Alila Ubud
Located high above the Ayung River, Alila Ubud hotel is a beautiful Balinese hillside retreat. Smooth plaster walls meet thatched roofs; terrazzo tiles meet crushed rock; wood meets glass, making for a uniquely designed boutique hotel.

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Riad O2
Elegant, traditional architecture meets modern design in this peaceful oasis in Marrakech. Riad O2 is a serene and tranquil retreat that is decorated in a subtle blend of Moroccan and contemporary styles.

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Pietermaai Smal Apartments
The 40 boutique style apartments are all located in historic cottages in a newly renovated colonial quarter where you can still find parts of Curacao’s history combined with trendy facilities.

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Saint-Gery Garden Loft
The Saint-Gery Garden Loft is a really special place to stay in. Although located in the city centre, the residence features a green interior patio with a variety of plants, small trees and even a vertical garden.

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About Stay with Style

Stay with Style is my brain child. My name is Esther, and I am a travel junk. I have lived in Australia, Venezuela and the Caribbean, and traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, South America and many other parts of the world. My last vacation was in Madagascar and I currently live in the Netherlands.

But next week: who knows!

One thing I have noticed during my travels is that wherever you go, there are luxury hotels full of stainless steel, designer bathrooms, concealed lighting and music in the elevators. All modern conveniences – and with prices to match.

And, there are always budget accommodations for backpackers, students and hitchhikers: flaky paint, unshaven owners, low prices, but no facilities. No style, no comfort, no character: just a roof over your head, and possibly some unexpected itchy bedfellows.

Much, much harder to find is something in between…

When I travel, I don’t need gilt bathroom fittings, 24 hour room service or fresh towels three times a day. But I DO want a clean room with a view. With furnishings that look as if they were designed to go together rather than as the result of a local jumble sale. With a contemporary look as if the place is meant for me, not for my grandmother. A hotel that will leave a memory in my mind. Service that is pleasant, personal, friendly. People who enjoy my presence, without necessarily following me around.

In a word: I don’t look for luxury, I look for style.

And let’s face it: it has to be affordable.

I have found a few of such accommodations, and I want to share them with you. Is the list complete? Of course not. Is the information reliable? I sincerely hope so.

So what are these places? Some call them trendy get-aways. Others call them boutique hotels. Or if you prefer: romantic honeymoon havens. Intimate refuges for relaxation. Undiscovered jewels. Whatever. Label them as you will. I just see them as my kind of places, for my kind of people, at my kind of prices. I call them places where you can Stay with Style. And all I can say to you is: enjoy!

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