America's Best Affordable City Hotels
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$149: Hotel Monaco Chicago
This 191-room boutique hotel is situated in the downtown commercial district, but even with the buttoned-up location, creative touches abound, from in-room goldfish (yes, actually fish) to GM-led Segway hotel tours. Rooms have large bay windows, and suites feature separate living areas and oversize, two-person Jacuzzi bathtubs. Doubles from $149.