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About Cairo

Old meets new in Egypt’s capital city. While the sprawling cityscape straddling the Nile river continues to grow, there’s no ignoring the ancient monuments looming in the distance – a constant reminder of Egypt’s origins. The dry desert climate helps protect Cairo’s centuries-old pyramids in the Giza Necropolis, which include the only still-standing Wonder of the Ancient World. Nearby, the iconic Sphinx statue has been standing guard since 2,500 BCE. You’ll find smaller pieces of history inside the Egyptian Museum, which contains one of the world’s largest collections of Pharaonic antiquities.

Pharaohs aren’t the only ones that left an indelible mark on Cairo. The medieval Cairo Citadel commands Islamic Cairo, a UNESCO-listed neighbourhood home to one of the densest concentrations of historic Islamic architecture anywhere. Al-Azhar Mosque and Al-Hussein Mosque, both built by Fatimid caliphs between the tenth and 12th centuries, are two highlights. Coptic Cairo, in contrast, remains a hub for Christianity with its churches and convents. The city’s energy is most palpable in downtown Cairo, home to skyscrapers and street food stalls serving koshari – Egypt’s national dish. At Cairo’s heart is Tahrir Square, where political and social demonstrations continue to shape the modern city.

Head to the top of Cairo Tower for sweeping views of neighbourhoods old and new, where you might get to hear the call to prayer over the rooftops. You can also take a piece of Cairo home with you after a visit to the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, which sells everything from spices to perfumes.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyUSD
Average weekend priceUS$75 per night
Average weekday priceUS$66 per night
Typical stay2 nights

About Marrakech

Including tips for the best time to visit Marrakech

Marrakech, the capital of Morocco, occupies a tiny corner of the second-largest continent. Despite its small size, the Red City packs a heady punch of colour, flavour and history – a feast for every sense.

At one time, Marrakech was the centre of trade for sub-Saharan Africa. Artisans still sell their wares in the Medina, a labyrinthine neighbourhood of alleyways and marketplaces. In Djemaa El Fna square, you’ll find local entertainers and storytellers showing off their skills as people bargain for handwoven rugs, try on babouches and test out argan oil-based cosmetics.

A famous Marrakech sight is stalls piled high with spices like cumin, ginger and tumeric – bright flavours that make Moroccan cuisine pop. Sit down at a local restaurant for a taste of couscous or tagine – a type of slow-cooked stew – and a cup of mint tea.

With its palaces and mosques, Marrakech feels like an open-air museum. At Bahia Palace, you’ll see intricate plasterwork and zouak ceilings. The Saadian Tombs – a burial place for sultans – features impressive archways and honeycomb muqarnas. Majorelle Garden provides a dose of calm with its tranquil courtyards and striking villa.

The beauty of Marrakech isn’t just limited to what lies within its walls. Head a few hours outside the city, and you’ll be in the Atlas Mountains, home to Berber villages and incredible natural sights like Ouzoud Falls. Elsewhere, you’ll encounter sand as far as the eye can see. Camels provide a popular means of transport for navigating Morocco’s barer landscapes.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currency€ 1 = US$1.01
Average weekend priceUS$109 per night
Average weekday priceUS$104 per night
Typical stay2 nights

About Cape Town

Including tips for the best time to visit Cape Town

As South Africa’s capital and oldest city, Cape Town’s isolated global location has allowed it to prosper in ways unique to other global destinations. Offering a mix of African and European cultural influence, Cape Town’s diverse heritage can be felt across its shopping districts, beaches and bustling harbour towns.

After colonisation by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th-century, the city’s development in trade and commerce remained strong during the Apartheid era. Nowadays, South Africa thrives in other departments, with citizens both young and old working hard to create an inclusive, diverse and progressive multiculturalism throughout Cape Town.

Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate means it’s suited to an array of outdoor adventures. Nearby, you’ll find Robin Island and Table Mountain, where you’ll be able to take an aerial cableway to its summit. Home to around 2,285 plant species, the mountain is one of South Africa’s most biologically diverse regions.

The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is where you’ll find the best of South Africa’s fine dining and wine culture with restaurants serving traditional dishes. Alternatively, head to the District Six Museum to learn more about one of Cape Town’s most inspiring neighbourhoods.

One of the great things about Cape Town is the combination of urban and coastal life present throughout. While the beaches of Clifton are home to cafés and sunbathing spots, House Bay offers something a little different, with antique stores and old time South Africa markets.

About Durban

Located on South Africa’s east coast, Durban’s warm subtropical climate, abundance of beaches and wildlife-rich nature reserves make it worthwhile visiting any time of year.

Durban is a convenient base for discovering wildlife due to its variety of surrounding nature reserves and national parks. North of the city, you’ll find Crocodile Creek which is home to over 6,000 crocodiles, alligators, snakes and other reptiles. If you’re wanting to tick seeing the Big Five off your bucket list, you should head out on a game drive in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park – the oldest game reserve in Africa.

Durban is famous for its world-class surf spots and wide, sandy beaches, many of which can be found along the popular stretch of shoreline known as ‘The Golden Mile’. North Beach is a good choice for swimmers and beginner surfers alike, thanks to its calmer waters. The more secluded Umdloti Beach brings the added spectacle of early morning dolphin spotting and whale watching between July and November.

One of the most picturesque ways to explore Durban is by taking a bike ride along the promenade. You can rent your ride at ‘The Golden Mile’ and spend around three hours taking in sights along the seafront such as the North Pier, Durban Funworld and uShaka Marine World. The city is a great place for adventurous types, with opportunities to skydive, scuba dive and try out water sports. For a unique thrill, you can even test your nerves on the world’s tallest swing inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

About Casablanca

For all the history and atmosphere that revolve around Marrakech and Fes, Casablanca is decidedly modern. As the largest city in Morocco, Casablanca is the country’s commercial heart, where business booms and the scene on the streets is eclectic, cosmopolitan and still authentically Moroccan.

Despite Casablanca’s Western-leaning atmosphere, you’ll still find traces of its African ancestry. The Islamic-Moroccan–style Hassan II Mosque, which sits at the edge of the Atlantic, remains one of the largest mosques in Africa, and you can see its towering minaret for miles around. Art deco architecture is another unique Casablanca draw: you’ll find the style blends seamlessly with more Moorish architectural influences in the city centre and Quartier Habous neighbourhood.

For a taste of modern Casablanca, pop inside the Morocco Mall. At 190,000 square metres, it’s one of the largest shopping malls in Africa, home to international boutiques, a Moroccan-themed souk, a food court and an aquarium where you can take a guided scuba dive. Even the medina is fairly new, featuring 20th-century architecture and a host of restaurants serving everything from classic Moroccan to Indian, Japanese, Mexican and beyond. Don’t miss Rick’s Café – an homage to the bar from the classic 1940s film starring Humphrey Bogart. Alternatively, do as the locals do and take a stroll along the La Corniche promenade that separates the city from the beach.

Best Hotels Asia

Best Hotels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4283 hotels

About Dubai

Home to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Dubai is synonymous with soaring skyscrapers that rise beautifully above sunny beaches and desert panoramas. The hallmark of this city is its diversity of attractions coupled with an abundance of opportunities to experience Arabian hospitality.

You can expect to have a packed schedule of things to do when visiting this modern Arabian city, from theme parks to desert safaris. One of the standout city landmarks is the Burj Al Arab, a sail-shaped structure set against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. A short drive away is Downtown Dubai, home to Dubai Fountain – a visually exciting spectacle of illuminated water jets dancing to music. Thrill seekers can even experience adrenaline-pumping action at Skydive Dubai, Deep Dive Dubai and Dubai Parks and Resorts.

No trip to Dubai is complete without a shopping spree at its glitzy malls and traditional souks, or marketplaces. The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, an open-air promenade, comes alive during the winter months while Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall offer year-round opportunities to shop for luxury goods. For local souvenirs, hop over to Spice Souk, Perfume Souk or Gold Souk.

Dubai’s sun-drenched coastline – stretching from Jebel Ali to Al Mamzar – is dotted with numerous public beaches, offering everything from energising water sports to tranquil swimming spots. Kite surfers and paddleboarding enthusiasts can head to Kite Beach, while sunbathers can relax at Sunset Beach.

Dubai is served by two airports, Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, the former being one of the busiest airports in the world.

Best Hotels in Istanbul, Turkey, 4255 hotels

About Istanbul

Straddling the border between Europe and Western Asia, Istanbul acts as an ancient crossroads of cultures, religions and civilisations.

Greek, Persian, Byzantine and Ottoman influences can be seen across the city. The mesmerising Hagia Sophia, for instance, stood for over 1,000 years as an ornate church before being converted into an Imperial Mosque, which it remained as for over half a millennia. And there’s Topkapi Palace, a lavish complex of halls, courtyards and terraces with commanding views over the Bosphorus Strait. Today, both structures are religious museums attracting millions of visitors every year.

The Blue Mosque is another glinting example of Byzantine-Ottoman fused architecture, with its domes, towering minarets and blue İznik tiles that adorn the interior. For a full view of the mosque’s design, enter through the crumbling remains of a Roman-era hippodrome in Sultanahmet Square.

Yet Istanbul’s oldest monuments could easily escape you. Deep beneath the ground are several hundred ancient cisterns, where water was once delivered via 20 kilometres of aqueducts from a local reservoir. The largest of these is the Basilica Cistern, which you can explore along raised wooden platforms.

Back on ground level, the Grand Bazaar will entice you with its maze-like network of craft stores and cosy teahouses. Go explore a little, before treating yourself to a Dürüm wrap on a street corner, or a mouthwatering meze in a bistro-style restaurant in Sultanahmet.

Best Hotels in Tokyo, Japan, 5652 hotels

About Tokyo

Japan’s capital is home to over 13 million people and a variety of diverse districts, making it one of the world’s most intriguing megacities. Its blend of old-world charm and new-age innovations means it has something for everyone.

To soak up Tokyo’s traditions and culture, there’s no better place to start than the ancient temples of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine (in Harajuku) and Chiyoda’s Imperial Palace. Tsukiji Market is a sight to behold for its vast amount of seafood with close to 2,000 tonnes being traded daily. It’s also a great place to enjoy a sushi breakfast, while meat, fruit, vegetables and flowers are also for sale.

The city is home to some stellar museums like Tokyo’s National Museum, which houses a large collection of Japanese art, as well as samurai swords and colourful kimonos. Film lovers will appreciate the Ghibli Museum, showcasing the work of world-renowned animator Miyazaki Hayao. Pieces includes original sketches, a rooftop garden and life-size recreations of film sets.

To take in the best views over the city, take a trip up the Tokyo Skytree – one of the tallest structures in the world. The observation deck offers a 360-degree view, while other floors offer a restaurant and shopping mall. If you’ve got time to do more, catch a sumo wrestling show in Ryōgoku, or visit Tokyo Disneyland, which features a huge selection of rides and attractions.

Tokyo is served primarily by Narita Airport, located 70 kilometres north-east of the city. The quickest way to travel between there and the city is by taking the Skyliner electric railway, with journeys taking less than 45 minutes. Some international flights operate from Haneda Airport but most flights are domestic.

Best Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand, 4039 hotels

About Bangkok

Bangkok is undeniably one of Southeast Asia’s most exuberant capital cities. The city centre is an enticing mix of old buildings, giant shopping malls and holy shrines, which take days to fully explore. Go in search of souvenirs in the Chatuchak Market, and visit the gleaming temples of Wat Arun and the Grand Palace’s Wat Phra Kaew, the latter regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

After dark, Bangkok’s legendary nightlife kicks in. Take a walk down Khaosan Road, famous for its endless selection of busy bars, restaurants and street food vendors, all packed together beneath a jumble of blinking neon lights. Pad thai is the signature dish, but eats like mango sticky rice and ‘Gieow’ – a minced pork wonton wrapped in yellow dough – are also well worth trying.

Getting around in Bangkok is an attraction within itself, whether it’s balancing on the back seat of a tuk-tuk in Chinatown, or gliding among the floating markets on a long-tail boat. You can also travel by metro or on foot, and the airport is just over half an hour away by train or taxi.

Best Hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 458 hotels

About Makkah

Makkah or Mecca in Saudi Arabia is the holiest city in Islam, and open only to Muslims. Followers of the religion from all over the world turn to its direction during their daily prayers, and try to make the hajj pilgrimage to the city at least once in their lifetime.

Believed to be the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad, Makkah is home to the world’s largest and most revered mosque – Masjid al-Haram or the Great Mosque of Mecca. Taking pride of place in this humbling site is the Kaaba, the sacred structure that Muslims circle seven times to complete their pilgrimage. Embedded into its eastern corner is the Black Stone – an important Islamic relic worshipped by the hajjis. While touring this holy city, try to scale the Jabal al-Nour (meaning ‘Mountain of Light’), atop which sits the Hira cave where the Prophet is said to have received the first revelation of the Holy Quran.

A modern metropolis rising from an ancient desert town, Makkah has plenty in store for the millions of devotees embarking on their pilgrimage every year. The seven skyscrapers of the Abraj al-Bait are home to a luxurious hotel, a shopping complex and the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, housing a four-floor museum. The Clock Tower Museum features an impressive collection of Islamic art, fascinating exhibits on astronomy and an observation deck offering panoramic vistas of the holy city. If it’s shopping and dining you’re after, check out Makkah Mall for high-end fashion and upscale eateries.

Best Hotels Europe

Best Hotels in London, United Kingdom, 14502 hotels

About London

London’s inherent uniqueness and mix of cultures have made it one of the most visited cities in the world. Its diverse bundle of boroughs are often like mini cities in their own right, with each one offering something different to the last.

London’s iconic skyline is an eclectic combination of instantly recognisable landmarks, from the historic Tower of London to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of The Shard and 20 Fenchurch (better known as ‘The Walkie-Talkie’). A walk through the ‘Square Mile’ immerses you in the original Roman settlement, with parts of the ancient defensive wall still visible. You’ll also find some of the London’s cosiest (and oldest) pubs around there, such as Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a former haunt of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.

For lovers of the arts, look no further than the world-class theatres of London’s West End and the live music venues of Camden, Soho and Shoreditch. You’ll also find endless galleries and museums dotted around, such as the free-to-visit British Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery.

Amongst all the impressive architecture and endless points of interest, it’s easy to forget how green London is. 47% of the city is made up of public green space, including 3,000 parks. The most popular spots include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park, but it’s worth venturing out to places like Richmond where you can walk amongst roaming wild deer.

London is served by several major airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted, Luton and Southend. Travel is made easy by the extensive public transport links, as well as private coach services.

Best Hotels in Paris, France, 7559 hotels

About Paris

As the birthplace of the Age of Enlightenment and a constant trendsetter in the world of fashion, Paris has cemented itself as one of the world’s must-see cities. In a country known for exceptional food, style and culture, the capital delivers on all three counts.

The city is split into 20 districts (known as ‘arrondissements’), which all display their own character. Le Marais (in the fourth arrondissement) is famed for its medieval, meandering lanes, full of traditional patisseries and chic boutiques. The area is also home to the iconic cathedral of Notre-Dame, considered one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture.

The seventh arrondissement is home to some of Paris’ most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and Musée d’Orsay. Neighbouring districts also have plenty to offer, such as the famous Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opéra Garnier. In the centre of Paris you’ll find the world-famous Musée du Louvre, home to tens of thousands of works of art, including da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. Further outside the city, but still worth a visit, are the mysterious Catacombs and the Château de Versailles.

Each French city takes pride in its cuisine and Paris is no exception, offering some of the world’s best food. You’ll find everything from three-Michelin-starred establishments like Restaurant Guy Savoy, to laid-back bistros like La Mascotte.

Offering fun for visitors of all ages, Disneyland Paris is located to the east of the city, in the suburb of Marne-la-Vallée and can be reached easily by train.

Best Hotels in Berlin, Germany, 1748 hotels

About Berlin

Berlin is a city of rapid growth, where innovation and diversity have fused together to create a young and vibrant culture. You’ve only to join a walking tour to discover examples of jaw-dropping street art, or evidence of a music scene that has drawn the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop as one-time residents. The city is also one of Europe’s major startup capitals, with new enterprises opening every week.

That being said, landmarks of eras gone by remain among the city’s biggest attractions. The historic Reichstag wows visitors with its gleaming glass dome, while sections of the graffitied Berlin Wall, which divided the city for almost three decades, still stand in Potsdamer Platz. The iconic Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification since the wall fell in 1989, and is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit.

In summer, it tends to be hot enough to explore the city outdoors, or enjoy a spot of sunbathing in Tiergarten Park.

In winter, visitors flock to Germany’s capital to see glittering Christmas Markets like Berliner Weihnachtszeit, which is set up annually behind Alexanderplatz. Wrap up warm and stroll from stall to stall, buying festive souvenirs and mugs of hot Glühwein in this storybook setting.

Best Hotels in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1891 hotels

About Amsterdam

As the Netherlands’ culture-packed capital, Amsterdam has always been a hotspot for holidaymakers. This enticing slice of North Holland is renowned for its iconic criss-crossing canals, distinctive narrow houses and an eclectic range of museums including the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

Main public transport options include buses and trams, but bicycles rule when it comes to getting around. With around 400 km of bike paths and almost 8,000 parking spaces, exploring on two wheels makes taking in the main sights a breeze.

The city’s medieval centre, known as Centrum, showcases many points of interest synonymous with Amsterdam tourism, including canals, traditional architecture and the famous nightlife of the Red Light District. If you’re visiting in tulip season, a stopover at nearby Keukenhof’s botanical garden in mid-April provides sweeping views of multicoloured flowers in bloom.

A variety of accommodation can be found all over the city, from high-end hotels to cosy hostels and homestays. The main airport of Schiphol is 15 km southwest of the city and offers regular train services between the main terminal and city centre.

Best Hotels in Barcelona, Spain, 3302 hotels

About Barcelona

Cultures melt together in Barcelona, a lively metropolis of mesmerising architecture, medieval streets and top museums on the coast of Catalonia. Its most celebrated figure, Antoni Gaudí, takes all the credit for the city’s most outstanding monuments. From the twisting facade of stone-hewn Casa Milà to the monumental Sagrada Familia, the work of this world-famous architect can be found all over the city.

In the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find centuries-old tapas bars set among old haunts and a gargoyle-adorned cathedral. Fill up on staples like ground-beef stuffed croquettes and salt-cod fritters under this dramatic backdrop, and wash it all down with a glass of fruity Rioja. Nearby, an amble along the lively, tree-lined promenade of La Rambla will bring you to the coast, where the crowds start to thin out.

Find a slice of beach in Barceloneta or a shady patch of grass in Parc de la Ciutadella, and soak up the year-round sunshine. Alternatively, take a stadium tour of Camp Nou, or climb Carmel Hill for sweeping views and the iconic mosaics of Park Güell – another of Gaudí’s fantastical creations.

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Best Hotels United States

Best Hotels in New York, United States, 1382 hotels

About New York

Including tips for the best time to visit New York

New York City is somewhere that feels familiar before you even visit. Countless films and TV shows are shot here, so when we see the trademark yellow taxi cabs, the hot dog vendors or the dazzling lights of Manhattan, there’s a strange sense of déjà vu. It’s also home to what is arguably the world’s most famous skyline, dominated by the Art Deco marvel of the Empire State Building. Constantly reinventing and setting new trends in fashion, food and art, the city is also a major hub for finance and trade, with the famous Wall Street at its core.

The city is split into the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, and each has its own unique character. Manhattan Island is home to the trendy neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo, while Brooklyn features a Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium and the famous Coney Island. A ferry from Battery Park to Ellis Island offers a great opportunity for some incredible views of the city, before reaching the fascinating Immigration Museum. You’ll also sail past the iconic Statue of Liberty, with plenty of time to snap photos from all angles.

The city’s Broadway shows are second to none, with a variety of major musicals proving the pick of the bunch. The giant green oasis of Central Park offers a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll, as well as featuring lakes, theatres and ice-skating rinks.

New York is served by three major airports: JFK, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia, with public transport options available at each one.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyUSD
Average weekend priceUS$174 per night
Average weekday priceUS$177 per night
Typical stay3 nights

Best Hotels in Mexico City, Mexico, 2328 hotels

About Mexico City

Including tips for the best time to visit Mexico City

Steeped in history and culture, Mexico City is the ideal starting point for a holiday in Mexico. Visitors will find a wealth of attractions in its eclectic neighbourhoods – from museums and ancient ruins to sprawling parks and art galleries.

The capital of Mexico is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic centre of the city. You can view the remains of an Aztec structure at Templo Mayor or walk a few steps to admire the architecturally magnificent Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral nearby. The National Palace, Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zócalo Square are worth a visit too. A stroll down Paseo de la Reforma will lead you to the Angel of Independence statue that has become an icon of the city. Art lovers can head to the Frida Kahlo Museum and Museo Mural Diego Rivera.

At the cantinas (local bars), street food stalls and high-end restaurants of Mexico City, you can savour traditional delights such as tacos and quesadillas paired with drinks like mezcal and tequila. Tacos, especially the tacos al pastor variety (spit-roasted pork with a pineapple flavour) are a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike. Tlacoyos, oval-shaped thick corn tortillas topped with fava beans and other ingredients, are great for a hearty snack.

There’s no dearth of things to do in Mexico City. You can spend time picnicking, boating or cycling at Chapultepec Park. Day trips to the archaeological complex of Teotihuacán or the World Heritage Site of Xochimilco are popular too.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyUSD
Average weekend priceUS$43 per night
Average weekday priceUS$39 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Orlando, United States, 3684 hotels

About Orlando

Including tips for the best time to visit Orlando

Crowned the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’, Orlando lives up to its nickname, boasting a wealth of amusement parks designed to delight adults and kids alike. You can spend the entire day exploring the enchanted lands of just one park, with thrilling rides, water parks and your favourite characters come to life – from Mickey Mouse to Harry Potter. At Walt Disney World, you can get the perfect picture in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom and then go on a Star Wars adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Universal Orlando Resort also promises endless entertainment as you step into an immersive world of cult movies and comic books.

Orlando is one of the five most-visited destinations in the United States, and a trip to the sunny city will swiftly show you why. There’s an assortment of activities on offer here, ranging from magical to adventurous. Animal lovers can get acquainted with penguins and dolphins at SeaWorld, or zipline over alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland. After an action-packed day, you can unwind with some retail therapy at Disney Springs or take a stroll along Disney’s BoardWalk – a waterfront promenade strung with lights and lined with trendy restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyUSD
Average weekend priceUS$115 per night
Average weekday priceUS$115 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Los Angeles, United States, 1716 hotels

About Los Angeles

Including tips for the best time to visit Los Angeles

Nicknamed the ‘City of Angels’, Los Angeles is the place where many go to make their dreams come true. The home of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, ‘LA’ as it’s affectionately known is certainly glamorous, but there’s so much more to explore in this cutting-edge metropolis. From hiking up rugged mountains to gorging yourself silly in the country’s largest Koreatown, you’ll be hard pressed to find yourself running out of things to do here.

Near Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood sign lie the famous studios of Universal, Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures, who run behind-the-scenes tours for film and television fans alike. You’ll be able to see if your hands and feet match your favourite celebrities outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, and you can enjoy tours of Hollywood homes from the Walk of Fame. For a dose of culture, head to the Natural History Museum or California Science Centre; theme park fans can get their fix at Disneyland or Universal Studios.

The obvious choice to shop here would be Rodeo Drive’s stores, but there are more places to shop ‘til you drop in Los Angeles. For swanky boutiques, head to The Grove in West Hollywood or Palisades Village, and for vintage clothing, eclectic antiques and unique artworks, make your way to the Melrose Trading Post Flea Market.

Outside the centre of Los Angeles, you can easily get away from the crowds. Relax on golden beaches, hike up through scenic Runyon Canyon Park or soak up panoramic views from Griffith Park.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyUSD
Average weekend priceUS$187 per night
Average weekday priceUS$172 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Atlanta, United States, 920 hotels

About Atlanta

Including tips for the best time to visit Atlanta

A gateway to the American South, Atlanta is a major hub for transportation, culture and commerce. Along with housing one of the busiest airports in the world, it serves as the headquarters for corporations including CNN, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines.

You’ll find lots to do during a visit to Georgia’s capital. The Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta both offer close-up looks at international wildlife including whale sharks and giant pandas. Art lovers dedicate hours to browsing the High Museum of Art and watching concerts at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Sports – American football, especially – is another of Atlanta’s major draws. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is home to the Atlanta Falcons, while the best university-level players are honoured at the College Football Hall of Fame.

For a lesson in Atlanta’s past, head to the Atlanta History Center, whose exhibits cover the city’s railway origins and Civil War role. At the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, you can browse letters penned by Atlanta native Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site comprises several buildings connected to the activist, including his childhood home and church.

There are plenty of places to relax within Atlanta’s urban sprawl. In Piedmont Park, you’ll find sports fields and a public swimming pool among its walking and biking paths. Next door, the Atlanta Botanical Garden contains one of America’s largest collections of orchids. Centennial Olympic Park is another scenic respite within the city, complete with a dancing fountain and Ferris wheel.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyUSD
Average weekend priceUS$108 per night
Average weekday priceUS$115 per night
Typical stay2 nights

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Best Hotels Oceania

Best Hotels in Sydney, Australia, 3622 hotels

About Sydney

Including tips for the best time to visit Sydney

As Australia’s largest city and home to iconic landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, it’s no wonder Sydney is often mistaken for being the country’s capital. Whether you’re into history, nature, fashion or food, the city has all this to offer and more.

Many of Sydney’s popular attractions can be found within its compact city centre, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and a variety of restaurants and shops. There’s also a wide range of museums and galleries, including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Sydney and the Australian National Maritime Museum. You’ll find some peaceful parks as well, in the form of the Royal Botanic Garden and the Victorian-style Centennial Park.

Venture towards the Eastern Suburbs and you’ll encounter the world-famous Bondi Beach, loved by surfers for its big waves and swimmers for its consistently warm waters. Another top spot is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, offering spectacular views over Sydney from its West Head lookout point. Aboriginal rock paintings and cave art can also be spotted across more than 800 well-preserved sites.

Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is located around nine kilometres south of the city and can be easily reached by rail, bus and taxi.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyAUD 10 = US$6.86
Average weekend priceUS$119 per night
Average weekday priceUS$112 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Melbourne, Australia, 2832 hotels

About Melbourne

Including tips for the best time to visit Melbourne

While Melbourne may not be Australia’s state capital, there are few who would argue against its claim as the nation’s cultural capital. It blends historical architecture with examples of contemporary design.

The city’s Federation Square is overlooked by St. Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station, whose green and yellow facade matches the colour of the historic Melbourne trams that still run around the world’s longest tram network. Federation Square is also home to the Ian Potter Centre, which houses the Australian art collection of the National Victoria Gallery, and the cutting-edge ACMI (Australian Centre of The Moving Image), which documents the country’s cinematic history.

Melbourne’s artistic prowess is not only displayed in galleries and museums but also in the form of marvellous street art across the city, from Croft Alley to Hosier Lane. While you’re out graffiti hunting, be sure to sample the renowned coffee culture with a cup of your favourite blend at cafés like Axil Coffee Roasters or Seven Seeds.

South of the Yarra River are St. Kilda, a wide and sandy beach that’s popular for its picturesque promenade, and Brighton, a longer stretch known for its colourful bathing huts. From rollerblading and cycling to windsurfing and yachting, there are plenty of things to do around these beaches.

Melbourne Airport offers flights to Sydney and destinations across the world.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyAUD 10 = US$6.86
Average weekend priceUS$118 per night
Average weekday priceUS$116 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Brisbane, Australia, 893 hotels

About Brisbane

Including tips for the best time to visit Brisbane

With over 280 days of sunshine a year, Brisbane’s subtropical climate has instilled the city with a youthful spirit and a love of all things outdoors.

To take in the city sights from on high, you can take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane for panoramic views from 60 metres up. Other popular viewpoints include the clifftop park of Wilson Outlook Reserve and Mount Coot-Tha, home to a hilltop restaurant, mountain bike trails and Queensland’s largest planetarium. There are plenty of things to do for free in the culture-filled South Bank neighbourhood, including markets, picnic areas for barbecuing and an artificial beach with a swimming lagoon. If you’re feeling energised, head to Kangaroo Point to go rock climbing, abseiling or bouldering.

Brisbane’s Contemporary Art and Architecture Public Art Trail will take you on a leisurely two-hour stroll past some of the best pieces of art in the Central Business District. There’s also the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art to explore, jointly known as QAGOMA. The striking neoclassical building of City Hall is where you’ll find the Museum of Brisbane, housing exhibitions of Australian art and social history.

Getting around Brisbane is a breeze, thanks to its efficient public transport network of bus, metro, rail and ferry services. Electronic smartcards called ‘go cards’ are the best way to get about, and they work on all types of public transport.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyAUD 10 = US$6.86
Average weekend priceUS$106 per night
Average weekday priceUS$106 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Auckland, New Zealand, 1682 hotels

About Auckland

Including tips for the best time to visit Auckland

New Zealand’s most populated city, Auckland is flanked by two harbours and built on a volcanic field, with about 50 volcanoes shaping its landscape. Climb up the grassy slopes of Mount Eden or One Tree Hill for 360-degree views, or stop by Auckland Domain – the city’s oldest park – which sits on the crater of a dormant volcano. Nature lovers can also head to Auckland Botanic Gardens for a peaceful picnic amidst tranquil lakes, exotic flowers and native plants.

Featuring urban skyscrapers set against rolling hills, Auckland’s skyline is dominated by the impressive Sky Tower, a 328-metre-tall structure offering panoramic views of the city. Here, you can dine in a revolving restaurant, take a thrilling walk along the edge of the tower or jump off it to experience a free fall of 11 seconds. Expect more bungee jumping opportunities at the Auckland Harbour Bridge, where you can climb to the top or take a plunge into the water below. If you’re after a more relaxing activity, you can see penguins, sharks and stingrays up close at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, or take a sunset cruise for evening views of the ‘City of Sails’ and its yacht-decked harbours.

There are plenty of options for art and history enthusiasts travelling to Auckland. Popular places of interest include the Auckland War Memorial Museum honouring New Zealand’s soldiers, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, featuring an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary works – from Maori art to Yayoi Kusama installations.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyNZD 10 = US$6.13
Average weekend priceUS$88 per night
Average weekday priceUS$85 per night
Typical stay1 night

Best Hotels in Perth, Australia, 887 hotels

About Perth

Including tips for the best time to visit Perth

Nature and urban life coexist harmoniously in Perth, the capital of Western Australia. This is where the winding Swan River flows into the southern Indian Ocean, past steel-clad skyscrapers, lively waterfronts and pristine parkland – all under a relentless canopy of clear blue sky.

Kings Park – a huge green space spanning four square kilometres – sits at the city’s heart, containing giant white-trunked trees, botanical gardens and the State War Memorial which overlooks the river, named after its black swans. Across the river, Perth Zoo is home to more native animals such as koalas, crocodiles and free-roaming kangaroos.

Perth’s main draw is its surrounding natural beauty. From the flower-filled bushlands and the lush Swan Valley wine region, to golden sandy stretches like Cottesloe Beach and Trigg Beach, there are numerous landscapes to escape to.

Just offshore from Perth is Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve that’s home to white-sand beaches, secluded coves and wildlife including the quokka – a small wallaby-like marsupial. The island is also popular with surfers who come to ride the breaks of Strickland Bay. Spend a day or two by taking the ferry from the port town of Fremantle, known for its Maritime Museum and 19th-century prison.

Back in Perth, you can find hip boutiques, galleries, pubs and an array of laid-back restaurants in the Northbridge area.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyAUD 10 = US$6.86
Average weekend priceUS$100 per night
Average weekday priceUS$86 per night
Typical stay2 nights

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 Best Hotels in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2649 hotels

About Sao Paulo

Including tips for the best time to visit Sao Paulo

Home to 20 million proud residents, São Paulo is one of the world’s largest cities, and as Brazil’s financial centre, it’s also one of Latin America’s biggest hubs. With iconic monuments, a thriving arts scene and lively nightlife, it’s no wonder that ‘Sampa’ draws in the crowds, and you’ll be hard-pressed to not succumb to its charms.

Where São Paulo really comes into its own is in its vibrant and diverse nightlife scene. The bohemian Vila Madalena neighbourhood – often referred to as ‘Vila’ – is brimming with laid-back bars. In contrast, the warehouses and railway arches of the up-and-coming Barra Funda are home to some of the city’s coolest electronic and hip-hop clubs. If you’re in the mood to dance, head to Vila do Samba or Traço de União – two famous samba houses in the city.

With over 12,000 restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, São Paulo is a foodie’s paradise. From Michelin-starred restaurants to roadside eateries, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. Local delicacies found here include ‘coxinhas’ or deep-fried chicken dumplings and ‘bacalhau’ – fritters made from mashed potatoes, salted cod, eggs, parsley and onion.

There’s ample to see and do while you’re here. For architecture, head to the towering neo-Gothic cathedral or the Pinacoteca de São Paulo – one of Brazil’s most important art museums. And if you’re looking to escape the city’s hustle and bustle, go for a stroll around the green spaces of Ibirapuera Park.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyR$ 10 = US$1.93
Average weekend priceUS$38 per night
Average weekday priceUS$39 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 5004 hotels

About Rio de Janeiro

Including tips for the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, as well as a thriving beach culture at Copacabana and Ipanema Beach. The city’s vibrant energy culminates in its carnivalesque nightlife, while the nearby mountains offer a quiet jungle retreat.

You can understand why many assume Rio de Janeiro to be Brazil’s capital when you experience the buzz of the city. Take the Cosme Velho cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain or admire the views from Christ the Redeemer before heading to Copacabana beach. Here, you’ll find locals playing beach football and sunbathing throughout the year. But perhaps the best time to visit Rio is in the weeks before Ash Wednesday – the time of the famous Rio Carnival. Alternatively, if samba isn’t your thing, Copacabana’s Bip Bip bar plays live bossa nova daily, while Bar Do Gomez serves ice-cold draught beers and the traditional sugarcane spirit known as cachaca.

The architecture of Rio often goes unnoticed but you’ll find many gems dotted around the city. Head to Largo de Boticano for neocolonial design or the 19th-century Parque Lage to gain a historical insight into old-time Brazil. The Museum of the Future highlights South America’s next generation of architects while the imposing Maracanã Stadium squeezes in over 100,000 football fans.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyR$ 10 = US$1.93
Average weekend priceUS$46 per night
Average weekday priceUS$45 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5125 hotels

About Buenos Aires

Including tips for the best time to visit Buenos Aires

Argentina’s seductive capital of Buenos Aires is a showcase for the country’s most famous traditions, such as thrilling tango performances and juicy steaks. Among its many distinctive barrios (neighbourhoods), you’ll also find incredible works of art and architecture, and a nightlife scene that doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘home time’.

There are many examples of neoclassical, art nouveau and art deco buildings dotted across Buenos Aires. One of the best places to appreciate these is along Avenida 9 de Julio – the world’s widest avenue – and home to landmarks such as the Beaux-Arts French Embassy and the Teatro Colón opera house. To take in some of the city’s best street art, head to areas like Palermo, Coghlan or Villa Crespo to discover works by artists from all over the world.

World renowned for its steaks, the soul of BA’s food scene lies within its parrillas (steakhouses). Ask for a traditional ‘asado’ and you’ll be served grilled offals like sweetbread, followed by a selection of perfectly seared and seasoned ribs, sirloin and other choice cuts. For a tasty snack, be sure to try the famous puff pastries called empanadas, usually filled with meat but sometimes with fish or cheese.

The nightlife in Buenos Aires is legendary, with a huge range of bars, clubs and live music venues open from dusk until dawn. You can catch a passionate tango performance in popular venues like Rojo Tango, El Beso or Bar Los Laureles.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyUSD
Average weekend priceUS$58 per night
Average weekday priceUS$57 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Bogotá, Colombia, 1902 hotels

About Bogotá

Including tips for the best time to visit Bogotá

Bogotá is a stunning example of the peaceful coexistence between the opposing ideas of tradition and modernity. From historical museums and cathedrals to a lively food scene and nightlife, the capital city of Colombia celebrates both.

The cultural opulence of Bogotá is best reflected in its museums and squares. Bolívar Square – surrounded by historical structures – and Chorro de Quevedo Plaza are two important squares that host cultural events regularly. A visit to the Gold Museum, with its large collection of gold artefacts, offers insights into pre-Spanish Columbia and the ritualistic use of gold back then. Botero Museum features Fernando Botero’s best works, including a parody of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Bogotá is known as the powerhouse of Colombia with a multitude of clubs and pubs that light up the city streets at night. Sway to the beats of Colombian music at La Negra, a popular club, and try the alcoholic beverage of aguardiente. Armando Records is another club where the terrace plays relaxing retro music while the ground floor pulsates with electro music.

Bogotá, although not a popular gastronomic destination, offers a tray full of diverse dishes. Ajiaco is a chicken soup with potatoes and corn served with rice. Visit Misia by Leo Espinosa and take a bite of the delightful arepa, a tortilla-like dish made with wheat, butter and sugar and stuffed with meat. Later, you can wash down your heavy meal with a cup of herbal fruit tea.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyCOP 10,000 = US$2.26
Average weekend priceUS$16 per night
Average weekday priceUS$15 per night
Typical stay2 nights

Best Hotels in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 349 hotels

About Belo Horizonte

Including tips for the best time to visit Belo Horizonte

Meaning ‘beautiful horizon’, Belo Horizonte is named after the lush mountains that encircle this hillside destination. The first of Brazil’s planned cities, it boasts an urban grid layout, wide tree-lined avenues and manicured pockets of green dotting the cityscape.

Belo Horizonte is home to several fine examples of Brazilian contemporary architecture, with the modern architect Oscar Niemeyer having designed some of his early works here. One of his most famous structures is the UNESCO-listed São Francisco de Assis Church, which sits at the edge of an artificial lake, Lagoa da Pampulha. A short walk away is Mineirão – a host stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Football fans should try to catch a game here, or opt for a guided tour of the grounds.

An important centre for arts and culture, Belo Horizonte boasts several museums, most of which form the Circuito Cultural Praça da Liberdade – a series of museums set around a landscaped square. These include the six-storeyed Bank of Brazil Cultural Centre and the Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, an experience museum which chronicles the state’s history through interactive exhibits, high-tech installations and multisensory elements. Also worth your time is the Inhotim – a sprawling open-air museum located about an hour away – featuring contemporary art and sculpture amidst tropical plants and tranquil pools.

Most popular time to visitOctober–December
Cheapest time to visitJanuary–March
Local currencyR$ 10 = US$1.93
Average weekend priceUS$27 per night
Average weekday priceUS$27 per night
Typical stay2 nights
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