The most stylish budget hotels around the world

Posted by
Emily Badiozzaman

The universe has punished us with darker days until March. So naturally it's time to start thinking about escaping winter and heading to finer shores.

But if now is not a good time to blow your savings on a lavish tropical island retreat, don't worry, you don't have to. We've scoured the globe to find the most stylish budget hotels so your winter break needn't break your bank account. 

Take a look through the gallery below to see how you can do chic on the cheap.

  • The House Hotel Galatasaray

    Where: Istanbul, Turkey              

    Why: Boasting Ottoman opulence with a modern twist, this mansion dates back to 1850 but was redesigned by avant-garde designers Autoban in 2010. The area’s best restaurant is conveniently located behind the hotel so you can conveniently roll home.

    Price: Doubles from £75

    Book here

  • Wanderlust

    Where: Little India, Singapore

    Why: The good thing about an island city is that you’re never far from anything. This hipster’s paradise spot is located in the hustle and bustle of Little India, a hop away from some of the best curry in the country, a skip away from the artery of the city that is Orchard Road and a jump from the food and drink hub that is Clarke Quay.

    Price: Doubles from £95 

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  • L Hotel Seminyak

    Where: Bali, Indonesia

    Why: True respite from the real world, L Hotel is a luxurious hideaway between Bali’s best restaurants and bars with a 24-hour butler service just in case those don’t cut it.

    Price: Doubles from £58

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  • The Franklin Boutique Hotel

    Where: Adelaide, Australia

    Why: Black walls and pops of colour give the place an achingly cool feel, the place is decked out in furniture that the owners themselves have made. Think lights made from milk crates and a tap that spouts sangria. Yes, you read that correctly.

    Price: Doubles from £68

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  • Casa Colvale

    Where: North Goa, India

    Why: In a virtually unspoiled part of India, on the backwaters of the Chopra River, is this quiet hideaway decked out in colourful fabrics and is a favourite of Bollywood stars.

    Price: Doubles from £59

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  • La Maison By Dussol

    Where: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

    Why: Rio’s first boutique hotel, every room looks like it’s been designed by the most sought after designer. It’s only ten minutes from the world famous Ipanema beach, and that means you get some pretty unforgettable views of the city and it’s imposing landscape. Plus there are only five rooms, so you basically have a mansion to yourself.

    Price: Doubles from £83

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  • Copsamare Guesthouses

    Where: Transylvania, Romania

    Why: Because if ever there was a place to imagine eternity as a vampire, this would be it. Sleep in a decked attic with windows that opens straight onto a canopy. Dracula, eat your heart out. Or don’t.

    Price: Doubles from £78

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  • Borgo Della Marmotta

    Where: Umbria, Italy

    Why: Borgo Della Marmotta is exactly what you imagine the Italian countryside to be like. A traditional farm, you’ll be among acres of olive trees, rolling hills, rustic san-coloured buildings and that Italian charm you can’t find anywhere else.

    Price: Doubles from £63

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  • Farol Design Hotel

    Where: Cascais, Portugal

    Why: Five star slick décor and views of the Atlantic Ocean only 45 minutes from Lisbon, what more could you ask for?

    Price: Doubles from £49

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  • The Drake

    Where: Toronto, Canada

    Why: Each room echo’s the edgy Queen Street West location with furniture you’ll want to take home with you and sliding ladders a la Belle in Beauty and The Beast. And if you don’t want to leave the hotel one night, you can catch a live band in the basement downstairs.

    Price: Doubles from £111

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  • Hotel Les Dames Du Pantheon

    Where: Paris, France     

    Why: Paris may be the city of love, but it’s also a city of extortionate hotel prices. Thankfully the Hotel Les Dames Du Pantheon won’t send you in search of the green fairy to forget the damage. Elegant, vibrant rooms pay homage to iconic French women with themed decor touches.

    Price: Doubles from £131 

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  • Japamala Resort

    Where: Tioman Island, Malaysia

    Why: Tioman is the people’s convenient paradise. Located off the east coast of Malaysia, it’s a hell of a lot easier to get to than Bora Bora. Head back to nature in this treetop resort with walkways that skim the canopy and crystal clear waters that harbour colourful tropical fish. If Shipwrecked did luxury…

    Price: Doubles from £86

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  • The Charlie Hotel

    Where: Los Angeles, USA

    Why: Hollywood isn’t all about the glitz and glamour. A gem in West Hollywood, The Charlie oozes understated vintage elegance and once belonged to Charlie Chaplin (hence the name). And if you’re desperate for a bit of glam, Melrose Avenue is just two blocks away.

    Price: Studio from £140

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  • Artist Residence

    Where: Brighton, UK

    Why: Britain’s favourite beach town is always a good option for a staycation. The narrow cobbled streets of the Lanes, the pebbled beach and the hippy vibe can decompress even the hardest faced Brits. Artist Residence, as the name suggests, feature unique pieces of art throughout and complimentary tones and furniture. And bathtubs in the bedroom are always a win.

    Price: Doubles from £90

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  • Fiskardo Cottages

    Where: Kefalonia, Greece

    Why: Because if you say you haven’t dreamt of starring in your very own Mamma Mia, then you’re fibbing. Your own cottage oozing rustic charm with white-washed stone and wood complimented by stunning scenery sets the scene perfectly for your getaway.

    Price: From £114 for a cottage that sleeps 2-4. 

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  • Dar Seven

    Where: Marrakesh, Morocco

    Why: In the heart of the medina, Dar Seven has a Middle Eastern flavour with a European touch. Think minimalist riad vibes with gold touches, dark wood, linens and antiques littered throughout.

    Price: Doubles from £103

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  • Brody House

    Where: Budapest, Hungary

    Why: Crammed with creativity, Brody House is more than somewhere to hit the hay. It’s an arthouse-come-film location-come-hotel and that style extends to the bedrooms which are named after the artists who’s art hangs above your head.

    Price: Doubles from £49

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  • Blue Gum Country Estate

    Where: Hermanus, South Africa              

    Why: Two hours’ drive from Cape Town, between vineyards and whale watching spots sits Blue Gum Country Estates. Expect fireplaces, serenity and the option to do almost every outdoor you can think of – fishing, quad biking, horseriding or walking the rolling hills – at this family run farm that dates back to 1839.

    Price: A cottage from £93

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  • Elqui Domos

    Where: Elqui Valley, Chile

    Why: If Eden did geodesic luxury hotels, we’re pretty sure this is what they’d look like. Sleep under the stars in canvas domes which provide you with the best pod to gaze up towards the skies from.

    Price: Domes from £101

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  • 25 Hours Hotel Bikini

    Where: Berlin, Germany

    Why: If hammocks by floor to ceiling windows don’t sway you then perhaps the panoramic views of the city will. Or a view of the treetops of the zoo from your bedroom, the rooftop bar, the complimentary iPads or designer satchels made from old sails.

    Price: from £78 for a double

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  • The Ludlow

    Where: NYC, USA

    Why: Situated in the Lower East Side, each room is fitted with factory windows and repurposed wood features giving the authentic feel of a loft-apartment so beautiful you’d probably have to sell your soul to own it.

    Price: Doubles from £142 

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  • Kisiwa House

    Where: Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Why: Nestled among the twisting lanes of Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site, the family run Kisiwa House blends both Swahili hospitality and chic décor.

    Price: Doubles from £89

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  • Albany Ballantrae

    Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

    Why: A blue plaque building in the middle of Edinburgh, The Albany provides all the modern amenities you’d want amidst odes to its history.

    Price: Doubles from £55

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  • Shambala Petit Hotel

    Where: Tulum, Mexico

    Why: A few years ago, Tulum was nothing but a single street town and a pristine coast line. Now there are hotels along the beach and celebrity visitors. Shambala Petit harnesses that while hanging onto the original vibe of the area, so relaxed everyone is horizontal (literally) with daily yoga sessions and Instagram worthy quotes littered around the place.

    Price: Doubles from £143

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  • Hotel Yasmin

    Where: Prague, Czech Republic

    Why: Centrally located, the kooky design in the foyer makes this a step up from your usual budget hotel. Featuring silver orbs of like and huge orange furry cat’s tails (we think), it makes for a quirky base to explore the city from.

    Price: Doubles from £47

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