At times a hotel leaves a special memory even if it isn’t the glitziest luxury resort. When we are traveling, just the two of us, we try to focus on smaller boutique style hotels with character and find the small gem of the destination. Even better if you don’t have to pay a fortune for that gem. Following are three of the most memorable hotel finds under 100€ from Bergamo to Hong Kong.
LA CORTE DEI CAPUCCINI, BERGAMO ITALY
We were just meant to sleep one night in Bergamo on our way to Austria and skip all sightseeing. I’m so glad we found this small bed and breakfast, run by Laura and Luca. We chose this B&B since it had a proper kitchen and more space than ordinary hotel for our small family. The two story apartment had just recently been renovated and could compete nicely against many fancier hotels. The experience was even better when we got fresh croissants for breakfast and our toddler was able to play with owner family’s polite children in the inner yard.
Price for one night in a one bedroom apartment was 85€ with parking (without the parking, the price was 75€). Eventually we decided to postpone leaving for Austria and enjoyed the whole sunny day exploring central Bergamo. We definitely want to go back there.
ANANTARA SATHORN, BANGKOK THAILAND
This hotel isn’t really ”boutique” and nowadays belongs to a bigger hotelchain but when we stayed just after opening, this hotel was still named Sathorn Heritage and our stay was rather serene.
We paid 65€ per night for a one bedroom apartment with breakfast. Nowadays this hotel is run by Anantara hotels but the prices are still reasonable. In addition to clean and fresh rooms, the hotel provides a well equipped gym and pool area. Anantara Sathorn is located slightly further away from the main tourist/business area of Silom and Sathorn. We liked the area since we found good, local restaurants which we wouldn’t have otherwise found.
HOTEL JEN, HONG KONG
Hotel Jen was brand new when we visited Hong Kong. In fact it was so new that our taxi driver had to call the hotel for driving instructions. The hotel is located on the Western District and provides a stunning view over the Victoria Harbour and sea.
Hotel Jen has since then moved under Shangri La hotels and the prices have risen slightly. We paid 68€ with breakfast and club benefits but when I quickly glanzed through some hotel comparison sites, you can still get a room under 100€ (not during peak season though). Jen hotels seem to be a new concept for Shangri La hotels and no wonder, it did convince us as well.
The room was trendy and had a comfy daybed where you could enjoy the gorgeous view. The club lounge had tasty snacks, polite service and I can still remember the fried shrimps I ate (way) too many. There is also a gym and rooftop pool which in Hong Kong should not be taken for granted.