Boutique on a Budget

Cheap lodging no longer means shared bathrooms and scratchy sheets. More and more hoteliers are happy to accommodate you with style, sophistication and economy.

San Francisco The Hotel des Arts, near Union Square, took a fanciful approach to its décor and commissioned local artists to paint the walls and furniture of select rooms. Spending the night in a one-of-a-kind room (with a private bath) costs $79 to $99.

Atlanta, Chicago, Houston The Hotel Indigo chain sets itself apart with hardwood floors, spa-style showers, free wi-fi and Starbucks coffee in the lobby. One caveat:...

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