Luxury Japanese train has bath and fireplace

It's got Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cosy snug complete with roaring fire: the Shiki-Shima could hold its own against any five-star hotel.

The most important hotel booking factors

Cleanliness and comfort outweigh little luxuries like a solid breakfast, pool or in-room deluxe coffee machine for hotel guests at the end of their stay.

Vote for the world's grandest loo!

An annual contest that shines the spotlight on innovative and pretty potties is inviting the public to cast their nominations.

Luxury destinations that don't break the bank

Istanbul, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam have been identified as some of the international destinations where travellers can sleep like a king on a pauper's budget.