Travel Inspiration; Cheap But Chic International Hotels

Travel Inspiration; Cheap But Chic International Hotels

cheap doesn’t have to mean nasty…

It’s too easy to assume that stylish comes at a high price, we come across plenty of hotels that don’t compromise their chic just to be cheap. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites from around the world to prove that a reasonable price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a detestable room and non-existent amenities… here’s our favourite cheap but chic hotels, don’t forget to tell us about yours…


citizenM, Glasgow

After the success of their hotels in Amsterdam City and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, cheap chic hotel brand citizenM brought their design on a budget concept to Glasgow late last year. Their factory-built modular rooms ensure that construction costs are kept to a minimum, but – with design from Amsterdam’s award-winning Concrete and unique in-room technologies alongside a lobby full of iconic Vitra furniture and communal iMacs – you can rest assured that this isn’t just any budget city hotel…

Rooms from £49


YOTEL, New York

Launched by YO! Sushi founder, and former Dragon, Simon Woodroffe; YOTEL debuted at Gatwick and Heathrow in 2007, with the concept of transferring the first class airline experience into an upmarket Japanese-style pod hotel. Just a couple of blocks away from Times Square, YOTEL are now bringing budget style to Manhattan with their fun and stylish New York outpost. Featuring the city’s largest outdoor terrace, bars, a restaurant, gym and the rather curious left luggage robot, YOBOT, YOTEL New York has become an instant hit. If you fancy blowing the budget, the “first” cabins with hottubs and terraces are easily as good as some of Manhattan’s most desirable hotels…

Rooms from £90


Hotel V Frederiksplein, Amsterdam

Located between the up-and-coming bars and restaurants of the city’s De Pijp area, and the famed nightlife of Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein; the inspiring and positively laid-back Hotel V has a youthful, hip atmosphere with retro, caramel colour palettes and decadent vintage furnishings… that half-moon sofa and circular fireplace just scream Boogie Nights. The rooms, whilst not so lavishly furnished, are compact but continue the hipster exuberance; and, after all, this is Amsterdam, here’s betting you won’t be spending too long in them…

Rooms from £74


Room Mate Valentina, Mexico City

Located in and amongst the nightlife of Mexico City’s hip Zona Rosa district, the fabulously kitschy, Aztec-infused decor at Room Mate Valentina is enough to put anyone in the party mood. The Spanish hotel chain are famous for doing cheap and chic very well and, as they continue their onslaught of the Americas, their Mexican debut is no exception. Keeping it familiar, the hip hotel brand have employed long term collaborator, Spanish architect Tomas Alia, to give it that distinctive Room Mate frivolity and with some jaw-dropping rates to boot; Valentina is a must for fun-seekers on a budget in this vibrant metropolis…

Rooms from £41


Fresh Hotel, Athens

If ever a hotel’s name was more fitting… clean, edgy, bold with decidedly refreshing splashes of fluorescent colour; this centrally located Athens hotel is as Fresh as the icy cocktails you can enjoy on its impressive 9th floor terrace. Up there you can relax, sunbathe, swim and enjoy breathtaking views of the city’s iconic Acropolis before stepping back into the sleek, contemporary interiors below. A sauna and steamroom accompany the rooftop pool as part of the hotel’s fitness and relaxation offerings, whilst a Design Hotels stamp of approval confirm its cool-credentials; the only thing that’ll leave you puzzled is the refreshing price tag…

Rooms from £75


Riad Ariha, Marrakech

With its five beautifully refined suites, rooftop Bedouin tent with magical views of the Medina (old city) and the Atlas mountains and a traditional hammam; this beguiling, sophisticated Riad is the perfect retreat from Marrakech’s infamously wearing streets. The elegantly appointed rooms and blissful sound of trickling water at this atmospheric oasis may mean you’re not in a hurry to step back out into the chaos, but with the Riad Ariha‘s charming and accommodating staff on hand to help with anything from restaurant recommendations to trips to the Atlas mountains, you’d be a fool not to…

Rooms from £61


Hoxton Hotel, London

The Hoxton Hotel, launched by Pret à Manger’s Sinclair Beecham in 2006, is unfortunately still a bit of a rarity in its unique pricing structure, attitude and style. Setting out to offer a “no bullshit” hotel, Beecham did just that; shunning the quick buck to be made from stupidly expensive minibars and £20 breakfasts. With free water, free Pret breakfasts delivered to your door, an empty fridge and cheap drinks in the über-hip lobby, you could almost forget that you can pay as little as £1 for a night in London’s fashionable East End. If there was a definition for “chic but cheap” hotels, then the Hoxton is it…

Rooms from £1


Hotel Acta Mimic, Barcelona

Located in the arty, gritty El Raval district – formerly home to Picasso – the Hotel Acta Mimic is as creative as its location, yet thankfully not as seedy. Exposed concrete, fabulously original graphic façades and small but perfectly formed rooms; Acta Mimic is a decidedly hip base from which to make the very most of this city’s famous edginess…

Rooms from £75


42 The Calls, Leeds

An 18th Century riverside corn mill converted into a boutique hotel, 42 The Calls is a homely delight. Complimentary WiFi, homemade fudge and shortbread and an honesty bar bed you right in immediately, and the location’s a real treat; right on the River Aire but steps away from the city’s nightlife. The hotel’s former life is evident throughout the quaint rooms and suites, with oak beams, industrial girders, original mill mechanisms protrude and exposed brick walls accentuated by typically ’boutique’ furnishings. Friendly, stylish and picturesque, 42 The Calls is a city hotel with a luxurious country house vibe…

Rooms from £86

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