Top 10 hotels around the world – low budget to luxury

What’s a professional hotel sleeper and how to find the perfect hotel or accommodation for your next trip, holiday or vacation?

This year alone I will be sleeping in 18 different hotels, and throughout my life I have slept in at least 150 different hotels, resorts, bungalows, guesthouses, holiday villas and glampings around the world. You could say this makes me a professional hotel sleeper, right?!

Based on this experience and my own critical taste I have made a list of my 10 favourite hotels I slept in so far, from low budget, mid-range to luxury.

Beautiful 5* hotel Maya Ubud

Beautiful 5* hotel Maya Ubud

These favourites are based on my own experience and opinion as I have visited all these hotels myself. I am not paid to promote these hotels and there will be many other great hotels in these areas to choose from. But I can definitely recommend these and I hope to inspire you with lots of pictures and by naming the unique features of these accommodations in my opinion, opposed to other hotels.

I have stayed in low budget, but also mid-range and extreme luxury hotels and I generally select all of them based on unique features and location. I am happy to stay in either 3, 4 or 5 star hotels, as comfort and look are most important to me. In my experience 4 and 5 star hotels cover this best though, but they don’t always have to be expensive….

Pic credits: Viking Nature Resort

Pic credits: Viking Nature Resort

All prices stated below are based on traveling in the month July and can differ per season. All prices are based on rates (excl.discounts) for 2 person rooms (no suites or villa’s, unless this is the only option offered), and can be booked on or directly on the website of these hotels.

Hereby my favourite hotels so far per continent:

(Remember to click on the pic for more info and to see the bigger version)


  1. Malaysia Langkawi – The Danna
  • Luxury 5 star hotel
  • Price range: €290 – €616 per night
Langkawi The Danna pool view

Pic credits: The Danna hotel

Langkawi The Danna side view  Langkawi The Danna poolside

Langkawi The Danna Viceroy room

The Danna Viceroy room

Unique features:

  • Modern new hotel built in beautiful colonial style including a lush tropical garden
  • Perfectly located near the Cable Car and next to the harbor with many restaurant options
  • Quiet wide beach in front of the hotel
  • Stunning and huge infinity pool
  • Perfect views from your room and the most colorful sunset and mountain views every night
  • Different restaurant options in-and outside the hotel with good food

The Danna Langkawi dinner  The Danna Langkawi perfect seating by the pool

Langkawi The Danna beach

Pic credits: The Danna hotel


  1. Thailand Koh Phi Phi – Viking Nature Resort
  • Low budget – mid-range 3 star bungalows
  • Price range: €30 – €63 per night

Koh Phi Phi Viking beach views (1)Koh Phi Phi Viking nature resort private beach  Koh Phi Phi Viking nature resort bungalows

Unique features:

  • Very laid back nature location
  • Basic rooms with fan but built totally out of bamboo and natural materials
  • Including small private beach which is still very authentic and has perfect direct views at Koh Phi Phi Leh
  • Only 5 minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches of Phi Phi Don, called Long Beach and 25 minutes walk from the main pier
  • Great value for money with a bit more comfort than most low budget bungalows
  • Unspoilt nature views from your own hammock on your balcony
Koh Phi Phi Viking beach views

Direct views at Koh Phi Phi Leh

Koh Phi Phi Viking tree hut room  Koh Phi Phi Viking tree hut hammock


  1. Thailand Phuket – Ananta Thai Pool Villas Resort
  • Mid-range 4 star resort with only private pool villas
  • Price range: €112 – €216 per night
Phuket Ananta Thai private pool

Pic credits: Ananta Thai Pool Villas Resort

Phuket Ananta Thai Pool villas resort private pool  Phuket Ananta resort pool view

Phuket Ananta Thai Pool villas jacuzzi

Pic credits: Ananta Thai Pool Villas Resort

Unique features:

  • Small and personal boutique style resort with only 12 villas
  • Luxurious villas with private pool and jacuzzi, built in natural style out of wood including private closed tropical garden around the pool
  • Beautiful decorative features, such as traditionally carved wooden doors and small temples on the lush tropical grounds
  • Quiet location nearby bigger villages Karon and Kata, and only 15 minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Patong
  • Free shuttle bus from resort to charming Rawai
  • Great dinner facilities at the hotel and your own small kitchen in the bungalow

Phuket Ananta Thai Pool villas resort surroundings (2) Phuket Ananta Thai villa traditional door  Phuket Ananta Thai Pool villas resort surroundings (3)


4.Thailand Hua Hin – Putahracsa

  • Luxury 5 star hotel
  • Price range €200 – 400 per room per night, more luxury by booking the more expensive private villas.
Hua Hin Putahracsa hotel room

Pic credits: Putahracsa Hotel

Hua Hin Putahracsa pool

Hua Hin Putahracsa hotel facade

Pic credits: Putahracsa Hotel

Unique features:

  • Perfect central location near the night market and many restaurants
  • Clean, classy and minimal design
  • All rooms have their own balcony or terrace with great views and seating
  • Several pools with lots of space and sun beds
  • The hotel’s Seaside restaurant serves great food and cocktails with perfect sea views
Happy Hour every night with seaside views

Happy Hour every night with seaside views

Hua Hin Putahracsa Seaside ambiance (1)  Hua Hin Putahracsa Seaside ambiance (2)

Hua Hin Putahracsa seaside pool

Pic credits: Putahracsa Hotel


  1. Bali Seminyak – Anantara Seminyak Resort
  • Luxury 5 star resort with only suites
  • Price range:€414 – €481 per night
Seminyak Anantara resort facade

Pic credits: Anantara Resort Seminyak

Bali Anantara Seminyak suite  Bali Anantara Seminyak suite view

Unique features:

  • Centrally located, directly facing the beach in a buzzing area of the city
  • A beach walk via Legian to Kuta is easily done from the hotel’s location
  • Very spacious and beautifully designed rooms in modern Balinese style, including many facilities and great views
  • Each room has its own balcony with terrazzo jacuzzi and spacious seating area on the balcony and in the room
  • Very good breakfast and dinner options at the hotel’s restaurant and trendy Moonlite bar on the roof for cocktails with a view
  • Private beach with very comfortable sunbeds
Seminyak Anantara resort beach

Pic credits: Anantara Resort Seminyak

Bali Anantara Seminyak infinity pool

Seminyak Anantara Resort Moonlite rooftop bar

Pic credits: Anantara Resort Seminyak


  1. Bali Ubud – Maya Ubud
  • Luxury 5 star resort
  • Price range: €246 – €266 per night
Bali Maya Ubud swimmingpool

Pic credits: Maya Ubud

Bali Maya Ubud room  Bali Maya Ubud balcony view

Unique features:

  • Rooms in modern Balinese design combined with traditional elements, including a balcony with perfect views over the rice fields
  • 2 amazing infinity pools amidst the jungle looking out over the valley and river below
  • Totally secluded in the middle of tropical surroundings but still only 2 km from the city center
  • 4 restaurant options at the hotel
  • Amazing hotel spa on a unique nature location
Bali Maya Ubud spa

Pic credits: Maya Ubud



  1. Mauritius – Hilton
  • Luxury 5 star resort, but well priced
  • Price range: €200 – €295 per night
Mauritius Hilton Resort

Pic credits: Hilton Mauritius

Mauritius Hilton frontside tropical mountain views  Mauritius Hilton hotel grounds

Mauritius Hilton beach and views

Tropical views from every angle and dining on the beach!

Unique features:

  • Gorgeous private beach
  • Nice sunset view every night at 6 pm sharp with great cocktails
  • Many restaurant options at the hotel with recommended dinner options right on the beach including live music, so romantic!
  • Beautiful resort grounds, well maintained with tropical views from every angle
  • Centrally located on the island
Mauritius Hilton dinner

Pic credits: Hilton Mauritius

Mauritius Hilton (6)  Mauritius Hilton cocktails

Mauritius Hilton sunsets 6 pm sharp

Perfect sunset every night at 6 pm sharp!


  1. Kenya – Galdessa eco lodge
  • Luxury 5 star eco lodge
  • Price range: €479 – €666 per night
Kenya Galdessa camp lodge

Your own gorgeous eco lodge!

Kenya Galdessa private lodge (3)  Kenya Galdessa lodge river view

Unique features:

  • Centrally located in Tsavo East National Park near Luggard’s falls, which is beautiful and this park is THE perfect place in Kenya for wildlife safari’s
  • The lodge is totally one with nature, located by the river so you can hear the hippo’s in the river, and wild animals roam free around the camp all day and night
  • You get your own Masai guide to walk you to and from your lodge to the main building for safety
  • The lodges are very private, each set widely apart with your own terrace and fantastic views of the river
  • Great food, all included in the booking

Kenya Galdessa camp  Kenya Galdessa camp breakfast

Kenya Galdessa eco lodge animal roaming free

Pic credits: Galdessa camp


Central America

  1. Costa Rica – Azánia bungalows
Costa Rica Azánia private nature bungalows

Our private bungalow incl. hammock

Costa Rica Azánia bungalows hammock  Costa Rica Azánia tropical surroundings (2)

Unique features:

  • Near the beach and Caribbean sea on a quiet location
  • Beautiful basic spacious bungalows, only with fan, but built totally out of natural materials
  • The bungalows have their own terrace and hammock and a small shared swimming pool
  • Lots of privacy with only 10 bungalows set well apart and surrounded by nature
  • Nice breakfast and dinner facilities at the hotel amidst tropical plants and flowers
  • Great value for money as the bungalow is comfortable and provides room for up to 4 people 
Costa Rica Azania bungalow interior

Pic credits: Azánia bungalows

Costa Rica Azánia tropical surroundings (1)  Costa Rica Azánia tropical surroundings (3)

Costa Rica Azánia bungalows pool view

Azánia’s small but lovely swimming pool



  1. Hamburg – Gastwerk design hotel
  • Mid-priced but spacious 4 star design hotel
  • Price range: €135 – €165 per night
Hamburg Gastwerk Hotel facade

Pic credits: Gastwerk hotel

 Hamburg Gastwerk hotel facade  Hamburg Gastwerk Hotel loft room

Unique features:

  • Perfect for architecture lovers, especially if you appreciate industrial design and heritage
  • Decoration of the hotel’s interior, as well as exterior is on point, beautiful contrasts of raw industrial structures combined with tasteful lighting
  • All loft rooms types are spacious, trendy and tastefully decorated
  • The ambiance of the breakfast area, restaurant and L-Bar is great, as well is the food
  • The spacious building offers plenty room for relaxation, meetings and a quiet spa
  • Free car rental service of their own Mini’s
Hamburg Gastwerk hotel lobby

Pic credits: Gastwerk hotel

Hamburg Gastwerk Hotel Machine Bar  Hamburg Gastwerk Hotel L-Bar

Hopefully I have been able to inspire you and maybe even help you with deciding on your next destination and accommodation! For more booking links and advice you can also check my favourite booking links page or just contact me by mail at:

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For more tips and inspiration how to find the perfect travel and hotel combination of authentic chicness click on to my previous post.

So curious to hear what your favourite hotel you stayed in ever around the world is! Please let me know by commenting below.

About Authentic Chica

Traveler, wanderer and explorer from the Netherlands, with a special love for authenticity, while keeping it chic. With a passion for traveling, lust for exploring, heart for holidays and an eye for beautiful things. Find out about my tips on how to find the perfect traveling combination of authentic chicness.
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12 Responses to Top 10 hotels around the world – low budget to luxury

  1. Sigrid Hoek says:

    great list! Especially the one at Koh Phi Phi and Costa Rica ❤ My favorite one is a 5 euro a night bungalow near the Gunung Leuser NP in Sumatra. It's all about the view!!


    • Hahaha I knew you would like those, you are such a nature person, you jungle girl:P But I know excatly what you mean and view is very important to me too, but still a luxury kinda girl as well, xxx


  2. Rohit says:

    Wow ! Find it immensely readable and informative. Beautiful layout and design. Will have a second look on my laptop. Carry on the good work . Three cheers


  3. Tuni says:

    Superb ! Reading and looking at your pictures just makes me want to leave rainy Copenhagen and try all hotels on this list 😉


  4. Wauw, they look amazing. I’ve never been in Asia myself so it all looks great to me. The one in Hamburg looks pretty cool too. If I have to pick one in your country I would say that I really liked the Tower in Amsterdam. Cool design and perfect location in central Amsterdam. Maybe next time you can guide me in Asia or Africa 😉


    • Wow good tip, haven’t been to the Tower yet, so certainly a good tip Stephanie! And Gastwerk hotel is highly recommended for a city trip to Hamburg indeed! Let me know any time when you’re planning to go to Asia, so beautiful there and I have tons of tips! Happy to share and guide you, xxx


  5. Leslie says:

    I love finding different places to stay when I travel. That is half the fun I feel like. These places are cool. I’m loving the room with the hammock!


    • Thanx Leslie, I feel exactly the same, we usually stay in at least 2-3 different accommodations during a trip, I love to mix it up too! Hope you can stay in one of these hotels or bungalows soon, they are all highly recommended!


  6. I absolutely loved the Kenyan Lodge 😀


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