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.
Hôtel Eldorado, in Paris's 17th arrondissement, radiates disheveled charm both inside and out; manager Anne Gratacos continually decorates the hotel with her flea market finds. Breakfast is served on the verdant backyard terrace or in the cozy ground-floor bistro. Information: 011-33/1-45-22-35-21, eldoradohotel.fr, $99, with tax.
The Anemomilos is high on the cliffs of Folegandros Island; most of the 16 studio balconies face the Aegean Sea. Inside, muted-blue bedspreads and striped couches are softer versions of the intense hues outdoors. Information: 011-30/22860-41309, anemomilosapartments.com, $116, with tax.
Karagiannopoulou Traditional Mansion
When the Karagiannopoulou family turned an 18th-century home on the Pelion peninsula into a hotel, it kept the hand-painted ceilings in the six rooms and the stained-glass windows in the living room. Information: 011-30/24230-867-17, karagiannopoulou.com, from $109, with breakfast and tax.
Auberge Les Petits Saints
This nine-room creole-style cottage is on a hill on Terre-de-Haut island, off the southern coast of Guadeloupe. Bright colors abound: Walls are painted shades of pink, lavender, and green. Both the restaurant and the pool have stunning bay views. Information: 011-590/590-995-099, petitssaints.com, from $123, with breakfast.
Desa Seni, or "art village," opened in 2006 after the owners dismantled 23 traditional houses from different Indonesian islands and reassembled them in Bali. Ten guesthouses now have air-conditioning and antique teak furniture. Fruit baskets are delivered daily; there are free yoga classes and a saltwater pool; and two beaches are a 10-minute walk away. Information: 011-62/361-844-6392, desaseni.com, from $150, with breakfast and transfers.
On a hillside near Erice, Sicily, with sweeping views of Mount Cofano and the Gulf of Cornino, the hotel has 62 rooms that are split between a renovated 17th-century farmhouse and a newer building with similar stonework. Rooms have Ericini rugs and wrought-iron bed frames. Information: 011-39/092-389-1111, bagliosantacroce.it, from $147, with breakfast and tax.
Opened in 1999 by Los Angeles transplants Steve Brenner and Linda Martinez, Rome's Beehive hotel has spacious rooms with beaded lamps and surfing-inspired prints on the walls. The hotel is nonsmoking, and the restaurant is vegetarian and organic. Information: 011-39/064-470-4553, the-beehive.com, from $82, with tax.
Once the royal residence of Prince Alessandro Filangieri II, this 17th-century palace in Palermo, Sicily, has original hand-painted frescoes, a courtyard, a grand marble staircase, and 24 rooms, some with balconies. Information: 011-39/091-616-5727, albergoorientale.191.it, from $89, with breakfast and tax.
Named after the sugar mills in Veracruz, Azúcar is a collection of 20 white bungalows--each with air-conditioning and TV in addition to a private terrace with a hammock--connected by a stone path. Chill out in a beach palapa, on pink cushions by the pool, or in the open-air library, lined with shelves of architecture, art, and design books. Information: 800/728-9098, mexicoboutiquehotels.com/azucar, from $120.
Bahía de la Luna
Bahía de la Luna's 11 thatched-roof cabanas edge a white-sand beach in Oaxaca State. Local carpenters built tree trunks into furniture; comals, or ceramic tortilla plates, are framed in bamboo and hung on walls. Information: 011-52/958-589-5020, bahiadelaluna.com, from $60, with breakfast and tax.