Traveling to Europe can be extremely expensive. Fortunately there are gems like Brody House in Budapest. Budapest's first private members' club and guesthouse, the spaces oozes cool factor, with artisan touches, and a thriving onsite community. There are just eight rooms, plus an apartment, all showcasing young artists.
Trip Advisor users rate it a five out of five, including this high endorsement: "My wife and I stayed at Brody House and had a fantastic time. The old converted building is one of the most unique and beautiful places we've ever stayed."
I dream of Bali, and now, this hotel. Rooms look divine, as does the serene pool nestled amid lush greenery. While tourism has saturated Bali with overpriced luxury properties, this tranquil space channels Bali pre-Eat Pray Love.
Mathew on Trip Advisor agrees. "Wow wow wow. That's all I can say. Well not actually … I can't recommend this hotel more highly. The location is great for fabulous local restaurants, and the staff were so welcoming and knowledgeable … It was like a home away from home. The gardens were immaculate and quiet, but near enough action when we needed it ... Sapodilla will have a special place in my memories."
Bangkok is a cosmopolitan wonder, filled with vibrant food, color, and culture. Five-star hotels also regularly come in under $100 a night. This favorite ranks in the top 10 of all hotels in Bangkok on Trip Advisor. Elegant yet modern, rooms are gleaming white and feel ultra indulgent. Writes Mark L., "Really loved our time in Akara hotel, felt like a celebrity for the duration of our stay, all the staff were so polite and mannerly and couldn't do enough for us. The hotel food was some of the best we've had in Thailand."
Forget the Catskill lodges your grandparents dragged you to for family reunions (oh, just me?), The Roxbury is more than worth the schlep. Unlike dated B&Bs nearby, the Roxbury is whimsically over the top with eclectic design and funky themed rooms. It has several hundred five-star reviews praising its "fun, quirky" atmosphere.
This small hotel in Playa Carrillo channels Costa Rica's signature Pura Vida vibes with a friendly, laid-back feel. The architecture has Mediterranean touches, and guests enjoys perks like breakfast included and beach shuttles. As one Trip Advisor traveler notes, the hotel surpasses all others with its customer service: "You feel like family."
Got beignets on the brain? Me too, which is why I've calculated that The Lafayette Hotel in New Orleans is not only classic and tasteful, but just a 20 minute walk, or quick drive, to Café Du Monde's glorious plates of powdered sugar and fried dough. Starting at $87 a night and with four stars, it's easy to see why another traveler called it a "lovely hotel and the only place I stay at when I'm in New Orleans."
Before Tulum became an influencer's playground, it was a low-key beachside escape that favored connecting with nature over staging the perfect selfie. Las Palmas Maya honors those idyllic roots, with a treehouse-like abode ensconced in the jungle, across the street from fresh surf. Rooms are bare bones and simple, but starting at $39 a night, that's the true Tulum.
I once stayed at this tiny boutique hotel with an ex-boyfriend. The relationship was a bust, but my memories of the adorable property remain. The quaint, peaceful space is wrapped around a charming inner courtyard, with well-kept rooms steeped in character. It's a bit removed from the city center, but feels more authentic this way, like you've stumbled onto a wonderful local secret.