The World's Top 10 Value Hotels
Don't let your limited budget keep you from fulfilling your globetrotting fantasies! From Guatemala to the Greek Isles, GAYOT.com has rounded up a list of stylish accommodations that are easy on the wallet. Take a look at GAYOT.com's Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide and start planning your dream vacation today.
Port Rexton, Newfoundland
Gazing across Ship Cove harbor in Trinity Bay, this rural retreat in Atlantic Canada is anything but rustic. The clapboard architecture reflects traditional styles from the late 1880s, and the guest rooms boast furnishings by a local artist, revolving artwork from the hotel's collection and gasp-worthy ocean views. Connected by winding paths, the buildings are spread across a hillside and include a dining room where guests can watch passing whales and icebergs depending on the time of year. The set menu is based on local, seasonal ingredients such as seafood, wild mushrooms and produce from the inn's own gardens, and of the two dinner sittings, the second is adults only, ensuring a peaceful meal. Of course, one of the inn's biggest draws is its natural setting. It's mere minutes from the coastal and woodland Skerwink Trail, where you might encounter eagles, osprey, fox and moose. Additional outdoor activities include boat tours to puffin colonies.
Hotel Monterey Kyoto
When we think of Kyoto lodging, the first thing that comes to mind is the ryokan — a classic Japanese inn. Perhaps that's why we like this hotel so much. It bucks tradition, while at the same time offering a quintessential Japanese experience. Although the idea of blending Japanese, French country and Scottish arts-and-craft styles may sound chaotic, it's not, as this eclectic property proves with its dining options alone. Escale restaurant would be right at home in Provence, the brick-clad Library brings to mind an haute UK pub and Zuientei keeps the home fires burning with a classic Japanese setting serving kaiseki (multi-course) cuisine. As for the reason this fusion works so well: a Zen-fabulous harmony unites each space, from the dignified guest rooms to the penthouse Spa Trinity on the thirteenth floor.
Jagat Niwas Palace
When it comes to heritage lodging, Udaipur is world-famous for the Taj Lake Palace. But travelers don't have to take out a second mortgage just to enjoy the historic atmosphere of this city. Crafted from seventeenth-century havelis (private manors), Jagat Niwas Palace offers a fairy tale setting, with pretty interior arcades encircling a central courtyard. The hotel is reached through a narrow archway from Jagdish Temple in the Old City, and once inside you will find just 29 charming rooms — the best have picturesque enclosed balconies with views over Lake Pichola. The lakefront location also makes for pleasant dining, as the hotel restaurant is right on the shore.
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