The term 'budget' often reflects a bleak scenario in the mind when we perceive an automatic degradation in quality. Budget hotels often evokes a sense of disappointment with insipid artwork, rabbit-ear TV's and a color palette of boring beige. While traveling, especially in the holiday season, people tend to spend some extra cookies from their pockets in exchange of comfort stay. However, they have to content with marginally well hotels and resorts because the price gap between budget and luxury hotels is huge. But over the past 3-4 years, the scenario has been changed. A number of hotels are seeking to make boutique style hotels in accessible prices. These hotels in a common parlance called “lifestyle hotels”, which features cutting-edge design, high tech (like flat-screen TV's and connectivity hubs for electronic gadgets) and lively public spaces.
To keep the rates low, many hotels have self-service feature with 24 hour self-service cafes. Also these hotels majorly located near airports, suburbs or in the smaller cities rather than in major downtown areas. These hotels target business travelers but also a good option for holiday travelers. Some of the famous boutique chains are as follows:
Hotel Indigo is a division of InterContinental Hotels Group, similarly the whole look of the hotel is stylish and oozes a sense of luxury. Beds have oversized pillows, rooms have hardwood floors and bathrooms are similar to spa. Internet access is available in all rooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, business center and fitness center.
Locations: Hotel Indigo currently has 28 properties in the U.S. (including Atlanta, Chicago and Boston) as well as several international properties in Ottawa, Shanghai, London and more.
Rates: We found rates as low as $81 a night for an upcoming weekend stay.
Aloft is again a part of a big hotel group called Starwood family. With low height ceilings, exposed beams and large windows, rooms captivate the sense of urban loft. There is a docking station where guests can hook their laptops, cell phones, PDA's or mp3 players up to a flat-panel HD television. The hotel also boast of splash pools and self-serve food and beverage area where guests can avail for 24 hours.
Locations: There are currently more than 40 aloft properties in places like Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Beijing. Dozens more are in the pipeline, including quite a few in Asia.
Rates: We found rates as low as $69 a night for an upcoming weekend stay.
One of the best low budget boutique hotels, which has amenities like star hotels. Rooms have grand beds, guestrooms feature sleeper sofas and bathrooms with granite countertops. Guest kitchen has a monitor where guests can order off a touch screen menu; items are charged to the guest's account in a cash-free system.
Locations: Hyatt Place has more than 150 locations throughout the United States, with a few more on the way.
Rates: We found rates as low as $53 a night for an upcoming weekend stay.
NYLO is not associated with any big name, with an ultra-modern urban sensibility, this independent chain has a typical style of urban hotels. It has brick walls, high ceilings and large windows. Patients of asthma or allergy can book a PURE loft, which has air filtration systems.
Locations: This brand-new chain currently only has three properties open for business in Plano, TX; Providence/Warwick, RI; and Dallas/Las Colinas, TX.
Rates: We found rates as low as $70 a night for an upcoming weekend stay.