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Life is too short. Why not stay in a place worth remembering.

Since 1999 HIP Hotels has specialised in finding the world’s most interesting and individual hotels. We feel travel should be memorable, and we think that where you stay is as important as where you go. From cutting edge urban hangouts in the world’s biggest cities to rustic retreats in the middle of nowhere, HIP Hotels offers an exotic global variety of choice.

It all started with a globe-trotting photographer writing about his favourite places to stay. Herbert Ypma still travels to, photographs, and writes about all the hotels featured in the HIP Hotels books and on Now there is also an expansive programme of Apps to allow the iPhone user to access all sorts of unique hotels.

Groovy Grand is all about the grand estates of the English aristocracy. With their classical elegance, their ample scale and their exquisite settings, they made great houses but they make even better hotels.

From the rustic beauty of Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, built as a shooting and fishing estate for the Duke of Bedford, to the classic Italianate majestic of Cowley Manor in the green, manicured countryside of Gloucestershire, to the charming, Georgian elegance of Babington House, to the monumental folley of Ickworth, the former home of the Marquess of Bristol, to the urbane sophistication of The Grove, the Earl of Clarendon’s estate on the outskirts of London, these grand country houses combine the class of yesteryear with a cool, contemporary approach to the style and and food of today.

Travel is all about adventure and experiences, and the HIP Hotels Applications make it easy. Each App gives you an elaborate slideshow of each property, complete with tips on where to eat, how to relax, where to explore and where you will sleep. Booking is even easier. A freephone number is featured on each App; simply highlight the number and you will be dispatched straight through to a Travel Guru at our call centre who can arrange everything, including airfares.