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.
Brothers Ruís and Luis Graça filled 13 rooms and apartments--which are spread out over cottages, two restored farmhouses, and a barn in two neighboring locations on the coast between Lisbon and the Algarve--with their grandparents' antiques and art created by relatives. Information: 011-351/913-619-939, naturarte.pt, from $123, with breakfast and tax.
The Old Gin House
Built from ballast bricks, The Old Gin House, in the Caribbean Netherlands Antilles, was once an 18th-century cotton factory. It's now an 18-room hotel with two restaurants; guests sleep in sleigh beds and sun themselves by the freshwater pool. Information: 011-599/318-2319, theoldginhouse.com, from $135, with breakfast.
Philip Uys bought a 19th-century hotel near the Langeberg Mountains and furnished it with a jumble of modern pieces (including wooden cubes and rice-paper chandeliers) and kitschy touches (giant portraits of drag queens). Half of the 14 rooms have shared bathrooms, while the other "luxury" rooms come with private baths, breakfast, and a bottle of South African wine. Information: 011-27/28-572-1226, thebarrydale.co.za, budget $50, luxury $80, with tax.
Southern Right Hotel
During the 2003 renovation of this historic Western Cape hotel, the owners tore down the crumbling ballroom and built an ocean-view terrace in its place. The eight rooms benefit from high ceilings, large windows, original wood floors, and local artwork. Information: 011-27/21-782-0314, southernrighthotel.com, from $90, with breakfast and tax.
Callejón del Agua
Trimmed with intricate wrought-iron grillwork, candelabras, sconces, and railings, Callejón del Agua's 16 spacious rooms are painted in bold red-striped designs; six have street-side balconies. For a look at La Giralda--Seville's iconic bell tower--climb the stairs to the hotel's roof deck. Information: 011-34/954-219-189, callejondelagua.es, from $82, with tax.
Casa del Capitel Nazari
Just a short walk from the Alhambra, Granada's Moorish fortress, the former Renaissance-era palace has 17 rooms (with wooden-beam ceilings, tile floors, and traditional Andalusian-style furniture) around a courtyard. Information: 011-34/958-21-52-60, hotelcasacapitel.com, from $116.
The Town House
The nine-room inn in the middle of Marbella combines the character of its 19th-century structure (marble floors, skylights, exposed-wooden-beam ceilings) with the light, airy aesthetic of its Swedish owner. There's also a rooftop terrace with views of La Concha mountain. Information: 011-34/952-90-17-91, townhouse.nu, from $150, with breakfast and tax.
Once the private home of a sultan's counselor, this seven-room hotel reflects Arab and Swahili styles with antique furniture and hardwood beds. Coffee beans from the hotel's farm in Tanzania are roasted and ground on-site. Information: 011-255/24-2239-319, riftvalley-zanzibar.com, from $75, with breakfast and tax.
Old Bangkok Inn
The three shops that now make up the Old Bangkok Inn have been in the Tulyanond family for seven generations. In 2004, the shops were converted into a 10-room B&B decorated along floral themes: lotus, rose, orchid, lemongrass, jasmine, and rice. Information: 011-66/2629-1787, oldbangkokinn.com, from $99, with tax.
Shanghai Inn: $87
Opened last year in Bangkok's Chinatown, the 55-room Shanghai Inn reflects the neighborhood's glamorous past. The decor--purple walls, pink orchids, and orange draperies--is bold; birdcages hang in bathrooms to make guests feel as if they're showering en plein air. Breakfast, with Chinese tea, is served in a ruby-red teahouse. Information: 011-66/2221-2121, shanghai-inn.com, from $87, with breakfast and tax.