Did you know you could stay in a luxury hotel in New York, Paris, Sydney and Hong Kong for around $200 a night? Let me share with you some hidden gems that are a steal and mean you can enjoy these magnificent capital cities for an absolute bargain..
Located in the heart of Manhattan, Pod 39 offers modern and well designed rooms. They have everything you need and although it is a push to call them luxury, rooms start at around $235.
This resort hotel is located on parkland on the North Head of Sydney Harbour. Although it is not ideally located and is a 10 minute bus ride from Manly beach where you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, at $119.75 per night for a double you really can’t complain. Enjoy the Kookaburras in the grounds and the adjacent Quarantine Beach which is usually nearly empty.
For something a bit more upmarket in Sydney, try the Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Put together by design practice HASSELL, the starkness of the 100 year-old Finger Wharf is softened with loads of stylish sections for relaxing, playing pool, playing space invaders (try out their retro game machines), eating, drinking or simply sitting under the potted sparkly trees that fill the atrium. The huge space is also filled with cool artwork and statement pieces.
Rooms here offer an iPad and unique historic fittings. The head-boards on the beds are a work of art, with a range of scenes in different rooms, from fish to swinging ladies, hunting scenes (with ceramic ducks on the wall flying away from the men with guns on the head-board) to a lady’s day out at the races. Prices here start at around AU$250 for a double.
Located in the revamped Wong Chuk Hang area, Ovolo Southside Hotel is a New York-style warehouse conversion Boutique hotel with 162 rooms and bags of character. It is the first serious hotel to emerge in the southern district neighbourhood of Wong Chuk Hang and is surrounded by dozens of amazing modern art galleries hidden inside a network of industrial buildings. Wong Chuk Hang is fast becoming THE place to go in Hong Kong for art, culture and fashion.
Rooms are super stylish again with exposed brickwork. The designers have used open plan wardrobes with crisscrossing slats to make the rooms feel bigger and more open. Wooden floors and industrial detailing (silver piping and such like) give each room its own character and floor to ceiling windows giving you incredible views over the buildings to the green mountains beyond. Rooms start at around $120.
In the centre of Montmartre, Hotel Le Chat Noir sits in a building that once housed a famous 1920s cabaret of the same name. With a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Le Chat Noir Design Hotel comes highly recommended. It is located just 1-minute walk from the Blanche metro station and 2 minutes by foot from the Moulin Rouge, this hotel is ideally positioned to take advantage of the buzzing cafes around the Sacré-Cœur, or browse the historic antique-shops at the Marche aux Puces de Clignancourt – the largest antiques market in the world.
Le Chat Noir has interior décor that is inspired by the style of the Moulin Rouge. The iconic red and black motif has been extended throughout the entire interior, giving the hotel a completely unique finish. Sleek rooms are also decorated in red, white and black, some with private balconies or Eiffel Tower views. The breakfast buffet of the pastries, cheese, charcuterie and fruit washed down with a fresh coffee is the perfect way to start your day in the romantic city of Paris. Prices start at 150€ per night.