Take five cheap flights. Add five cool hotels. What you got? Five stylish city breaks that won't break the bank. Here's our pick of five of the best value sleeps in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan. Let's go to bed...
1. The hipster tipster - Michelberger Hotel, Berlin
Cool? Oh yes. Cheap? Definitely. Euro hipster guests and even trendier staff, live bands and beer in the hotel courtyard, basic but very funky bedrooms, a great location in alternative chic East Berlin, and all-in-all tremendous value. Best feature has to be the all-the-pastries-and-herrings-you-can-eat buffet breakfast that will set you up for a day's sightseeing, or just hanging out with the hipsters.
Skyscanner user rating: 9.0
Flights to Berlin from £40
2. The romantic weekender - Hotel du Panthéon, Paris
One of several stylish hotels in the Hotels Paris Rive Gauche collection, the Pantheon would be quintessentially Parisian if it was in Montmartre, but it's location 10 minutes' walk from the Seine - is even better. The hotel overlooks its namesake, the Panthéon – one of Paris’ lesser-known but most dramatic buildings. From the front door to your room, you’ll feel like you’re gliding through the pages of an arty photographer’s portfolio or the pages of a rather risqué novel. And you can make your own pancakes.
Skyscanner user rating: 8.9
Flights to Paris from £40
3. The cat's whiskers - La Bohème, Amsterdam
Good quality, great value budget accommodation in Amsterdam can be hard to find, but the Bohème is a sure bet for an inexpensive break. It’s well located within walking distance of all the sights and easy staggering distance from party hub Leidseplein and clubs like Melkweg, Sugar Factory and Jimmy Woos. The triple rooms are especially good value, they serve locally-brewed Heineken, and the exceedingly friendly staff include adorable housecat Mimi.
Skyscanner user rating: 8.5
Flights to Amsterdam from £45
4. The no-frills fiesta - Abba Rambla, Barcelona
It won’t cost you money, money, money to stay at this understated hotel that’s easy on the frills but nails it for a superb value short break in Barca. Located in the Raval district, it’s just a stroll from Las Ramblas and the Barri Gotic, while right on your doorstep are the vintage shops in Riera Baixa, cafés like the oasis of El Jardí, and Betty Ford for late-night cocktail abuse.
Skyscanner user rating: 8.3
Flights to Barcelona from £53
5. The designer delight - Nhow, Milan
Nhow here’s an idea for you: if you’re staying in one of the most stylish cities in the world, then stay in one of the most stylish hotels. Nhow, located in totally trendy Tortona with its achingly fashionista affordable designer boutiques, oozes style in every room, overflowing with design touches from lobby to shower. And check the lighting: very cool.
Skyscanner user rating: 8.3
Flights to Milan from £34