America's Best Budget Hotels

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Finding a decent hotel to fill your home-away-from-home needs-without breaking the bank-can be quite the challenge. Not only do you want to find a spot that's comfortable and conveniently located, you also want those extra amenities that make life easier, and that doesn't always translate to being easy on the pocket book. Until now. Budget hotels are popping up all across the nation, featuring five-star treats at a two to three-star prices. Check out some of our favorites to get you started, and then get your credit card ready-you're going to find yourself suddenly inspired to go on vacation!
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Americas Best Budget Hotels

Finding a decent hotel to fill your home-away-from-home needs-without breaking the bank-can be quite the challenge. Not only do you want to find a spot that's comfortable and conveniently located, you also want those extra amenities that make life easier, and that doesn't always translate to being easy on the pocket book. Until now. Budget hotels are popping up all across the nation, featuring five-star treats at a two to three-star prices. Check out some of our favorites to get you started, and then get your credit card ready-you're going to find yourself suddenly inspired to go on vacation!

Americas Best Budget Hotels

You wouldn't think the terms "high design" and "low cost" would go together, but for the new Starwood Hotels chain, it's a perfect fit. aLoft hotels can be found all over the world, with new hotels opening all the time. What does staying in one mean? Think 42-inch flat panel TV's, workstations with power hubs and free WiFi a signature platform bed with plush bedding, in-room magazines, complimentary bottled water, an in-room mini-fridge, and bath amenities from Bliss. The state of the art fitness room is open 24/7, as is the pool, and the lobby bar serves incredible house-infused drinks. Plus, conference rooms, lobby parties and a backyard... who thought you could have this much fun starting at $79 per night?

Americas Best Budget Hotels

New York can seem like a pretty expensive place when you're planning a trip... and that's because it is. It doesn't have to cost a pretty penny to spend the night though, especially if you're booking a room at the Jane Hotel. This historic West Village home away from home is located in a building that dates back to 1907. The amenities, however, are fully modern and top-drawer thanks to restoration efforts in 2008, when the property first opened. The rooms-called "cabins"-may be small, but they feature built-in drawers, luggage racks, free WiFi, telephone with voicemail, a 23"-inch LCD television, DVD player, and iPod dock. Rooms start at $79 per night.

Americas Best Budget Hotels

Another spot where you wouldn't think to find cost-effective lodging, but L.A.'s Custom Hotel brings the value in spades starting at $95 a night. Close to LAX, Custom Hotel sits high on a hill on Lincoln Boulevard, giving stunning views of the ocean, downtown and Hollywood while being just a short drive away from Venice Beach, Santa Monica and more. Their 250 guestrooms spread out over 12 floors, with custom decorations, flat-screen LCD TVs, stereos with iPod docking stations, complimentary high-speed Internet access, Percale Italian linens and Egyptian cotton bath towels. In addition to two fitness rooms and live DJs on site, there's also complimentary shuttle service to the airport.

Americas Best Budget Hotels

The term "boutique hotel" tends to bring up thoughts of pricy and exclusive little spots, but that isn't always the case. Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel in the European style village "Tapestry Park," and sports a stylish, unique design that encourages a feeling of serenity, relaxation and renewal. The restaurant bar and restaurant make up the lobby hub and offer great drink specials and a view of the lake, plus there's a 24-hour fitness center, business center, pool, whirlpool and comfortable rooms with all the amenities you need to be at peace in your new temporary home. Rates start at $81.

Americas Best Budget Hotels

It's hard to pick which Holiday Inn Express is the best. With 1,900 locations around the globe, you can find one pretty much anywhere you need to travel, and the service and guest offerings are top-notch across the board. Guests enjoy free hot breakfast, free high-speed internet access, free local and toll free phone calls, in-room coffee machines and more. Most locations also have a pool, 24-hour business center and fitness center. In the rooms, guests will find the SimplySmart shower which incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart Kohler showerhead, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and coconut lime verbana amenities from Bath & Body Works. Even the bedsheets are a soft 200 thread-count.

Americas Best Budget Hotels

This value-added chain from Sheraton is relatively new, but many of its markets feature rooms under $100, including Florida vacation destinations like Punta Gorda, where rates start at $75 per night. Rooms are new and stylishly decorated with flat-screen televisions, WiFi internet access, private balconies, complimentary bottled water and spa-inspired bathroom amenities. There's also state of the art fitness equipment at the gym, valet parking, an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool, a lobby library with complimentary books to entertain you when you've forgotten yours at home, and a hearty American breakfast with Seattle's Best coffee. It's so good you might not want to come home!

Americas Best Budget Hotels

What can you get for a starting rate of $74 per night with this Orlando area hotel? Your room comes with a separate living room featuring a queen sleeper sofa, a dining area, full kitchen, separate kitchen and bathroom. If you can pull yourself away from the sheer awesomeness of your accommodations, you'll discover the hotel also gives you a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, a complimentary evening reception, complimentary transportation to theme parks, laundry facilities, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, basketball courts, a game room, a business center, and more. Best of all, it's located right by Universal Studios!

Americas Best Budget Hotels

If you love kitsch, this is the hotel for you. Quail Park Lodge doesn't scrimp on the amenities, featuring triple sheeted beds, a heated pool, free classic cruiser bikes to tour downtown, complimentary breakfast, cable, free WiFi and printing, plush robes, bedside linen spray, spa-quality personal care amenities, a mini fridge and microwave, clock radio and free local and toll free calling. Whew! This roadside hotel is close to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and finds itself just a few hours away from Las Vegas. But the best part? Room rates check in around $69 per night. Score!

Americas Best Budget Hotels

With rates starting at $99 per night, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're a thief. After all, this is the newest hotel in downtown Columbus, conveniently placed within walking distance of nightlife, restaurants and shopping in the Arena District and the Short North. Your room fee hooks you up with a free hot breakfast, free high-speed internet access, an hour's worth of free long distance each night you stay, free evening beverages and snacks nightly (beer and wine only Friday and Saturday), a microwave and refrigerator, hairdryers, coffee maker, a fitness center, and more.

Americas Best Budget Hotels

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