9 Insanely Stylish Hotels You Can Actually Afford
The Cullen, Melbourne
In a city as culturally rich as Melbourne, it comes as no surprise that there's a number of super-cool, super-slick hotels. The Cullen is one of the most affordable of the bunch. Developed as an homage to the late artist Adam Cullen (you can consider him the Damien Hirst of Australian art), it's über-artsy throughout, peppered with his colourful, cartoonish works. Alongside the 119 rooms — complete with kitchenettes — there's a 24-hour gym, a yoga deck, two restaurants, and a bar. One of our favourite features of the hotel is the pre-loaded iPods that come in each room. Plus, for just $5 a day, guests can rent sleek Swedish Kronan bicycles for exploring the city in style. The Cullen, 164 Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne; +61 3 9098 1555.
Mama Shelter, Paris
When you visit a city famous for its haute couture and fine dining, a dwindling bank account upon your return is predictable. But, thanks to Mama Shelter, luxury accommodations needn't cost you the earth. Having fast become a site of pilgrimage for international hotel junkies, the brand sets the standard for high-end affordable with its Philippe Starck-designed interiors, functional yet arty details, and kitschy accents. The rooms even have Batman night lights... need we say more? The hotel, which is situated in Paris' 20th arrondissement, is also home to Mama's Pizzeria, Chic Chic Bar, a yoga room, and a rooftop terrace with hammocks. And, if Paris isn't on the itinerary, Mama Shelter also has hotels in Istanbul, Lyon, Marseilles, and Bordeaux — an excuse to tour Europe, perhaps? Mama Shelter, 109 Rue de Bagnolet, Paris; +33 1 43 48 48 48.
Hotel Habita MTY, Monterrey
Rooftop pools don't come cheap. And, yet, at Mexico's Hotel Habita MTY, it seems they do. Two rooftop pools and a rooftop bar offer seriously impressive 360-degree views of the city, and vistas that reach out to the Sierra Madre mountains. With its smart yet raw urban aesthetic — think moody blacks and whites — Habita looks like something that could only exist in the pages of a magazine. But, we assure you, it's real, and located in the fashionable district of Monterrey in Northern Mexico. There are even Xbox 360 consoles in each of the 38 rooms. And, the striking mosaic in the lobby cements its red hot "design hotel" status. Hotel Habita MTY, Avenue José Vasconcelos No. 150 Oriente, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey; + 52 (55) 5282 2199.
Moxy Milan proves that artsy plus chic doesn’t have to equal expensive. Far surpassing most airport hotels we've ever seen, this new spot from Marriott focuses on Gen-Y, technology, and refined design — without losing sight of the comfort factor. In the lobby, guests can kick back and read a book from the hotel's library; the Living Room offers a buzzier vibe, with bright colour accents, eclectic furnishings, and #tunes. From the 42-inch TVs to the floor-to-ceiling art walls, the rooms strive to marry style and technology for those on a shoestring budget. Moxy, Milan Malpensa Airport, Terminal 2; +39 02 9475 7100.
Witt Istanbul Hotel, Istanbul
In a city filled with hotels that drip with decadence, Witt Istanbul Hotel appears refreshingly stripped-back. Its beautiful suites feature contemporary furniture, monochromatic colour palettes, knock-you-for-six shower heads, and mirror-brick walls. The sharp design of the kitchenettes will inspire long-term decorating dreams, and in the lobby, a communal iMac sets the tone — as does the well-organised bookshelf, packed with international design books and historical local city guides. Though its not finished quite yet, the seventh floor roof terrace offers unbeatable views of the city that stretch right over the Bosphorus — you know, so you can wave hello to Asia! Witt Istanbul Hotel; Kılıçali Paşa Mh., Defterdar Yokuşu No: 26; +90 212 293 1500.