Monday, February 9, 2015

Travelore Tips: Five Great European Hotels Under $200 In The Spring

The Euro is currently at a nine-year low, which means traveling to Europe has not been this affordable for Americans in almost a decade. If you've always dreamed of a trip to Europe’s capital cities, now is the time to book. Here are five affordable hotels in European capital cities.

Campo De' Fiori

Located in its namesake neighborhood, this is a cozy, charming boutique hotel with a façade covered in ivy. Inside, the décor is Baroque but not too precious. It’s shabby chic with a lived-in elegance. A beautiful antique fireplace is in the main hall, which is especially lovely in the winter season, and other common areas include the reading room and library. The hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Don’t miss the 360-degree view from the terrace on top of the hotel. March 16–20: $133/night
Courtesy Campo De' Fiori

Hotel Georgette

This modern hotel has a great location in the heart of the Marais: It's just blocks away from Centre Pompidou, which is currently hosting a massive Jeff Koons retrospective. Georgette's modern design is inspired, in part, by that famed art museum.  Each of the 19 rooms has a different art theme, from New Realism to street art. Rooms are small but clean and comfortable, and include free Wi-Fi; there's also a full breakfast offered each morning by buffet or delivered to your room. March 16–20: $178/night
Courtesy Hotel Georgette

Olivia Balmes

This modern hotel with great amenities is a quarter mile from Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia, one of the main thoroughfares. The rooms are bright and comfortable, many of them with balconies; they're perfect for either business or pleasure. The hotel also has a beautiful outdoor pool that overlooks the city. It's a leisurely walk or a short metro ride to view some of Barcelona's highlights, including the Museu Picasso and buildings by Gaudi (Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia among them). $155/night
Courtesy Olivia Balmes

The Augustine Hotel

This hotel is located on the Mala Strana—or “little side”—of the Vltava river, at the base of the hill in Old Town that's home to the historic Prague Castle. It's not only in a historic building—a former monastery from the 13th century with vaulted ceilings—but is also well appointed and comfortable for travelers of all ages. Plus, there’s a beer bar in the basement of what was the original St. Thomas brewery. $176/night in March
Courtesy The Augustine Hotel

Casa da Calcada

Technically, this one isn't in a city—it’s about 40 minutes from the city of Porto, not far from the Douro valley—but it is a stunning luxury villa property that offers a relaxing getaway.  The hotel produces Vinho Verde wines and offers tours of local wineries; there's also a beautiful outdoor swimming pool as well as a nearby golf course. Add to that the fact that the on-site Palace Square Restaurant has a Michelin star, and it may be hard to believe you can stay here for less than $200 per night. March 16–20: $194/night
Courtesy Casa da Calcada

Contributed by Gaia Filicori,

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