It’s time to get away… luxury holidays for less

Think overseas travel is out of your budget? Think again. Margaret Hussey has rounded up some of the best places to stay for under £200 per night.

Swiss watch

Bang in the heart of Zurich, Ruby Mimi has brought back all of the glamour of film’s golden age. Located on the site of one of the city’s first cinemas, there are 208 rooms, a 24/7 bar and private cinema. The Art Deco listed building is used to its full with the high ceilings taking centre stage and decor featuring a mix of hand-picked antiques and modern style.

The rooms reflect the Ruby Hotel chain’s lean luxury philosophy with fresh white sheets and rain showers. Plus there’s self check-in and it’s just five minutes from Zurich’s main train station. Swiss efficiency at its best. 

*Room rates start from CHF 158. For more information visit    

Lush St Lucia 

With a crescent-shaped beach and six swimming pools, what better way to do luxury on a budget than at Windjammer Landing in St Lucia. 

Set in 60 acres of lush hillside there’s a whole host of restaurants and bars to soak up the food and atmosphere of the Caribbean. You can try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, scuba diving and water aerobics.  While the Jacquot Kids Club offers a daily programme of activities for children aged from 4 to 12. And if you’re not relaxed enough after all that, there’s an onsite spa. 

Room rates at Windjammer Landing start at US$177.00 per night. For more visit 

Perfect Finnish 

Beautifully restored, the Punkaharju hotel in Finland offers quirky style and delicious food. It’s owned by former supermodel Saimi Hoyer, whose eclectic taste is sprinkled throughout – from upcycled furniture to vintage leather jackets, huge pieces of modern art to bespoke light fittings.

It’s about three hours from Helsinki and is the perfect place to switch off. The food here is top notch and as much local produce as possible is used. You can even gather some yourself on a mushroom forage. 

As it’s on the banks of the country’s beautiful Lake Saimaa, there’s also canoeing, paddle boarding, rowing and the very Finnish activities of forest bathing and sauna yoga.

Room rates from €146. For more visit

Marvel at DC

In downton DC, Washington’s Generator couldn’t be better placed to experience the city’s political heartbeat. With free wi-fi, a swimming pool, bike hire and laundry, there’s also so much choice when it comes to accommodation. There’s rooms for the single traveller and clean and practical dorms for groups, including female-only. 

Quirkily furnished with nods to its presidential location, there’s also a cafe, bar and restaurant to unwind after exploring the many museums and art galleries the US capital has to offer. 

Rooms in a dorm start from $29 per person; a superior twin from $87. For more visit

Fair city 

In the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, Beckett Locke, has 241 studios and three food and drink concepts. There’s North 7th Coffee serving artisan blends, pastries and hearty sandwiches. The Belis restaurant offers a contemporary Irish take on classic dishes and in a decadent theatre-like setting Sam’s Corner mixes up handcrafted cocktails inspired by Beckett Locke’s namesake, Irish playwright Samuel Beckett.

The aparthotel is just behind the 3Arena, and minutes from Silicon Docks and the city’s Convention Centre. There’s also an evolving cultural programme where locals and guests can participate in talks, events and workshops hosted by local businesses and creatives. 

Room rates at Beckett Locke start from €110 per night. For more visit

Give me shelter

Due to open in Lisbon this month, Mama Shelter’s new offering has everything you would expect from the stylish budget group.

With 130 rooms spread over eight floors, they’ve been inspired by the history of the area and kept a strong Portuguese feel throughout with tabletops made of recycled bottle stoppers and lampshades made of Portuguese straw. 

The restaurant will offer Portuguese classics, French specialities and Mama’s classic signature dishes. 

Mama Lisboa’s rooftop will be the perfect spot to watch the sun setting over the city. Open until late there will be a kitchen, briquette bar and a DJ station.

Room rates at Mama Lisbon start at €89 per room. For more visit

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