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Boutique Hotels: This Instead of That

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Boutique Hotels: This Instead of That

Amber Hunter

Whenever it feels like those classic, popular destinations just won't cure your case of wanderlust, it's time to try somewhere a little less well-known. We at Passported love taking the path less traveled--and we doubly like when we can find a quaint boutique hotel along the way. We've pulled together a few destinations and their top boutique hotels for the next time you're looking for somewhere not-so-classic.  

Lille Instead of Paris

The City of Lights isn't going anywhere, but why not head up north to picturesque Lille? Located near the border of Belgium, this beaufiully cultural city offers plenty to see including architecture dating back to the 17th century. Stay at the Clarance Hotel, which was originally an 18th century townhouse. 

Manchester Instead of London

While London is quite the metropolis, Manchester offers much more of a quintessentially British experience. This northeastern city has plenty to offer from the hip northern quarter to the booming music scene. Stay at the quirky Velvet Hotel, located in Manchester's Gay Village. 

Galway Instead of Dublin

Appreciate the intense green of Ireland's countryside by heading out west to Galway as opposed to the urban capital of Dublin. See the beauty of the coast from the Coral Beach to the Amar Islands. Stay at The Twelve Hotel, located in the seaside village of Barna where you're likely to hear plenty of Gaelic speaking locals. 

Granada Instead of Madrid

Granada instead of Madrid: Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is the capital of Spain's Andalucia region. A city rich in both history and culture, it is not to be missed. Stay at the Santa Isabel La Real, a boutique hotel converted from a 16th century house that's a mere ten minute walk from the city center. 

Positano Instead of Rome

Positano instead of Rome: While Rome offers plenty of historic Italian sites, Positano on the Amalfi coast is the Italy of dreams. This cliffside village offers spectacular food, views, and day trips like a visit to Pompeii. Stay at the Le Sirenuse for a breathtaking view of the coast.