Here’s where boutique budget hotels have filled a niche. They don’t compromise customer standards or expectations but are smart with design and service so that rates remain affordable. As for any hotel, a good boutique budget hotel always considers style, service and scale. It takes a lot of creativity and attention to detail to make $200 feel like $2000, but brands in this market are up to the challenge.
Some bold winners are Be Manos in Brussels (best described as “Sixties Soho”), the five-bedroom Château La Thuilière in Dordogne, France (outfitted with Philippe Starck and Mies Van der Rohe), and the Ace Hotel in New York where room sizes also come in Bunk and Mini. Give them a go.