I set myself quite a task but I’m happy with the results. I’m bringing you a list of affordable hotels and hostels around the world that might just help your travel dreams come true.
With clean lines and bold colors, The Volkshotel takes on the flavor of the former occupants - the building was once the offices of De Volkskrant Newspaper. Located in the up-and-coming Amsterdam East near the Amstel River, many rooms have a terrific view. Rooms start at about $80.00.
This hotel claims to be ideal for those with “more dash than cash.” Steeped in historical significance, it has housed anyone from sailors to Titanic survivors. Step into the ballroom, a regally appointed venue for some great parties. Or hop onto one of their free bikes to explore the Meatpacking District close up. Rooms start at about $80.00.
With comfy rooms and lots of communal space, this recreation of the famous art deco hotels of the 30s come to life in fun and creative ways. Enjoy nearby walking tours, salsa lessons, bike riding and good eats. Close to Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road Mall. Beds start at about $65.00.
Located in an old refurbished mansion, this hostel is in the middle of a residential neighborhood but close to parks, bars, restaurants, and even the subway. There are lots of communal areas that make you feel like you’re just hanging out as your friend’s place. Lounge in the TV room, cook up some lunch in the kitchen, or swing in the hammocks. A great place to kick back and relax, especially with beds starting at about $15.00.
Both locals and travelers enjoy this cozy hostel. Located in the trendy Bairro Alto and Principe Real districts, the art deco delight is close to artsy shops, great local food and the St. George’s Castle. Relax in the secluded beer garden after a hard day shopping. Beds start at about $17.00.
This lovely art nouveau building houses many options - from single beds to apartment suites. Located just a 5 minute walk from Wencelas Square, a beautiful and historic area of the city, there are endless chances to soak up the local culture. For about $6.00, you can enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast buffet. Beds start at about $11, apartments start at about $55.00.
The One Day people have created a unique concept of combining work space with sleep space - you can rent a place to work, with full use of meeting rooms, internet, etc., and you can also stay at the hostel or rent a private room. Great for business travelers or freelancers. Located on lively Sukhumvit Road, and 5 minutes from the Sky Train. Beds start at about $18, private rooms with bathrooms start at about $68.
This quirky remodeled 4 story mansion sports eclectic furniture matched with frescoed ceilings and avant-garde street art by new local talent. Close to bars and eateries, as well as the metro and train to it’s a great base for your travels. Enjoy a beer on the rooftop with a great view of Acropolis. Beds start at about $27.00.
El Cosmico describes itself as a nomadic hotel and campground. Located in the desert just outside of Marfa, it offers a number of accommodation choices, including tents, yurts and teepees. There are vintage trailers, a hammock grove, and an outdoor stage. Most people come to see the mystery lights, an inexplicable phenomenon described by several witnesses. Safari tents with beds start at about $65.00.
Tucked in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, this boutique hotel offers an escape from nearby New York or for those just wanting to enjoy the mountainous surroundings. Rooms are kept minimal, but the communal areas such as the pool and fire pit invite the opportunity to mix and interact with other travelers. Bunks start at $99.
The Kex Hostel is located on the site of a former biscuit factory, and the three-story warehouse overlooks the waterfront. Decorated with salvage materials from its past pastry life, it also sports antique and second hand treasures as well as a 50’s style barber shop. Dorm beds start at about $30, and private rooms are available. Beds start at just $30 a night.
This hotel is considered to be one of the nicest in Vietnam. You’ll be treated to amenities such as a large swimming pool and fitness area, as well as a soothing garden and impressive art collection. Located on the premises are four fine dining establishments that offer a variety of cuisines. Rooms start at just $90.
This hotel follows the Japanese traditions of bold lines and wooden textures. Several room styles are available, and there’s a gallery on site featuring local artists for thoughtful souvenirs. On the rooftop prerace you might be able to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji. Room starts at $103, an excellent deal in the heart of Japan.
Overlooking Lake Wulpinsky, this tranquil hotel is like a modern fairytale, complete with hidey nooks and artistic renditions. The environment around the hotel and lake are some of the most beautiful in the world, and that fact isn’t lost on the owners, who are artists themselves and are continually inspired by the unique landscape. Rooms start at about $57.
Located in the heart of Buenos Aires in the Microcentro neighborhood, this hotel sits close to all the sights you want to see in the city. Beautifully appointed in both typical Argentine style and style borrowed from throughout the world, it includes the use of leather, textiles, and objects from all over the globe. Prices start at about $97.
The Grasshoppers Hotel could hardly be more conveniently located, being right next door to Central Station. Also close to other destinations worthy of attention, such as the Necropolis and Drygate Brewing, but a comfortable central location overall from which you can explore the entire city. Rates start at about $91.
Sitting right on the Giudecca waterfront, this renovated grain house is complete with impressive details, such as beautiful floor mosaics, Murano glass, and luxuriant curtains. Nearly all rooms come with a view, but the Sky Suite, while small, offers a stunning view of the city. Beds start at about $18, the Sky Suite goes for about $45.
This 5-star hotel is shockingly affordable with rooms starting at just $70.00 a night. Just a short distance from historic sites and traditional markets, you’ll have lots to explore, but the best part of staying at this gem is that many rooms have views of the pyramids of Giza! The hotel also offers a spa, a pool, and beautiful landscaped gardens.
The Sokha resort is located very close to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex, one of the most popular places in Cambodia. Stylish and serene, take advantage of the fine dining and the spa facilities. Only 10 minutes from the airport and close to local handcraft markets. Rooms start at $72 a night.
Located conveniently in the Uruca Distric of San Juan, this 4-star hotel is close to downtown attractions and not far from the train station, parks and the National Museum of Costa Rica. It features a spa, tropical landscape, a casino, and tennis court. Rooms start at around $81.
Located in downtown Buenos Aires, you might think you’re walking into a European Tudor style mansion. This 4-star hotel sits near many points of interest, and is full of luxurious amenities. Enjoy the outdoor spa, or head to the Claridge Bar, where you can enjoy a couple of drinks, fine menu items or even afternoon tea, if you are so inclined. Rooms start at about $70.
Movenpick Hotel is attractive for several reasons, but particularly because it is right in the city center yet close to the many ancient sites visitors love to see, including the ruins of Ephesus. The resort offers amenities such as a health club and fine dining, and it’s close to the bay and near the international airport. Rooms start at about $90.
Mostly catering to business travelers, The Pullman lies within a major business district in Beijing. However, this hotel isn’t all business. Guests can enjoy a cigar bar, an indoor heated pool and fine dining, Cantonese style. Close to Milu Park and about an hour away from major attractions such as Tainanmen Square and the Forbidden City. Rooms start at about $73 a night.
The Chatrium sits right in the middle of the business district do it attracts business clientele, but it provides a shuttle service to nearly all types of transportation that can take you anywhere in Bangkok and beyond. The hotel offers a spa, a fitness center and a lagoon-style swimming pool. Rooms start at about $70.
With rooms starting at $72, this boutique hotel, nestled in a quiet neighborhood, offers respite from the hustle and bustle of city life without sacrificing the convenience. They offer and extensive library of both fiction and nonfiction books for their guests, and the airport and city are just 10 to 15 minutes away. Rooms start at about $72.
Close to Bali’s famous beaches, this idyllic hotel offers the opportunity to mix luxury with simplicity. Swim in the infinity pool while viewing the lush green rice paddies. Enjoy the onsite spa or take part in the yoga studio to fully relax. Rooms start at an incredible $37.
Each room in this movie-themed hotel is dedicated to a particular star, so you could actually say you slept with Sean Penn or Meryl Streep . The retro-chic lobby even has a red carpet so you’ll feel like a star right from the start. Close to the Amara Metro Station, San Sebastian Cathedral and La Concha Beach. Rooms start at about $81.
Set among restaurants and shops, there’s lots to see right outside your door. The lobby is elegant and you can take advantage of the many amenities, such as a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and sauna, and bike rentals. Located near the Forbidden City and the National Art Museum of China. Rooms start at about $77.
Hong Kong is notoriously expensive, so this little jewel of a hotel will make it much more inviting. Located in the Causeway Bay, with ample restaurants and shopping to keep you busy. The communal areas are comfortable and earthy, and the hotel is often host to wine tastings and other interesting events. Rooms start at about $69.
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