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Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide 2006


With so many things going up these days—from stress levels to the cost of living—it's nice to know you can still get a good deal when you're on the road. We're not talking about those interchangeable chain lodgings, where synthetic fabrics will never go out of style. Perhaps it's a backlash against the skyrocketing rates at luxury hotels, but there are a lot of terrific, low rent places to choose from this year. Unfortunately, we couldn't pick everything that caught our attention. A temple stay in Seoul, capsule hotel in Tokyo and Volkswagen's groovy new venture in Copenhagen didn't make the cut. Instead, we give you hotels that combine the best of all ingredients: reasonable prices, loads of comfort and personality, and locations you'd actually want to include on your holiday destinations wish list.

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UNITED STATES

New York
QT
www.hotelqt.com

There's no way our value list would be complete this year without including the QT. This self-styled "budget" hotel—complete with dorm-style rooms that sleep four in bunks with their own flat-screen TVs—is the bargain entry from the limelight-loving, Lindsay Lohan of the hotel world, Andre Balazs, creator of Chateau Marmont, the Standards in West Hollywood, downtown L.A. and Miami, and so on. Ensuring this hotel's see and be seen status are cocktails, a steam room, swimming pool and DJ all within steps of one another.


Oregon
Jupiter Hotel

www.jupiterhotel.com

Onsite haunts such as Wack Salon, Mana Massage and the Doug Fir Restaurant & Lounge (showcasing indie bands) make it clear that Jupiter Hotel isn't just another converted motel trying to ride the retro bandwagon. This property resides in the once dubious Burnside neighborhood and features a cool style that would be right at home in Palm Springs. Those seeking Portland's unique blend of down-home (elk stew at the Doug Fir) and high-tech (complimentary wireless Internet access) will enjoy this kicked back hotel.

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ARGENTINA

Buenos Aires

Bo Bo

www.bobohotel.com

We love the straightforward names of the seven rooms at Bo Bo, in the Palermo Viejo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The Pop room was inspired by the art of Andy Warhol, the Minimalist room is sleek and clutter free, and the Rationalistic room is wheelchair friendly. The spicy colors are just what you'd expect in a vibrant South American capital. Equal in zesty flavor is the menu at the hotel's eponymous restaurant, which offers a fusion of Argentinean, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

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CAMBODIA

Siem Reap
FCC Angkor

www.fcccambodia.com

With its Art Deco façade and open-air restaurant and lounge, this former French governor's mansion is just the kind of place you would expect to find Graham Greene wannabes, sipping gin and tonics and chilling out in the tropics. The Asian-inspired rooms are chicly decorated, suiting a property that houses an art gallery with a stunning permanent photo collection. A saltwater pool, reasonably priced spa treatments and a location within cycling distance (for the ambitious) to the Angkor Wat temples, make this one of the best deals in town.

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ESTONIA

Kuressaare
Georg Ots Spa Hotel

www.gospa.ee

Named after an Estonian opera star, Georg Ots Spa Hotel is our favorite in the off-the-beaten-path category. This wellness center resides on Saaremaa, the largest island in the country, and is surrounded by views of the bishop's castle and sea. The Nordic architecture is simple and soothing, and the interiors are remarkably stylish, given the prices. Rates include Scandinavian breakfast, use of the fitness center, Internet access and more.

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FRANCE

Paris
Hôtel Langlois

www.hotel-langlois.com

While not in the trendy Saint-Germain-Des-Prés or Montmartre districts, Hôtel Langlois makes up in style what it lacks in hip location. (It's in a decent spot, though, on a quiet street in walking distance to the Opera). Built in 1870, the building maintains its original Belle Époque influences. Art auctions supplied the paintings and sculptures found in public spaces and relatively spacious bedrooms, whose period look is classic without being too ornate. Bathrooms are renovated, windows are soundproofed and top floors offer Parisian rooftop views.

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HOLLAND

Amsterdam
Lloyd Hotel

www.lloydhotel.com

Post-millennium, funky hotels are popping up all over Holland. Super chic and forward thinking, they are typified in Lloyd Hotel, in the artsy Eastern Docklands neighborhood. This historic building has been transformed by a collective of Dutch architects, designers and artists, whose individual impact can be found on objects as varied as lamps, the guest book and a bed that sleeps eight—hmm? Onsite is Snel, serving classic European cuisine, and a "Cultural Embassy," to encourage conversation about the arts.

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JAMAICA

St. Elizabeth
Jake's

www.jakeshotel.com

Intimate, whimsical and above all individual, Jake's is a treasure among break-the-bank Caribbean lodgings. Cottages by theater designer Sally Henzell are stocked with amenities usually associated with more expensive hotels, such as CD players and CD libraries. Those who refuse to sacrifice design for a bargain will appreciate Moroccan domes and arches that contrast playfully with the beach setting. The location is quiet, in a small fishing village, and the extras add value: private verandas, massage services, cooking classes, and two notable restaurants.

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MOROCCO

Essaouira
Madada Mogador

www.madada.com

If the W hotel decorators furnished an Arabian Nights set, the result would be Madada Mogador. Style in the six elegant bedrooms ranges across the Oriental map, from the exotic, entrancing west to the soothing, Zen-influenced east. A water-view setting adds to the allure. Located behind the town ramparts above the fishing port in the pretty seaside town of Essaouira, this boutique property offers a quiet retreat from the teeming bazaars and markets of Marrakech.

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SPAIN

Barcelona
Hotel Constanza

www.hotelconstanza.com

Although Hotel Constanza is technically a B&B—morning nosh is included in the room rate—it's not one of those fussy Victorian-style getaways usually associated with the genre. This family-run affair offers urban chic in a building that dates to the early 1800s. Décor pairs dark wood and crisp red accents to create the striking affect you'd expect in a city filled with Gaudi creations. Suede sofas and leather headboards are proof that inexpensive doesn't need to mean cheap.


(Updated: 08/14/12 CM)


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