Eurostar trains started a direct service between London and Amsterdam earlier this month. To tie in, I went to the Netherlands’ largest city for the Times to search out 20 hotels that – with a bit of advanced planning and out of high season – have rooms for under £100 a night.

Sorry…because of copyright, if you want to see the full 20 you’ll have to be a Times’ subscriber and log in here >>> TIMES <<<

Email me if you want to know which of the twenty was my favourite!

Have you been to Amsterdam? What hotels would you recommend?

The answer – obviously – is DestinAsian magazine, which features two of my articles this month. One on east London’s favourite hipster hang out, and the other on the Aurora Borealis.

Click below to enlarge, or even better, buy a copy next time you’re passing through Hong Kong or ShanghaiDestinAsian Shoreditch Jpeg

DestinAsian Northern Lights JPEG

Last February I visited the Pyrenees for the first time. I think my days of “just” going for a week-long blast of skiing are over, (I blame my knees), so this was an ideal break: I got to ski, but I also stayed overnight on top of a mountain with its own astronomical observatory and visited the town of Lourdes too, which has always piqued my curiosity. Anyway, read all about it here, in my article that appeared in the Times a few weeks ago.