Updated on May 30th, 2020

Some people consider accommodation on a trip to be a place to rest their head and store their suitcase, but I reckon a beautiful place to stay can take your travel experience to the next level.

I’ve stayed in hundreds of unique places to stay around the world in my travels, from bamboo nests to capsule hotels to funky hostels and five star hotels, and I wanted to write a one-stop-shop list with all my favourites along why you should visit, how you can book and some bonus tips to get the most from your stay.

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All of the places on this list I’ve personally stayed in myself, except for one which friends have raved about (see if you can find it!) so you can trust that the reviews are based on my own experience, as always. Select the continent or country you’re looking for below, or scroll through for some accommodation inspiration!

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Australasia and the South Pacific

Best places to stay in Australia

Sydney

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Type of accommodation: Design hotel

Why it’s amazing: Even with 100 rooms in a huge warehouse setting, the Ovolo on Woolloomooloo Wharf feels like an upscale boutique hotel. The design is simply stunning, it’s industrial-chic with pink and gold accents, and the rooms are decked out for maximum comfort. But what takes it to the next level is the perks, like daily social hour with free drinks and canapés, and free snacks in the lobby all day. Sign me up.

Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia

Check your travel dates and prices here.


Little Albion, A Crystalbrook Collection Boutique Hotel

Type of accommodation: Small boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: Located in a heritage building in Sydney’s sophisticated Surry Hills neighbourhood, this gem is ideal for an elegant weekend away. The rooms are beautiful, beds are comfy, there’s a sun-soaked rooftop terrace and they have a daily honour bar where you can DIY your own tipple.

Bonus tip: Reuben HIlls is a café just around the corner and they have the best Nutella hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life.

Address: 21 Little Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Best places to stay in New Zealand

The Coromandel

Slipper Island

Type of accommodation: Glamping & lodge

Why it’s amazing: This hidden gem in the North Island’s Coromandel Peninsula deserves way more hype than it gets, but that’s because even some locals don’t know about it! It’s a short boat ride from the small coastal town of Tairua, and the island is basically private, with a shallow bay perfect for kayaking and easy access to fishing and diving spots. There’s a lodge with a full kitchen and bunk rooms or two safari-style glamping tents if you’re feeling flash.

Bonus tip: You can book for just a couple or a family, but if you want to head over for a special occasion, you only need 30 people to rent out the entire place and have your own private island!

Address: Slipper Island (Whakahau)

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Slipper Island Glamping in New Zealand

Tairua Airbnb

Type of accommodation: Airbnb

Why it’s amazing: Full disclosure: this beachfront Kiwi bach is actually owned by my parents. But that means I’ve spent a lot of time there and can vouch for it personally! Tairua is a quaint little town that many tourists pass through on the way to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, but it’s not a hot spot in itself and that’s what makes it great. It has a warm, local feel, there are some excellent eateries, and it’s super chill. I’ve spent almost every NZ summer there and it’s one of my favourite places in the world.

Address: 13 Manaia Road, Tairua

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Best places to stay in Fiji

Octopus Resort

Type of accommodation: Luxury resort

Why it’s amazing: A quintessential island resort, complete with beachfront activities, traditional bures and incredible staff. There are dorm beds available for budget or solo travellers too, that’s a win!

Address: Likuliku Bay, Waya Island, BA Nalauwaki, Fiji

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Mantaray Island Resort

Type of accommodation: Luxury resort

Why it’s amazing: This resort is unique in that it’s pretty heavily catered to a younger crowd, with both private and dorm rooms, loads of optional adventures and a bustling bar with delicious cocktails. Don’t miss the sunset tubing activity!

Address: Nanuya Balavu Island, Yasawa Islands, Nanuya Balavu Island, Fiji

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Asia

Best places to stay in Hong Kong

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Type of accommodation: Luxury hotel

Why it’s amazing: Um, it’s the Ritz-Carlton… Do you need any more convincing? Seriously though, I somehow managed to score a few nights here a couple of years back and it was INSANE. The staff are brilliant, there are not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants, and the rooms are basically built for royalty. It’s the highest hotel in the world too, with the Presidential Suite on the 117th floor (and I stayed on the 116th floor!).

Address: International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Read my full review here and book online here.

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Ritz Carlton Hong Kong view

SLEEEP

Type of accommodation: Capsule hotel

Why it’s amazing: There’s nothing better than a full night of deep sleep, and that’s what this cute little capsule hotel is built for. It’s got eight pods, each set up with your choice of mattress, pillow and duvet which you select before check in through an app. You can tailor the pod lighting to your preference too, and even set a ‘sunrise’ alarm to wake you up naturally. The hotel has bathrooms and lockers but no kitchen or fridge to use, and there’s no food allowed inside, so you’ll need to chow down on dumplings at the night market instead.

Address: 1/F, 242 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Read my full review here and book online here.

Sleeep capsule hotel Hong Kong

Best places to stay in Thailand

Bangkok

W Station

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: Bangkok is one of my favourite cities in Asia, but there’s no doubt that it can be a bit of an assault on the senses. If you’re looking for an escape from the chaos, W Station is the ideal spot. It’s a quiet, homely boutique hotel with cosy rooms, friendly staff and a brilliant restaurant downstairs, and it’s only a few minutes’ walk to the nearest Skytrain station.

Address: 6 Soi Krung Thonburi 2, Krung Thunburi Road, Bangkok

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Siam@Siam Design Hotel

Type of accommodation: Hotel

Why it’s amazing: If you’re happy to splurge a bit (in relation to Thailand’s normal prices) for a fancy hotel in an excellent location, Siam@Siam offers is well worth it. Prices start from around £75/$150 for two people but you’ll get a huge room, luxurious bathroom, access to the infinity pool, an amazing breakfast and you’ll be just a short walk from the Siam Paragon, MBK and Siam Discovery shopping malls.

Bonus tip: I’ve been randomly upgraded both times I stayed here and according to their reviews this is fairly common, so it might be worth asking nicely!

Address: 865 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok

Check your travel dates and book online here.


LubD Siam Square

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: Just across the road from Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Lub d is the answer if you’re on a tight budget. With dorm rooms or cosy privates to choose from, fast WiFi, laundry facilities and a common room to meet other travellers, it’s perfect for backpackers, social travellers or anyone wanting to save their cash for cocktail buckets and elephant pants.

Address: 925/9 Rama 1 Road Wangmai Patthumwan, Bangkok

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Khao Sok National Park

Floating rafts

Type of accommodation: Unique

Why they’re amazing: Um hello, it’s literally in the middle of paradise. It amazes me that Khao Sok is so often left off Thailand itineraries, because every single traveller should know about this place. While a boat trip around Khao Sok is worth every cent (or baht), I would highly recommend spending a night or two on the man-made Cheow Lan Lake in a floating raft hotel.

How to book them: It can be costly and difficult to get transport if you book your own floating hotel, so your best bet is to book a Khao Sok National Park tour that includes a night on Cheow Lan Lake plus the boat there and some activities too.


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Khao Sok National park

Art’s Riverview Lodge

Type of accommodation: Unique

Why it’s amazing: Offering basic accommodation but in a lush all-natural setting, Art’s Lodge is good value jungle life at its best. Sleep in wooden treehouses, watch for monkeys down by the river and soak up the off-grid vibes.

Address: 54/3 Moo 6, T.Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani, 84250 Khao Sok, Thailand

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Khao Sok jungle glamping

Elephant Hills

Type of accommodation: Glamping

Why it’s amazing: This is the only place in this list I haven’t stayed at yet, but I’ve had so many friends rave about it and I was hoping to make it there later this year (ha, thanks COVID). Elephant Hills has luxury glamping tents in both the jungle and on Cheow Lan Lake, an ethical and sustainable elephant sanctuary, and loads of jungle activities to keep you occupied.

Bonus tip: If you are celebrating a special occasion, this is the perfect type of place to book.

Address: 170 Moo 7 Tambon Klong Sok, Panom District, Suratthani 84250 Thailand

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Krabi

Avani Ao Nang Cliff Resort

Type of accommodation: Luxury hotel

Why it’s amazing: This one’s a classic beach resort but the infinity pool alone makes it a worthwhile stay. The sunset view is absolutely incredible, and it’s made even better when you’re chilling in the water with a half-price happy hour pina colada. The dream!

Address: 328 Moo2, T. Aonang, A.muang, Krabi, 81000 Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

Check your travel dates and book online here.

AVANI Aonang Cliff resort Krabi infinity pool

Best places to stay in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands

Type of accommodation: Luxury hotel

Why it’s amazing: One of the most recognised hotels in the world, this one’s a bucket lister for sure. The rooms are what you’d expect from a fancy hotel but, of course, the reason for booking is the world-famous infinity pool with insane views over the Singapore skyline.

Bonus tip: There’s no way to access the infinity pool without being a hotel guest or without knowing one willing to lend you their key (each person needs to scan their hotel key to enter the pool area), but you can get the view by heading up to Ce La Vie rooftop bar instead.

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay, 018956 Singapore

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Marina Bay Sands infinity pool

YOTELAir Singapore Changi Airport

Type of accommodation: Capsule hotel

Why it’s amazing: YOTEL has capsule-style hotels in airports and cities around the globe, and I’m obsessed with their perfect mix of comfort and efficiency. YOTEL at Changi is in the Jewel Changi mall, only a few minutes’ walk to departures. It’s ideal if you’ve got a long stopover or have an early morning flight. The rooms are small but they use they space incredibly well, with a huge, comfy mattress complete with a remote to recline it from couch to bed, a fold out desk, room for luggage and a decent bathroom with a hair dryer and toiletries. The mall itself is amazing too, with loads of shops, an insanely huge food court and epic activities like bounce nets, light shows and a cinema.

Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Changi, Singapore, Singapore, 819666

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Best places to stay in Indonesia

Labuan Bajo

Le Pirate Boatel

Type of accommodation: Unique

Why it’s amazing: Le Pirate Boatel is a boat that’s permanently moored in a harbour near Labuan Bajo in the Komodo Islands, with funky open-air rooms with views out over the ocean. Each room has a fan, a net curtain, storage space and power plugs, plus a hammock net over the water for maximum chill out time. The boat’s got shared bathroom facilities (although they are pretty small!), an on-site bar and restaurant, and offers activities like snorkelling, kayaking and island visits. A super cool and unique idea for something to do in Indonesia!

Address: Labuan Bajo, 86754 Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

Read my full review here and book online here.

Labuan Bajo hotel Le Pirate Boatel

Bali

The Udaya

Type of accommodation: Luxury hotel

Why it’s amazing: You’ve probably seen the Udaya’s Insta-famous pool or flower baths on your social media feeds, because it’s one of the resorts that has become synonymous with Bali’s travel bloggers and digital nomads. And I’m not even embarrassed to say that I got caught by the hype and splurged on a night to celebrate six months of solo travel back in January! The Udaya was next level in terms of service, comfort and surroundings, and the flower bath at the on-site Kaveri Spa was ultra-relaxing and a great way to treat myself for making it half way through my 52 in 52 project.

Fun fact: I booked a night here at the beginning of January for my last night in Bali for £131 (well over my average accommodation spend of £15-20), and was counting down the days to my self-treat. But a few days before, I got an email telling me to check in for my flight… which was the day before I thought it was. Yes, I had booked the expensive hotel room for the night of 6 January, when my flight was actually out of Bali at 10.50pm on the 6th of January. Cue tears. Luckily the hotel ended up having a cancellation for the same room type the morning of 5th of January, so I managed to get the epic Udaya experience after all!

Address: Jl Sriwedari, No.48B, Banjar Tegallantang, Ubud, Bali

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Udaya Bali hotel

Firefly Eco Villa

Type of accommodation: Unique Airbnb

Why it’s amazing: If you’ve never wanted to stay in a bird’s nest before, this one might just change your mind. Firefly Eco Villa has a few different rooms and huts to choose from but I stayed on the 3rd floor of the bamboo bird’s nest, in the middle of lush rice paddies in Ubud. The ‘room’ is a comfy mattress with a mosquito net and a plug, with storage for bags downstairs. There’s a shared semi-outdoor bathroom but it offers full privacy, a flushing toilet and hot water. It’s such a cool experience to spend a night in the Balinese countryside, falling asleep to nature’s sounds and waking up to a gorgeous sunrise!

Bonus tip: The ladder to get up to the room is not for the faint-hearted, so if you’re not okay with heights, aren’t comfortable climbing or have a small bladder requiring midnight bathroom visits, book the first or second floor option or one of the other huts instead.

Address: Literally the middle of the rice fields in Ubud’s countryside

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Firefly eco villa Bali

Kos One Hostel Canggu

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: If I could magically build the hostel of my dreams, it’d look pretty similar to Kos One in Canggu, Bali’s hipster hot spot. The dorm rooms have spacious and comfy capsule-style beds, there are private rooms if you want your own space, there’s social spaces on each floor, and downstairs has a huge café serving up delicious meals and strong drinks. Oh, I forgot the best part! There’s also a gigantic pool complete with floating bean bags, a pool bar and a waterslide from the second storey.

Address: Pantai Batu Bolong St No.78, Canggu, Bali 80361

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Kos One Canggu hostel

Warwick Ibah

Type of accommodation: Luxury villas

Why it’s amazing: A total oasis away from moped traffic jams and endless honking horns, Warwick Ibah can be found in the Campuhan Valley on the outskirts of Ubud. The rooms here are enormous, with bathrooms bigger than most bedrooms, complete with a huge marble bath for ultimate relaxation. The resort is so spread out that it truly feels like you have the jungle to yourself!

Bonus tip: I’m a sucker for hotel pools, if you can’t tell already, and Warwick Ibah’s is one of my favourites. It’s set against palm trees that reflect beautifully in the water, you can catch the sky changing colour at sunrise and sunset, and there are comfy day beds or “relaxation corners” built into a stone wall.

Address: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Bali, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Girl in front of Ubud luxury infinity pool

Nusa Lembongan

The Tamarind Resort

Type of accommodation: Luxury resort

Why it’s amazing: With modern rooms, a brilliant restaurant and two infinity pools (!!), the Tamarind will impress anyone… But it’s the staff here who take it to the next level. Incredibly warm and welcoming, from the moment I stepped through to the door until they offered to drop me off at my ferry back to the mainland, they were helpful and went out of their way to ensure I was enjoying myself. The cherry on top of the cake!

Bonus tip: Looking for a floating breakfast? This is the spot, the Tamarind’s floating breakfast is to die for. You’ll get choc chip pancakes, a smoothie bowl with your name cut out of fruit, strawberries and cream, champagne, eggs benedict and more. Take it in the infinity pool by the restaurant to get volcano views in the background.

Address: Jalan Jungutbatu, 80771 Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Read my full review here and book online here.

floating breakfast nusa lembongan

Acala Shri Sedana

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: The Acala’s serene location is a beautiful escape from the chaos of mainland Bali, and it’s excellent value for the price you pay. The villas are large with gorgeous outdoor bathrooms, the staff are lovely, and the infinity pool offers incredible views over lush jungle and the ocean.

Bonus tip: I’m not an early riser at all but the sunrise view from the pool at the Acala is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Definitely worth an early wake up!

Address: Jl. Ancak Sari No. 277 Ancak, Lembongan, 80771 Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Read my full review here and book online here.

Acala Shri Sedana infinity pool Nusa Lembongan

Best places to stay in Vietnam

Tam Coc

Tam Coc Garden

Type of accommodation: Luxury resort

Why it’s amazing: Tam Coc Garden Resort is the perfect mix of authenticity and luxury, giving you a five star experience in the middle of the Vietnamese countryside. Surrounded by lush gardens, rice paddies and towering limestone karsts, the resort has spacious rooms with great views, a restaurant serving up incredible dishes, and a huge pool.

Bonus tip: The WiFi here is literally the fastest I’ve ever had at a hotel, ever. So if you’re in Tam Coc and in need of fast internet for work or video uploads or whatever, it’s worth popping in for a meal or a night!

Address: Hai Nham Hamlet, Ninh Hai Commune, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Tam Coc Garden Resort

Hue

Sahi Homestay Retreat

Type of accommodation: Homestay

Why it’s amazing: Located in a residential area just a short drive from the main centre of Hue, Sahi Homestay is beautifully-designed with a focus on natural health. There are private rooms as well as a 2-bed and 4-bed dorm, and all the rooms are Scandinavian-style and minimalist, with loads of natural light and lots of space. The family who run it are super friendly, they are happy to help with local travel tips and they cook some deliciously authentic Vietnamese vegetarian meals!

Address: 27/245a Bui Thi Xuan, Hue, Vietnam

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Sahi Homestay private room in Hue

Hoi An

TRIPLE Riverside Villa

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: This bright yellow brand new hotel hasn’t been open long, but has already made its mark as a top place to stay in the gorgeous town of Hoi An. With an ideal location on the river, a short bike ride to the Ancient Town using the hotel’s free bikes, and a huge pool to cool off in after a busy day or exploring, TRIPLE Riverside Villa was a brilliant place to stay during my five days in the city.

Address:

You can read my full review here and book online here.

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TRIPLE Riverside Villa Hoi An

Phu Quoc

Naomi Resort

Type of accommodation: Overwater bungalows

Why it’s amazing: I’ve done a lot of research on places to stay around the globe, so I’m pretty confident in saying that Naomi offers some of the cheapest overwater bungalows in the entire world. I paid just £50/$100NZD for a night in a double bungalow with a comfy bed, decent bathroom, storage and sitting areas both inside and outside, with a ladder right into the ocean just 20 metres away. Absolute bliss.

Bonus tip: This is a new hotel and the area is still quite fresh in terms of tourism, so don’t expect pristine resort beaches and world-class restaurants, but the value is undeniable. Similar bungalows in the Maldives would cost upwards of £400 a night, and even Thailand or Malaysia would set you back at least £200. It’s worth it for the overwater experience alone!

Address: Ap Cay Sao, Ham Ninh, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Vietnam overwater bungalow in Phu Quoc

Lanaland Homestay

Type of accommodation: Homestay

Why it’s amazing: Lana is one of my favourite people I’ve met on all my travels, and spending a few nights at her homestay on the underrated island of Phu Quoc was definitely a highlight. The homestay has dorm rooms with shared bathrooms as well as private rooms with en suites, and both have access to laundry facilities and cooking equipment. There’s free WiFi, filtered drinking water and loads of social events every week, and it’s a ten minute walk to the beach.

Bonus tip: Z Coffee is a small café on a corner just a few minutes from Lanaland, on your way to the main road and the beach, and the food is amazing and so cheap! I rate the banana pancakes and chocolate milkshake, delicious.

Address: Cua Lap, Duong To, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Where to stay in Phu Quoc Lana Land Homestay

Best places to stay in India

Udaipur

Premkunj Udaipur

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: Hidden next to a local village on the outskirts of Udaipur, Premkunj is an opulent oasis far from the craziness of India’s cities. The rooms are adorned with stunning feature walls and decor, there’s a huge pool to cool off in on a hot day, and the chefs serve up authentic cuisine using local ingredients. The hospitality I experienced all through India as a solo female traveller was heart-warming, but Premkunj literally felt like a home away from home, and I can’t wait to return one day.

Fun fact: The team at Premkunj have a strong focus on sustainability and protecting the local area. The staff are all from the nearby village, giving young locals the chance to work in tourism, learn English and meet travellers from all over the world, something that’s often reserved for privileged and well-educated city-dwellers who were taught English in school. They’ve also installed rubbish bins on a nearby hike, and do a weekly clean up to keep the track litter-free.

Address: House No.1, Upli, Basti Ram Jiki Badi, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Premkunj Udaipur hotel

Jodhpur

Almond Tree Homestay

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: The Blue City of Jodhpur is colourful and chaotic, and the Almond Tree is a much-needed escape from the crowds at the end of a long day. With massive rooms and equally massive bathrooms, an on-site restaurant with delicious masala chai and succulent curries to choose from, and a lush rooftop garden with a spa pool and views of Umaid Bhawan Palace, it’s simply dreamy.

Address: 321, Umaid Heritage, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Almond Tree Jodhpur hotel

The Middle East

Best places to stay in Turkey

Istanbul

Blue Mosque Suites

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: This family-owned hotel is ideal for anyone wanting to sight-see in Istanbul! It’s just a short walk from the stunning Blue Mosque and grand Hagia Sofia, and has easy transport links to other tourist hot spots like the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. The bed is one of the comfiest I’ve slept in on my travels, there’s a little rooftop terrace so you can eat breakfast in the sun, and the family who run it are always happy to help with any Istanbul questions.

Address: Sultanahmet Mah. Akbıyık Cad. No:94, Fatih, 34122 Istanbul, Turkey

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Blue Mosque Suites Istanbul

Cappadocia

Artemis Cave Suites

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: Staying in a Cappadocia cave hotel is on the bucket lists of people all over the globe, and with over 1000 reviews averaging 9.3/10, Artemis is definitely one of the best options in this otherworldly region. The rooms are spacious, with lovely bathrooms, comfy beds and air con/heating, but the best thing about Artemis has got to be the three rooftop terraces that allow the perfect vantage point for sunrise balloon viewing and photos. Oh, and the massive buffet breakfast is nothing to scoff at either!

Bonus tip: From Artemis it’s only a few minutes’ walk up a steep hill to get to Sunrise Point, which has panoramic views of the valleys and, if weather permits, the balloons floating over them. The balloons go up every day depending on weather, but if you’re desperate to see them (or to go for a ride yourself) then I’d recommend staying at least three nights in Cappadocia just in case.

Address: Isa Gaferli Mah. Aydınkırağı Sk. No:22 Göreme Nevsehir, 50180 Goreme, Turkey

Read my full Artemis Cave Suites review here and book online here.

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Artemis Cave Suites Cappadocia

Kookaburra Pension

Type of accommodation: Value hotel

Why it’s amazing: I’m a sucker for a good deal, and the value you get for the price you pay at Kookaburra Pension is seriously impressive. Prices start from only £30/$60 for two people and that includes a buffet breakfast! The rooms are basic but decent, it’s close to the main street and eateries, and there’s a gorgeous rooftop terrace for sunrise balloon viewing.

Bonus tip: Topdeck Cave is a restaurant that’s only a short walk from Kookaburra, and it’s one of the best culinary experiences I’ve had on my all travels. Big call! The menu changes daily, the dishes are authentic Turkish cuisine and made with local ingredients, and the setting inside a traditional cave house is super cool in itself. This place is so popular that it’s often booked a few days in advance, so contact them to book a table.

Address: Orta Mah. Konak Sok No:10 Göreme Nevsehir , 50180 Goreme, Turkey

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Cappadocia rooftop cheap hotel Kookaburra Pension

Best places to stay in Dubai

Al Seef Heritage Hotel

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: Dubai is known for ultra-modern skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls, but Al Seef Heritage Hotel is a world away from that side of the city. Located next to the Al Fahidi Historical District, the Al Seef complex transports you back to Old Dubai, complete with rustic decor, traditional Arabian architecture and restaurants serving up authentic Emirati and other Middle Eastern cuisine. The service here is impeccable, I particularly liked the golf cart drop off, and you also get access to the nearby Canopy by Hilton Al Seef’s infinity pool.

Address: Al Seef Street, Umm Hurair 1, Dubai Creek, P.O. Box 35449, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai

Sonder Apartments

Type of accommodation: Apartment

Why it’s amazing: If you love staying somewhere with homely vibes and self-contained facilities while you’re on the road, Sonder’s going to change your life like it did mine. They have beautifully designed and comfortable apartments for short or long-term stays in 28 countries around the world, and they can match the service level and ideal locations of top hotels while keeping their spaces livable and practical. The Sonder Dubai is located down the main stretch of JBR, with access to the Rixos Premium’s on-site pool bar and gym, and each room has a full kitchen, fancy bathroom, living area, separate bedroom and laundry facilities.

Bonus tip: The Sonder JBR Suites are located in the Rixos Premium complex, which has loads of food and drink options too. Head to Black Tap for the world’s craziest milkshakes, check the Ladies Day specials at the Azure Beach pool bar, and tuck into some delicious Italian food at Luigia.

Address: The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, 34HP+VG Dubai, United Arab Emirate

Read my full Sonder Dubai review here and book online here.

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Best places to stay in Israel

Tel Aviv

Abraham Hostel

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: Abraham Hostel is a social event in itself, with a huge common area, work spaces, an on-site bar and a rooftop terrace. Rooms are basic with bunk beds but they’re spacious and clean, and you can upgrade to a private if you prefer. But Abraham’s event calendar is particularly worth shouting about. Each week they hold loads of fun activities like themed parties, pub crawls, Shabbat dinner, curry night, hummus workshops and more, and they run day trips and multi-day tours around Tel Aviv and other parts of the country too.

Bonus tip: Even if you don’t stay at the hostel, Abraham’s Tours are absolutely incredible. The food tour to the multi-cultural Neve Sha’anan neighbourhood had delicious food and gave us an eye-opening insight into the city’s diversity, the Best of the West Bank tour took us into the Occupied Palestinian Territories for a thought-provoking history lesson, and the Hebron dual narrative tour was by far the best cultural day tour I’ve ever done on my travels.

Address: 21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv, 6511604, Israel

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv

Best places to stay in Jordan

Amman

Cabin Hostel

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: This place has cosy pod-style beds, luggage storage, comfy hang out areas and shared bathrooms, and it’s one of the cheapest options for accommodation in the whole of Jordan. The Cabin Hostel team are awesome and make everyone feel at home, they even brought us afternoon snacks when they noticed we’d been working on our laptops all day! The location is ideal, with easy access to ancient ruins, street markets and cheap eats.

Bonus tip: Hashem Downtown Restaurant is an Amman institution that can’t be missed if you like your Middle Eastern cuisine. They serve up impressive portions of falafel, hummus, pita and chips for only a few Jordanian dollars, which is brilliant value. Expect a line at lunch and dinner time!

Address: King Hussein Street Building 3, 16665 Amman, Jordan

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Europe

Best places to stay in the UK

Herefordshire

Brook House Woods

Type of accommodation: Glamping

Why it’s amazing: If you’re living in London and need an escape from the city, Brook House Woods has a number of glamping tents in the English countryside just three hours away! This place is totally off the grid, with no WiFi or cell reception, an outdoor kitchen, toilet/shower stalls and a fire pit. We stayed in the bright red Goji hanging tree tent, complete with two single beds, a fireplace, a desk, storage and a glass-top roof for star-gazing and a sunrise wake up. It offers a much-needed escape from the London madness.

Address: Brook House Farm, Avenbury Lane, Bromyard ​HR7 4LB

Read my full Brook House Woods review and book online here.

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Brook House Woods tree tent

Best places to stay in France

Paris

LAZ’ Hotel Spa Urbain

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: This small boutique hotel in Paris’ elegant 9th arrondissement is a must-stay for any fashion fiends or theatre geeks. It’s super close to major shopping malls like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps as well as the Palais Garnier opera house, and has great transport links to the rest of the city’s landmarks. There’s an indoor pool and wellness area, the buffet breakfast is varied and delicious, and the rooms are absolutely gorgeous. As far as fancy hotels in Paris go, this one certainly offers brilliant value.

Bonus tip: If you have something to celebrate, splurge on a room on the top floor. You’ll get your own rooftop terrace with views of the Sacre Coeur!

Address: 17 Rue de Milan, 9th arr., 75009 Paris, France

Read my full LAZ’ Hotel review and book online here.

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Girl in black and white bathtub looking through glass into bedroom

Best places to stay in Bulgaria

Sofia

Hostel Mostel

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: Hostel Mostel is by far the best value hostel I’ve ever stayed in, and that’s saying something. Dorm rooms start at just £7.50/$15NZD and that includes breakfast and a vegetarian dinner with a beer… A budget traveller’s dream! It’s super social and you’re guaranteed to meet new travel buddies in the dining area each night. They offer private rooms for a great price too.

Address: 2A Makedonia Boulevard, Sofia, Bulgaria

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Best places to stay in the Netherlands

Rotterdam

CityHub

Type of accommodation: Capsule hotel

Why it’s amazing: CityHub is as if someone went inside my brain and built my perfect capsule-style accommodation for a city break. These space-efficient hubs are pod rooms with a large comfy bed (big enough for two), storage space and super fast WiFi. You can connect your phone via bluetooth to use the hub speakers, and use the CityHub app to control the lighting. Each floor has single sex bathrooms with Ritual toiletries, fluffy towels and hair dryers. They’ve got locations in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam so far, but I’m desperate for them to expand further into Europe!

Address: Witte de Withstraat 87, 3012 BN Rotterdam, Netherlands

Read my full CityHub review here and book online here.

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CityHub Rotterdam

Best places to stay in Germany

Hamburg

25hours HafenCity

Type of accommodation: Design hotel

Why it’s amazing: It’s a big call, but 25hours hotels take the top spot on my favourite hotel chain in the world. Their rooms are so beautifully designed, using different artists and designers for each hotel to create a distinctly local feeling. My room at HafenCity felt like stepping into an explorer’s ship cabin from 100 years ago, but with eco-friendly toiletries and a bluetooth speaker. The location is brilliant, near Hamburg’s Port area and close to transport links, and the facilities include a rooftop sauna, a vinyl room and Heimat restaurant, which serves up home-style dishes using fresh, regional ingredients. Oh, and 25hours has a partnership with MINI, as in the cars, which allow guests to test drive a MINI for free to explore the city!

Fun fact: 25hours hotels have two other hotels in Hamburg, nine locations in total in Germany plus hotels in Zurich, Paris and Vienna, with Dubai and Florence opening soon.

Address: Überseeallee 5, HafenCity, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Read my full 25hours Hamburg review here and book online here.

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25hours Hamburg

Best places to stay in Switzerland

Zurich

25hours Langstrasse

Type of accommodation: Design hotel

Why it’s amazing: Zurich’s 25hours Langstrasse hotel was just as impressive as my stay in their Hamburg HafenCity hotel. The rooms are bright, colourful and filled with natural light, it’s a short walk from Zurich’s main train station, and the restaurant’s buffet breakfasts and Middle East-inspired all-day dishes are delicious. There’s also a pawn shop where you can buy and sell vintage trinkets, a sauna and gym with views over the train station, and an artist’s residence with masterpieces from both domestic and international artists adorning the walls.

Address: Langstrasse 150, Aussersihl, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

Read my full 25hours Langstrasse review here and book online here.

25hours Switzerland

Interlaken

Balmers Hostel

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: Budget accommodation is hard to come by in Switzerland, let alone a wallet-friendly hostel offering free breakfast, self-catering facilities, social events and a stunning location. Balmers dorm beds start from around £18/$36 per night in the shoulder season, which is probably the cheapest you’ll find in Switzerland’s tourist destinations. The rooms are warm and comfortable, everything is clean, there are loads of social spots to meet other travellers including an indoors chill out zone, hammocks outside and an on-site bar, and the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. I would’ve happily stayed here for a week, and I’ll go back next time I’m in Interlaken for sure!

Address: Hauptstrasse 23-25, 3800 Interlaken, Switzerland

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Interlaken Balmers Hostel

Best places to stay in Portugal

The Algarve

Mercedes Country House

Type of accommodation: Boutique retreat

Why it’s amazing: Oh my days, this place is heaven. Located a short drive from Faro in a calm and quiet countryside setting, Mercedes is a family-owned boutique hotel offering huge rooms, private backyards, an outdoor pool and rooftop terrace. They serve a delicious breakfast and dinner on-site, using fresh, organic ingredients grown in their own backyard or sourced locally, and they offer wine tasting, a visit to a local wine producer, massage treatments or cooking classes.

Address: Lugar do Medronhal, 475-Z, 8005-502 Estói, Portugal

Read my full Mercedes Country House review here and book online here.

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Mercedes Country House Faro

Porto

Selina Porto

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: Selina is up there with my favourite hostel chains around the world, and they’ve got 66 locations throughout the Americas and Europe. With a focus on community, workspaces and epic accommodation, their hostels are the perfect mix of somewhere comfy to sleep, somewhere to get shit done and somewhere to make new travel friends! Their Porto location has both capsule-style dorm and private rooms, self-catering facilities and a huge outdoor social area complete with a food truck and dance floor, as well as an on-site bar, a café, a quiet work room and a secret library upstairs.

Bonus tip: Espaco 77 is a sports bar just around the corner from Selina Porto and they have 50c beer, or €1 for a big bottle. You’re welcome!

Address: Rua Das Oliveiras, n.61-65, Porto, Portugal

Read my full Selina Porto review and book online here.

Best hostel in Porto Selina

Best places to stay in Greece

Mykonos

Rocabella Hotel & Spa

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: Anywhere that welcomes guests with a glass of bubbles is a winner in my books. Rocabella Hotel in Mykonos is super stylish, with bohemian vibes and brilliant service. The infinity pool and sun-soaked day beds make it hard to leave, but Agios Stefanos is just a few hundred metres away if you do want to take a dip in the ocean. Reeza Restaurant serves up fresh, authentic dishes and there’s a spa if you want to treat yourself to a massage or beauty treatment. This place is ideal for a girls’ trip or a romantic getaway.

Address: Main Street, Agios Stefanos, 84600, Greece

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Santorini

Orabel Suites

Type of accommodation: Boutique suites

Why it’s amazing: Anywhere with a 9.8 rating on booking.com from over 160 reviews is going to be worth your money. I visited the Orabel on a trip to Greece with some friends, right before I moved to London, and it was one of the highlights of our whole Europe adventure. Our two bedroom suite was stunning, soaked in natural light and it even had an indoor spa pool to soak in after a day of exploring on the quad bikes. But what made it five stars in my books was the food and drinks… Absolutely world-class. I still dream about the breakfast to this day, fresh Greek yoghurt with honey and fruit, cooked dishes using their own ingredients from their garden, fresh bread and fruit juices from their own trees. Divine.

Bonus tip: Order a passionfruit colada from the pool bar, then send it to me!

Address: Agios Georgios, Perivolos, 84700, Greece

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Crete

KUMBA Hostel

Type of accommodation: Hostel

Why it’s amazing: It’s always nice to stay somewhere you feel at home, and after four days at KUMBA it felt like I was leaving somewhere I actually lived. This place is really social, with a huge area for chatting to other travellers. The rooms offer pod-style beds that block out sound and light with privacy curtains, and there’s cooking facilities, but the on-site café serves up delicious meals for a low price too. It’s not in the centre of the city but you can walk to the ocean and it’s a lovely walk into Chania’s old town too.

Address: Iroon Polytechniou 37, Chania, Greece

Check your travel dates and book online here.


I hope you’ve found somewhere epic and unique to stay on your next adventure! I’m going to keep this list updated while I’m on the road, and I’d love to know if you have any suggestions for places that I need to add to my own accommodation bucket list too. Tell me in the comments!

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5 Comments

  1. This solves the issue of finding places to stay in a lot of places on my travel bucket list! :] There are so many great picks here–thanks for putting it together!!

  2. Wow, these places are absolutely beautiful! I’d love to stay at some of these. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  3. All the places you’ve stayed at are GORGEOUS! The one that really caught my eye was the place in Tairua, but I would be in heaven if I stayed at the Santorini or Mykonos places! Had to postpone our Europe trip this September so I’m living vicariously through you in this post 🙂

    • They’re all super special huh! I would go back to every single one if I could. So sorry about your trip being postponed, I hope you make it to Europe at soon as it’s safe to do so!

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