The Highland InnRate: $82 to $106. Description: An intimate space in a location that's close to the Carter Center, the Georgia Aquarium, and Emory University. Phone: 404-874-5756.
Microtel Inn & SuitesRate: $74 to $77. Description: An equidistant 10 minutes to downtown, midtown, and the stylish Buckhead district, this minimalist hotel offers free breakfast. Phone: 404-325-4446.
Tea Cakes Bed and BreakfastRate: $135; ask for the Diamond Hill Room. Description: A quick train ride from the airport, this B & B boasts a morning menu that includes spinach frittatas and pumpkin waffles. Phone: 404-758-9879.
*All rates are based on pricing through November 2008 and are subject to availability. (Still, no matter when you book, these hotels are widely considered to be veritable steals in their respective cities.)
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Candlewood Suites Boston-BraintreeRate: $120 to $150. Description: Hop on the "T" to quickly get to Fenway Park, Boston Common, or Harvard from this well-placed property. And with a full kitchen in your room, you can heat up that clam chowder in a snap. Phone: 781-849-7450.
Milner HotelRate: $149. Description: In the early 20th century, this chain's motto was "A bed and a bath for a buck and a half," and the hotel is still one of Beantown's best bar-gains. The small rooms of this brownstone, located in the theater district and near the "T," are packed with historic charm. Phone: 617-426-6220.
Newbury Guest HouseRate: $120 to $150. Description: Ambience is the first priority at this Victorian-style guesthouse. With ceiling medallions and hardwood floors, the 32-room property is located in Boston's most visited neighborhood, the Back Bay. Phone: 800-437-7668.
3 of 15Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau
Best Western Chicago HillsideRate: $109 to $139. Description: This hotel is only 15 minutes from downtown and minutes away from other beloved Chicagoland attractions: the Brookfield Zoo, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, and the Oakbrook Shopping Center. Phone: 708-544-9300.
Candlewood Suites―O'HareRate: $109 to $140. Description: Perfect for a business traveler, this airport hotel is just 12 miles from the downtown area. Cookie-cutter rooms offer predictable professional comfort. Phone: 847-671-4663.
House of Two UrnsRate: $119 to $150. Description: A few miles from the Windy City's main attractions, this charming Wicker Park bed-and-breakfast is steeped in history. Note: Some rooms share a bathroom. Phone: 773-235-1408.
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The Corinthian Bed & BreakfastRate: $95 to $125; ask for the Edith Roosevelt suite or the Mayor's suite. Description: Dallas's city slogan is "Live large, think big," and that's exactly how things are done here. Upon arriving at this 1905 house, you're greeted by an antique grand piano and a majestic staircase. Phone: 214-818-0400.
Staybridge Suites Dallas Near The GalleriaRate: $150. Description: The name says it all. This apartment-style space is just two miles from Dallas's famed Galleria Mall. If all-day shopping is not enough of a workout, golf and tennis facilities are less than 10 minutes away. The hotel also has an outdoor pool. Phone: 972-391-0000.
Sterling Hotel DallasRate: $150 (on average). Description: This activity-filled hotel has an arcade, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool, which will help you burn off the complimentary Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Phone: 214-634-8550.
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Crowne Plaza Houston Suites SouthwestRate: $135 to $145. Description: Upscale without being pretentious, this hotel has an indoor heated pool, an open-air atrium, and Wonka-esque glass elevators that take you to and from your room. Phone: 713-995-0123.
Sara's Bed & BreakfastRate: $95 and up. Description: This historic Queen Anne mansion is furnished with antiques. Take a quick jaunt into downtown Houston, only four miles away, or relax on the wraparound porch. Phone: 713-868-1130.
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Holiday Inn ExpressRate: $99 and up. Description: Forgo the blinding dazzle of Vegas Boulevard and opt for a calmer trip six miles from America's playground. Phone: 702-871-4453.
Hotel Circus CircusRate: $35 and up. Description: This over-the-top destination (think trapeze artists swinging from the rafters) has more than 3,000 rooms on the Strip. Phone: 702-734-0410.
Main Street Station Hotel, Casino and BreweryRate: $36 and up. Description: A mishmash of Wild West relics (ask to see Buffalo Bill's Pullman car), this spot boasts an energetic casino in the heart of Vegas's often underappreciated downtown. Phone: 702-387-1896.
Wild Wild West Hotel and CasinoRate: $25 and up. Description: Five miles from the Fashion Show Mall and the Omnimax Theatre, this newly renovated Western-themed space is all about location. And, oh, yeah, there's a casino. Phone: 702-740-0000.
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Casa Malibu Inn on the BeachRate: $129; ask for a basic garden room. Description: This 21-room bungalow has a 1950s feel and is a few flip-flopped steps from its own private beach. Phone: 310-456-2219.
Figueroa HotelRate: $134. Description: Once you step foot in this former YWCA (near the Staples Center and the famed Nokia Theatre), you'll feel as if you just landed in a Moroccan paradise. Phone: 213-627-8971.
Hollywood City InnRate: $73 to $85. Description: In a safe but gritty area with more locals than tourists, this pick boasts a spot-on location (one block from Sunset Boulevard, three from the Griffith Observatory). Phone: 323-469-2700.
Safari InnRate: $129 and up. Description: Film junkies will love this retro space, which sits on the edge of Burbank's Universal Studios. Plus, it's a 10-minute drive from Los Angeles (barring traffic). Phone: 818-845-8586.
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Beach Place HotelRate: $79 to $150. Description: About 15 minutes north of South Beach, this newly renovated hotel is a bargain-hunter's dream. Couched in a quiet section of Miami, the beachside property also boasts a pool and cozy, garden-themed rooms. Phone: 305-866-3313.
Greenview South Beach HotelRate: $80 to $150. Description: Smack in the middle of South Beach's Art Deco District and a mere two blocks from the water, the rooms here go against the flash and fanfare of your typical Miami lodging space. Phone: 800-555-7555.
Riverpark Hotel & SuitesRate: $90 to $150. Description: Inside this 16-story building, you will find a comfy room with floral designs, a sundeck and "foot splash" pool, and a fitness room where you can tone up before you hit South Beach, just seven miles away. Phone: 800-555-7555.
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New York City
Best Western Fort LeeRate: $112 and up. Description: In the shadow of the Big Apple (eight miles from Times Square), you'll find this comfy space in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Don't overlook the state's tax-free clothes shopping. Phone: 201-461-7000.
The Riverside Tower HotelRate: $114 to $149. Description: A few blocks from the American Museum of Natural History, this apartment-style space offers 120 rooms with small kitchenettes. Phone: 212-877-5200.
Saints and SinnersRate: $125 to $150. Description: This old B & B on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood is a quick subway ride into Manhattan. (Shared baths.) Phone: 718-855-9614.
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Best Western Universal InnRate: $75 to $110. Description: Mere miles from all the hot spots, this hotel has a cozy feel and is also close to several malls: the Mall at Millenia, Premium Outlets, and the Florida Mall. Phone: 407-226-9119.
Enclave SuitesRate: $129 to $140; ask for the Deluxe Studio Terrace. Description: With tennis courts, five pools, and an indoor Jacuzzi, you might not even care that you're staying less than 10 minutes from the city's main attractions: Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. Phone: 800-457-0077.
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resorts Lake Buena VistaRate: $88 to $138. Description: This kid-friendly resort, which provides free shuttles to all the Disney theme parks, also shows family-appropriate movies nonstop at its Castle Movie Theatre. Phone: 407-239-4500.
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Alexander InnRate: $109 and up. Description: Situated in Center City (15 blocks from the Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute & Planetarium, six blocks from the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House), this seven-story historic hotel is quite intimate. Phone: 215-923-3535.
Thomas Bond House Bed And BreakfastRate: $115 and up. Description: Finish your day of sightseeing (Independence Hall, the Academy of Music, and the Philadelphia Orchestra are nearby) with some gratis wine and cheese at this restored townhouse nestled in Philly's Old City. Phone: 215-923-8523.
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Hawthorne Suites TempeRate: $139. Description: Whether your itinerary leans more toward the Casino Arizona or the Phoenix Zoo, this property is centrally located to it all. Phone: 480-633-2744.
Hospitality SuitesRate $150 (on average). Description: Enjoy everything the sunny desert lifestyle has to offer. Schedule a game of tennis, master your golf swing, or simply lounge by one of the three outdoor pools. Phone: 800-445-5115.
Hotel San CarlosRate: $139; ask for the "Rate of the Day." Description: A former haunt of Clark Gable's, this downtown hotel, built in 1928, oozes retro glamour and is within walking distance of Symphony Hall. Phone: 602-253-4121.
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The Handlery Hotel & ResortRate: $109 to $139. Description: Celebrating its 54th anniversary, this family-owned hotel is only a few trolley stops from San Diego's Old Town, the luxury shopping mall Fashion Valley, and Mexico. Stay through Saturday to experience karaoke night, a local favorite. Phone: 619-298-0511.
Holiday Inn Express San Diego―Seaworld AreaRate: $150 (on average). Description: Shamu himself couldn't get any closer to SeaWorld than you can at this meticulous, no-frills space. Phone: 619-226-8000.
La PensioneRate: $90. Description: In the heart of Little Italy, this Euro-style building offers 75 rooms and a prime location. It's surrounded by some of the city's best Italian restaurants and just a few blocks from the marina, where cruise ships and sailboats dock for the day. Phone: 619-236-8000.
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Best Western The Hotel CaliforniaRate: $119 to $149. Description: This historic hotel is just off Union Square and within eyeshot of Fisherman's Wharf. Guests get a free frosted tequila shot at check-in. Phone: 415-441-2700.
Hampton Inn & Suites―Hampton Inn San Francisco AirportRate: $150 (on average). Description: With a free shuttle to the airport, this newly opened hotel is a comfortable stop for the busy business traveler on a budget. Phone: 650-876-0200.
Hotel BaldwinRate: $102 to $129. Description: You cannot beat the location. Cable cars zoom by as you take pictures of the famed Chinatown gate outside your entrance. Phone: 800-622-5394.
Hotel BrittonRate: $99 to $150. Description: Although the hotel is undergoing exterior renovations, its location and pristine interior make it a find. The Civic Center and Union Square are both a five-minute walk away. Phone: 415-621-7001.
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Adam's InnRate: $99 and up. Description: Right in the Adams-Morgan area (known for its days-of-yore charm), this rustic house is small but cozy and will put you near the National Zoo and the White House. Phone: 202-745-3600.
Comfort Inn Oxon HillRate: $120 to $130. Description: This Maryland-based hotel sits about 20 miles from the White House and other D.C. attractions, but you can enjoy its 8-mile proximity to the lesser-known Old Town Alexandria, home to more than 4,000 historic buildings. Phone: 301-839-0001.
Jurys Normandy InnRate: $149. Description: Less than two miles from the White House and a quick 10-minute stroll to Dupont Circle, where you'll find some of D.C.'s best restaurants and shops, this cozy Euro-style inn offers small rooms couched in an unbeatable location. Phone: 202-483-1350.