You don’t have to forfeit style if you want a hotel at a reasonable price.
For some, a hotel is merely a place to hang your hat while you get on out there and see the sights. For others, it’s all about style and pampering; perhaps you prefer 5 days feeling pleasantly spoilt to two weeks with no air-con. If you fall into this category, and let’s face it, so many of us do, you might like to know that some of the large hotels chains are branching out and providing more affordable options.
If you’re thinking of staycationing this year, check out Chapter Hotels (www.chapterhotels.com), an offshoot of Swire Hotels, which has opened a cool hotel in Cheltenham. The Montpellier Chapter offers top-notch contemporary design with art-filled walls, free beer and water in the mini bar, a spa and hotel information delivered via iPod. With doubles starting at £125 per night, you can enjoy a few days stay without breaking the bank.
And for those who plan to head east, the Alila Bangalore hotel (www.alilahotels.com) in India is opening in June this year, with suites overlooking a lake. Enjoy the spa, rooftop infinity pool and Indian tapas bar from just £90 per night for a double room.