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Thrifty Fifty!
The Guardian UK
January 5, 2008

Thrifty Fifty!

You’re back at work, you’re broke, and summer seems light years away…time to plan an escape. Benji Lanyado offer 50 hotels for under £50

Following are the hotels that were profiled by the author. The Roxbury was one of only 2 that were selected for the United States. Click here to read the article in its entirety.

The Americas
• Hotel Marionetas, Merida, Mexico
• Centro Ecologicao Sian Ka’an, Mexico
• Hotel del Patio, Santiago, Chile
• Elqui Domos, Elqui Valley, Chile
• Cafayate Wine Resort, Cafayate, Argentina
• Art Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Café Cultura, Quito, Ecuador
• Pousada Santa Clara, Boipeba, Brazil

• The Roxbury Motel, New York State, US
Two hour’s drive northwest of New York City in the Catskill Mountains, the Roxbury is a thoroughly modern motel backing on to a river leading to a long series of waterfalls. The studio rooms are described by the owners as “kind of like a 60s space or sci-fi movie melded with an oh-so-early 21st century look. Lots of black and chrome and shiny sparkling colours.” +1 607 326 7200,, doubles from £43.90 room only.

• Hotel des Arts, San Francisco, US

• La Casa Grande, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
• Rooms Deluxe, Valencia, Spain
• Hotel Anjo Azul, Lisbon, Portugal
• Milia, Crete, Greece
• Qbie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
• Fattoria Barbialla Nuova, Tuscany, Italy
• Unquestay Hotel, Tallin, Estonia
• Hotel Hansabtiek, Berlin, Germany
• Elkep Evi Cave Hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey
• Hotel de L’Atelier, Villeneuve, France

• Homeikan Ryokan, Tokyo, Japan
• Guesthouse Yougendo, Kansai, Japan
• Vivenda Dos Palhacos, Goa, India
• The Secret Garden, Unawatuna, Sre Lanka
• Haoyuan Hotel, Bejing, China
• Shinta Mani, Siem Reap, Cambodia
• Les 3 Nagas, Luang Prabang, Laos
• The Cliff, Krabi, Thailand
• Hotel Vila Ombak, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
• Puri Madawi, Bali, Indonesia

• Daddy Long Legs, Cape Town, South Africa
• The Barrydale Karoo, Barrydale, South Africa
• Blue Cottages Country House, Drakensberg, South Africa
• Dar Libuba, Essaouira, Morocco
• Dar Khmissa, Marrakech, Morocco
• Mtoni Marine, Zanzibar, Tanzania
• Njaya Lodge, Nkhata Bay, Malawi
• Hawane Resort, Eveni, Swaziland
• Chez Maggie, Morondava, Madagascar
• Alf Leila B&B, Dahab, Egypt


• The Arts Factory, Byron Bay, Australia
• The Nunnery Guesthouse, Melbourne, Australia
• Healesville Hotel, Healesville, Australia
• Imperial Budget Boutique Hotel, Sydney, Austrailia
• The Captain’s Cottage, Lake Macquarie, Australia
• Hotel So, Christchurch, New Zealand
• Base Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
• No 40 Carlton Gardens, Pukekohe, New Zealand
• Bentham’s Beach Cottages, Nananu-I-Ra, Fiji
• Aremango Guesthouse, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Following is an excerpt that also appeared in The Guardian. It was part of a blog created by travelers:

Question: We’re going to the US in April and would like to spend a couple of days renting a classic American car – we’re flexible about where but we don’t have a huge amount of money. We want to drive and eat in diners and stop in motels – we’ll be starting in New York but can train or fly to another point to pick up a car. All advice gratefully received… Steph

Answer: For us, the cream of the Catskills is a little place on the north side called Roxbury. This town is so small it barely registers on most maps, but it’s well worth finding for the Roxbury Motel ( This used to be the rough-and-tumble sort of roadside motor court you’re looking for, until two former theater designers bought it and tricked it out. The brand-new theme rooms are particularly cool (try the Shagadelic). Oh, and to complete the triumvirate of things to do in big ol’ American cars, you should take in a drive=in movie at the Hi-Way Drive-Inn in Coxsackie, right near the Hudson to the northeast of Catskill Park. Good Luck!