Cool new boutique hotels in Europe
Travelers looking for value and style are in luck: new affordable, design-conscious properties are opening up across Europe. Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotel Group’s boutique brand, now has an outpost in London, its first location outside North America, with plans for three more hotels in the city by 2012. The 64-room Hotel Indigo London Paddington (doubles from $185) is long on personality and perks—plasma TV’s, oversize beds, and lobby décor that changes seasonally. This month, CitizenM, which has a branch at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, expands into downtown with its second property, CitizenM Amsterdam City (doubles from $88). The rooms are small yet still manage to accommodate king-size beds, flat-screen TV’s, and wall-to-wall windows. A CitizenM hotel is due to open in Glasgow later this year. Also look for Spain’s hip Room Mate (doubles from $77) chain, set to open outposts in Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid.