Swap stops: Barter Week offers ‘free’ stays in exchange for skills

With properties in more than 60 countries, the world’s first Barter Week will allow the budget-conscious to swap goods or expertise for accommodation

Top 10 affordable hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Amsterdam

As Eurostar’s direct London-Amsterdam service launches, we pick great-value accommodation in this popular city-break destination

10 of the best places to stay in Marrakech

These riads, hostels and hotels not only offer roof-terrace views of the medina and calm courtyards to escape the heat, they are also excellent value given Marrakech’s enduring popularity

10 of the best insider’s tips to Amsterdam

With tickets for Eurostar’s direct service to Amsterdam on sale from 20 February, we pick some of the city’s best restaurants, parks and cultural attractions away from the tourist centre

Make it a Muji holiday: lifestyle brand to open two hotels in China

Japanese homeware company Muji plans to extend its minimal design concept into the hospitality sector with the launch of hotels in Beijing and Shenzhen

Great hotels, gites and auberges in France.

From Picardy to Provence here is some recommended accommodation in chateaux, converted stables and cottages to suit all budgets.