When it comes to heritage lodging, Udaipur is world-famous for the Taj Lake Palace. But travelers don't have to take out a second mortgage just to enjoy the historic atmosphere of this city. Crafted from seventeenth-century havelis (private manors), Jagat Niwas Palace offers a fairy tale setting, with pretty interior arcades encircling a central courtyard. The hotel is reached through a narrow archway from Jagdish Temple in the Old City, and once inside you will find just 29 charming rooms — the best have picturesque enclosed balconies with views over Lake Pichola. The lakefront location also makes for pleasant dining, as the hotel restaurant is right on the shore.
SAVVY STAY Dean Street Townhouse This chic lodging is located in the heart of Soho, notorious for its lofty hotel rates. But this truly is a budget property (given the setting and style), despite appearances to the contrary.
PLEASANTLY PRICED Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown With a stay at Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown, you can savor local history and be eco-friendly, all without breaking the bank.