50 Totally Charming Hotels for Under $150
Chic, stylish, boutique--blah, blah, blah. What we want in a hotel is that unique mix of warmth and personality. In other words, we want it to be totally charming. Here are our picks, from Argentina to Vietnam.
Rooms are decorated with regional artwork and named after elements of the hotel's northwestern location, like La Vid, "the grapevine." Homemade bread and marmalades are served for breakfast; small cups of mistela, a local liquor, at bedtime ensure a good night's sleep. Information: 011-54/3868-491034, elcortijohotel.com, from $76, with breakfast and tax.
Art Hotel: $65
It may date to 1927, but Buenos Aires' Art Hotel is far from old-fashioned: There's a Jacuzzi in the roof garden and contemporary art in the gallery on the ground floor. The 35 rooms have hardwood floors, arched doorways, and canopy beds. Information: 011-54/11-4821-4744, arthotel.com.ar, from $65, with breakfast and tax.
Sea-U Guest House
After visiting Barbados for a writing assignment, German native Uschi Wetzels bought land in Bathsheba and built a seven-room hotel. Four are in a colonial-style house facing the sea; the others are in a whitewashed cottage decorated with rattan furniture. Information: 246/433-9450, seaubarbados.com, from $96, with breakfast.
Pousada do Caju
Hammocks on the seven-room inn's wraparound porch overlook palm trees. The ocean, 500 feet away, is visible from elevated bamboo platforms by the pool, where guests can enjoy a 45-minute massage for $30. Information: 011-55/82-3295-1103, pousadacaju.com, $92, with breakfast.
Having founded a successful kite-boarding store in São Paulo, Fabio De Maria needed a place to stay when kiteboarding. The first of his two pousadas on Brazil's northern coast is a collection of wooden bungalows and clay-brick apartments in the beach town of Jericoacoara. Information: 011-55/88-3669-2289, vilakalango.com.br, from $120, with breakfast.
Les Bons Matins
Harold Côté created a B&B from four adjacent town houses on a quiet street in downtown Montreal. The rooms have wooden floors and exposed-brick walls; flea market furniture and large funky paintings (made by Harold's brother, Benoît) add flair. Information: 800/588-5280, bonsmatins.com, from $122, with breakfast.
The Woodshire Inn
Inside this yellow clapboard Nova Scotian inn, pale walls and wood floors emphasize the building's high ceilings and large windows--and complement the handmade cedar canopy beds in each of the two rooms (six more will open in 2008). Information: 902/472-3300, thewoodshire.com, from $84, with breakfast.
The bathroom walls in all 13 wood bungalows are covered in tile mosaics of Mayan warriors and jungle motifs. There's a hammock on every porch, and an open-air restaurant where howler monkeys provide the sound track at breakfast. Information: 011-506/750-0018, shawandhalodge.com, from $85, with breakfast.
Hidden in a historic shopping arcade (a 19th-century glass-roofed alley lined with stores), Hôtel Chopin is a respite from the bustle of Paris. Rooms are painted in bright colors with matching floral curtains and bedspreads. The top floors have rooftop views of the 9th arrondissement. Information: 011-33/1-47-70-58-10, hotel-chopin.com, from $120, with tax.
Villa Vauréal: $116
Each of the two rooms and three suites at this Biarritz inn is named and decorated after a type of fruit (cherry, plum, peach, mango, raspberry) and comes with its own kitchenette. Owner Christine Rannou Ader makes the apricot and peach-apple jams served at breakfast, which you may enjoy in your room or by the lime trees on the terrace. Information: 011-33/6-10-11-64-21, villavaureal.com, from $116.