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Top 10 Budget Boutique Hotels

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a stylish romantic break. We pick out our 10 favourite chic and affordable hotels from the Mr & Mrs Smith budget boutique collection

The Bull Hotel

Where is it? Dorset, UK Why book? You mean, apart from the luxe-for-less price (which is reason alone to this Bridport boutique hotel)? Stripped wooden floors and quirky antiques partner vibrant bold-print papers and fabrics in a vintage-chic decorative scheme that’s bound to make Dorset a Smith favourite for all. Rates: Doubles £60–£250, including breakfast.

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Dar One

Where is it? Marrakech, Morocco Why book? This riad in the old Jewish quarter is all about sleek, edgy design chic and pared-back luxe. Owner Jean Peres designed all the bespoke furnishings himself and had them crafted by local artisans – we like his style. Rates: €80–€120 (£65–£95), including breakfast.

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Avenue Hotel

Where is it? Copenhagen, Denmark Why book? This chic hotel’s goal is to create a cosy and inviting home-from-home hidey-hole – and it achieves it with aplomb, impeccable style and irreducible good cheer. Rates: DKK1,175–DKK1,725 (£125–£180), including breakfast.

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L’Enclume

Where is it? Lake District, UK Why book? With a well-deserved reputation for fine dining, this restaurant with rooms near Lake Windermere is the ideal refuge for weary walkers who’ve worked up an appetite on those Cumbrian fells. Rates: Doubles £98–£198.

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Alila Manggis

Where is it? Bali, Indonesia Why book? Sumptuous yet unassuming, Alila Manggis, surrounded by opulent coconut groves, boasts an award-winning cookery school, a beautiful natural spa and wonderful snorkelling opportunities. Rates: $145–$350 (£75–£175), including breakfast.

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Hotel Signum

Where is it? Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy Why book? Set around a series of tiled and landscaped terraces, bursting with scented lime-trees, the rooms at Hotel Signum come with stunning views as standard. Ask for one overlooking active volcano Stromboli. Rates: Doubles €110–€320 (£85–£250), including breakfast.

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Townhouse

Where is it? Miami, USA Why book? Playfully cool, the Townhouse is a sleek South Beach cocktail of modern minimalist design and traditional comforts, all just a few steps from Miami’s white-sand beaches. Rates: Doubles $115–$500 (£60–£250), including breakfast.

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Escape

Where is it? North Wales, UK Why book? Offering beautiful views of soaring Snowdonian peaks, this intimate, nine-room boutique bed and breakfast is also ideally situated for the coast. Rates: Doubles £85–£125, including breakfast.

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Demeure Monte-Arena

Where is it? Languedoc-Roussillon, France Why book? Lavender-packed gardens, ancient stone fireplaces and an immaculate fountain make this charming 15th-century country house the ultimate southern French escape. Rates: Doubles €75–€150 (£60–£120), including breakfast.

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Derwent House

Where is it? Cape Town, South Africa Why book? This 10-room boutique hotel’s unassuming exterior belies the warmth and luxury within – it’s a snug and stylish bed and breakfast with an irresistible family atmosphere. Rates: Doubles R900–R1,600 (£60–£105), including breakfast.