World's Best New Boutique Hotels Under $150
We scoured the globe for the 20 best new boutique hotels under $150. You'll meet the owners; you'll kick back on your own private balcony; you'll eat homemade granola each morning; you'll never want to leave.
8. Uvita, Costa Rica
The 12 cabins at Oxygen Jungle Villas were constructed with a singular goal: to make you feel like you're the only person for miles. Blissfully isolated among barriers of tropical plants and vines, the one-bedroom villas come off like Swiss Family Robinson tree houses. Each has a private sun-deck, a sharply angled roof, and glass walls to maximize views of the Pacific Ocean a mile away. And considering the adults-only hotel never takes more than 24 guests at a time, it's hardly a stretch to believe the jungle is yours and yours alone. oxygenjunglevillas.com, from $139.
In a rare example of a marketing gimmick gone right, the Pantone Hotel delivers on the style standard that design geeks have come to expect from the namesake global color guru. Each of the property's seven floors is dedicated to a different hue—from vivid tangerine to cool sky blue to buttery yellow—which comes through mostly in accent pieces and artwork. White bedding, walls, and window dressings keep the 59 guest rooms in balance. Even the rooftop bar picks up the pigment theme, serving drinks named for the color codes they most closely resemble: Pink Champagne 12-1107, Lemon Drop 12-0736, and Daiquiri Green 12-0435, to name a few. pantonehotel.com, from $89.
10. Cornwall, U.K.
Cornwall's rugged cliffs, manicured gardens, and 300-plus public beaches have drawn British vacationers since the 1800s. Now the seaside retreat, four and a half hours west of London, has one more draw to add to the list: the Nearwater. At this whitewashed B&B in the town of St. Mawes, owners Tim and Amelia Whitaker have transformed a simple home into one of the area's sweetest small hotels. Bamboo floors, Danish teak furniture, and a mirror made from driftwood give Nearwater a light, nautical look, while the three rooms' beds are covered in sailor-striped wool blankets. Added to that, Amelia's homemade granola and pancakes are the perfect start to a day spent taking one of Tim's famous guided walks along the coast. nearwaterstmawes.co.uk, from $131 with breakfast.
For years, London's members-only clubs catered exclusively to their elite clienteles. But in April, the East End's Shoreditch House broke ranks and opened 26 rooms to the masses. While this technically means it's now a hotel, the Shoreditch sure doesn't feel like it: Antique telephones, oak tallboy chests, complimentary umbrellas, and bookshelves filled with board games and guidebooks speak to its heritage as a private club. Guests enjoy the same privileges as members, including access to the fourth floor's two-lane bowling alley and the trendy rooftop pool, which has views of the London Bridge. shoreditchhouse.com, from $116 for nonmembers.
Imagine arriving in Paris only to have some globe-trotting local hand you the keys to her apartment. That's the idea behind Bohème, a 366-square-foot, one-room hotel in the Montmartre district within walking distance of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the boutiques along rue de Clignan-court. The property is one of three apartment-style rentals run by the French boutique hotel firm Bed & Style. The sunlight-drenched space has a teak canopy bed, draped in scarlet curtains, and a daybed made of Indian acacia. In an alcove, visitors will find Bohème's most useful feature: a fully equipped kitchen stocked with Moroccan tableware. bedandstyle.com, sleeps three from $109.
13. Auvergne, France
Four hours south of Paris, a wilderness of pine forests, crystal-clear lakes, and volcanic peaks springs from the countryside. It's the kind of rugged landscape you'd expect in Montana, scattered with wild horses and wolves. Except here, at the Instants d'Absolu Ecolodge & Spa, you can also enjoy French food and creature comforts. Chocolate croissants and wildflower jam are set out each morning, and post-dinner cordials of lemony pine liqueur are served by the outdoor hot tub. Lest visitors get too relaxed, all 12 rooms have exploration-friendly binoculars and boots. ecolodge-france.com, from $115.