8. Paris on the cheap? Hell oui! Yeah, the Hotel de la Porte Dorée is technically on the outskirts of the city, but the Metro is a short walk away. Even in high season the prices remain the same for modest-sized rooms. Vintage furniture let’s you know you’re in France, the free WiFi let’s you know you’re in the 21st century. Rates begin at $70 per night.
7. Straight outta Maverick land is the Warwick Melrose Hotel with its $99 rate for dates in July and August. The Dallas zoo, aquarium and downtown arts district are minutes away, as is the American Airlines Center, home court for this year’s NBA champs. Call 800-521-7172/mention Promo code TEXAS.
6. Buenos Aires’ Room Mate Hotel Carlos comes in at $89 per night and they throw in free breakfast and WiFi. The tiny hotel with its 57 loft-style rooms are in the San Telmo neighborhood, known for its tango scene—so bring your dancing shoes. Right now, it’s technically late fall in Argentina, so if the sweltering heat in the States is already getting to you, head thee south and cool off for a song.
5. A room in NYC for $99? Damn near impossible, and maybe an invite for trouble given our past reviews. But for the last three years, The Jane, in Greenwich Village has remained a place to crash without breaking the bank. Still, we recommend traveling with a Rack Trap at night just to be safe (it's a great travel tool, anyway). Rooms, called “cabins” and resemble dorms, are designed for singles or really thin/intimate couples (there are other “sizes” too). Guests get free WiFi, bottled water, robes and slippers for the communal showers. Signs of wear exist, but it seems due to the awesome rate bringing in beaucoup customers, not so much because of neglect.
4. Central America is generating much buzz, but bypass Nicaragua's Managua (Bourdain's already ripped it up) and head an hour away to Granada, a colonial city near Lake Nicaragua. Here you'll find the authentically Spanish-styled Hotel Dario where you can get a single room with a balcony for $85 and a double for $100. It’s even cheaper if you skip the terrace rooms for a regular space, but sitting outside sipping a cold Toña beer watching uniformed kids play in the town's square is a no-brainer and worth the extra dough.
3. The Motel 6 brand used to indicate dirt-cheap digs and scenes from gritty movies. But today a good many of the hotels have been redesigned and dare-we-say it, are attracting the serious budgetnista (cheers, Wendy Williams). We have our eyes set on the Anaheim and Santa Barbara properties, each coming in at $54 and $96 respectively, in case we wanna go to Disney (1 mile away!) or drop in on Oprah (a mere 15 minute drive!).
2. School’s out, and that means family vaca time. One of the cheapest beach getaways for your clan is the all-inclusive Allegro Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic. They’re charging $47 per person, per night through July. Not only is that price a steal, two children age 12 and under can stay for free with a paying adult. This isn’t a five-star resort, don’t get it twisted, but kids don’t care about luxury, parents get to pina-colada it up all day, and for a quick getaway, it works in spades.
1. So this is technically a bit cheating, but we like the deal so much we're including it: The Westin Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of historic San Diego has a Macy's Shopping Package valid until the end of the year. Every $199 stay gets you a $100 Macy's Gift Card in return, which makes the room $99 a night. A new guestroom plus, a shopping trip? Who can be mad at that? Book online or call 866-716-8137:mention promo code CMY.
[Photos: HotelChatter, Warwick Dallas, Motel 6 and Westin]