100 UNDER £100 is a series exploring some of the best boutique hotels, B&B’s and guest houses in the world to bed down for under £100 a night. The second installation of the series offers ten cool places to stay in mainland Europe (check out my UK picks here), including a plush Florentine guesthouse, an old-school Niçoise villa, and a whitewashed Santorini idyll.
Hotel Pulitzer, Barcelona
Rooms from £94.56 per night, plus 10% tax.
Barcelona is one of the world’s great cities. That means great restaurants, great bars, great architecture, and some seriously great hotels. Of the many affordable accommodation options in this sexy Spanish town, the Pulitzer is one of the most stylish. Tucked on a side street just off the vibrant Plaça de Catalunya, this 1920s building incorporates a set of sleek, art-deco inspired rooms, a highly rated Mediterranean fusion restaurant, and an intimate rooftop bar. Egyptian cotton sheets and grey marble bathrooms give a luxe hotel feel, minus the prices to match.
Michelberger Hotel, Berlin
Rooms from approximately £52 per night
A super-cool hotel in super-cool Berlin, the Michelberger is as popular for its buzzing restaurant and bar as it is for its comfortable, light-filled rooms. Imaginative interior design and quirky design touches make this a popular stop-off for travelling musicians like UK singer Jessie Ware, who described it as her favourite place to stay on tour: "It has a really great vibe, there’s a really lovely bar, everyone is cool… They have these ‘band rooms’, which have four or five platform beds and then a double on ground level. It’s very ‘Berlin’ – industrial, bare wires, lightbulbs hanging down. So that’s got a really nice quality to it.”
Villa Les Cygnes, Nice
Rooms from approximately £78 per night
The south of France is unquestionably one of the most glamorous holiday destinations in the world, but certain parts can be overpriced and, well, a bit Eurotrashy. Gorgeous Nice manages to avoid being both, while still retaining all the chic allure of the Cote d’Azur. For evidence, look no further than the supremely elegant Villa Les Cygnes, which is housed in a 1920s stone house just off the celebrated Promenade des Anglais. Eat breakfast under the palm tree-shaded garden in the morning and venture out to the nearby beach by day. When night falls, take a ten minute stroll into the city centre for ice-cold Rosé and an authentic Salade Niçoise. Oui, oui!
Posada del Dragon, Madrid
Rooms from approximately £68.50 per night
A central location and excellent service make this hip hotel one of the top-rated places to stay in Madrid. Posada Del Dragon is great at striking a balance that will appeal to a wide range of guests: The rooms are colourful without being overwhelming and the vibe is cool but still family-friendly – WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid chose it as one of her five favourite places to stay in Europe with her 2-year-old son (read the full feature HERE).
Zorzis Hotel, Santorini
Rooms from approximately £51 per night
As perhaps the most fashionable of all the Cyclades islands, picturesque Santorini is home to some seriously pricey, Honeymoon-worthy hotels. But there are some really affordable ones too. The Zorzis fits into the latter camp, offering cool, clean rooms that are perfect to retreating to after a day on the black sands of nearby Perissa beach. There’s also a generous outdoor pool overlooking some fairly epic volcanic mountains. And if you somehow manage to get bored of all that breathtaking scenery, Santorini’s stylish capital city of Fira is a short cab ride away.
Casa Howard, Florence
Rooms from £69 per night
If you’re seeking a romantic city break with great food and even better art then you can’t do much better than Florence. This enchanting Italian city is just as beautiful as it was back in Michaelangelo’s day, except now it comes with much better budget boutique hotel options.
Casa Howard is a grown up kind of guesthouse, offering a variety of warmly-decorated rooms on the Via Della Scala. All the rooms have access to a Turkish Hammam bath, a library, and a secluded terrace. You can also opt to have a breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly baked cake and homemade Tuscan Honey delivered to your room for just 8 Euro more.
Gerloczy Rooms De Lux, Budapest
Rooms from approximately £82 per night
Budapest is a quirky, characterful city and the Gerloczy Rooms de Lux is the hotel to match. Housed in an 19th century building in a historic part of town, the rooms ‘de Lux’ are plush, cosy and elegantly understated. Like so many of the best boutique hotels, The Gerlóczy’s popular downstairs café is much of a selling point as the hotel itself, and a great place to grab to grab a strong coffee or refuel with breakfast before heading out to explore Budapest’s beautiful streets.
Hotel Yasmin, Prague
Rooms from approximately £77 per night
There aren’t many cities in the world where you can stay in sleek four star hotel for well under a hundred pounds a night, but the Czech Republic’s stunning capital is one of them. Most of the vast, contemporary rooms at the Hotel Yasmin in Prague overlook a quiet courtyard in the heart of the city’s old town, making for a tranquil vibe that is only enhanced by the super-slick service. When you’re ready to venture out, Yasmin’s central location is great for exploring Prague’s restaurants, magnificent architecture and myriad beer-drinking options.
Hotel Amour, Paris
Rooms from approximately £99 a night
Cheap and chic hotels in Paris are not easy to come by, but the Hotel Amour is the perfect - and perfectly named - spot for a romantic city break. (The Mushpit editor Charlotte Roberts nominated Hotel Amour as her ideal Valentine’s Day destination). The lipstick red rooms are devoid from phones, televisions or Internet, lest they distract you from more amorous activities. When you are ready to emerge your room, there’s a painfully hip restaurant and bar located just downstairs.
House Hotel Galatasaray, Istanbul
Rooms from approximately £80 per night
The streets of Istanbul are paved with excellent boutique hotels, and House Hotel Galatasaray is one of the very best. Another recommendation courtesy of the uber-stylish Sharmadean Reid, this hotel’s sleek design is a combination of traditional Turkish tiling and crisp, white bed linens. It’s a perfect blend of East meets West – much like Istanbul itself.