Travelling on a tight budget does not have to mean below average accommodation. Gone are the days of schlepping it in a dank and dingy hostel, sharing a room with multiple strangers. Many low-cost and stylish hotels have opened up in key tourist destinations, meaning you can relax in modern comforts without spending your entire savings. Read on to see our round-up of the best trendy European hotels for travelling on a small budget.
NYX Hotel, Prague
Formerly Fusion Hotel, NYX is located in the centre of the main tourist attractions of the city. Housed in a historical building, the rooms inside feature local street art designs and a mish-mash of vibrant decorative objects, giving the concept hotel a lively vibe. The Clash bar and restaurant within the hotel serves up fresh snacks and a range of drinks.
The Hoxton, Holborn, London
Sitting in the heart of London’s West End, The Hoxton Holborn is within walking distance of the city’s theatres and famous Soho district. Rooms vary from the tiny to the spacious and are all decorated with illustrations from local student artists depicting scenes from classic British novels. In the communal areas, there is ample room to work or catch up with friends with coffee and cocktails available at any time of day. Two on-site restaurants offer both casual and refined options. The lobby shop offers groceries at store prices and a breakfast bag is delivered to your door every morning – perfect for when you’re on the go.
An art hotel decorated in pastel pinks, Paradiso looks like something from a Wes Anderson movie and is one of the trendiest European hotels located on an island. Not only is the hotel positioned across the bay from Ibiza hotspots like Cafe Mambo and Cafe del Mar, but they also provide their own entertainment in the form of poolside cinemas and DJ sets. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a free night in their Zero Suite Project room where you will sleep in a glass-walled bedroom in the hotel lobby.
Mama Shelter, Bordeaux
With rooms that boast partial views of Bordeaux Cathedral along with unlimited free movies on demand and Philipe Starck designed rooms, Mama Shelter is the coolest hotel in the city. Grab their famous Sunday brunch downstairs if you can get a table. Spend your nights chatting to strangers and admiring the sweeping views while sipping on a Lillet spritz and snacking on pizza at the rooftop bar. If you like this, then be sure to check out the other trendy European hotels in the Mama Shelter group.
The Mirror, Barcelona
Slightly outside of the city center but with great public transport and within easy walking distance to the main attractions, the design of The Mirror takes influence from its name. Housed over nine stories, each room is covered with floor to ceiling mirrors, as is the lobby courtyard so you can film yourself going up and down in the glass lift as many guests do. There is also a small rooftop pool, allowing you to take a plunge in the heat of the summer months. Be sure to check out Dry Martini next door – voted one of the worlds 50 best bars.
City Hub, Amsterdam
A hotel for guests of the digital age seeking out the trendy European hotels, City Hub combines pod-like rooms with tech features, making a great, centrally located base for you to explore the city from. Use touch screens to control lighting, music and use the self-service bar, as well as the app for city guidance and free on-the-go wifi. Socialize and meet new people in the shared bathrooms and hangout spaces.
Sir Savigny, Berlin
Sir Savigny is based in the trendy neighborhood of Charlottenburg – a literary hub with many contemporary art museums, eateries, and shops. The interiors are chic with a high-end feel and curated minibars, while communal Kitchen, Lounge and Winter Garden areas provide spaces to work and relax. The Butcher is a slick burger joint, breakfast bar and beer haven that uses high-quality ingredients in each of its dishes. Curated city guides and a partnership with a homeless charity are just some of the few things that make this hotel unbelievably great value.
CitizenM, Shoreditch, London
In the heart of London’s ‘hipster’ epicenter, CitizenM Shoreditch combines art and design with low-cost luxury and amenities. Each room features a bed by a huge window with great views of East London, blackout blinds, and free movies so you can turn your room into a mini cinema on rainy days. The hotel brand cuts out the unnecessary frills associated with luxury hotels, allowing you to spend your time here undisturbed. Rightly so they brag about a 1 minute check-in time and 24-hour fresh food and drink on offer.
Hotel Grand Amour, Paris
Popular with French It-girls, Hotel Grand Amour is home to a pastel pink terrace that is filled with flowers and birds. Inside there is an aquarium with tropical fish, modern art and objects line the walls and there is a restaurant that has been inspired by Parisian brasseries. It is located in the bohemian 10th arrondissement amongst many other trendy European hotels and can be identified from the bright neon signage outside.
Another of the trendy European hotels on this list is located in Berlin; this time near the central station in the Mitte district. Perhaps better suited to a fan of minimalism, the interiors here are sexy and sophisticated, paired back with clean lines and a simple color palette. Choose from a room or apartment depending on your needs and make use of comforts in the form of air conditioning, soundproof windows, and speedy wifi. If you visit in the summer months then take the lift to the rooftop bar and sip on an ice-cold cocktail with a view of the television tower.
Melia Sky, Barcelona
This stylish and contemporary hotel by trendy European hotels group Melia, is located in one of the city’s famous skyscrapers in a fashionable district a few minutes walk from the beach. The area surrounding the hotel has many bars and restaurants on offer and the rooftop bar flaunts panoramic city views. When you’re not admiring Barcelona and the sea from your bedroom window, take a dip in the pool or a trip to the hotel spa.
Brody House, Budapest
Brody House has been named ‘the coolest place to stay in the city’ and for good reason. Housed in a building full of history, each room is filled with works of a different artist who once called Brody House their studio. The artwork is complemented by the chic antique style furniture and large bouncy beds. The ‘honesty bar’ provides drinks around the clock at ridiculously cheap prices and breakfast is served both Hungarian and continental style.
Eden Locke, Edinburgh
Design-led and decorated in a calming wash of pastel shades, Eden Locke provides a tranquil home away from home in the bustling city of Edinburgh. Each suite has a bedroom, an l-shaped sofa lounge area, and a fully equipped kitchen. There is an in-house coffee shop that’s worth a visit even if you aren’t there to stay and the local foodie favorites are an easy walk away.
SoprAno Suites, Florence
A small bed and breakfast located in the cool neighborhood of Oltrarno, SoprAno Suites mixes authentic Italian design with elements modernity. Fixtures and fittings are antique salvage pieces that create an eclectic vibe, teamed with fresco ceilings and in-room baths. It’s no wonder this b&b sticks out from the endless options of trendy European hotels and is praised by many prestigious publications.
Sol Beach House, Ibiza
Perched on the seafront near the famous Santa Eulalia Bay, Sol Beach House is a chilled hotel with a laid-back vibe that is a welcomed contrast to Ibiza’s many party hotels. This adults-only hotel has relaxing rooms designed by fashion brand Desigual and an activity programme that will keep boredom at bay. The hotel restaurant serves up food with local flair and sophistication, but the local shops and eateries are only a short walk away.