Typically, design and price move in tandem. The best designed cars, electronics, and furniture are the most expensive. Fortunately for jetsetters, hotels can buck this trend. Over the last decade, hotels have been emphasizing design, atmosphere and food. Expect to find furniture you’ll want to take home, award-winning food, and locations that put you in the best possible spot to enjoy your destination. The style, location, and even buildings all represent on-point design and rooms that won’t break the bank.
Hotel Victor South Beach
The rare affordable option on Ocean Drive, Hotel Victor also bucks the trend of the classic Miami Art-Deco aesthetic. Favoring a relaxed beach house vibe, the atmosphere inside the hotel perfectly contrasts with the raucous nightlife just out the front door.
Per Night: $159
An award winning restaurant, rooftop bar, and Lake Michigan views set in a historic building make it hard to justify a reason to leave Hotel Lincoln. If you can manage to venture out of your stylish digs, you’ll find one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago. The Chicago History Museum, Second City Improv, and tons of restaurants are all just a short walk from the hotel.
Per Night: $179
The Dupont Circle Hotel
Washington, DC, USA
A power hotel set in the nation’s capital, the Dupont provides a great location, masculine design, and an unbelievable price for your next DC adventure. Enjoy a scotch from one of more than 30 selections or a cocktail at the bar before heading out to enjoy the museums, monuments, and food near Dupont Circle.
Per Night: $170
Hotel San Jose
Situated on Austin’s zany South Congress Avenue, Hotel San Jose contains an eclectic mix of boho, Japanese Zen, and mid century design influences. A leafy courtyard, walking access to the best of Austin, and a stylish happy hour make Hotel San Jose the choice for you next Austin festival weekend. (photo cred. Nick Simonite)
Per Night: $145
The Pacific Northwest meets Scandinavian chic at Hotel Andra. An inviting lobby and modern rooms offer a relaxing getaway from the downtown hustle. Within walking distance of multiple Seattle highlights, including Pike Place Market and the waterfront, the hotel also offers a year-round cooking school, courtesy of the Hot Stove Society. If you prefer to leave your chef hat at home, multiple award winning restaurants are an easy stroll away. CM recommended Le Pichet, Matt’s in the Market, and Il Corvo are all close enough that you’re not going hungry.
Per Night: $197
Avalon Palm Springs
Palm Springs, CA
Art pop colors meet wellness spa at this Mojave Desert hotel. A low key spot with just enough luxury to make the stay more than comfortable, the Avalon has a fantastic Mexican restaurant and access to amazing hiking in Joshua Tree National Park and more than 100 golf courses.
Per Night: $209
A hotel designed to showcase the history and culture of its location; the NU is a homage to Brooklyn. Sizable loft inspired rooms and local art introduces guests to the borough’s mind sent. A location offering tree-lined streets, free bicycles, local boutiques, restaurants, and coffee bars keep things entertaining. Easy access to the subway and greater NYC make the NU a can’t miss choice.
Per Night: $132
Andrew Pickney Inn
Charleston, South Carolina
Set on the peninsula in possibly the best food city in the country, the Andrew Pickney Inn oozes Southern Hospitality. Bright colors mix with historical southern architecture for a luxe atmosphere that perfectly preps you for the history and fantastic food of Charleston. Take a walk along the peninsula, Tour the Nathaniel Russell House, and grab a drink at the Gin Joint, before heading to dinner at the Ordinary. Order the smoked oysters.
Per Night: $199