16 Hotels With Five-Star Style for Less Than $200 a Night
There’s no need to suffer through vacation envy just because you’re not willing to splurge on the 6-star resort pulled straight out of heaven. These hotels get it right when it comes to design, service, and all-around excellence—and none will cost you more than $200 a night.
Hoxton in Amsterdam
Make this your home base for exploring the culture capital of the Netherlands—which generally has a shortage of affordable rooms. Not only does it offer a prime location overlooking both the Herengracht and Singel canals, Hoxton also has a lovely restaurant with a retractable glass roof where you can snack on Bitterballen al fresco.
Starting price: $100
Arctic Light Hotel in Finland
Have an obsession with polar bears? So does the cozy Arctic Circle, where the rooms have massive black-and-white photographs featuring the endangered species. Arctic Light Hotel’s building itself is a site to be seen—it was once the City Hall of Rovaniemi—but you’re here to gaze at the Northern Lights, sled with huskies, and maybe even catch Santa Claus on his own dream vacation.
Starting price: $156
Casa La Concha in Marbella, Spain
We can’t get enough of this low-slung coastal charmer, with its thatched outdoor walkways and Moorish-inspired, white-on-white furnishings. It’s the perfect place to cozy up after daytrips to Seville, Málaga, or Granada. (Did we mention a bottle of cava comes complimentary with each booking?)
Starting price: $127
The House Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey
Don't be fooled into thinking that cave hotels must inherently have something of a prehistoric feel—this one is about as modern as they come. Tucked into a historic building right near the town square, the House Hotel incorporates a network of caves, mixing the best of both worlds. Underground, there's an entire chapel for concerts and workshops, along with some ancient fermentation vats once used for local wine production. Above ground is a spa and hammam, a restaurant with a stunning terrace, and 45 rooms, many set in ancient stone houses.
Starting price: $153
Mama Shelter in Los Angeles
You may know this brand for its playful interiors and incredible value proposition (it has several locations throughout Europe, mostly in France). But the L.A. property, designed by Thierry Gaugain, marks Mama Shelter’s arrival in the U.S.—even if the restaurant and coffee shop have a Parisian je ne sais quoi. Look for quirky design touches, like a chalkboard ceiling in the public spaces described by owner Benjamin Trigano as a "pop-culture Sistine Chapel."
Starting price: $159
Alma Historica Boutique Hotel in Montevideo
The Old City neighborhood of Montevideo—now considered its financial district—is burgeoning, with its beautiful Art Deco buildings finding new life as indie shops and boutique hotels, like this one. Rest your legs after architecture-themed walking tours with a soak in Alma Historica’s rooftop Jacuzzi, with views of Zabala Square.
Starting price: $169
Riad Goloboy in Marrakesh
The interiors at this Marrakesh hideaway are a fantasia of colors and patterns—with a completely different theme for each of the eight rooms. The Chambre Catherine may be the most alluring, with its mahogany colored walls, wood-burning fireplace, and Beni Ourain rugs—classic Morocco gone completely modern.
Starting price: $82
Atlantico Boutique Hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay
White stucco is everywhere in Punta del Este, the beachy summertime playground for weekenders from Buenos Aires and Montevideo. This little gem is no exception—the 45 rooms are all white-on-white, with blonde wood accents and gauzy curtains framing the Atlantic Ocean. Outside, there’s a pool with a thatched roof bar, and the town’s iconic lighthouse is within view of the front door. Want to hit Francis Mallman’s Garzon restaurant? It’s just a few blocks away.
Starting price: $89
Dazzler Brooklyn in New York
While the five-star openings in New York have cast a spotlight back on midtown Manhattan, this boutique debut puts its guests in the heart of New York’s coolest borough. And unlike other slick digs in Brooklyn, Dazzler Brooklyn is convenient to all the main subway lines that can get you into Manhattan within minutes. (Bonus: an indoor-outdoor beer garden opens in September, and Shake Shack is just a few blocks away.)
Starting price: $179
25 Hours Bikini in Berlin
It may be one of Europe's more affordable metropoles, but Berlin still has its fair share of splurges. This isn't one of them. The rooms at 25 Hours Bikini are ultra spacious, with polished concrete floors and black tiled bathrooms—a sleek contrast to the quirky art scattered through the hallways and the vibrant rooftop Monkey Bar, which overlooks the city zoo and is always packed with Berlin's stylish set.
Starting price: $110
Follonico in Tuscany
If you’re looking for the ultimate Tuscan hideaway, this is it. Just 6 rooms fill the centuries-old farmhouse, set in a vineyard-covered valley between Montepulciano and the namesake Montefollonico—two hilltop towns brimming with character and charm. There are modern conveniences in spades (rain showers, Busatti linens, and high speed Wi-Fi, if you want it) but it’s the idyllic countryside experience that makes Follinico truly special: each room has direct access to a sprawling garden, where you can have wine and cheese tastings (all local, of course) with the owners themselves.
Starting price: $156
Hotel Dylan in the Catskills
The Hudson Valley may be a short two-hour’s drive from Manhattan, but it feels worlds away. And this eclectic, boho-inspired inn in Woodstock—designed by the Novogratz family, of HGTV fame—is the region’s best place to stay. The vibe is akin to summer camp for grown-ups, with Ping-Pong tables, fire pits, and easy access to tons of trailheads (though the property is perfect for kids, too).
Starting price: $189
Virgin Hotel in Chicago
Richard Branson's debut property is obsessed with the high-tech: everything from your bedroom lighting to room service can be handled via a dedicated app and the house cars are bright red Teslas. Even still, Virgin Hotel feels highly personal, with in-room, DIY pour-over kits by local roaster Bowtruss coffee and expertly curated mini bars you can actually afford to raid. It's truly five-star comfort, without the price tag to match.
Starting price: $199
El Blok, Puerto Rico
The quiet island of Vieques has some of the world's most beautiful beaches—and this design superstar of a property may make you forget all about those pearlescent sandy shores. Everything in sight, it seems, is the work of local artisans, from the colorful ceramic tiles on the floors to the incredible bar in the lobby, fashioned from a 25-foot-long piece of wood. Rustic charm doesn't even begin to do it justice.
Starting price: $180
The Pig on the Beach in Dorset, UK
This English country house is the total antithesis of Downton Abbey. For starters, it’s on the World Heritage Coast of Dorset, an unspoiled four-mile stretch of white sand. The interiors are shabby chic, a mix of contemporary patterns and bright colors that suffuse the historic home with a cool edge. And all the food served in the restaurant is grown in The Pig on the Beach’s garden or sourced from within 25 miles—including many of the snacks in the in-room larders.
Starting price: $199
La Semilla in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
A character-packed alternative to the budget friendly (if overwhelming) all-inclusive mega resorts and the over-the-top villa retreats so popular on the Riviera Maya, the husband-and-wife-run La Semilla is set right in the heart of restaurant-packed Playa del Carmen. We couldn't decide what was more charming: the mix of Mexican antiques and cool furnishings in the nine rooms, or the breakfast nook in the lobby, presided over by the owners themselves.
Starting price: $190