We often notice that most travelers are not of the extreme types but people who want to enjoy and relax while they on a journey to different locations. Although we are not asking travellers to be extreme and take holidays that may not suit your sensitivities, there are locations around the world that offer great services for $100 or lesser. A regular budget traveler wants to have a proper place to sleep and a ticket to travel to the next destination on time but is also well aware of the money spent and usually selects economical options as and when they present themselves. While traveling on a fixed budget, tourists can appreciate the little things such as hot meals, soft beds or much needed transportation after a few hours of waiting in the sun. Travelling on a fixed budget indicates a different vantage point to experience the destination just the way it is, behind the appealing messages to travellers. The experience in one of stark reality of the locals living in a location. People are hospitable because they are hospitable, not because you give them money in exchange for the hospitality. When travelling on a budget, it is very likely that the stay at preferred destinations will be for longer periods of time, probably travellers are volunteers, or have got a temporary work assignment, or ultimately maybe one day call a popular destination their home. And people that you meet at that destination may become, your family!
Chatrium Hotel Riverside, Bangkok, ThailandThe Chatrium Hotel Riverside is a multiple award winning hotel located adjacent to the Chao Phraya River, just 30 km from the International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. A Grand Room with a city view is under $80 and comes with its own a private balcony. At 60 sq. meters the room comes complete with a kitchenette and dining area, coffee and tea making facilities, bathrobe and slippers. The hotel offers a business center that includes everything necessary if you just can’t leave work behind. A 35 meter infinity pool overlooking the river with an outdoor Jacuzzi awaits along with a fully equipped fitness center. Head to the Nemita spa to get a relaxing massage or pick up some souvenirs in the shops. Also, there is a Starbucks Coffee Shop and the Saizen Japanese Restaurant on the premises. The hotel also has facilities for meetings and weddings.
Sri Bungalows, Ubud, BaliFor under $100 travellers can book a suite at the Sri Bungalows. The bungalows located in Ubud Bali comes with handsomely decorated suites with a private balcony overlooking the rice terraces. Rooms are stylishly decorated and other facilities include swimming pools, a restaurant and a full service spa for a special and enjoyable Balinese massage. The bungalows cover two floors and are surrounded by gardens and terraces. The hotel is only a short walk to the Ubud Market and the Monkey Forest. This price is certainly hard to beat for a relaxing stay in a tropical paradise.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu, PhilippinesLocated in the second largest city in the Philippines, Cebu is a popular destination for travellers because of the proximity to beautiful beaches and the laid back local lifestyle. A highly rated hotel in Cebu can also be had for under $100. The Radisson Blu, located 11 kilometers from the International Airport is conveniently located near all the popular tourist sights. With rooms offering goose feather pillows and duvets, the Radisson is surely a stay that is surely pleasurable. The hotel’s restaurant, Feria, offers both à la carte options and a buffet that is managed by five master chefs. The food is of different styles from Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean and international cuisines. This hotel has a large tropical pool outside along with a fully equipped state of the art fitness center and spa. For those staying in a business class room or suite the business class lounge is open daily. The hotel also has a 180 seat lobby bar, a pool bar and a tea bar that serves over 20 different types of teas from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and South Africa.
Riad Viva, Marrakech, MoroccoLocated in the city center, 15 minutes from the airport, the Riad Viva Hotel offers visitors a relaxing stay in beautifully decorated rooms. The hotel offers travellers a wide range of amenities including free WiFi, round the clock room service and airport transfers. With a combination of Moroccan style and luxurious amenities guests can be assured of a royal stay. The hotel has a pool along with a steam room and restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff can also help in arranging tours to the Ourika Valley, a Berber village, the enchanting city of Essaouira or point you to the best shopping location in town. Travellers can also check out the cooking classes offered by the hotel so you can learn how to use all those aromatic spices and flavors to impress friends when they return home.
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TexasIt’s not mandatory to travel halfway around the world to get a good hotel deal. The Hilton Anatole in Dallas offers the business traveler or visitor to the city comfortable rooms with all the amenities. A room with a king size bed can be had for under $90 and has just about everything you need as a traveller. The hotel has a full business center and conference facilities and also offers an ATM, currency exchange, has a clothing store, an onsite convenience store and concierge services. If travellers feel like getting a little exercise they can head to the Verandah Club with a fully equipped fitness center, a 25 meter lap pool, cross training and boxing gymnasium or enjoy racquetball, go jogging on a dedicated track or play basketball. The V Spa is the perfect place to get a relaxing massage or spa treatment. In addition to room service there are five dining establishments at the hotel including ‘SĒR Steak + Spirits’ that serves tender steaks and fresh seafood on the 27th floor.
Hotel Paseo Del Arte -Madrid, SpainLocated just a 100 meters from the Atoche Train Station, the Hotel Paseo Del Arte is a 4 star hotel in the heart of Madrid. Comfortably decorated rooms are tastefully furnished and offer a panoramic view of the interior garden or the city. Rooms come complete with a desk, free WiFi, a flat screen TV with international channels, and the marble bathroom surely sets travellers in the perfect spot as a base before exploring Madrid. The hotel has a fitness facility, shops, coffee shop and bar. The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet and along with regional and international cuisine. With 260 rooms the hotel is less than 15 kilometers to the airport making it easily accessible. The hotel is located in the area known as the Arts Triangle and is within walking distance to several museums, parks, shopping, restaurants and full access to Madrid’s nightlife.
Century Plaza Hotel and Spa, Vancouver, CanadaThe Century Plaza Hotel and Spa is a family owned and operated located in the center of downtown Vancouver. The hotel prides itself on providing the best possible service. With a business center, conference facilities and indoor pool, the Century Plaza is the ideal place for business travelers and families visiting the city. Since opening the Absolute Spa at Century Plaza Hotel twelve years ago, the Spa has received over 50 awards and is the favorite of celebrities like Zac Effron, Elle McPherson and Gwyneth Paltrow when they visit the city. With an ozonated swimming pool, a eucalyptus steam room and a relaxation lounge, the Spa is the perfect place to get pampered and let those tired nerves relax. The hotel also features the C Prime Italian Steak and Wine Restaurant that employs locally sourced meats, vegetables and seafood. Chef Bruce Woods has ensured that this restaurant has turned out to be one of the preferred dining destinations in Vancouver. A coffee shop, salon and Vancouver’s iconic comedy club ‘The Comedy Mix’ are also available to guests.
Sana Hotel, Berlin, GermanyThe Sana Hotel is a four star ‘Superior Class’ hotel located on the west side of Berlin. With 203 rooms which include suites and apartments the Sana offers a wide choice of accommodation. A double room can be booked for less than $100 and prices inrease for other options like suites. Facilities include a breakfast room, a restaurant that serves Portuguese cuisine, two bars, a terrace garden, fitness center and massage services. The F8/eight Bar & Lounge seats 50 and guests can relax with fine wines and spirits while listening to live jazz. A smoking bar also exists for those that enjoy fine cigars. In addition to massage services the wellness area on the 7th floor offers an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a luxurious Turkish bath. The Sana Hotel is also centrally located for sightseeing with the Brandenburg Gate less than five kilometers away, as well as the zoo, museums and cultural facilities being at close proximity.
The Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States of AmericaLocated just off the famed Las Vegas Strip, The Signature at MGM Grand offers an elevated level of personalized service. Luxuriously furnished suites start at just under $100 and have all the amenities travellers expect in luxury hotels costing much more. With a private pool complete with a personal cabana and in suite spa services for spacious suites, and with granite and marble bathrooms and kitchenettes, the hotel does everything possible to pamper travellers. The hotel concierge will ensure you get tickets to the best shows and hard to get restaurant reservations and has a gourmet delicatessen on the premises. Whether you are hitting the Las Vegas Strip, spending the day golfing or taking in the sights, you can relax and unwind in your private suite at night and get the rock star treatment from dedicated staff who do everything to ensure that travellers have the ultimate Las Vegas experience.
Golden Tulip Amsterdam West, Amsterdam, NetherlandsAmsterdam is known for offering economical backpacker accommodations with over 180 hostels in the city. For those travellers who are not looking for budget sleeping arrangements with noisy neighbors there is definitely an alternative. Conveniently located to Schiphol Airport and the city center, the Golden Tulip Amsterdam West, makes exploring the city an easy experience. With rates under $100 travellers can have the comfort of a spacious room with heated floors, a rain shower and free internet access. Comfortably furnished rooms have been designed to be soundproof so guests can get a good night’s sleep, totally uninterrupted by the loud Amsterdam nightlife. The buffet restaurant seats 300 and is open for breakfast and dinner and the modern bar is a great place to relax and have a cocktail, a cup of coffee or a slice of homemade pie. The tram stop is a mere 50 meters from the hotel for easy commute to the famous sights such as the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum.
Relais Spa Chessy Residence, Paris, FranceVisitors to Paris know hotels and pretty much everything else can be expensive. With a little searching travellers can find hotels such as the Relais Spa Chessy Residence near Disneyland. A premium room with free WiFi, unlimited spa access and a regular shuttle to Disneyland can be booked for under $100. The rooms have a small office area and a discreet kitchen with a hot plate. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, a well stocked gymnasium and spa treatments. The Franklin Bar makes for a cozy place to relax with friends for a drink while the Brasserie Flo restaurant serves up sophisticated French cuisine. The hotel staff strives to ensure that every guest gets the preferred VIP treatment.
Chateau Victoria, Victoria, CanadaSitting on the location of a former mansion the Chateau Victoria is a boutique hotel offering a touch of opulence to travellers. This hotel has a colorful past due to a parrot that inherited the old mansion that previously stood there and some travellers also state that they have seen the well-dressed ghost of Victoria Jane, the previous mansion owner, roaming the halls. Whether guests see a ghost or not, one thing is assured, the hotel goes out of the way to make guests feel comfortable and the rooms come complete with free WiFi and large comfortable beds that await the tired traveller. The hotel’s Vista 18 restaurant offers regional cuisine and has an extensive wine list. The hotel bar, Clive’s Classic Lounge, has been listed as one of the top hotel bars by several Canadian publications. The hotel offers in room spa treatments and massages and the hotel has a lap pool, hot tub and fitness center.
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba, Tokyo, JapanWhile Tokyo has its share of pod hotels, where travellers can get to sleep in a chamber that resembles a submarine torpedo tube, there are other better and spacious options as well. One such option is the Grand Nikko Tokyo Diaba Hotel, a five star resort located just twenty minutes from Haneda International airport and fifteen minutes from downtown Tokyo. A superior Double room can be booked for under $100 during the week and the hotel is equipped with amenities such as an outdoor terraced swimming pool with fantastic views of Tokyo, a wellness salon, an acupuncture center and a medical clinic on the premises. The hotel fitness center is fully equipped and has trainers on staff and the hotel has several shops on site. There are eight restaurants at the resort that serve various cuisines and delicacies including Japanese, Chinese and Italian and the Ruy Lopez Bar stocks liquor from around the world along with fine cigars.
Lancaster House, Bogota, ColombiaLancaster House in Bogota, Colombia, is a boutique hotel designed in the ‘art deco’ style. This four star hotel has two bars, a restaurant, a gymnasium and sauna. The Gatsby Restaurant serves traditional Colombian and international cuisines while the more relaxed Bistro 106 is a great place for tired travellers to unwind and get a light meal or dessert. Guests can also relax in the piano bar with a game of billiards or a cocktail before heading up to their luxurious room. The Junior Suite comes equipped with a living and dining area, work space and kitchen. The hotel also offers a mobile spa service so guests can book a massage or just relax in the sauna. Located in an upscale neighborhood close to embassies from various countries and near the major shopping areas, the Lancaster House is centrally located for easy access to all the city has to offer.
Kaani Village and Spa, MaldivesThe Kaani Village and Spa located in the beautiful island nation of Maldives, offers travellers a satisfying option of staying at a discounted beach hotel. With a Double Deluxe room overlooking the pool that comes with a breakfast included, this hotel makes a perfect base to enjoy the island. The Sampa Spa at the hotel offers traditional Thai massages as well as aromatic massages performed by two masseuses at once. The hotel has a swimming pool and a restaurant and the hotel staff can arrange activities for travellers such as fishing, dolphin watching, scuba diving, snorkeling or an island tour complete with food and beverages. Rated third among forty small boutique hotels by a popular travel website, the Kaani Village and Spa does everything possible to pamper guests and make their stay memorable.
A lesser known phenomenon while travelling is when travellers have had the time of their lives, and not having to spend a lot of money to buy the emotions embedded in a destination. This phenomenon will help them understand why budget traveling is a select option! While travelling on a budget, tourists will have a personalized experience that no one else can ever relive; and that is a treasure that deserves to be experienced. Traveling to different places is certainly fun, exciting, and eye opening for all travellers. However, when there is a paucity of funds to spend on travels, while in fact, travellers usually have the capacity to muster up a budget for a trip, almost all those who travel would love to see the world. But how do we get to see a lot of different places if there is a shortage of funds?
Budget travels allow travellers to experience the world with just a small amount of cash. While it may not sound elegant, it’s actually a recommended way to visit various spots whether locally or abroad. Just find out how money can be wisely spent while on the trip. Once you know where your money should go, you can start making plans for your travel. Cozmo Travel advises travellers that they have to keep in mind that the experiences that budget travel offers is unparallelled!
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