Looking for an inspiring stay that doesn’t break the bank? Look no further, Associate Editor Emily Cater’s got you covered.
Today creatives and corporate companies alike are working with smaller budgets and tighter calendars; Yet finding somewhere to stay that offers individuality, uniqueness, and great facilities is just as important for business and leisure travel. Somewhere that connects with it’s local surroundings, and really tells a story is key too. So if you’re looking for inspiring spots around the globe that are anything but dull, and won’t cost a fortune, check out some of these great hotels in some of our favourite cities:
Wibautstraat 150/ 31 (0)202612100
Previously the headquarters of newspaper De Volkskrant, hip Volkshotel is based in East Amsterdam near the lively De Pijp district, taking over what was a dilapidated building. Redesigned and smartened up by Urban Resort Foundation alongside architect Steven Steenbruggen and interiors studio Muller van Tol, the building now houses 172 rooms, a restaurant, a workspace area and a speakeasy bar in the basement. Nine of the rooms have received bespoke design from individual local artists and creatives, while references to the newspaper still exist and can be seen dotted around the hotel.
33 Regency Square BN1 2GG / 44 (0)12 7332 4302
This cute, colourful and homely hotel offers 23 rooms within a pretty townhouse in seaside town Brighton, offering two restaurants, a cocktail bar, and ping-pong room, centrally-located in the historic Regency Square boasting fantastic sea-views towards the West Pier. The room interiors mix the rustic with the eclectic, with exposed brick walls, freestanding baths and artworks by local creatives are just some of the features here.
42 Adler Street E1 1EE / 44 (0)20 3021 3300
A budget hotel with a difference, this stylish Dutch hotel chain offers super comfortable rooms (‘Cubis’), and cozy public areas complete with an open fire and local art work on display. With rooms starting from only £59 this is a great budget hotel option in buzzing East London.
Hotel Cappuccino, Seoul
155 Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu / 82 (0)2 2038 9500
Stylish new Hotel Cappuccino manages to incorporate sustainability into the whole experience. Catering to savvy young travellers, the hotel offers a range of room types from industrial chic, warm and rusty and all-white minimalism to nostalgic youth (a quad room with bunk beds). A must-try for the young urban traveller.
Hobrechtstrasse 66 12047 / 49 (0)30 37305806
In Berlin’s upcoming district Neukölln, Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer have created a whimsical little universe in an ancient vacuum cleaner factory, turning an old factory into a small hotel. In an effort to keep the industrial feel of the hall without building separate rooms they came up with the idea of Hüttenpalast. Three revamped caravans and three wooden cabins make up this cosy camp-inspired rest stop. Each caravan and hut has been individually designed by a range of artists from around the world and hosts a space in front of it so guests can hang out and have a chat with their next-door campers. The attached cafe and restaurant offers mostly vegetarian meals while there are plans to grow the onsite garden so that it becomes the main source of fresh ingredients.
Yurbban Trafalgar, Barcelona
Carrer de Trafalgar, 30 08010 / 34 93 2680727
Created with the desire to ‘unite the concept of urban tourism and essence of the true local living’, Yurban is a vintage-style hotel with modern touches, based in the heart of the city. We love the rooftop pool for those balmy summer months.
Hotel CPH Living, Copenhagen
Langebrogade 1C / 45 61608546
For a stylish, yet quirky stay, check out Copenhagen’s only floating hotel, consisting of 12 contemporary rooms, each with harbour and city views. CPH Living boasts modern bathrooms with rainforest showers, a communal sundeck for summertime lounging, and a fantastic central location close to all the local sights such as Christianshavn, as well as the city centre, all at a super affordable pricepoint.
Bklyn House, New York
9 Beaver Street 11206 / 1 718 388 4433
Immerse yourself in the flourishing art and culinary scene of burgeoning Bushwick with this new boutique hotel. Its stripped back, comfortable rooms adopt a sleek interior design featuring the work of local artists, with the overall ambience creating a loft-like feel.
2727 Indian Creek Drive / 1 305 531 2727
This styled-out stay brings the design hostel trend to Miami. It features bright colours, bunk beds and communal spaces that span from a vegetable garden to a pool. Art classes and a restaurant/bar complete the experience.
Drake Hotel, Toronto
1150 Queen Street West / 1 416 531 5042
The Drake Hotel lives up to its reputation as one of the coolest digs in town – equipped with a lively bar scene and a cafe renowned for its brunch. Drake Underground features new bands, while the rooftop bar enjoys seasonal makeovers from taco huts to fire pits.
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