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Lofty Lodgings A new class of airy, open and affordable hotels is springing up.

By Julie Moline

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With hotel prices surging, business travelers are taking arenewed interest in midmarket hotels, which usually tradeattractive price points for not-so-attractive design points.

A new hotel company, NYLO, is trying to change that trade-off. The idea,according to CEO John Russell, is to offer the chic style of urbanlofts and the amenities of boutique hotels at midscalerates--typically $115 to $135 per night. NYLO rooms will bespacious, airy, light-filled and slightly industrial. Each roomwill have a flat-screen TV and free high-speed internet; amenitiesinclude a 24-hour restaurant, business center, library, meetingfacilities and gym. The first NYLO properties will open nextyear.

NYLO's intention, Russell says, is to do for loft hotelswhat W did for boutique hotels: Carve a new lodging category thatresonates with trend-conscious consumers, standardize it, and bringit to multiple markets.

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