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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.

Ma Maison, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Courtesy Ma Maison)

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1. Las Vegas
More Palm Springs–chic than Las Vegas–bling, Rumor is a far cry from most Sin City resorts. Just a few blocks off the Strip, the two-story hotel trades the buzz of slot machines for a tranquil palm-and-pool-studded courtyard, complete with hammocks on the lawn and a DJ who spins classic rock on the pool deck. The 150 rooms are all done in Rumor's signature color palette of purple and cream, from the fresh orchids on the desk right down to the lavender-scented bubble bath. rumorvegas.com, from $89.

2. Chicago
After opening in January, Longman & Eagle became one of Chicago's most sought-after restaurants, known for rich comfort food like house-made pork sausage and ricotta pasta. But it was missing a crucial ingredient: a place to crash after dinner. Last month, Longman's owners solved the issue by unveiling six guest rooms upstairs—done in the same cozy decor as the pub. longmanandeagle.com, from $75.

3. Lancaster, Pa.
Pennsylvania Amish country has never lacked appeal—antiques markets, covered bridges, farm-fresh foods. It was finding an appealing hotel that was hard. No longer. Last spring, the Cork Factory Hotel opened in a 145-year-old redbrick foundry, still equipped with its huge, original glass-paned windows. The 77 rooms are within walking distance of a 120-year-old market, where farmers still hawk their wares every week. corkfactoryhotel.com, from $139 with breakfast.

4. Adams, Mass.
When owners Nana Simopoulos and Caryn Heilman set out to restore a 19th-century brick boardinghouse in the Berkshires, they didn't just strive for eco-conscious design—it was more like eco-perfection. Nearly everything in the eight-room Topia Inn is organic, from the breakfast of banana bread, spinach quiche, and fair-trade coffee to the plush mattresses made of chemical-free cotton. Even the walls are plastered with bright, earth-friendly clay, which makes them cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and inviting all year long. topiainn.com, from $125.

5. St. Pete Beach, Fla.
Set on a quiet strip of white sand 35 minutes southwest of Tampa, the Postcard Inn on the Beach is a dose of Florida Keys flair transported to the mainland. Each of the 196 rooms is wallpapered with surfing photos and accented with vintage lamps, while the lobby has its own macramé art installation and colorful surfboards. The effect is an overwhelmingly casual vibe that continues out in the garden, where Adirondack chairs surround a fire pit and the beachfront bar serves blackened tilapia sandwiches and bacon-and-jalapeño-wrapped shrimp—perfect snacks for Postcard's dive-in movie nights, when surf, travel, and classic films are projected above the pool. postcardinn.com, from $99 with breakfast.

6. Acapulco, Mexico
Long before Cancún or Cabo, Acapulco was the king of Mexican resort towns—and the Hotel Boca Chica was its crown jewel, drawing everyone from Elvis to the Rat Pack. Now, after a three-year remodel, the Boca Chica has regained its former sparkle. The 36 rooms are lacquered white and flooded with light, and all have private balconies. Meanwhile, old Hollywood touches throughout—like lamps made from conch shells and latticed brickwork—serve as ever-present reminders of its storied past. hotelbocachica.com, from $95.

7. Granada, Nicaragua
It's one thing to stay in the heart of a Spanish colonial city—and quite another to stay in a Spanish-colonial mansion. Located smack in the middle of Granada's historic district, the sprawling 19th-century Hotel Spa Granada has five garden courtyards, a lagoon-like swimming pool in the center, and 15 expansive guest rooms (some with ceilings as high as 18 feet) that are decorated with handicrafts from a local artisan. A free spa treatment is included with every night of your stay, but the rates are so shockingly affordable—a 60-minute massage is $20, an aloe facial is $10—that a full day of pampering hardly qualifies as a splurge. hotelspagranada.com, from $49 with breakfast.

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