Best Hotel Under $150 (2016)


Accommodations are a necessary cost when it comes to travel, but a hotel doesn't have to blow through your budget, nor should you have to stay in a drab, personality-less room in order to save. These 10 boutique hotels, inns and B&Bs from around the nation -- nominated by a panel of budget travel experts and voted to the top by 10Best readers – let you stay in style and comfort, all with rooms starting at under $150 a night. 

  • The Vagabond Hotel

    The Vagabond Hotel

    The Vagabond Hotel opened its doors in 1953 and soon became a hangout for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the rest of the Rat Pack. A property-wide restoration has returned the property to its glamorous best. Guests enjoy rooms with retro-luxe interiors, free WiFi, an outdoor heated pool, gym and tech-savvy hook ups for keeping gadgets charged.
    Photo courtesy of The Vagabond Hotel

  • Casa Pellegrino Boutique Hotel

    Casa Pellegrino Boutique Hotel
    Hollywood, Fla.

    Casa Pellegrino Boutique Hotel sits just steps from the beach in beautiful Hollywood, Florida. Each of the 13 unique rooms takes inspiration from the islands of Greece, Spain and Italy, with amenities like outdoor lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels to take to the beach.
    Photo courtesy of Casa Pellegrino Boutique Hotel

  • Elk Cove Inn

    Elk Cove Inn
    Elk, Calif.

    Located just outside of Mendocino on the Northern California Coast, Elk Cove Inn offers ocean views and luxe accommodations, all at an affordable price. The bed and breakfast sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the rooms are housed within a nineteenth century mansion. Guests enjoy free breakfast with champagne, complimentary afternoon cocktails, free WiFi and a gift basket on arrival.
    Photo courtesy of innlight marketing

  • The Sono Chicago

    The Sono Chicago

    The Sono Chicago is a newly built B&B in the Old Town District of Chicago, and it's already getting rave reviews from guests. A rooftop deck with a fire pit offers stellar views of the Chicago skyline, and guests enjoy a continental breakfast each morning to fuel their explorations.
    Photo courtesy of The Sono Chicago

  • The Boots Court-Motel

    The Boots Court-Motel
    Carthage, Mo.

    Staying at The Boots Court-Motel is like stepping back in time in the most delightful way. This classic Route 66 motel in Carthage dates back to 1939, and the rooms have been restored to how they looked nearly seven decades ago. For authenticity's sake, rooms lack televisions but come equipped with a radio (and free WiFi).
    Photo courtesy of The Boots Court-Motel

  • ACME Hotel Company

    ACME Hotel Company

    Midcentury modern meets industrial in the whimsical rooms at ACME Hotel Company in Chicago. From the giant hand prints on the headboards to the brightly colored lamps and contemporary and comfy seating, the rooms are full of surprises and equipped with extras like speedy WiFi and smart TVs.
    Photo courtesy of ACME Hotel Company

  • Del Marcos Hotel

    Del Marcos Hotel
    Palm Springs, Calif.

    The Del Marcos Hotel in Palm Springs has long been noted as one of the city's top getaway spots for modernism enthusiasts, architecture lovers and those in search of a quiet (read: adults-only) desert getaway. Aside from the fabulous furnishings and historic architecture, the Del Marcos Hotel is known for its impeccable service. Amenities include complimentary use of beach cruisers, a heated saltwater pool and high-speed internet throughout the property.
    Photo courtesy of Del Marcos Hotel

  • Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast
    New Orleans

    Hosts Joe and Bebe Rabhan offer a warm welcome at this uptown inn, a lovely 1890's Greek Revival mansion situated on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar route. Less than four miles from the French Quarter, the location offers easy access to local restaurants and Audubon Park is 1.5 miles away. The outdoor veranda is a great place to spend the day sipping a Sazerac and people watching on St. Charles.
    Photo courtesy of Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast

  • Boulder Adventure Lodge

    Boulder Adventure Lodge
    Boulder, Colo.

    Conveniently nestled between the city and the mountains, The Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge for short) was created by two local adventure enthusiasts. Only miles from world-class rock climbing in Boulder Canyon, skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort, as well as biking and hiking near Boulder's Flatirons, guests have plenty of options to occupy their time. On-site activities include a slack-line park, exploring the Fourmile creek that runs through the property and walking, biking or fishing along the Boulder Creek path. There are two hot tubs and a creekside pool as well as plenty of grills and outdoor fire pits.
    Photo courtesy of Boulder Adventure Lodge

  • The Georgetown Inn

    The Georgetown Inn

    A Seattle hotel room for under $150 a night is a steal, especially when that room is at the charming Georgetown Inn just a few miles from downtown. This independently owned hotel (another rarity in Seattle) offers amenities like free WiFi, continental breakfast (all cups, lids and utensils are starch-based and compostable) and a flat panel TV with HBO. The minimalist lobby is adorned with artwork by Tim Silbaugh.
    Photo courtesy of The Georgetown Inn

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Under $150 are as follows:

  1. The Vagabond Hotel - Miami
  2. Casa Pellegrino Boutique Hotel - Hollywood, Fla.
  3. Elk Cove Inn - Elk, Calif.
  4. The Sono Chicago - Chicago
  5. The Boots Court-Motel - Carthage, Mo.
  6. ACME Hotel Company - Chicago
  7. Del Marcos Hotel - Palm Springs, Calif.
  8. Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast - New Orleans
  9. Boulder Adventure Lodge - Boulder, Colo.
  10. The Georgetown Inn - Seattle

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Nora Dunn (The Professional Hobo), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers) and Kim Orlando (TravelingMom) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of budget travel in the United States.

Additional nominees for Best Hotel Under $150 included 17 Hundred 90 Inn, Alpenhof Bed & Breakfast, Blue Door on Baltimore, El Rey Inn, Hotel Z, Inn on the Mexican War Streets, Longman & Eagle, M Resort, Sweet Dreams B&B and Thornton Inn.

Congratulations to all our winning hotels!

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