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Alex Floyd-Douglass

Alex Floyd-Douglass

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Alex Floyd-Douglass joined Time Out in October 2022, after a six-year stint working as a freelance writer and editor. Starting out life in England, she has travelled to many corners of the world and has spent just under the past decade living and working in Cape Town after rediscovering her South African roots in 2013.

Alex enjoys writing about all things travel and lifestyle, shooting film and watching rugby – especially when it’s South Africa vs England.

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The 12 best cheap hotels in NYC

The 12 best cheap hotels in NYC

NYC can be a very, very expensive place – but it doesn’t have to be. And you don’t have to sacrifice style or quality for cheap prices, either. If you know where to look, NYC is packed to the brim with chic, cozy hotels at prices that won’t make your eyes water. So whether you’re hunting for a historic hideaway, a room with a view, or simply a hotel with an uber-convenient location, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve rounded up NYC’s finest cheap hotels, helping you leave plenty of room in the wallet to splurge on the rest of your trip.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 15 best hotels with a view in NYC

The 15 best hotels with a view in NYC

The iconic NYC skyline is ever-changing, with fabulous new buildings rising up next to historic beauties like the Empire State, Chrysler and Flatiron buildings. The best views in NYC are from above, atop said buildings and others. These breathtaking panoramas are attractions on their own, and many viewpoints are among the best free things to do in the city. If you’re visiting NYC, or just in the mood for a staycation, why not choose a hotel that also happens to have one of these gorgeous views? These hotels offer views of the city that can’t be beaten. These are top-notch hotels with luxurious, lavish interiors as well as prime views of Central Park, the skyline, the Hudson River and more. After tackling the best museums, galleries, restaurants, neighborhoods and other things to do in NYC, you can kick back, relax and absorb all you’ve seen on your city adventures. Need some extra relaxation? Some of these hotels have hot tubs and some are home to the best spas in the city. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 12 coolest hotels in NYC to book now

The 12 coolest hotels in NYC to book now

Sure, you might see hotels merely as places to stay when visiting, vacationing, or getting from one place to another, but if you ask us? You’re reading them wrong. We’re totally biased because we love hotels – especially the coolest NYC hotels – but these days more and more hotels are going all-out to stand out from the crowd. Want some proof? With high-end amenities, cutting-edge technology, fashion-forward design, incredible attention to detail, and over-the-top comfort, these incredibly cool hotels are so awesome you’ll probably never want to leave. So whether you’re coming into NYC from out of town, or you’re a New Yorker treating yourself to a staycation, these are the coolest hotels in NYC to stay in. And it will probably come as no surprise that as well as some of the coolest hotels in the business, New York has some of the best restaurants, bars, museums, and attractions in the world, too. Make sure you check them out to really make your stay as good as it can be. But first? Make sure you take a proper look at our dreamy selection of the hippest places to lay your head. Because from the luxurious and uber-fashionable to the budget-friendly and brilliantly accessible, our experts have hand-picked the very coolest hotels in NYC to book now. Happy travels! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC RECOMMENDED: The coolest Airbnbs in New York City RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in NYC with hot tubs RECOMMENDED: The best hotels with breathtaking views in NYC This ar

The 7 best Airbnbs in New York City

The 7 best Airbnbs in New York City

While there are more than enough fabulous hotels in New York, staying at an Airbnb has become a popular option for visitors to the city. Whether you’re looking for a wallet-friendly find or you want to experience the city like a local, there's plenty to choose from. Feel like a real New Yorker by chatting with neighbors rather than concierges, picking up late-night cheap eats instead of room service, and immersing yourself in what it truly means to live in the Big Apple. Just be sure to get a good night’s sleep so you can explore all the best New York attractions and dine at the best restaurants in the city from your trusty base at one of our five favorite Airbnbs. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in New York RECOMMENDED: The coolest hotels to book in New York City RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in NYC with hot tubs RECOMMENDED: The best hotels with breathtaking views in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

21 cozy cabins near NYC that you can rent on Airbnb

21 cozy cabins near NYC that you can rent on Airbnb

Going away anywhere is great, but if you really want to channel your main character energy, we know what you need. A wood-burning fire, a cozy couch, and a blanket or two. Maybe even a hot cup of cocoa. And if that’s what you’re dreaming of, you’re not going to want to stay in the middle of a bustling city. You’re going to want to venture an hour or so out of New York City to visit one of the many luxurious cabins hiding away in the woods. Think hiking trails, shimmering lakes, and sun-soaked decks. These also happen to have fire pits, hot tubs, mountain views, and forests all around—often within 100 miles of actual Manhattan. Yes, that's right, we’ve rounded up the best of the best Airbnb cabins near NYC right here.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to weekend getaways from NYC

The 10 best hotels in Key West

The 10 best hotels in Key West

Ahhh, Florida. The best place to enjoy the ocean, hop in a kayak and relax all day by the sea. And whether you’re a diver, snorkeler, or certified chiller, Key West has got something great for you. But don’t just plan out your activities in meticulous detail. Make sure you choose the absolute best hotel going, to suit every kind of trip. Lucky for you, we’ve made it easy and picked out the very best hotels that Key West has to offer, close to a whole host of great restaurants, bars, and attractions. Read on for exactly where to stay in the Conch Republic.  RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in Key West

The 10 best NYC hotels with hot tubs

The 10 best NYC hotels with hot tubs

Looking for a hotel with a hot tub to relax those aching muscles? Sure, New York doesn’t have a reputation as the most relaxing place (how much chilling can you expect to get in the city that never sleeps?), but these opulent NYC hotels with hot tubs aim to counter that. A soak amidst the bubbles can go a long way, especially after a manic day of traveling or shopping. These high-end hotels get it: each offers hot tubs either in-room or alongside rooftop pools and some even have incredible views. So whether you’re just looking for somewhere to staycation or you're hitting NYC for the first time, check into one of these properties that rival the best spas in NYC and prepare for a nice plunge. We’re feeling more relaxed already. And if you're more of an Airbnb person, there are Airbnbs with hot tubs, too! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 14 best cheap hotels in Singapore

The 14 best cheap hotels in Singapore

Singapore has a reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world – and quite rightly so. But that's not to say the bustling metropolis doesn't have its fair share of affordable places to stay. Whether for staycations or wider travels, you can still find plenty of ways to do the city on a budget. You’ve just got to know where to look. Luckily enough, we do know where to look and, what’s more, Singapore’s bargain hotels still manage to be very luxurious indeed. Some even include swimming pools and fitness centres, all conveniently located within the city limits. So what are you waiting for? Dive into our favourite of Singapore’s finest cheap hotels. RECOMMENDED: The best cheap things to do in Singapore with kids This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 16 best cheap hotels in London

The 16 best cheap hotels in London

The capital’s streets may be lined with all the big names in hospitality, but there are also loads of great cheap hotels in London that you needn’t trek out to the sticks to find. Yep – we’re telling you that you can stay somewhere better located and more fun than many of the city’s grand five-star hotels, all for less than you’d pay for a slap-up meal at one of London’s best restaurants. So whether it’s a dorm bed in the heart of Soho, a traditional family-run guesthouse on a period square, or a tech-smart room near St Pancras you’re searching for, London’s got it covered. Have a peek at our list of the best cheap hotels in London and save your pennies for exploring. Looking for more options? Check out London’s best Airbnbs Or how about London's best hotels?

Where to stay in Cape Town

Where to stay in Cape Town

Where are the best places to stay in Cape Town? Well, that all depends on what you’re hoping to get out of the city. If you’re looking for sundowners overlooking the Atlantic, Camps Bay is the place for you. Prefer a surfer’s paradise? That’s just over the mountains in the sunny suburb of Muizenberg. Getting to know the best (and safest) areas of Cape Town and what they offer will help you get the most out of one of the world’s greatest cities. Although the CBD (Central Business District) is small, the City of Cape Town officially comprises a large urban area set across multiple suburbs and small coastal towns, many of which are worth exploring in their own right. Within that expanse, these are the best places to base yourself – and while it’s important to remain streetwise throughout Cape Town, we’ve focused here on the safest areas to stay. So, let’s take a look at our curated list of the best neighbourhoods in the Mother City. You can thank us after your epic trip. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Cape Town🍝 The best restaurants in Cape Town🏖 The best beaches in Cape Town🛍 The best shops in Cape Town

The 12 best Airbnbs in the Scottish Highlands

The 12 best Airbnbs in the Scottish Highlands

If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, there’s no better place to get totally immersed than the Scottish Highlands. Roam the mountains, dip your toe in the loch and watch the sunset from your deck, and you’ll find you left the rest of the world far behind you.  And the best news? There are some cracking Airbnbs from the cosy and comforting to the completely unique, all available to book online. Fancy a glamping pod with the best ever views? Or a secluded cottage in the middle of nowhere? Airbnb has it all. Read on for our top picks for a total retreat.  RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the UK This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here

The 12 best Airbnbs in Lisbon

The 12 best Airbnbs in Lisbon

If it seems like everyone and their mutt has been to Lisbon in the past few years, well, there’s a very good reason for that. The Portuguese capital is one of Europe’s most fascinatingly timeless and thoroughly cool metropolises. Packed with stuff to see and do, Lisbon has everything from castles and churches to art galleries and beaches – not forgetting, of course, it’s characterful bars and scrummy restaurants. Whether you’re late to the Lisbon hype-train or making a return trip, Airbnbs make for ideal accommodation in the City of Seven Hills. From beautiful apartments with cityscape-boasting terraces to designer homes and classic Portuguese-style flats, there’s a huge range of rentals on offer for all price ranges and all over town. Read on for 12 of the best Airbnbs in Lisbon. Recommended: 🛏 The best hotels in Lisbon🍽 The best restaurants in Lisbon🎺 The best jazz bars in Lisbon This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.  

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Airbnb has added some cool new filters to really whip up that winter wanderlust

Airbnb has added some cool new filters to really whip up that winter wanderlust

You might have seen that back in June, Airbnb added a few interesting filters to their search function, meaning users can now find a rental based on categories rather than just the location. It’s pretty neat, and it means that if the only place you’re really willing to stay in is a beachfront treehouse with a grand piano and a chef’s kitchen, you can totally search for exactly that.  And now they’ve just added a few more options for you to explore. You can now hunt down homes that are 10,000 feet above sea level, brand-new listings, ‘hanoks’ (traditional Korean homes made with natural materials), homes adapted for people with disabilities, and ‘play’ properties with things like basketball courts, games rooms and even water slides. As we say, pretty neat. But the search we’re finding especially interesting right now is ‘trending’ homes. These are the most viewed listings on Airbnb and we have to say it proves there actually is wisdom in the masses, on occasion. Don’t believe us? Check out these awesome pads.    The Baldy Mountain chalet overlooking Ten Mile Range, Colorado Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb The oceanfront beach house in Summerland, California Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb Big Blue Trace in Breckenridge, Colorado Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb Mountainview Barn House, Woodstock, New York State Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb The lakefront mansion in Indio, California   Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb The log cabin near Dollywood, Tennessee Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb

Airbnb just added some cool new categories – check out these high-altitude homes

Airbnb just added some cool new categories – check out these high-altitude homes

You might have seen that back in June, Airbnb added a selection of new filters to their search function, meaning users can now find a rental based on some pretty niche categories rather than just location and date range. So if the only place you’re willing to stay in is a beachfront treehouse with a grand piano and a chef’s kitchen, you can now search for exactly that. Pretty cool, eh? Well, they’ve just added even more options for you to explore. You can now hunt down the latest ‘trending’ homes and brand-new listings, as well as ‘hanoks’ (traditional Korean homes made with natural materials), homes adapted for people with disabilities, and properties with a ‘play’ element, like basketball courts, games rooms and even water slides.  But the new category we’re loving most? The ‘top of the world’ filter, which shows homes that are at least 10,000 feet above sea level. To give you a flavour of what’s on offer, we’ve picked some of our favourite sky-high rentals. See you halfway up the Himalayas? This architectural masterpiece in Breckenridge, Colorado Photograph: courtesy Airbnb A geocentric dome in the mountains between Cusco and Machu Picchu Photograph: courtesy Airbnb This lush home on the highest coastal mountain range in the world Photograph: courtesy Airbnb A nature lodge in Nepal, with views of the Everest Region Photograph: courtesy Airbnb This spectacular villa above the clouds in Quito, Ecuador Photograph: courtesy Airbnb Pretty spectacular, right? Next thi

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