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The best Affordable Hotels in the US

Stay in a stylish hotel in a great location at a good price.

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December 2022
We all know that accommodation in the USA can be expensive, but these sophisticated and cool hotels deliver a great experience without breaking the bank.

Eurostars Magnificent Mile – a Room with a View

While New York is famous for its familiar skyline, if you’re a fan of skyscrapers and modern architecture, Chicago is a must. If you want to be high in the sky, Eurostars Magnificent Mile is a fantastic option. The stylish, opulent hotel is just two blocks from Chicago Avenue Station. 

The mammoth hotel encompasses over 200 rooms, yet the exclusive aura and the personal attention you’ll receive may make you feel like you’re staying in a boutique hotel. From the spa, gym, and bar on the ground floor to the rooftop terrace with its sweeping view of Chicago, you’ll be living large at Eurostars Magnificent Mile. 

660 N State St
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Eurostars Magnificent Mile restaurant
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21c Museum Hotel – a Haven for Art Lovers

If you’re tired of staring at the same stale reproductions of Whistler’s Mother, and want to combine your accommodations with bona fide, original art, 21c Museum Hotel is just the place. The hotel, which features a full-fledged art gallery, is smack dab in the middle of Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile. Restaurants, nightlife, and the artsy River North Gallery District are right outside your door. 

The rooms are haute modern and minimalistic, with decor that makes them feel warm and homey. It’s the perfect calm, unassuming sanctuary you’ll be happy to return to after spending a day exploring everything that Chicago has to offer. 

55 E Ontario St
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The Verb Hotel – Rockin’ out in Boston

While you may not associate Boston with rock music, the city is in fact the birthplace of a number of successful acts, such as Aerosmith, the Cars, J. Geils, the Pixies, and of course its namesake, Boston. The trendy Verb Hotel celebrates this hallowed heritage with a chic blend of rock nostalgia and nouveau modernarchitecture. As the hotel was originally a one-story roadside motel, the rooms are spacious with retro wood paneling and a laid-back vibe. A number of playful details reinforce the rock n’ roll theme, such as refrigerators housed inside Marshall speakers and record players in each room with loaner albums.

An indoor pool courtyard, open year round, looks out on walls of abstract Mondrianesque colored glass panels.

The hotel is conveniently located in the Fenway district, right around the corner from the oldest baseball park in the US – home of the Boston Red Sox – and just 10 minutes from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

1271 Boylston St
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Hotel Trouvail Miami Beach – Bohemian chic

No trip to Miami Beach is replete without spending at least one night in an art deco hotel. Originally built in the 1940s, Hotel Trouvail features characteristic art deco architecture, offering guests a homey, relaxing atmosphere without any pretensions.

Rooms are tastefully decorated with Mediterranean decor, with pale tropical colors, such as off-white, terra cotta, and peach, and tile floors. From the friendly staff to the stylish decor, the atmosphere here is refreshingly casual and chic. 

The hotel is conveniently located on the water in the sophisticated Faena district, where Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann teamed up with fashion designer Alan Faena to design the stunning art deco interiors. The hotel also offers free jeep rides to the beach and will even help set up your lounge chairs. Palihouse Miami Beach is a calm, aesthetically pleasing oasis in the heart of Miami Beach that really stands out from the larger chain hotels.

3101 Indian Creek Dr
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The Goodtime Hotel – Party Hardy in Miami

With meditation classes and food to stimulate your soul, all-star DJs to get your feet moving, and fanciful architectural details, The Goodtime Hotel delivers exactly what its name promises. Rap star and nightclub entrepreneur Pharrell Williams is the creative force behind the concept.

The hotel is a popular weekend hangout, with enormous parties and two Olympic-sized pools that are always filled to the brim with party-hardy guests – the perfect destination if you’re looking for excitement, nightlife, and non-stop action.

If you like to dress in style, rub elbows with celebrities and social influencers, and just use your room as a base camp while you set off to explore this chic city and its nearby beaches and nightlife, you’ll enjoy all the good vibes at The Goodtime Hotel.

601 Washington Ave
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Hotel Hive – Living Large on a Small Budget in DC

As Washington D.C. is expensive when it comes to accommodation, the Hotel Hive is a rare find. As a microhotel, the rooms are obviously on the small side (some do however have bunk beds), but Hotel Hive makes up for this with its convenient location, relaxed, down-home atmosphere, and classic minimalistic decor, with brick walls and simple all-white furnishings.

The location in Foggy Bottom, near a busy university, is within walking distance of popular sights like the Lincoln Memorial. But if you prefer to stay at the hotel, the rooftop terrace, bar, and restaurant are hip and lively. Or for quiet contemplation, visit the library and get lost in a good book or flip through the magazines.

On its Instagram page, the hotel offers smart guides to local shops and restaurants that are owned or operated by minorities, such as African Americans or LGBT individuals – a fun way to get to know the American capital on a more personal level.

2224 F St NW
Washington, DC
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Text by Daniel Björk