The Danna Hotel on Langkawi, Malaysia

A doorman wearing a khaki uniform, a pith helmet and a smile and welcomes me to the Danna hotel on Langkawi, Malaysia. The tall, arched windows of the airy, marble-floored lobby remind me of those in Colonial era buildings over on peninsula Malaysia and Singapore.

Sokos Hotel Ilves in Tampere, Finland

The Sokos Hotel Ilves is centrally situated and offers great views over Tampere, Finland’s most populous inland city. If you enjoy having a room with a view then it’ll be worth asking for a city facing room on one of the upper floors of this 19 storey hotel.

Citizen M Amsterdam Hotel

What would you do when a bout of absent-mindedness means you’ve nowhere to stay in a major European city, despite planning every other aspect of your trip? My response was to grab a coffee, log into the internet and surf for a hotel. I wanted a stylish, not too expensive base for four days in Amsterdam; the internet suggested I book a room in the Citizen M Amsterdam City Hotel.