Top 50 hotels under $150

Napa, Aspen, or Maui at under $150 a night? Yes, it’s possible. Check out our fave bargain hotels that don’t skimp on style

Southwest

31. Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque. A recent renovation polished up the original 1930s Moorish architecture, with plush curtained nooks and beamed ceilings, and the 107 rooms have been completely redone, each with its own personality—one is decorated with balls and jacks, another with photos of famous couples like Lucy and Desi. Drop your bags and head up to tip back cocktails at the rooftop bar. $139; hotelandaluz.com  

32. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort, Ojo Caliente, NM. This spa retreat offers mineral waters, a mud pool, and miles and miles of trails for practically a pittance. People have been coming here for a century and a half, though never quite so comfortably as since the recent multimillion-dollar overhaul. Bathrooms in the 1916 hotel lack showers—then again, a private nighttime soak next to a kiva fireplace is only $50. $139; ojospa.com  

33. Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ. In its first life, back in the ’50s, with Bing Crosby and Zsa Zsa Gabor hanging around, the Valley Ho was no slouch. But its second life, since a 2005 reboot, may be even more happening: parties around the pool and mai tais in the on-site Trader Vic’s. The 193 colorful rooms have luxe touches (feather-top beds, flat-screen TVs, private balconies) that can make them pricey, but time it right and you can nab a steal. $144 last weekend of May with advance purchase, $139 most of Jun–Aug; hotelvalleyho.com  

34. El Rey Inn, Santa Fe. A traditional 1930s roadside motel along what was once Route 66, the El Rey is a 5-acre tangle of gardens, courtyards, and patio nooks. The 86 rooms are filled with paintings, carved headboards, and armoires by local artists. It’s a good 2 miles into downtown, but a bus stops right out front and the distance will save you big-time bucks. $99; elreyinnsantafe.com  

35. The Historic Taos Inn, Taos. As Southwest as they come, from the rockin’ margaritas and bedside kiva fireplaces right up to the exposed-beam ceilings. This 1936 slice of history has 44 rooms (with free ethernet, not Wi-Fi; the adobe walls are too thick for it) and is just a block from the plaza. Its hopping restaurant and great wine list also give you a wonderful excuse to stay put. $105; taosinn.com 

36. Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins, Grand Canyon. The people’s national park lodge Let the fancy national park hotels—the Ahwahnees and El Tovars—host the platinum-card-toting swells who order their personal assistants to carry them down to Plateau Point and back up again. That’s not Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Lodge. Like the national parks themselves, Bright Angel is democracy in action, awe for everybody. That mile-deep canyon outside the front door? For you! The mule rides you book at the front desk? Yours too. And so are the rickety but charming cabins, the ice cream parlor, and—best of all—the lodge’s fireplace, its rock layers perfectly duplicating those of the canyon, from Vishnu Schist to Kaibab Limestone. And all these pleasures come at prices just about anybody can pay. E pluribus amazing. $113; grandcanyonlodges.com 

Rockies

37. The Limelight Lodge, Aspen, CO. Aspen is easy to love but tricky to afford. The Limelight bridges the gap with a good downtown location and chic look, but rates that are friendlier than the town’s more storied hotels. Now that the snow is going, going, gone, book one of the lodge’s 126 rooms and take in the green mountain views. An add-on we like: The nightly resort fee (included in the room rate) gets you perks like airport pickup, ski valet, and gym access. $133; limelightlodge.com       

38. Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, WY. Before Memorial Day, you can slip into this stylin’ eco hotel for as low as $125. Soak up luxe touches like flat-screen TVs, heated bathroom floors, deep tubs, and a third-floor infinity pool that looks out over the village and up the mountain’s slope. $125; hotelterrajacksonhole.com    

39. Mariposa Lodge B&B, Steamboat Springs, CO. They cook up a mean breakfast at this homey 4-room ranch house on the banks of Soda Creek, with bentwood rockers on the wraparound porch and homemade quilts on pine-log beds. Now that ski season’s over, Steamboat is primed for hiking and biking on Emerald Mountain, plus kayaking down the Yampa River in search of the hot springs along its shores. $139; 2-night minimum; steamboatmariposa.com  

40. Vail Mountain Lodge, Vail, CO. The rooms at this cushy yet rustic mountain lodge have gas fireplaces and soaking tubs, and the rate includes freebies like breakfast at the bistro and all the yoga and Pilates classes you can take in the massive gym. Nearby, explore the village or amble along Gore Creek. $139; vailmountainlodge.com  

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