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.
Hotel Posada Carmina
This 18th-century colonial home in San Miguel de Allende is now a 24-room hotel with wooden-beamed ceilings and a restaurant in the former stables. Some rooms face orange trees in the courtyard. Information: 011-52/415-152-88-88, posadacarmina.com, from $100, with breakfast and tax.
La Zebra Beach Cantina y Cabañas
Six miles from the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, La Zebra's nine thatched cabanas have beds draped in mosquito netting, handmade furniture, and Wi-Fi. The beachfront cantina serves pit-roasted pork and grilled snapper, and the bar stocks 50 types of tequila. Information: 011-52/998-112-3260, lazebra.com.mx, from $100, with breakfast and a bottle of tequila.
Staff at this Marrakech riad, or traditional Moroccan house, greet guests with cups of freshly brewed mint tea. Orange trees fill the courtyard by the hammam; everything, even the glass-and-metal lanterns on the roof terrace, is handcrafted. All 12 rooms have private baths; a pool will open by year's end. Information: 011-212/24-42-64-63, marrakech-riads.net, from $86, with breakfast and tax.
Ahmed Agouni and his French partner, Catherine Rophé, built their guesthouse--in the Atlas Mountains between Marrakech and Ouarzazate--with timber beams and earthen walls to blend in with nearby Berber villages. It's filled with rugs and lanterns found in souks. There's also a pool and a hammam. Information: 011-212/67-73-70-02, irocha.com, from $93, with breakfast, dinner, and tax.
The Iranian owner, Akbar Tamiz, transformed a 27-room hotel in Rotterdam into a colorful homage to world cultures--and a restaurant serving North African cuisine. Each room is unique: Tamiz searched Dubai markets for Persian carpets and commissioned local artists to paint African motifs on the walls. Information: 011-31/10-206-5151, bazarrotterdam.nl, from $102, with breakfast and tax.
Paul Lodder and his partner, Paul Westerman, transformed a 17th-century canal house in central Amsterdam into a five-room hotel filled with contemporary art and their personal antiques collection. Guests in 111, on the ground floor, look out on an 18th-century well with gleaming cherry-red tiles. Information: 011-31/20-638-6915, hotelorlando.nl, from $136, with breakfast and tax.
Amitee's on Ponsonby
Father and son accountants Ian and Mark Stewart were just looking for new office space when they stumbled across a lovely seven-room inn for sale in Auckland's Ponsonby neighborhood--with a separate apartment, which now doubles as their office and a business center for guests. Information: 011-64/9-378-6325, amitees.com, from $128, with breakfast and tax.
Hostal Casa de Campo
Alfredo Lozada Alfaro built chalet-like cottages, connected by terraces, stone steps, and gardens, on the slopes of San Blas with spectacular views over the rest of Cuzco. Some rooms come with a fireplace (one also has a kitchenette), but all are made with local materials, such as adobe, stone, and aguano masha wood. Information: 011-51/84-244404, hotelcasadecampo.com, $55, with breakfast and tax.
Casa da Moura
Like the name, the decor is inspired by the Moors, who once occupied the Algarve. In fact, all the sconces, tiles, fabrics, and carved wooden furniture in the two studios and six apartments were imported from Morocco. The building, constructed in 1892 for a wealthy Lagos family, has a pool and a rooftop terrace that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Information: 011-351/282-770-730, casadamoura.com, from $82, with breakfast and tax.
Monte do Papa-Léguas
The eight-room inn, in a restored farmhouse and barn in southern Portugal, is comfortably rustic. BMX bikes and trail maps are included in the room rate--the better to explore the surrounding Costa Vicentina nature reserve. Information: 011-351/283-961-470, montedopapaleguas.com, from $102, with breakfast and tax.