10 Dream Hotels You Didn’t Know You Could Afford To Stay In

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While traveling is fun, the costs that come with it are not, and accommodations are a large part of your travel experience. Staying at the right place can make the difference between a good holiday and one you’ll remember forever.

There shouldn’t be any need to be discouraged about the price of staying in a great place, you can find many highly-rated hotels for much cheaper than you might have thought.

These ten hotels are so dreamy, you’ll be surprised to know they’re also incredibly affordable.

1. Hotel La Semilla – Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Hotel La Semilla in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is unique to an area where happy hours and all-inclusive wristbands rule. This soothing spot focuses on relaxation. Husband and wife team Alexis Schärer and Rodriquez opened La Semilla in 2014 after working together at a hotel in New York. They spent time in Mexico City and the Yucatán, combing through flea markets for furniture and old hacienda finds. The hotel’s bedrooms all have a booklet that explains the history of the room’s furniture, including an old pirate chest discovered in a house in Mérida and a lamp made from a showerhead used in public pools in the mid-1900s.

The couple’s presence and hospitality are as carefully curated as La Semilla’s décor. Think freshly baked cookies, homemade dreamcatchers, and free laundering services. Schärer and Rodriquez are always around to offer their suggestions to those visiting the area. It’s obvious, and appreciated, that these two have backgrounds deeply rooted in the hotel business.

Price: Doubles from about $178

Address: Hotel La Semilla, Calle 38 SN Mz. 4 Lote 3, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

Telephone: +52 984 147 3234

2. Hotel Providence – Paris, France

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Hotel Providence’s owner Pierre Moussié also runs the popular brasserie Chez Jeannette, so you know right away he has a focus on food. Located in a restored building from the 1850s on a quiet corner, the hotel’s retro bistro concept is something out of a movie. It truly is the dream Parisian pied-à-terre. Each room features tropical-leaf-print velvet wallpaper, antique crystal chandeliers, brass clothes racks, and oak parquet floors.

The custom-made cocktail bar features a built-in ice shaker and a mini-bar filled with rum and ginger beer so you’re fully prepared for cocktail hour. The claw-foot tub and organic toiletries make the bathroom a place you’ll want to hang out in. Of course, we have to mention the hotel’s restaurant menu. From oysters to comfort food like truffle-studded mashed potatoes, there really is no reason to leave Hotel Providence.

Price: Doubles from about $185

Address: Hotel Providence, 90 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, France

Telephone: +33 146 34 34 04

3. Le Riad Berbère – Marrakech, Morocco

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Le Riad Berbère in Marrakech, Morocco, is in an area punctuated by food stalls and barbershops, a general hubbub overcrowds the hotel’s surroundings. But inside is a different story. It smells of incense, there are a courtyard and garden, and candlelit dinners are happening on the rooftop terrace. It’s magical in every sense of the word, and it’s affordable.

There are only three rooms in the hotel, all of which boast hand-painted cedarwood ceilings and bejmat floor tiles. One of the managers at Le Riad Berbère, Ingrid Debertry, and four other Marraskshi women prepare home-cooked meals, teach yoga classes, and give manicures and massages like no other. The staff can give incredible insight into Moroccan culture.

Price: Doubles from about $92

Address: Le Riad Berbère, 23 Derb Sidi Ahmed Ben Nasser Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Morocco

Telephone: +212 524 381 910

4. Ard Na Sidhe Country House – Country Kerry, Ireland

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The magical Ard Na Sidhe Country House in Ireland is as whimsical as hotels get, its name translates to ‘hill of the fairies’ in Gaelic. Built in 1912, this Country Kerry establishment has been housing travelers for over a hundred years. And of course, the dining room serves up authentic Irish breakfasts, including the likes of mountain lamb.

Each of the eighteen bedrooms is unique, yet they all boast a welcoming and restful vibe, immediately making you feel at home. The gardens are home to trees, hydrangeas, magnolias, and roses. They sweep down to Caragh Lake, where you can fish for salmon or take the hotel’s rowing boat out for a spin.

Price: Doubles from about $166

Address: Ar Na Sidhe Country House, Caragh Lake House, Glannagilliagh, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Telephone: +353 66 976 9105

5. Casa Modesta – Olhão, Portugal

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In Olhão, Portugal you’ll find the renowned Casa Modesta. It’s a hideaway kept relatively secret since it’s tucked away and in a somewhat off-the-grid location. The hotel overlooks salt marches and deserted beaches, it’s surprising this hotel is half the price than other hotspots in the nearby area. It’s a family affair at Casa Modesta; Owner Carlos Fernandes named this tranquil spot after his mother, his grandfather originally built the place, and his architect sister transformed it to be more sustainable.

The two buildings of the hotel are Arabic-inspired. Each suite has a sunken stone tub and a private rooftop terrace. Hungry? Casa Modesta’s menu features fresh olive bread, dried fruits, cheeses, honey, olives, and almonds from the garden. If you’re a seafood lover, try their octopus, squid, shrimp, and mackerel. After dinner, you can see the migration of flamingos and sandpipers from Africa when you bike along the Ecovia do Literal, a cycle lane linking the towns of Olhão and Tavira.

Price: Doubles from about $112

Address: Casa Modesta, Quatrim do Sul, Olhão, Portugal

Telephone: +351 289 701 096

6. SP34 – Copenhagen, Denmark

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SP34 in the Latin Quarter of Copenhagen, Denmark, is a stylish place with a hip aesthetic. The hotel is filled with polished concrete, eclectic artwork, and lofty ceilings. The hotel’s 118 bedrooms are furnished with mid-century wood-and-leather headboards, brass lamps, and trendy bathrooms.

While it may seem pretentious due to its cool look, we can assure you SP34 is as friendly as it is welcoming, travelers range from backpackers to families with young children. The hotel’s check-in desk offers free coffee during the day and wine in the evening. An on-site library is stocked with books on Nordic food and architecture. There’s even a restaurant inside, quirkily named Cocks and Cows.

Price: Doubles from about $130

Address: SP34, Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 København, Denmark

Telephone: +45 3395 7700

7. BB Quartopiano – Modena, Italy

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A few years ago, Alessandro Bertoni, former maître’d at the widely regarded restaurant Bottura in Modena, opened Quartopiano with his partner, Antonio di Resta. There are only two bedrooms, one is set inside a metal conservatory. Each room has wooden desks, statuettes, cinema seats, and sheet music. And the Sonos speaker system continuously streams jazz music from the 1950s.

The hotel transports you back in time and fits in well in Modena, where everything is seemingly enticing and unassuming. The kitchen is just up a staircase from the hotel’s living room, where, in the mornings, there will be fresh coffee and croissants. The best Negronis in town are right around the corner at Cotton Club.

Price: Doubles from about $132

Address: BB Quartopiano, Via Bonacorsa, 27, 41121 Modena MO, Italy

Telephone: +39 348 018 91 12

8. Rivertown Lodge – Hudson, New York

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Rivertown Lodge is located in one of New York’s more creative communities, Hudson. So it’s no surprise when you see the creativity put into the construction of this former-cinema turned 27-room getaway. The building has been around since the 1920s and owner Ray Birkle has kept so much of the history intact with vintage decor, including custom-made furniture, potbelly stoves in the kitchen, and a rolled-bronze bar.

The hotel has its modern accents as well, including cherry-wood beds and raw brass fixtures. Rivertown Lodge is the epitome of comfort. Some beds are even surrounded by books. The hotel’s tavern is serving a menu that features steak with dandelion greens and scallop crudo.  

Price: Doubles from about $178

Address: Rivertown Lodge, 731 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534, United States  

Telephone: +1 518 512 0954  

9. Stone House – Bali, Indonesia

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The town of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, can feel hectic at times, with numerous tourists and locals taking up the roads and sidewalks. Stone House, just over three miles north of Ubud, is a break from the chaos. The pool is made of hand-cut stone, the steps of the hotel are covered in flower petals, and the whole place is surrounded by green palms.

American couple Walker Zabriskie and Wendy Kassel opened this incredible B&B not too long ago, decorating using sustainable wood, Kassel’s own art on the walls, and a salvaged wall from a Japanese palace. There are three villas on site, each with unique styles. Start your day with chilled coconut water, fresh fruit, and eggs with red chilis.

Price: Doubles from about $198

Address: Stone House, Jalan Tirta Tawar, Kutuh Kaja, Petulu, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Telephone: +62 822 4725 5745

10. Rooms Hotel – Tbilisi, Georgia

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First inhabited in 479AD, Tbilisi, in the country of Georgia, sits in a valley basin, framed by snow-capped mountains and a river running through. Visiting feels like going back in time. One of the newest additions to Tbilisi is the Rooms Hotel in the Vera neighborhood. Formerly a publishing house, the hotel’s design is inspired by its past, along with Brooklyn influenced details.

The library has both an open fire and electronic club-beats. Downstairs is filled with velvet curtains and Chesterfield sofas. Bedrooms feature silk wallpaper and bathroom are made with subway-tile. Walk across the street to Lolita for beer and sweet-potato fries. The restaurant boasts big windows facing a leafy courtyard. Don’t miss out on their dumplings, filled with broth and meat.

Price: Doubles from about $198

Address: Rooms Hotel, 14 Merab Kostava Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

Telephone: +995 322 020 099

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