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.
Part stylish hotel, part traditional hostel, the Mosaic House is an experience all its own. Inside the six-story 1935 building, guests can opt for one of 64 private rooms (from $26) or one of 30 shared spaces—for nearly half the cost (from $15). While the atmosphere skews toward the casual (think board games and beanbag chairs in the lounge), the decor is more upscale: Each room is done up in chocolate brown, burgundy, and gold, and is accented with quirky touches like closet rods made of tree branches and tables fashioned from salvaged-wood beams. mosaichouse.com, from $15.
15. Tel Aviv, Israel
Aspiring creative types will feel right at home in the new Art Plus Hotel: Five of Israel's leading artists painted huge nature-inspired murals on the first-floor walls, and there's a video installation running on a loop in the lobby. Concrete floors and stark-white walls serve as a backdrop to eye-popping furniture, like the purple Pantone chairs in the library, where free happy-hour wine, fruit, dips, and sandwiches are served amid a collection of art books. All 62 rooms are decked out with king beds backed by metallic-gray vinyl headboards, glass-topped desks, and '60s-era armchairs. And if inspiration strikes, each has crayons, watercolors, and sketch pads on hand. atlas.co.il, doubles from $120 with breakfast.
16. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Before returning to his native Thailand to open La Bhu Salah hotel, chef Vatcharin Bhumichitr perfected his recipes as a restaurateur in London for 20 years (he also wrote 10 popular cookbooks). At the combination hotel and cooking school in the jungle-covered hills north of Chiang Mai, visitors can sample Bhumichitr's unique takes on traditional Thai dishes at the restaurant and then sign up for one of his individual or group classes. Local artisans also lead on-site batik, ceramics, and jewelry-making courses, while evenings are filled with folk music concerts and performances of traditional Lanna dancing. La Bhu's 13 rooms are spread across five 2-story wooden houses, each with an open-air art studio on the ground floor. bhusalahchiangmai.com, from $21.
Far from the city's high-rises in a 104-year-old shop house, The Bhuthorn channels Bangkok's royal past. The three jasmine-scented rooms are all named for a different Thai prince (the Grand Palace is a five-minute walk away) and filled with treasures from the owners' travels across Southeast Asia: Burmese teak beds, quilts stitched from sarongs, woven rattan chaises. Afternoon tea is served in the leafy courtyard and is usually capped off with an assortment of traditional sweets gathered from family-owned shops in Old Town, the surrounding neighborhood. thebhuthorn.com, from $102 with breakfast.
18. Luang Prabang, Laos
Positioned on a hill overlooking the Mekong River, the year-old BelleRive Boutique Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Luang Prabang's unique Buddhist and French-colonial influences. The eight light-filled rooms are spread across two buildings—including a former mayor's residence—shaded by tamarind and frangipani trees. All rooms come with river views and four-poster rosewood beds draped with elephant-adorned silk runners and enclosed by sheer white curtains that double as mosquito nets. Best touch: Free bikes are on hand for guests to use to discover the town's temples, monasteries, and cafés. thebellerive.com, from $110 with breakfast.
19. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The last thing you'd expect to find in Vietnam's hyper-kinetic capital is a tranquil French retreat, but such is the pleasant surprise of Ma Maison. Run by Natasha Long, a Saigon local, the inn is housed in a 70-year-old colonial villa remodeled to evoke French country life. Walls are painted in soft yellows and greens, while the 12 rooms have blond-wood beds and desks with gold-leaf details. The hotel's bistro completes the vibe, with a menu full of French fare such as braised chicken with mushrooms. Add to that thoughtful touches like the complimentary mobile phones with free local service and an affable cat, Mr. Sushi, and you'll be feeling like family in no time. mamaison.vn, from $70 with breakfast.
20. Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Sojourn Boutique Villas is the rare resort that soothes your body and soul all at once. The 10 red-and-white bungalows are just a few miles from the iconic temples of Angkor, so guests can spend their days wandering among 12th-century Buddhist ruins and their evenings soaking in the palm-tree-fringed saltwater pool. All that relaxing comes with the peace of mind that Sojourn donates a portion of its proceeds to clean-water initiatives and English lessons for residents of the nearby Treak Village. sojournsiemreap.com, from $100 with breakfast.