Travel can be expensive, but these stylish vacation rentals promise not to break the bank. From a historic hostel in Austin, Texas, to a peaceful wildlife sanctuary in South India, take a look at some of our favorite stylish, low-cost accommodations to inspire your next adventure.
Location: Nangus, New South Wales, Australia
Designed by Anthony Hunt Design and Luke Stanley Architects, JR’s Hut is the newest addition to the Kimo Estate, a remarkable 7,000-acre property with a rich history dating back to the 1830s. Now serving as a second-generation working sheep and cattle farm, Kimo also welcomes guests seeking an elegant wedding ceremony venue or luxurious rural retreat.
2. Hotel Daniel
Location: Vienna, Austria
Located in a landmark 1962 building, Hotel Daniel was originally designed by Georg Lippert and Roland Rohn, and has recently been renovated by architects Christian Heiss, Michael Thomas, and Thomas Mayer.
Keeping the structure's iconic monolithic appearance intact required careful redesign to accommodate the required number of rooms. The end result is a high-design gem in the heart of Vienna, with views from almost every room.
Location: Olomouc, Czechia
Named for the long, continuous layout of the building, as well as the short-term accommodations it provides, the Long Story Short Hostel provides 56 beds in both private and shared rooms. While private rooms offer a sumptuous stay with a private bath, shared dorms follow the original layout of the sleeping quarters.
Location: Austin, Texas
Sited in a restored railroader hotel from the 1890s and an adjoined midcentury warehouse in Austin's downtown, Native offers a distinctly cool and authentic experience for both out-of-towners and locals alike.
Location: Marseille, France
Designed and built in 1952, Unite d’Habitation, is one of Le Corbusier’s most iconic and innovative structures. Also known as Cité Radieuse (Radiant City), the apartment complex was commissioned as an innovative post-war housing concept. The multifunctional building focused on communal living, providing services that allowed residents to live, shop, play, and even go to school, all under one roof.
Available to rent through BoutiqueHomes starting at €75 per night (approximately $91), the studio is a fascinating milestone in the development of urban housing that you can now experience yourself.
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Olneyville, the J Schatz Studio and Home make the perfect location for a modern and art-filled getaway.
"Our studio and home are located in a historical building that was created as a dye house for the Weybosset Mills in the 1880s," note the homeowners. "We fell in love when we stumbled upon it in October of 2015, and moved from Los Angeles to begin a new adventure in a community full of art and commerce, people who are making, learning, and living an inspired life together."
Location: Thekkady, India
It’s little wonder that South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, Thekkady, has long charmed both nature lovers and spice traders alike. Draped in lush greenery and cooling breezes, this misty haven for spices and wildlife is a beauty to behold, which is why Bangalore–based Kumar La Noce wisely took a sensitive approach to their recent renovation of the Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club boutique resort.
Tasked to design five cabins—as well as a pool and spa block—on a steep site, the architects strategized ways to enhance the dramatic views of the surrounding cardamom plantations, while preserving privacy and minimizing landscape disturbance. The team crafted the 430-square-foot cabins as "floating volumes" raised on stilts to rest lightly on the landscape. In a nod to the local vernacular, the cabins are evocative to traditional timber stilt cottages, yet with a clear, contemporary twist.
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