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Different trips call for different types of accommodations. A  honeymoon may call for ultimate luxury while a road trip might call for a no-frills motel good for a few hours of sleep before you hit the road again. But in the middle are 3-star hotels: “Not too fancy” and “priced just right.” Usually, you’ll find a restaurant and a bar on property, the rooms will be a nice size and the beds will be comfy. You probably won’t find a gym or spa, and there might not be a pool or concierge service, but you’ll have everything you need. Best of all, you’ll get comfort without breaking the bank, and some are even designed  unexpectedly well. Here are 9 of our favorite 3-star hotels to make planning your next getaway a little easier! Just search and filter by “three star” to search more hidden-gem properties like this.

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Las Vegas

Bet you didn’t realize you could get a good bang for your buck on the Vegas Strip! Book the Hilton Grand Vacations at The Flamingo (rooms start at $140) and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The rooms are spacious (they all have kitchenettes), the location is ideal (kitty corner to the Bellagio Fountains), and there’s even a pool!

New York City

If ever there was a place to try to score a good deal, it’s New York. The Big Apple is just expensive, plain and simple. Locals will advise you to stay downtown, not uptown in Times Square, where all the tourists go. Downtown is central to all the sights and gives you a glimpse into real life in New York, away from all the tourist traps. At Cambria Hotel New York – Chelsea, you’ll be close to the subway station, near plenty of great restaurants, and—with prices starting at $99 per night—get a pretty good room deal as well!


The Moxy hotel brand has been making a name for itself lately in terms of providing high quality for a crazy good price. The Moxy Chicago Downtown is no exception. The River North location is stellar, plus the hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast (there’s also a restaurant and bar!), a 24-hour fitness center and concierge services. Queen room averages are under $150/nightly so you can save your money to enjoy the Windy City!


The Lone Star capital might pride itself on being weird (the motto is literally “Keep Austin weird”) but there’s nothing weird about Hotel Eleven. Rooms are reasonably priced, starting at $149, plus you can enjoy a drink on the rooftop terrace, there’s a bar and a coffee shop on site, and you’ll be able to explore Austin in all its weirdness from this sweet location.

Los Angeles

Culver City, a short drive to the beaches and a 20-minutes drive (sans traffic) to downtown LA, is a great centralized location from which to explore LA and its surrounding areas. We love the Mayumi hotel there. It’s family friendly, priced just right at $168 and up, and offers guests a continental breakfast. Plus, downtown Culver City is one of LA’s most charming and walkable neighborhoods.


The theme park capital of the world is a popular city for families. If you plan to visit (with or without kids), saving money on a lodging is imperative. The Delaney Hotel, (which boasts a 4.9/5 guest review rating at, is a great choice. Rooms around $160/nightly and are huge by most hotel standards. You’ll find both a restaurant and a bar, a 24-hour fitness center, dry cleaning services, and a little grocery store to stock up on the essentials!


If you’ve got a trip to the Pacific Northwest on the books, look no further! The Sound Hotel Belltown in downtown Seattle is a  great property, no matter what official star rating you’re after. Prices start at $152/nightly, the design is fresh and funky, and rooms are spacious with ample natural light. The property offers a continental breakfast (for a fee), and also boasts a restaurant and bar. If you need to get your steps in (even after exploring the city) there’s a 24-hour gym on site you can hit up. The variety of room types also makes the hotel a great for groups.

San Francisco

The City by the Bay is famously expensive, but that doesn’t mean your hotel has to be. Book the Golden Gate Hotel, a 3-star property that most guests give a 5/5 stars in their reviews. With rooms averaging about $160/nightly, it’s an affordable boutique property that feels a bit like a bed and breakfast (there is a free continental brekkie included). The rooms are decorated in classic Victorian style, the place is charming and in a great location near Union Square. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge will greet and dazzle you each morning when you step outside to tackle the day!


Music City Tennessee is one of the hottest destinations in the country right now. Whether you’re visiting for a bachelor or bachelorette trip, because you love music or with family, there is truly something for everyone in this booming Southern city. The Drury Plaza Hotel Downtown is in a great location and from the rooftop pool, you’ll have killer views of the city. For an average of less than $200/nightly, you’ll find large rooms with big windows and beautiful views, a restaurant and bar, laundry services and a free buffet breakfast. Fuel up because there is lots to see in Nashville!

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