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You want style, you want service, you want a stay to make your friends green with boutique-bolthole envy… but you don’t want to entirely empty your piggy bank. Smith to the rescue! The hotels on our super-chic shortlist for the Best Budget Boutique gong at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 boast all of the above in spades… without walloping your wallet too hard.

From hip city hubs to sprawling country estates, these are the 10 best budget-friendly hotels, as chosen by you:

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 Hotel Pulitzer in Barcelona, Spain

HOTEL PULITZER – Barcelona, Spain

Bang for your buck A superb city-centre location, just steps from Plaça Catalunya • The rooftop bar has a serious party vibe • Some of the city’s best cocktails are available in the lobby

As you’d expect from a hotspot near the famously ornate edifices of the Gothic quarter, Hotel Pulitzer is a design-conscious delight, right from the moment you walk in and spy the gilt-edged panels of the front desk…

Brody House hotel in Budapest

BRODY HOUSE – Budapest, Hungary

Bang for your buck Unique, art-led design in every room • Selective, but not stuffy, members’ club atmosphere • The revitalised mansion retains its historic charm

More than just a boutique bolthole, Brody House – last year’s winner in this category – is also a members’ club with a stylish bar, a sometime film and fashion-shoot set, and a hub of local creativity with a calendar crammed full of art events and book readings.

 1888 Hotel in Sydney, Australia

1888 HOTEL – Sydney, Australia

Bang for your buck Darling Harbour location • Historic architecture • Brilliant, young staff

1888 Hotel was built in, yup, 1888, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about its gorgeous young staff or vibrant interior. The hotel champions old and new Australia, with reclaimed Ironbark beams and period windows in rooms, and a smart bar menu.

 The Pig near Bath hotel in Somerset, United Kingdom

THE PIG NEAR BATH – Somerset, United Kingdom

Bang for your buck Tasty hyper-local food • Acres of deer park • The potting-shed spa

The third little piggy in the Pig array of boutique stays is the grandest and perhaps most succulent of them all. The food alone is worth the price of admission at any of the Pig properties, and The Pig Near Bath edition is no exception.

 Château les Merles hotel in Dordogne, France

CHATEAU LES MERLES – Dordogne, France

Bang for your buck Affordable chic • Family-run hospitality • Innovative menu in a fabulous dining room

This family-run château near Bergerac is the sort of spot where the welcome’s warm, the gardens are pristine and the food’s très bien. (It’s fantastically kid friendly, too.) Want the full country-manor-in-the-Dordogne experience but aren’t related to some sort of French aristo? Château les Merles is the place for you.

 Borgo della Marmotta hotel in Umbria, Italy

BORGO DELLA MARMOTTA – Umbria, Italy

Bang for your buck Historic hamlet setting • Warm Italian hospitality • Country-paced living

Borgo della Marmotta is the kind of hotel you lose your heart to: a 17th-century hamlet set amid 12,000 olive trees, with views of Spoleto Valley and deliciously romantic rooms.

 The Wheatsheaf Inn hotel in the Cotswolds, United Kingdom

THE WHEATSHEAF INN – Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Bang for your buck A gourmet gastropub • Serene Somerset surrounds • Utterly laid back

Rustic charmer The Wheatsheaf Inn hotel in the Cotswolds brings the trad British coaching inn bang up to date, with stylish design, tasty regional food and beer, and even a petite spa room.

 Claska hotel in Tokyo, Japan

CLASKA – Tokyo, Japan

Bang for your buck Young, fashionable feel Offbeat location • Lively bar and restaurant

Claska’s at the heart of one of Tokyo’s coolest neighbourhoods, and the hotel doesn’t let down its location, thanks to Tei Shuwa’s exceptional design and the ever-evident traditional Japanese hospitality…

 Ekies All Senses Resort in Halkidiki, Greece

EKIES ALL SENSES RESORT – Halkidiki, Greece

Bang for your buck Nearby beach and pool • Open-air spa and bar • Romantic private dining

Ekies All Senses Resort’s ridiculously jewel-coloured bay is the sort of sea you don’t want to leave: calm, warm and shallow. But when you’re out of the water, the delicious dining, serene spa and stylishly minimal rooms are almost as delightful, too.

 Cabochon Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

CABOCHON – Bangkok, Thailand

Bang for your buck Sukhumvit setting • Characterful design • Delicious food

This Bangkok bolthole revels in its eclectic 1920s-inspired interiors: Cabochon is low on price but high on style (features range from red velvet Shanghainese sofas to cheetah skulls and ostrich legs).


We’ll be revealing all the winners of the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 on 7 November. Till then, why not book yourself a stylish stay at one of our 200-plus budget boutique hotels?

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