33 of the world’s best places to stay in winter, all for under £150 a night


Stay comfortable while settling into the winter. These options range from arctic villas under the northern lights to a traditional Japanese B&B with access to hot spring water.

GALAAXY Mountain Hostel, Switzerland

Up there with the coolest hostels (2,252m above sea level, in fact), this once dreary cable car station atop Crap Sogn Gion mountain has been transformed into an urban-style pad. The rooms can accommodate up to four people; expect gorgeous sunrise views.
From £40 pp per night (based on four sharing), galaaxylaax.com/mountain-hostel

Geodesic Dome in Quarry Brook, Vermont, USA

One for the hardy souls who love winter camping. Unplug with little more than a queen bed and a woodstove on the grounds of a working farm. Doubles from $110/£95 per night, quarrybrook.com

Hotel Carska, Poland

Poland becomes even more captivating during the colder months. Take the opportunity to travel back in time at the Hotel Carska, located in a former train station. Doubles from £81 per night, carska.pl

Ufogel East Tyrol, Austria

Named a portmanteau of UFO and vogel (German for bird, which it apparently resembles), this stilt vacation home is a rustic shell made entirely of larch wood. From €150/£130 per night, ufogel.at

Nellim Wilderness Hotel, Finland

Try dog ​​sledding in Finland (Photo: Anthony Oberlin)

The Arctic Lake Villas, surrounded by pine forests, offer breathtaking views of Lake Inari. Watch for the Northern Lights. Packages based on four sharing, including transfers and full board, from £114 pp per night, discovery-the-world.com/holidays/nellim-wilderness-adventure

The Augustinian Monastery, Quebec, Canada

Settle into the cloister of this former 17th century monastery and hospital. The wings have been delicately restored to create a non-profit wellness hotel. Double from £116 per night, monastere.ca

Chalybeate Yurt, Scotland

A cozy yurt sitting in a wildflower meadow, bordered by forest. There is a small kitchen (powered by a wind turbine) and a wood-fired hot tub. Doubles from £135 per night, canopyandstars.co.uk

The Little River Inn Vermont, United States

Modest New England style fills this riverside inn. Start the day with a homemade breakfast, then set off on an outdoor adventure. Doubles from $135/£117 per night, thelittleriverinn.com

The Pole Cabin, Norway

Sleep on the waters of Lake Nisser inside this scandi-chic cabin built on stilts. More than three hours from Oslo, this is a place to relax and enjoy the wilderness. Sleeps six from 1,200kr / £101 per night, nisser.no

Ice Hotel, Romania

Ice Hotel, Romania

Rebuilt every year with bricks of ice from nearby Bâlea Lake, it was the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe. It is located in Transylvania and can only be reached by cable car. Double from €100/£86 per night, hotelofice.ro

Kinship Landing, Colorado Springs, USA

Accommodations range from suites to shared dorms at this downtown hangout at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The action is outside; race down Pikes Peak or hike the Manitou Incline. Doubles from $159 / £138 per night, kinshiplanding.com

ALTYPIC Valais, Switzerland

A renovation has added modern equipment without erasing the charm of this 18th century mayen (Valais mountain dwelling). It is perched at an altitude of 1400m and accessible by snowshoes. Two-night packages from £112 pp, per night, altypic.ch

Toad Hill, New Hampshire, USA

Off-grid accommodations on a 40-acre estate surrounded by White Mountain National Forest. There’s a modified vintage school bus, heated by a Navajo woodstove, and a yurt made from local wood. From $75/£65 per night, toadhillnh.com

Ruby Rosi, Munich, Germany

Enjoy a whiskey at the bar after a day in the cold (Photo: Gregor Hofbauer)

It’s the season for the return of the Bavarian Christmas markets. Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz is a 15-minute walk from this hotel, which is decorated with opulent fabrics, marble, wood paneling, vintage tiles, and blackened steel. Doubles from £109 per night, ruby-hotels.com/en/hotels-destinations/munich/ruby-rosi

Pension Vittoria, Alta Badia, Italy

Make the most of the slopes at this functional guest house in the Dolomiti Superski area. There are 400 ski lifts nearby. Doubles from €95 / £82 per night, pension-vittoria.com

Hotel Bohinj ECO, Slovenia

The panoramic landscapes of the snow-capped Julian Alps can be admired from one of Slovenia’s leading sustainable hotels, inside the country’s only national park. Doubles from £108 per night, bohinj-eco-hotel.si

Veslehytta Hut, Norway

One of Bergsjø’s few huts, colder times make cross-country trails the best outdoor activity; or sit by the crackling fire. If Veslehytta books, Norgesbooking has over 400 cabins in Norway. Sleeps five from 1,770kr / £149 per night, norgesbooking.no

House in Tour 1, Briancon, France

A vaulted independent apartment in Briançon, the highest town in France, with a sunny terrace next to the living room. It is well placed for the ski resort of Serre Chevalier. Sleeps four from €85/£73 per night, eurekaski.com

Denali Cabins, Alaska, USA

Catch up around the fire while staying at Denali Cabins

Hidden eight miles south of the busy entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve are these 46 cedar cabins. There are hot tubs, a bar nearby, and a free shuttle to the park. Doubles from $169 / £146 per night, alaskacollection.com

iStay Cottages, Iceland

Owners Jónas and Hjördís designed and built these clean-lined wooden boltholes on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a Unesco Global Geopark. They are ideal for a first or last night in Iceland. Doubles from £85 per night, istay.is
This folk farm cottage is close to skiing and fishing, yet downtown nightlife is close at hand. Enjoy a breakfast based on farm products. Doubles from £85 per night, istay.is

Wilson Farm Oregon, USA

This folk farm cottage is close to skiing and fishing, with downtown nightlife always close at hand. Enjoy a breakfast based on farm products. Doubles from £132 per night, wilsonfarm.org

East Coast Adventure, County Down, Northern Ireland

These six colorful glamping pods in the shadow of Morne’s granite mountains are compact, yet perfect for groups. Go hiking or mountain biking, or settle in the bars of the village pubs. Sleeps four from £85 per night, eastcoastadventure.com

StayNordic Sweden

There is no shortage of holiday homes in Sweden. Try this handcrafted cottage in the south. It is resolutely mysigt (the Swedish version of hygge) and has a wood-fired sauna. Sleep five from €89/£77 per night, staynordic.se

Poacher’s hut, Dordogne, France

Head to the Dordogne when the weather turns nice

A dilapidated fisherman’s hut in the Perigord-Limousin National Park has been transformed into a beautiful rural retreat by TV presenter Kate Humble and her husband. Enjoy the private lake. Doubles from £110 per night, canopyandstars.co.uk

Rocky Mountain Escape, Alberta, Canada

Three log cabins are located on the former site of a sawmill. There’s a network of trails to explore, and you’re next to Jasper National Park and the vast, undeveloped Willmore Wilderness. Doubles from C$200/£128 per night, rockymountainescape.ca

Hotel Die Hindenburg, Saalfelden, Austria

Guests are almost guaranteed to ski from November through spring, given the many slopes nearby. Inside the heritage building is a two-storey wellness center, including a rooftop sauna. Doubles from €81/£70 per night, die-hindenburg.at

Yoshinoya, Kusatsu, Japan

Free-flowing water from Kusatsu Onsen, the city’s hot spring, will warm your shells at this traditional B&B, especially after a day on the surrounding trails (or through the mountain scenery), Doubles from £53 per night, yoshinoya932.com

7 Fells Hostel, Lapland, Finland

Speed ​​around on a snowmobile, skate on a frozen lake, or watch the Northern Lights dance while you stay at this secluded hostel. Accommodation is filled with upcycled furniture and works by local artists
Doubles from €49/£42 per night, sevenfellshostel.com

The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels Queenstown, New Zealand

Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels

You’ll find vibrant colors in this boutique hotel housed in a former dairy. The Southern Alps provide a backdrop. Plan a stay for next winter in New Zealand. Doubles from £130 per night, naumihotels.com/thedairyhotel

Esjan, Iceland

The bus man vacation you want: Cabins built into salvaged buses located beneath the volcanic Esja mountain range. The original seats serving as a dining table. Doubles from €144/£124 per night, solsetrid.is

X Alp Hotel, Trentino, Italy

Wake up in the Dolomites in this classic mountain retreat with a sophisticated twist. Nine different ski areas are close at hand (215 km of slopes). Double from €130/£113 per night, xalphotel.it

Timber House Resort, Ontario, Canada

A private beach on Lake Ontario that works perfectly for winter vacations. Stay in the main house or, for more seclusion, in “caravans” by the water. Doubles from £87 per night, timberhouse.net

Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort, Lapland, Finland

Stay on the doorstep of the Arctic Circle Hiking Area, not far from Rovaniemi (the “official” home of Santa Claus). Accommodation ranges from riverside apartments to scenic cabins. Doubles from €99/£85 per night, wildnordic.fi


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