Holiday Inspiration

Five of the Best Budget Boutique Hotels

By Susan Ward Davies

Riad Ariha; Marrakech, Morocco

A 15-minute walk away from the touristy square of Djemaa el Fna, Riad Ariha is a touch of zen-like calm in the bustling Marrakech medina. One hundred years old and spotlessly clean, this white-hued, traditionally styled riad is also one of the city’s most attractive budget options. In the evening, you can retreat up to the jasmine-scented roof terrace and watch the sunset views of the distant Atlas Mountains.

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Baan Pra Nond; Bangkok, Thailand

A canary-yellow colonial villa of just nine spruced-up guestrooms, all with overhead fans, crisp white linens and four-poster beds, Baan Pra Nond gives you plenty of bang for your baht. In a city as big as Bangkok, a central location – right by Sathorn pier – counts for a lot, though, while the owner, Tasma Cotsmire (granddaughter of the original owner) is a real mine of information.

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3 Nagas by Alila; Luang Prabang, Laos

On the main drag in the old quarter of Luang Prabang, the timber-framed 3 Nagas has a peaceful garden of jackfruit and mango trees, leading down to the Nam Khan River. Its 15 stylish guestrooms have wooden floors, rosewood furnishings and large beds scattered with silk ikat cushions.

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1555 Malabia House; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina’s first boutique B&B is in the heart of the uber-hip Palermo Soho barrio, an area peppered with designer boutiques. A former convent, it houses 15 simple, light-filled guestrooms and a shady, laid-back interior courtyard, perfect for a lazy afternoon’s lounging.

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Fresh Hotel; Athens, Greece

In downtown Athens, this budget boutique hotel has funky, boldly-painted lobby and 133 rooms done in cool neutrals with splashes of colour, and a thoroughly laid-back vibe. But really it’s all about one thing at Fresh Hotel: the rooftop bar. Getting a lap pool, loungers and views of the Acropolis bathed in moonlight for around £90 a night in Europe is not bad going in anyone's books.

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