Welcome to my new series “Ballin’ on a Budget.” In this weekly series, we will discuss how to spend and how to save while traveling. This week we focus on hotels in European cities, an often tricky and disappointing adventure.
Whether you’re a backpacker looking for a night of rest and relaxation or a well-seasoned traveller who knows what she wants, we all occasionally desire a little luxury for less. Also known as “ballin’ on a budget”, the following properties make sure you feel pampered without the “I-just-blew-my-budget-on-the-second-week”guilt. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it.
Hotel Market, Carrer del Comte Borrell, 68, 08015 Barcelona
Under $100.00 USD
In one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, Hotel Market is a romantically urban gem. Every room has a full bathroom (bubble bath anyone?) and drumroll please…. AIR CONDITIONING! Spending a hung-over July morning in Barcelona fanning yourself out of hotel the window is just cruelty, trust me, I’ve been there. You don’t even have to stray far from your temporary home, the restaurant is exquisite and the bar is even better.
Praha, Czech Republic
MOODs Praha, Klimentská 2006/28, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Praha, or Prague, whichever you prefer, is a city that doesn’t sleep. Absinthe, stag parties, and decriminalized cannabis adds to the persona. After all that adventure you might need a massage and a nice long bath. Get the best of both worlds (if that’s what you’re into, you little rascal) at MOODs Praha.
Boutique Hotel View, Leidsekade 77, 1017 PM Amsterdam, Netherlands
About $100.00 USD
The perfect blend of culture and craziness, Amsterdam should be a must-see on any traveler’s list. It is one of the more expensive cities, although totally worth it, so accommodation can seem intimidating. This perfectly adorable boutique hotel is a classy little place with an awesome view- make sure to get a room over looking the canals for the full Amsterdam experience. Location is prime, putting you at walking distance of the Museum District and Vondel Park. If you couldn’t tell, Amsterdam is one of my FAVORITE cities that I hope to call home one day 🙂
Hotel Mayet, 3 Rue Mayet, 75006 Paris, France
~$110.00- $130.00 USD
Paris is another notoriously pricey town that shouldn’t be missed. Located in the Saint Germain des Prés district, guests can expect a quiet neighborhood with friendly locals. Each room was colorfully decorated by local the local artists André and JonOne. Besides the decor, a delightful mini-bar (yes, there is a pattern here…) is the star of the room. Free wi-fi and A/C make it that much sweeter.
Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte, Wallstraße 23-24, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Under $110.00 USD
For those looking for less of a boutique and more of a all-inclusive ordeal will love the Park Plaza Wallstreet Belin Mitte. Take advantage of the fitness center because we all know how important staying fit while traveling is. The hotel bar is open until 1 a.m. and room service goes until 11:00 p.m. The menu boasts items such as “fried scallops on mango and papaya salad with cinnamon foam puree.” I’d say you’d be pretty satisfied staying in.