10 Affordable Hotels That Don't Skimp on Comforts
Less Money and a Better Experience
Worldwide travel and incredible experiences don’t have to cost you your retirement fund. There are many ingenious ways to save money on an upcoming trip, whether it’s through selecting cheap travel destinations or by making your own meals instead of eating out.
When it comes to your hotel, often characterful, comfortable and unforgettable accommodation options are more affordable than you think — you just need to know where to find them.
These hotels all offer incredible value for your money, and at $100 or less, they are budget-friendly, meaning you will have more money left over to spend on exploring your destination.
Gaia Oasis Retreat Resort, Bali
This hotel provides exactly what it says on the label: a tranquil oasis set in the deep green of the Balinese countryside. Attention is given to every detail to ensure guests here experience ultimate relaxation and calm.
High ceilings, beautiful architecture and abundant windows complement the beautiful natural setting to perfection. Despite the many attractions in Bali, this enchanting retreat may well be the highlight of your trip.
From $60 USD per night for a double room, includes free yoga.
Tara Angkor Hotel, Siam Reap, Cambodia
A four-star luxury hotel set only a few miles from the remarkable World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, the Tara Angkor Hotel is a deliciously comfortable place to stay. The modest price belies the stylish quality of the hotel, which is one of the finer choices available in Siam Reap.
After a long day of exploring Angkor Wat, you can take advantage of the swimming pool, Jacuzzi or sauna to help you relax.
From $50 USD per night for a double room.
Inkosana Lodge, South Africa
Although this lodge calls itself a backpackers’, it provides accommodation worthy of any royal. The highlight of staying here is experiencing the spectacular natural surrounds.
Set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, surrounded by grassland and gently undulating hills, staying here is soothing for the soul. Outdoor activities are right on your doorstep, and in the mornings and evenings hearty meals will make you feel right at home.
Sydney Harbour YHA, The Rocks, Australia
While this is technically a youth hostel, and an expensive one at that, this YHA provides standout private accommodation as well as the standard dorm beds. What makes it so spectacular? The view.
With sweeping panoramic views of the Sydney Harbor and the Opera House, you really can’t beat the price-to-view value at this place. Smack dab in the city center, housed in a heritage building, it’s no wonder this hostel is rated five stars.
$100 USD per night for a double with private bathroom.
Riad Miski, Marrakech, Morocco
A riad that captures all of the beauty and rich atmosphere of Morocco, Riad Miski is an experience in itself. Cool and calm amid the mayhem of Marrakech, the interior balconies, spacious patios and terraces with views of the Atlas Mountains all conspire to make you fall hopelessly in love with the endroit.
You won’t be able to resist extending your stay so you can enjoy the charm of the friendly staff and home-cooked meals for just a little longer.
From $60 USD per night for a double room, including breakfast.
Don Diego de la Selva, Tulum, México
The understated jewel of the Riviera Maya, on the white sands of the Caribbean, Tulum is a welcome respite from the party-going, all-inclusive resort loving crowds of its neighbors up the coast. With a tropical garden, abundant hammocks and a pool area, Don Diego de la Selva is all about the laid-back beach vibes.
With all-important air conditioning to keep you cool, you will love every second you spend in this boutique hotel.
From $65 USD per night for a double, including air conditioning and breakfast.
Racó de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Set in an old building with an imposing entrance and spacious rooms, Racó de Buenos Aires is ambiance amplified. Its classical and historic design reflect the glamour of the city, making it well deserving of its boutique label.
Wooden floors, tasteful artwork and a location in lush suburbia make any stay at this hotel relaxing, comfortable, and of course, excellent value. If you want to explore Buenos Aires outside of tourist hot spots and chain hotels, this is the place for you.
From $65 USD per night for a double room.
The Secret Garden Hostel and Apartments, Krakow, Poland
Don’t be put off by the name — this is more of a hotel than a hostel, with not a dorm room in sight.
Each room has its own name and a unique character, and is decorated accordingly. Clean, comfortable and close to the castle, this place has all the benefits of a hotel but with a hostel price tag.
Located in the historic Jewish district, many of the city’s most famous sites, vodka bars and pirogi places are within a short walk.
Hotel Castle Garden, Budapest, Hungary
This four-star hotel prides itself on offering value for money, and with a premium location right at the gates of the historic Buda Castle, a small and exclusive vibe, and tailor-made services for guests, they are certainly delivering. In addition to the already very reasonable prices, you can often take advantage of special offers and discounts, making your stay even more economical.
All deals aside, this hotel is an absolute gem, and you will be hard-pressed to find better in the very heart of Budapest.
From $80 USD per night for a double room.
Bangkok Loft Inn, Thailand
It may not be quite as glitzy as some of the five-star joints in town, but when it comes to value for money you can’t get much better than the Loft Inn. Bangkok is famed for its cheap accommodation, but this hotel takes it a step further.
It describes itself as a “luxury boutique sanctuary,” and with the inviting atmosphere, ample facilities and friendly staff, it certainly lives up to the hype. The best part is, even with such a small price tag, you are still greeted with exotic flowers on your bed when you walk into your room. Bliss.
From $34 USD per night for a double room.