Looking for a comfortable hotel that won't blow your business travel budget? If you want to spend less than $100 a night (and still get a decent room), you'll have to sacrifice prime downtown or central locations and opt for a hotel that's on the perimeter of the city. It's not a total sacrifice, however, because some of the newer budget hotels in the suburbs easily outperform their city competitors--for about half the price! These hotels generally offer only limited service, which means no late-night snacks from room service or in-hotel restaurants. Most are located next to or very near a reliable family-style restaurant chain, however.
When looking for a good but inexpensive room, ask about business traveler rooms and rates. Many of the budget hotels now offer large desks, desktop power outlets, ergonomic chairs, speakerphones with data ports, free copies, incoming faxes and access to meeting rooms, as well as in-room coffee makers and a free continental breakfast.
Some well-known inexpensive chains include Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express, Budgetel (changing all its properties' names to Baymont by November), Microtel, Red Roof Inn and Sleep Inn. Most are relatively new and offer rooms in the $40 to $70 per night range.
If you're looking for a hotel with a few more perks, try Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn, La Quinta Inn or Wingate Inn. Rooms run in the $58 to $100 range and offer conveniences like business centers, meeting space, free local calls, free breakfast, large in-room work areas and modern phone systems.