Escape to Chic, Urban Hotels Across the Continent Without Breaking the Bank; From an Elegant Hotel in Miami’s Art Deco District to a Culturally Astute Property in Portland, Travelocity Editors Spotlight 10 Affordable Boutique Hotels

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 14, 2006–With the fall
travel season officially in full swing, travelers seeking solace from
summer crowds and heightened costs can find both relaxation and fun at
chic hotels across the globe without draining their wallets. With
affordability top of mind, Travelocity editors discovered 10 trendy
hotels that suit travelers seeking anything from a beach escape to an
urban getaway.

To stay on budget, Travelocity hotel experts recommend consumers
keep their eyes peeled for special savings and promotions that offer
discounts specifically on these types of trendy spots. For deals on
chic, urban hotels in cities across the continent, travelers can visit

“Whether you’re planning a romantic fall escape or a girls-only
getaway, staying at a trendy, unique hotel adds to the overall travel
experience,” said Travelocity editor, Jennifer Gaines. “Unlike most
mainstream hotels, boutique properties offer hip amenities and
one-of-a-kind perks you won’t stumble upon anywhere else.”

For travelers unsure of where to even begin their search,
Travelocity editors recommend these chic and affordable hotels for
fall getaways and beyond:

New York City: Located steps from Times Square in midtown
Manhattan’s historic Leavitt Building, The Muse plays off an artistic,
theater-and-performing-arts theme. The lobby features 15-foot ceilings
covered with a commissioned mural of the nine muses and overstuffed
sofas with black velvet lounge chairs. Wake up to a complimentary New
York Times, or get your blood pumping with in-room exercise programs
for yoga, Pilates and core strengthening. The hotel staff will even
bring stationary exercise bikes to your room upon request — From

Washington, D.C.: Providing a funky juxtaposition to the otherwise
stately D.C. vibe, the Hotel Helix provides stylish accommodations
close to Logan and DuPont circles. Situated steps from hip hotspots in
neighboring locales like Adams Morgan and U Street, the hotel provides
for an unconventional stay. Colors abound — from the mural outside
and the one-of-a-kind artwork to the carpeting in the lobby and the
fluorescent colors in the bathrooms. The Helix Lounge Restaurant has a
seasonal outdoor patio, and the living room houses a nightly manager’s
complimentary Bubbly Hour — From $168/night.

Portland, Ore.: In LoBu, the up-and-coming Lower Burnside
neighborhood, Jupiter Hotel provides an offbeat, contemporary
alternative to mainstream Portland hotels. In this 80-room motel you
can get your hair cut at the Wack Salon, enjoy a facial or massage at
Mana Massage (guests can opt for in-room treatments, too), and rock
out to your favorite indie band at the Doug Fir Restaurant and Lounge.
If you choose to hole up in your Ikea-esque room, you’ll notice
floor-to-ceiling murals of forest and cityscapes. Take advantage of
complimentary yoga mats, doors with blackboard slates to scribble on
and comfy platform beds. Night-owls will benefit from special rates by
checking in after midnight — From $96/night.

San Francisco: Bringing a bit of Vegas to the Bay, Hotel Serrano
offers you the option to challenge the front desk to a game of
blackjack at check-in. Win, and you could get a free upgrade,
appetizers at the onsite Asian restaurant Ponzu and more. Lose, and
the hotel requests a $5 donation to a local pet charity. The 17-story
Spanish revival building houses 236 Spanish and Moroccan-inspired
rooms, including the A.C.T. Suite, which resembles the nearby Geary
Theater with a stage-like bedroom. Gather in the lobby in the morning
for coffee and tea and in the evening for a complimentary wine
reception — From $139/night.

Los Angeles: In the heart of Brentwood, where Sunset Boulevard
hits the I-405, Hotel Angeleno’s landmark high-rise tower on the West
Side houses 209 stylized guestrooms and suites. Panoramic views of
L.A., including the Getty Center, are in sight from the 17th-floor
penthouse steakhouse restaurant. Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool
or lounge by the fireplace. If you retire to your room, you’ll enjoy
views from a private balcony or the latest movies and shows on plasma
TVs from the comfort of a pillow-top mattress, Italian cotton linens
and fluffy duvet. Tech-gadgets include iPod Nanos with personalized
podcasts and music or GPS navigational devices for use in your car —
From $160/night.

Las Vegas: For an alternative to the mega-sized casino-hotels
along the Strip, the Desert Rose is an oasis. Leave the hustle and
bustle of the Strip but stay within steps of the action at this
three-story hotel featuring 281 rooms and two-bedroom suites. Unwind
in the lounge that resembles a western mountain lodge and take
advantage of the complimentary hot buffet breakfast and weeknight
social hours with beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Minimalist
accents include dark woods, slate floor tiles, a fireplace and
plush-but-sleek couches and chairs. Outside there’s a landscaped pool
area that has a spa and courts for basketball and paddle tennis —
From $111/night.

Chicago: With a riverside location near Michigan Avenue, Hotel
71’s 39 floors boast a panorama of postcard-perfect views of the
Chicago River and the city’s skyline. This posh hotel’s decor features
custom furnishings, signature artwork, and video-installation pieces
by local artists. Leopard-print accents adorn the modern reception
area; and because the guestrooms are extra-spacious, they feature a
seating area of a leopard print chaise or oversized chairs for
relaxing in style. Every guest has 24-hour access to the gym and will
enjoy the H2O+ bath products and oversized towels post-workout. If you
suffer a late-night snack-attack, the mini-bars are stocked with Dean
& DeLuca goodies and the hotel offers an in-room dining service. —
From $189/night.

Miami: Centrally located in the heart of Miami’s South Beach Art
Deco district, Hotel Nash is a block from the beach and a quick jaunt
to boutiques, cafes, restaurants and clubs. Each of the 55 guestrooms
is decorated in an organic jade-green and ivory motif with
marble-tiled bathrooms and rainfall showerheads. The unique Duplex
Suite is a two-story room with a queen pullout sofa on one floor and a
king-sized platform bed on the top level, while the Penthouse Suite
features floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent views. The terrace
is home to three pools filled with fresh, salt and mineral water. Dine
in-house at Mark’s South Beach, a local favorite serving Mediterranean
food with area ingredients — From $105/night.

Vancouver, B.C.: Channeling a South Florida vibe in the heart of
Vancouver’s shopping district, the Pacific Palisades hotel emphasizes
a breezy, hip atmosphere. Opt for an EarthCare Rate to save 10% and
proceeds from your stay will go towards a local environmental
charity — plus you’ll enjoy organic chocolates at turndown. Also, if
you drive a hybrid vehicle to the hotel, you’ll get a 50% discount on
parking. Nightly wine receptions bring guests together in the modern,
chic lobby; and the Zin Restaurant means you don’t have to stumble far
for local, gourmet cuisine — From $196/night.

Montreal, QC: Nestled into the tree-lined Sherbrooke Street at the
foot of Mount Royal and in the heart of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile,
the Chateau Versailles exudes historic significance, artful
surroundings and a personal touch. Every one of the 65 guestrooms and
suites in this renovated, Old-World Edwardian building is unique,
comprising distinct combinations of texture and color schemes. Several
suites even have cozy gas fireplaces. The historic property maintains
its refined heritage while being cosmopolitan and chic at the same
time by contrasting vibrant colors with original crown moldings. Plus,
pieces from local artists add an artsy flair — From $155/night.

Search for These Hip Amenities & Quirky Perks:

— Look for hotels that offer complimentary wine receptions to
jump start your evenings.

— To keep fit while on the road, stay at a hotel that offers
yoga equipment or exercise programs.

— If Fido needs a getaway too, look for a hotel that offers
pet-friendly programs.

— Techies can enjoy electronics such as plasma TVs or iPods
offered at some hotels.

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