Cheap hotels no longer sacrifice cool, quality and comfort. International Traveller magazine gave a round-up of the new crop of cheap-and-chic hotels springing up across the globe:
Tune Hotels: This Malaysian chain is opening its first Australian hotel in Melbourne late this year. A room here is based on the idea that you pay only for the extras you want - towels, air-con, wifi, and the like. The rooms may be small, but they're also slick, clean and comfortable.
Motel One: If you want egg chairs, iPads, and groovy fittings all from $73 per night, this German chain delivers. It is opening six new hotels in the UK shortly.
Citizen M: Rooms may be pod-style but there are lively common areas, with self-service canteens to keep the price down. A New York property will open soon in the wake of hotels in London, Paris, Glasgow and Dutch properties.
Moxy: Marriott has teamed up with IKEA to open their first property in Milan soon.
Mama Shelter: Described by its owner as "urban kibbutz", this Philippe Starck-designed line offers free movies, heaps in in-room technology, and upscale bedding starting from $73 per night. It will expand from its French properties to Los Angeles next year.
It is not only budget travellers checking in to these hip digs. STA Travel's Land Product Manager, Natasha McLaughlin, said mid-market travellers are choosing them for their quirky boutique style.