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Q: When we travel, we like to book inexpensive accommodations that don’t mean roughing it. Any tips?

Photograph of a shelf in a book store's travel section. Michele says...
Budget boutique hotels around the planet offer haute style and low prices. Some primo specimens include Hotel QT in New York (rooms from $195) and The James in Scottsdale, Arizona (from $233). Cheaper still are motels, which have funked up their style. Case in point: Aqua Hotel in hip South Beach, where rooms start at $110. For über-cheap, there’s EasyHotel, with locations in London (from $63) and Basel, Switzerland (from $28). For more options, check out Cheap Sleeps guidebooks or budgettravelonline.com.

A travel writer extraordinaire, Michele Sponagle has visited more than 40 countries around the world. Send her your travel questions here.