Why Join?

An award-winning collection of 1,500 hand-picked hotels, boutique B&Bs, chic villas & apartments, in 50 countries worldwide.

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1. A curated blend of 1,000 small independent hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses
2. Plus 500 boutique villa, cottage & apartment rentals
3. We select places with style, soul and stellar service; ideally owner-run, often newly opened
4. We visit them all and write our own detailed reviews
5. We have a loyal clientele of discerning travellers from UK, Europe & worldwide
6. Founded in 2001, we have 20 staff in Bristol (UK) and over 30 roving reviewers
7. Our expert sales team gets to know each property, advises guests and helps them book
8. Our marketing team runs curated social, newsletter, PR and online ad campaigns
9. Our reservation system is tailored to suit you: instant-book (via channel managers) or on-request
10. We charge a commission of 12-20%, and a participation fee of £0-1500

  • Exact terms will vary according to connectivity, rate parity, size, and – for rentals – naming strategy.

Being on i-escape is crucial to differentiate ourselves from the thousands on Booking.com and Airbnb

Jo Sinfield, owner of Explorers Club

Our Portfolio

small, stylish & very special

  • We feature our favourite boutique hotels, B&Bs, villas, apartments, eco-lodges, chic cabins & more
  • With a focus on small to mid-size: 5-50 rooms (hotels) or 1-4 bedrooms (rentals)
  • Prices run from under £100/night to over £500/night; we pick the best in each price range
  • We look for: passionate hosts, chic or quirky decor, great locations, fab food, innovative services
  • We avoid: hotel chains, identikit rooms, wedding venues, vast TVs, plastic chairs, overpriced extras
  • We have special collections for honeymoon, gourmet, beach, city, spa, ski, eco, budget, pet & more
  • And an award-winning Kids Collection with 900 truly family-friendly properties

i-escape is one of the first websites I turn to

Joanna Symons, The Telegraph

Our Detailed Reviews

the most trusted on the web

  • Our authoritative, first-hand reviews are frequently praised as one of our strongest USPs
  • Crafted by our team of professional travel writers & local experts, with authority and insight
  • Our Highs & Lows, written with scrupulous care, help guide the right guest to the right place
  • We show additional detail on Rooms, Eating, Activities, Family provisions and Location
  • We include feedback from our guests, all checked and curated before publishing
  • The galleries showcase 20-50 of your best photos, supplemented (if needed) by our own
  • Our experienced in-house editorial team will update your review as necessary
  • Like you, we want to ensure that our guests have the right expectations when they arrive
  • Your i-escape review is an asset in itself: read and trusted by over 10,000 people each year, many of whom will book directly with you

The text was spot on! I always love reading i-escape – just so many miles better than anything else

Sarah Robinson, owner of Caserio del Mirador

Our Readership

  • Clients from UK, Europe & worldwide
  • 150K monthly visitors on i-escape.com
  • 125K followers on our social channels
  • 170K subscribers to our newsletters
  • 33% open rate (twice the industry average)
  • 35K booking requests per year

Our Readers, Your Guests

Discerning travellers wanting to find and book their accommodation independently

  • Average annual income is £120,000 per household
  • High % of doctors, teachers & finance / creative professionals
  • Most travel 4-8 times per year (75% leisure, 25% business)
  • Average stay of 4 nights (hotels) or 7 nights (rentals)


United Kingdom
USA & Canada
Germany & Austria
France & Switzerland
Rest of Europe



Travelling As




Group (6+)

You have a huge database of lovely customers who clearly trust you and who are a pleasure to welcome

Bleigh Russum, owner of The Manor

Our Marketing Activities

with PR & promotions

  • Weekly e-newsletters to our highly engaged mailing list of 170K
  • 33% open rate and 8% click-to-open rate, far higher than industry average
  • Monthly family newsletter promoting our dedicated Kids Collection
  • Targeted ads & campaigns on Instagram & Facebook (115K combined followers)
  • Highly respected blog, 'The Edit', bringing great SEO, timely content and additional visibility
  • Partnerships with like-minded brands such as White Stuff and Hush and smaller independents
  • High organic search rankings (often #1 or #2) on 'boutique hotels' + country
  • SEO & PPC work on your behalf, bringing more visibility and traffic
  • Our directors are regularly approached for expert travel pieces and industry awards
  • Our PR team advises key travel press and arranges journalist & influencer trips

Our Booking System

flexible & fair

  • We connect to 30+ channel managers* for live availability & rates, and instant confirmation
  • Or link calendars using ical feeds (one- or two-way) e.g. from Airbnb, VRBO etc
  • Or reservations may be processed on a completely manual basis (on request)
  • In all cases, we ask for rate parity** - rates offered to our guests must match your own site
  • We support special offers of almost all types (% discount, free nights, hidden behind sign-in etc)
  • We cater for fully prepaid bookings, fully flexible bookings, and everything in between
  • You collect the net amount from the credit card supplied, or using another payment method
  • Add a personal message to the guest - their phone & email are supplied upon confirmation
  • Our dedicated rates team will assist with channel connections, loading rates & special offers
  • And our friendly bookings team is on hand to help if you get stuck with a booking

Two-way integration with the following (plus one-way ical connection with Airbnb, VRBO, Supercontrol and many others):

Avirato FNSrooms RoomCloud
Beddy* Guestline Room Raccoon
Blastness* Hey Travel (HostPMS) SimpleBooking
Booking Expert MyAllocator (Cloudbeds) Siteminder
Cubilis Nightsbridge Staah
D-Edge (Availpro) Octorate* Su
Dingus Omnibees* Synxis (Direct Connect)
eGDS Primalres Vertical Booking*
Ermes RateGain* WuBook
eZee (ipms247) Rate Tiger* Yield Planet*

*Due for integration in 2024

  • We ask for rate parity with your site i.e. the same prices, promotions and perks as those which are publicly available to your direct bookers. Why?
  • We promise our readers that they won't find a better price for the same room (on the same dates and terms) on your own site
  • We ask you to honour that promise, in order to maintain the trust and reputation which we have built up over 20 years
  • To help share the burden, we are open to reduced commission on special offers, especially exclusives
  • We can help promote late availability and offers through our social media and newsletters
  • Rate parity works as a win-win: if you honour it, we'll promote you more!

Direct Bookings & Other Benefits

In a survey of 12,000 i-escape users, 67% said that - after finding somewhere they like on our site - they prefer to book directly with the property. Either because they hope to get a better deal, or because they prefer direct dialogue, or because it's widely perceived as the savvy way to book.  So, for each i-escape booking, you can expect an additional 3-4 direct bookings from people who found you here. Also:
  • Tour operators use i-escape to advise their clients
  • Journalists use i-escape to research their articles
  • The i-escape stamp of approval on your site
  • An extremely low cancellation rate of 1-2%
  • We supply guests' email addresses (unlike other OTAs) so you can market directly to them

How They Book

Direct on hotel's site 53%
Direct on email/phone 14%
On i-escape 17%
On another site 13%
Tour operator 3%

Your booking system is the best: flexible, reliable and user-friendly

Adam Dorrien Smith, Number 38

Next Steps in


1. Sound good so far? Then please go ahead and apply to join
2. Our expert selection team will carefully assess your application within 2 weeks
3. If you’re selected, we’ll revert outlining the commission & fee terms that will apply to you
4. There’s a short agreement to be signed (in English), detailing our and your responsibilities
5. We’ll then request photos, questionnaire and dates for our visit
6. Our experienced editorial team will craft your review pages
7. Our rates team will load your prices, or help with the channel / calendar connection
8. You’ll be invited to check it all for factual accuracy
9. Once you’ve paid any relevant launch fee, we’ll publish your pages and start promoting you
10. Throughout our partnership, our sales, rates, editorial & marketing teams are here to help


Call us on +44 (0) 117 946 4635
or email applications@i-escape.com

Apply to Join

“We think you’ll come to consider this as one of the best investments you’ve ever made”

Michael Cullen, Director of Hotel Partnerships

“I’m here to guide you through the joining process from here to launch”

Nadine Mellor, New Hotels Editor