Adam Turner

Adam Turner

Adam is a freelance travel writer and editor who spends his time between Sevilla and London.

Over the last few years, he's convinced The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller, Time Out, Telegraph.co.uk, easyJet Traveller, Culture Trip and the Mail on Sunday to commission him to write about exotic places. Despite being brought up in Middlesbrough where he classed caravan holidays to Blackpool as luxury travel as a kid. He still loves Blackpool, and caravans.

Not to be mistaken for the esteemed Australian technology journalist of the same name.

Bouncers for breakfast at Ibis Styles Hotel, Walthamstow

Bouncers for breakfast at Ibis Styles Hotel, Walthamstow

Cristian from Ireland described Ibis Styles Walthamstow on Booking.com as ‘a great place for a break’. After staying there, we can’t help but think he omitted the word ‘jail’.  Fellow countryman, Thomas, described the hotel more accurately when he wrote, “Worse hotel I have ever stayed in, the television didn't work, no...

Hotel Colón Gran Meliá, Seville

Hotel Colón Gran Meliá, Seville

The trouble with places like Seville's Hotel Colón Gran Meliá is that you never want to leave, which can be tricky when you're only in town for a few days. That said, this regal, five-star hotel shouldn't be knocked for being too lovely. Part of its appeal is its facilities,...

Eight of the best things to do in Guatemala

Eight of the best things to do in Guatemala

Guatemala is an enchanting and affordable country blessed with misty mountains, rich Mayan history, emerald-tinted natural swimming pools, tranquil lakeside yoga spots, hotels with volcano views, and an eternal spring-like climate. If you’re lucky enough to visit, you’ll no doubt be charmed by smiley local folk in multi-coloured ‘traje’ outfits,...

Hotel Review: The Prince Akatoki Hotel, London

Sake on arrival, lashings of light wood and sexy fusuma panels above the beds, The Prince Hotels and Resorts has gone all out with its first five-star Prince Akatoki Hotel in Marylebone. If you like your hotels uncluttered and chilled, you're going to love this Japanese-meets-Scandi design boutique in West...

A sea safari off South Africa’s Wild Coast

A sea safari off South Africa’s Wild Coast

“Tuck your feet into the straps and hold on tight,” Debbie instructs in a headteacher-like tone. Skipper Rob then pushes the throttle forward and we accelerate towards a barrage of crashing waves. The first breaker launches me up into the air. My curled-up toes and knuckles, now deathly white, grip for...

Hotel Review: The Red Lion in Leytonstone, London

Hotel Review: The Red Lion in Leytonstone, London

Who doesn’t like an old-school London boozer? We certainly do. That’s why we popped down to have a look at The Red Lion in East London. The masterminds behind this 17th-Century built pub recently introduced ten boutique-style, hotel-grade bedrooms and they're as cosy as, well, a British pub on a...

A no-nonsense guide to Chicago

A no-nonsense guide to Chicago

With its iconic architecture, wide-open streets, rowdy sports bars, delicious fast-food joints, and abundance of pretty parks, Chicago is an American city that’s easy to love. Those visiting the city of big shoulders in winter months can spend their time skating below the city’s lofty skyscrapers, dipping between cosy dives...

Hotel Review: The Stratford Hotel, London

Hotel Review: The Stratford Hotel, London

The Stratford Hotel is a high-spec, Scandi-meets-New York style hotel designed by SOM – the clever folk behind the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This shiny, 42-storey skyscraper cuts a prominent shape in the up-and-coming Stratford neighbourhood in London’s East End. The boutique hotel was created by the people behind...

Travel tales with… Laura Hamilton

Travel tales with… Laura Hamilton

This month, TLE caught up with the lovely Laura Hamilton from Channel 4's 'A Place in the Sun'. She told us all about her travel stories, like when she went galloping around the pyramids in Egypt and when her parents took her on holiday to a nuclear power plant in...

Hotel Review: Mama London

Hotel Review: Mama London

Mama London offers five-star urban luxury at bargain-basement prices (for London). Boasting stylish, modern rooms (from £99 a night,) a wacky, open-plan restaurant and Karaoke booths, Mama London is one of the most exciting additions to London's underwhelming budget hotel scene in recent years. TLE recently popped by to see...

Hotel Review: Dream Hollywood

Hotel Review: Dream Hollywood

Hollywood is everything you thought it was and more. Yes, there's loads of beautiful, tanned folk with shiny veneers sipping super-food smoothies while walking tiny, well-pruned dogs. There are vegan cafes, beauty salons and yoga studios on every other corner. But there's also hip live-music bars, museums and a string...

Review: D Maris Bay, Turkey

Review: D Maris Bay, Turkey

D Maris Bay is probably Turkey's most famous five-star hotel. It's got a beach for every star. Three tennis courts. Motorised water scooters that pull you around crystalline seas like a panicked 007. A boutique luxury store on-site. Its own alpine funicular. And (almost) a restaurant for every day of...

Hotel Review: D-Resort Göcek

Hotel Review: D-Resort Göcek

Turkey claims to be the creator of the all-inclusive, so unsurprisingly there's plenty from hotels offering family-friendly all-inclusive deals. What you might not know, however, is that Turkey also boasts some of the world's most exclusive high-end, celebrity-packed, five-star hotels. TLE recently checked in to D-Resort Göcek to explore this more...

Hotel Review: Found Chicago

Hotel Review: Found Chicago

Found Chicago, which opened last year, sits in the thick of Downtown Chicago in the polished, lively River North area. The social boutique hotel has 60 rooms (including nine dorms) and offers a good value stay for weekend visitors, business folk, and budget travellers. It's also got one of the...

Hotel Review: Petit Ermitage, LA

Hotel Review: Petit Ermitage, LA

On an unassuming residential street in LA’s West Hollywood area, lies a magical, eccentric boutique hotel like no other. A place where fashion designers and models sit beside a rooftop pool sipping champagne, as circus performers and entrepreneurs mingle. To say the décor here is eclectic would be an understatement....

Hotel Review: Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa, Barcelona

Hotel Review: Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa, Barcelona

Barcelona's Yurbban Passage Hotel and Spa is an urban concept hotel catered towards millennials and hipsters. After opening a couple of years ago, this hip hotel, which is housed in an old 19th Century-built textile factory, has become one of the city's most popular spots for those looking for non-pompous,...

Travel Tales with… actor Marina Sirtis

Travel Tales with… actor Marina Sirtis

For this month's Travel Tales, TLE caught up with London-born actor Marina Sirtis who is best known, perhaps, for playing Counselor Deanna Troi in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Here Marina tells us about staying in B&B's in places like Southend and Margate as a kid, visiting her...

Hotel Review THE Park Mumbai

Hotel Review THE Park Mumbai

Mumbai is a big, bonkers, beeping-horn-of-city with traffic jams made up of roaming goats, honking rickshaws and knackered, red, London-style double-decker buses. However, India's most populous city is also home to some of the biggest smiles and best street food you'll find anywhere in the world. As well as some...

Hotel review: ibis Styles Gloucester Road

Hotel review: ibis Styles Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road is an area in West London that's packed with hotels - possibly due to its quiet, leafy surroundings and proximity to Central London. TLE recently spent the night at the newly-renovated ibis Styles Hotel to see how much bang for your buck you get for £150 in this...

Eight of the best hotels in Barcelona

Eight of the best luxury hotels in Barcelona

Exploring some of the Catalonian capital's swankiest hotels This is TLE’s guide to eight of the best luxury hotels in Barcelona is for those looking for a memorable stay in Spain's second largest city. Barcelona, one of the most-visited cities in Europe, is full of architectural gems, restaurants and bars...

Hotel Review: Rockwell East

Hotel Review: Rockwell East

It's no surprise that London has its fair share of hotels (1876 according to one online hotel booking site). Options range from boutique luxury hotels and high-end continental big hitters to family B&B’s and budget guesthouses. More recently, however, the big smoke has seen a rise in aparthotels, which combine...

Travel the world like… influencer Alex Gillespie

Travel the world like… influencer Alex Gillespie

For this month's 'Travel the world like...' we caught up with New Zealand-born Instagram travel guru Alex Gillespie (@lucidkiwi). Having amassed over 54k followers on the social media platform over recent years, Alex has made a living travelling the world. He's one of those enviable people who seems to be...

Travel tales with… Lisa Francesca Nand

Travel tales with… Lisa Francesca Nand

This week, TLE caught up with intrepid traveller, journalist/ broadcaster and the voice behind the Big Travel Podcast, Lisa Francesca Nand. She told us all about her irrational travel fears, special memories about her first time visiting Fiji (her dad's home country) and how she thinks travelling is the best...

Petit St Vincent: hotel review

Petit St Vincent: hotel review

It's unlikely you have heard of Petit St Vincent, but you ought to have. This exclusive James-Bond-style private island - think Daz-white beaches, paisley turquoise and blue seas and a scattering of hand-crafted bungalows - is part of the southern Caribbean’s Grenadine island chain. Accessible only by a tiny propeller...

Learning to ski in ‘Ski Town’, USA

Learning to ski in ‘Ski Town’, USA

“We got eight inches last night,” one girl told me enthusiastically, her friend nodding approvingly. She was, unbeknownst to me at the time, talking about snowfall. This type of ski jargon regularly caught me off guard during my first trip to the slopes. Each time I heard something questionable ('champagne powder'...

Travel Tales with… presenter Sonali Shah

Travel Tales with… presenter Sonali Shah

For this month's Travel Tales, we caught up with newsreader and Escape to the Country presenter, Sonali Shah. She told us all about early holiday memories visiting family in Kenya, her favourite foods from around the world and why she thinks Michelle Obama would make a cracking travel companion. Tell...

Hotel review: Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados

Hotel review: Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados

Waking up to the sound of waves sloshing against the shore during winter is almost the exact opposite of a pre-work February morning in the Blighty. No tip-toeing across icy laminate floors or trying to dry yourself on a damp towel. Winters in Barbados, as you’d expect, are made up...

Travel the world like… Huw Owen

Travel the world like… Huw Owen

For this month's 'Travel the world like...' we caught up with veteran explorer and travel entrepreneur, Huw Owen. He told us all about his first trip abroad (when he stayed with a pen pal in Paris), his love of weird and remote places and near death experiences on the road....

Quit your job and travel the world like… Paulo Palha

Quit your job and travel the world like… Paulo Palha

Tell us a little bit about you? My name is Paulo Palha from Portugal and I'm CEO and Founder of two travel startups: TheMostPerfectView.com and Travideo. Where was the first place you visited outside of your native country? I believe the first time I left Portugal was on a visit to neighbouring Spain...

The ultimate Christmas gift guide for people who love to travel

The ultimate Christmas gift guide for people who love to travel

From a trendy Eastpak cabin case to a quick-dry London map towel, these are the best gifts for travel lovers. Skull Candy Noise-cancelling headphones Noise-cancelling Skullcandy headphones Any travel lover worth his/her weight in gold will tell you noise-cancelling headphones are a game changer. Why not treat someone to a...

A city guide to Chicago… the new, New York.

Exploring America's 'Second City'  Timeworn fast-food joints sit shoulder to shoulder with fancy, Michelin-star restaurants. The ‘L’ (an elevated metro line) chugs, like a rollercoaster, as it navigates its way through an urban forest of towering, glass-front skyscrapers. People in sharp suits stomp along pavements, rushing to everywhere and nowhere....

Travel Tales with… chef Tom Aikens

For this month's Travel Tales interview we caught up with Michelin star-winning chef, Tom Aikens. The London-born, 48-year-old told us all about his parent's renovated 19th-Century barn in France, sailing around the Caribbean, getting caught up in a monsoon in India and, of course, how travel continues to influence his...

Five of the most famous movie locations in Hawaii

Thanks to its towering, khaki cliffs, cinematic volcanoes and long, golden beaches, Hawaii is a filmmakers metropolis. And for that exact reason, this isolated group of 137 islands has been used as a captivating, tropical set in movies for decades - from Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean to...

Eight of the best hotels in Barcelona

Eight of the best hotels in Barcelona

Exploring some of the Catalonian capital's swankiest hotels TLE’s guide to eight of the best luxury hotels in Barcelona is for those looking for an extravagant and memorable stay in Spain's second largest city. Barcelona, one of the most-visited cities in Europe, is full of architectural gems, restaurants and bars...

Five reasons why Ontario is the ultimate family holiday destination

Five reasons why Ontario is the ultimate family holiday destination

‘From its sugary, baked treats, to its sprawling lakes, here are five reasons why Ontario is the ultimate, year-round family holiday destination’ Over 13.6 million Canadians, around 40% of the country’s population, live in Ontario. And there's plenty of reasons why. The province is a mixture of vast, green countryside...

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