Chic Budget Stays for a Healthy Designophile!

Now wouldn’t we all love to grab every opportunity to explore another part of the globe? And while we’re at it, wouldn’t it be ideal if we felt inspired by where we stayed? If one really wanted to do travelas often as possible, can one really afford to live in lavish places?

If you’ve nodded your head to any of the above thoughts/questions, this post might make you want to jump in glee! FreshGrub took a look at some of the most interesting boutique hotels that cater to travels with a limited budget. Some of these packages seem so ideal, it’s almost like having your cake and eating it too!

9h

Life-size amenities in bite-sized stays, and absolute opulence in minimal living spaces – that’s what makes designer capsule hotels like 9 h (nainawasu) a destination for many in and out of Japan.

Conceptualized and created in 1994 by Fumie Shibata of Design Studio, the 9 h capsule hotel has come together compactly to point out the ‘minimal transit space’ that people tend to experience in big cities all over the world.

nine hours

Ever thought you’d hear ‘chic accommodation’ and ‘student residence’ in the same sentence? Well, we have a reason to bring this seeming oxymoron when we introduce Melon District at Barcelona, Spain.

Located at around 10 minutes walking distance from Las Ramblas and various art museums within the city, this stay is a new and unique concept of accommodation that is offered to young travellers who wish to live, explore and socialize within the city. So the next time you’re in Barcelona, your stay might actually help you to use up some of those green bills on shopping instead.

Melon District

Melon District

Affordable stays are difficult in or around the Big Apple. And finding one that’s within Times Square is almost next to impossible, no matter what time of year. Unless of course you’ve had the chance to look up Room Mate Grace in New York City.

Grace is a chic designer hotel that has successfully managed to lure artistes who visit the city. The lobby is certain to display a hint of budding artists, upcoming musicians and their ilk. With such a strong design sensibility and an access to even those on a shoe-string budget, this is quite the haven for art-lovers.

RoomMate

RoomMate

Czech Inn at Prague oozes style, cause it truly is chic chic chic! With Scandinavian-style furniture, clean lines, minimalism and modernism, this is one stay that is nothing like your everyday hostel!

In January 2008, the hotel was voted as one of the ‘Top 10 hostels in the world’ by The Guardian Unlimited. Whereas in other publications, it has been unanimously voted as one of the best chic hotels around the globe.

Need we say more?

Czech Inn

Czech Inn

Chic and Basic Madrid

A concept_A hotel_A city_A neighbourhood_A chill out space_A bar_And many other things you won´t see elsewhere.

Chic & Basic

Chic & Basic

Chic & Basic

Craft Hotel Buenos Aires is one of those cheap chic abodes that you will be talking about in the months to come. Situated right in the heart of Palermo Soho it lies in the center of all the activity with a great concentration of entertainment, dining and sightseeing options within the city.

Most of the rooms in this hotel open up to Armenia Square with a variety of bed options and styles.

Craft Hotel

Craft Hotel

If you’ve ever heard of a five-star hostel, here’s your chance to see and experience it at Dan Hostel, in dear old Copenhagen.

This 16 storey, 1020 bed hostel was opened only in 2005, but has earned the name of being ‘Europe’s biggest city hostel.’

Dan Hostel

Dan Hostel

When an old hemp factory has been redesigned by an architect as renowned as Antonio Ravalli to create a new city center, you’re bound to come across a masterpiece. MiNO, Migliarino Hostel is a backpackers’ hostel in Italy which will be open to the public shortly.

What is interesting is that this project includes a staying arrangement where guests can stay and sleep in tall and translucent fabric-covered pods. The hostel is imagined as a ‘passive machine’, with a focus on climatic benefits, environment and economies of wastage.

So bring out your calendars, planners and schedules, and plan plan plan. There are so many amazing cities that are waiting for you to leave your mark!

Curator. Dreamer. Designer. Founder of FreshGrub. Based in NYC. Seeking Inspiration Everywhere.

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