to elegant B&Bs, starting at £64 a night for two."

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Battered Orange Suitcase - Best Online Resources - 19th August 2009

Online resources for the picky traveler

"Finding hotel and destination information across a barrage of online sources ... can be an exhaustive and overwhelming exercise, particularly for those of us who like to tread off the beaten path, without compromising comfort, vibe or aesthetics.

"I’ve come to realize that exploration and adventure and comfortable chic are not mutually exclusive concepts in the travel space, they’re just a little more difficult to find. Here are two travel sites that seem to have a similar sensibility to mine.

"i-escape - offers a nice selection of “Hip Hideaways and Boutique Hotels.

"36 Hours - NY Times - an excellent resource for tapping into the local zeitgeist... though the 36-hour time period seems a bit ambitious for this traveler."

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The Telegraph - Spain: budget holiday guide - 30th July 2009

How to make your money stretch further when you go on holiday to Spain this summer:

"For an excellent selection of characterful accommodation, from b&bs to boutique hotels, try"

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Sainsburys Magazine: Recession Chic - 28th July 2009

"Watching the pennies doesn't have to mean staying in soulless budget hotels. Take a look at's new recession-chic guide to Europe's hottest hotels, villas and boutique B&Bs for under £100 a night. Casa Sibarita, a stylish 19th-century Spanish townhouse, near Valencia, is just a short drive from the beach, offering rooms at £44 B&B per night all this year. Find this hotel and others on"

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Sweet Peas & Stilettos - The Modern Mommy Guide - 25th July 2009

"Without a doubt i-escape is one of our absolute favorite travel websites. We have used it to plan trips to Thailand, Vietnam and Croatia. The recommendations were all perfect – exactly what we were looking for. When I have the time and the money I will find all of the accommodations for my next big family trip through i-escape. I am thinking Greece or Uruguay next time around…two places I love!"

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The Guardian - Madeira - 25th July 2009

From hip replacements to hip hotels

"Once, the only parties associated with Madeira were the blue-rinse coach variety, but with a raft of new stylish places to stay the volcanic island is finally starting to rock..."

Nick Maes travelled with features fine hotels on Madeira, including:

Estalagem da Ponta do Sol
Summer Place
The Vine

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Sunday Times Travel Magazine - Top Travel Websites - 28th June 2009

Best for Hotel Reviews:

"Who should you trust to pass judgement on a hotel? If you belive in the 'wisdom of crowds' go to, which boasts some 20 million reviews. If, on the other hand, you think that professional reviewers make better judges, try ... which caters to the boutique hotel market."

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Accommodation in Madrid - - 17th June 2009

"There are plenty of boutique hotels to be found in Madrid; i-escape offers the newest and funkiest ones."

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The Independent - summer breaks to Europe that won't bust the budget - 3rd May 2009


"For a cosy holiday home with lots of character, book into one of the Terrace Houses, three 19th-century cottages in the hill town of Sirince, six miles from Ephesus. The little buildings have been carefully renovated with reclaimed marble basins, wooden sleigh beds and lovely lighting, including Chinese lanterns and wrought-iron chandeliers. A week in peak season costs £630, accommodation only, for a cottage sleeping up to four, with a local gift, for i-escape guests."

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Media Week - 10 cult sites to watch - 21st April 2009


"The site describes itself as "an independent, highly researched interactive travel guide and free online booking service". A user describes it as: "Everything should have been - intimate, high-quality recommendations, a lovely brand experience.""

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The Observer - Recession Chic - 5th April 2009

"Think recession-busting holidays are all youth hostels and camping? Think again. has launched an online Recession-Chic guide featuring Europe's hottest hotels, villas and boutique B&Bs for under £100 a night. How about a stay at the charming Casa Sibarita, a 19th-century house in the town of Rafelguaraf near Valencia, Spain, for £47 per room per night? That even includes breakfast. Book any of the places on the list through and you could also receive discounts and gifts on arrival."

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The Times Online - Boutique retreats in Europe for under 100 - 2nd April 2009

"The website i-escape has cherry picked its favourite spots. It's such a good list, we've republished it.

"Holidaying in 2009 is all about getting the most for your money, but that doesn’t have to mean bunking down in a hostel, pitching a leaky tent or checking into a soulless budget hotel. Here's the pick from the larders of i-escape - all offers include a gift."

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Times Online: Best websites for booking places to stay - 18th March 2009

"If you are looking for a stylish hideaway there's more than 1000 options on here, and it even has affordable hotels too. Each hotel comes with at least 21 images and highs and lows about the property, plus there's maps and advice on restaurants and activities."

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