With flights to the continent often at tempting prices, we're forever almost packing our bags to escape for a few days. However, a hotel stay in Europe's most popular cities can be prohibitively expensive, and we end up resigning ourselves to gazing out of the office window dreaming of more interesting environs.
Help is at hand. We've rounded up 30 of the best boutique hotels in cities such as Paris, Barcelona and Prague – and all priced under £100 a night.
Click through the gallery below and prepare to rest your head in the stylish, the cosy and the unique, from art hotels to aluminium caravans. Wanderlust: sated.
Please note: prices correct at time of writing, please check with hotels directly
The defining feature of this hotel is undoubtedly the rooftop bar boasting panoramic views of the city and the Acropolis. Rooms are simple and stylish, and the close proximity to many of Athens' attractions make this a great base for your trip.
Double rooms from £88
This listed art nouveau building sitting right on the water's edge has been transformed into a contemporary hotel. For an extra special stay, there's actually a room in a lighthouse at the end of the jetty.
Double rooms from £80
A former artists' residence, this stylish hotel boasts 11 individually designed rooms, each named after the Brody House artist whose works feature in the former studios. Featuring up-cycled vintage furniture, paint-stripped walls and contemporary art, this hotel offers serious style on a budget.
Double rooms from £77
Sitting on the cliff's edge overlooking the water, this hotel features excellent design throughout, but those after an extra dose of style can opt for one of the ‘designers rooms’ decorated by various renowned fashion types.
Double rooms from £83
County Meath, Ireland
Situated on the banks of the River Boyne, close to the Stone Age megalithic tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, this mansion house effortlessly fuses original features with contemporary design.
Double rooms from £93
Hotel Le A
Nestled down a quiet street between the Champs-Elysées and the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, this small hotel is the perfect retreat after a busy day of sightseeing. And with its library of 300 books, you'll also have plenty of reading material for a relaxing evening in the bar.
Double rooms from £89
This urban hotel offers contemporary cool (all concrete floors and a subway-tiled bar) combined with a neighbourhood hangout: the restaurant serves local, organic produce and the bar shuns big-name brands in favour of alcohol from independent family-run businesses.
Double rooms from £57.61
25hours Hotel Zurich West
With an eclectic interior, each room in this hotel is individually designed in bright colours. The stylish living room, relaxing sauna and international cuisine ensures there's something for everyone.
Double rooms from £91
San Sebastián, Spain
With each room named after a film star, this Hollywood-inspired hotel is likely to inspire you to indulge in a few must-see movies. You won't have to go far though, as the hotel screens films for guests and rooms come with DVD players, as well as the hotel's extensive DVD collection at your disposal.
Double rooms from £52
This design hotel makes for a sultry retreat, with rooms decorated in bronze and gold to complement the striking architectural features.
Double rooms from £96
Alcaufar Vell Hotel
This old farmhouse has been transformed into a tranquil retreat. Whitewashed walls and beamed ceilings add charm to the stylish rooms, with views of the surrounding countryside.
Double rooms from £65
This small hotel oozes rustic Italian charm: the entrance is set in a cobblestone hall, the kitchen features a wood oven and the breakfast room is cosy with a big fireplace. Rooms are small and simple with garden or lake views.
Double rooms from £71
Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona
Located right in the heart of Barcelona, a stone’s throw from Plaza Catalunya, this hotel promises plenty to keep you entertained, including a rooftop terrace garden that hosts live concerts and DJ sessions.
Double rooms from £85
Hotel The Exchange
A unique escape for fashionistas, this central hotel features rooms ‘dressed’ like models on the runway – each designed by students from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.
Double rooms from £72
Vintage Design Hotel Sax
Prague, Czech Republic
Located directly below Prague Castle, the hotel features vintage design throughout with bright colours and bold patterns. The ‘Top View’ rooms – you may have guessed – have balconies with stunning views of the city’s landmarks.
Double rooms from £51
Le Lodge Kerisper
This 19th century farm-turned-boutique hotel is certainly cosy with just five rooms, but whitewashed walls ensure it feels bright and airy while the heated pool is a lovely spot to relax.
Double rooms from £70
The Town House
Located in (surprise surprise) an old town house, this small hotel features chic, neutral decor throughout, while the roof terrace is an inviting spot to enjoy breakfast or a glass of wine.
Double rooms from £97
Abbazia San Pietro
Set in an 8th century abbey sitting on Mount Solemn and surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Nera Valley, this family-run hotel offers traditional rooms and spectacular views.
Double rooms from £98
Meliá Barcelona Sky
This sky-high hotel has a great deal to offer with panoramic views of Barcelona from the terraces as well as Michelin-starred restaurant Dos Cielos. The contemporary interiors ensure the rooms are as desirable as the surroundings.
Double rooms from £74
This recently refurbished 19th century apartment building provides a home from home in the heart of the Galata district. The decor is simple and refined allowing the original features to shine.
Double rooms from £79
Agalia Luxury Suites
Luxury suites (as the name would suggest), a stunning pool area and just a stone's throw from the sea – hotels offering this much usually cost big bucks. However, this hidden gem is luxury living with a budget price tag.
Double rooms from £74
This stylish guesthouse in the historic center of Naples describes itself as a ‘design B&B’ and offers a retreat for book lovers, with a library lobby and book-swapping service.
Double rooms from £37
This small hotel offers excellent value for money, with terraced suites (complete with marble bathrooms) available for under £100. Rooms are simple and stylish, and Barcelona is only 30 minutes away.
Double rooms from £49
H15 Boutique Hotel
Located centrally on one of the oldest streets in Warsaw, this design hotel is steeped in history. Originally a private residence, the building has also been a Soviet embassy and even home to a Nazi Party headquarters. Recently refurbished, the contemporary design now includes original works by Polish photographer and artist Rita Zimmermann.
Double rooms from £60
This stone-built hotel in a historic settlement just outside of Areopoli offers buckets of charm and a roof terrace with sweeping sea views.
Double rooms from £90
You have the option of rooms with hammocks, panoramic views and raindance showers at this contemporary hotel, but for those wanting a more secluded and retro retreat, hire the fifties Airstream trailer in the garden.
Double rooms from £76
Located in the museum district, this stylish hotel provides a cosy retreat after a day of soaking up the local culture. Attention to detail is evident on every level, from the exposed brickwork providing a backdrop for the Indian antiques to the large sofa in the lobby situated in a sound bubble for some peace and quiet.
Double rooms from £67
Hotel Pulitzer Paris
Sitting in the Opera district, close to the Galeries Lafayette, Centre Pompidou and the Louvre, this makes a perfect base for a Parisian break. Upstairs the rooms are bright and airy while the dark and moody bar makes a great spot for a drink.
Double rooms from £80
Apeiros Chora Hotel
Surrounded by historic villages, stone bridges, churches and monasteries, this charming hotel is well situated for exploring on foot. The decor is stylish throughout with a rustic contemporary vibe.
Double rooms from £77