Fred Mawer

Five budget places to stay in New York

Hotels in the Big Apple are notoriously expensive, but you can find a funky guesthouse, b&b or “Pod Room” with bunkbeds for less than $185 a night – often within a five-minute walk of Times Square Read the guide

Five charming and affordable places to stay in Paris

Over the years, I must have visited nearly 100 hotels in Paris. Here are some of my favourites, hand-picked for people who want somewhere quiet and characterful – but who don't want to spend too much Read the guide

The real Caribbean: island by island

Not every Caribbean escape is a paradise of rainforest and fine white sand. To help you choose the best island for you, I weigh up the pros and cons of Cuba, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and Jamaica Read the guide

Five budget places to stay in Rome

Decent accommodation in the Eternal City doesn't have to be expensive. All these carefully vetted options are centrally located and offer doubles for less than €125 a night – one for as little as €68 Read the guide

Five budget places to stay in Amsterdam

Good-quality but affordable places to stay are in short supply in Amsterdam – but a few quirky, characterful lodgings can be found for as little as €73 a night. Here are five of my personal favourites Read the guide