Newport City Center Motel
Cheap, but smell your room first. Kitchenettes available.
For all but the cheapest places and the slowest seasons, reservations are advised. In high-season tourist hot spots, hotels can book up months ahead. In general, many hotels offer specials on their websites, but low-end chains sometimes give a slightly better rate over the phone. Chain hotels also increasingly offer frequent-flyer mileage deals and other rewards programs; ask when booking. Online travel booking, bidding and comparison websites are another good way to find discounted hotel rates – but are usually limited to chain hotels; also check out Hotels.com and Hotwire.
Cheap, but smell your room first. Kitchenettes available.
Popular with anglers, Captain John's keeps room smells down by providing an outside crab-cooking facility for guests. Some rooms have a kitchenette ($15 extra). It's a bit run-down, but tolerable for a night. It's right near the boat docks.
This tidy place has 18 simple rooms and cottages facing the Pemigewasset River. It's friendly, family-run and convenient to area hikes, and the grounds include picnic tables and grills for guest use.
These cheap and somewhat cheerful rooms have worn carpets but are otherwise very clean, with nice new tile in the baths and outdoor seating on the front porch.
This former brick warehouse for the Portsmouth Brewing Company is now Portsmouth's snazziest boutique, fusing contemporary design with comfort. Rooms are modern, with clean lines of white, flat-screen TVs and, in the suites, plush tan sofas...
Hot Sulphur Springs
If you aren’t staying at the hot springs, this roadside motel makes a clean stopover. The rooms are simple, paneled with pine and extremely clean. Some have kitchens and there’s a grill for guests to use.
This is the pick of Gunnison's lodgings. It's in a quiet spot a little west of town, and is surrounded by trees and ponds (but no water wheel!). The well-appointed rooms with free cable TV and wi-fi, and a few larger rooms have kitchenette...
This small European-style inn has comfortable rooms with a communal kitchen, cribs for the tots, continental breakfast and free transportation from the airport.
With a nostalgic summer-camp atmosphere, Curry Village has hundreds of helter-skelter units scattered beneath towering evergreens. Tent cabins resemble Civil War army barracks with scratchy wool blankets; wooden cabins are smaller but cozy.
This turn-of-the-century hotel has a stuck-in-time feel, from the old-fashioned pigeonhole mailboxes behind the lobby desk to the narrow, sweetly floral rooms. Ask for a room away from noisy Congress St.
If you're here in summer, consider this Victorian mining-era hotel, which dates back to 1886. The innkeeper enjoys her burlesque hat and gloves, and the antique-strewn rooms feature high ceilings and lace curtains...
This friendly, family-run motel has 18 boutique rooms; all are different and tastefully decorated with fun themes and antiques. Jacuzzi suites, two houses and a condo are also available (sleeping up to 12)...
This rough-and-ready downtown motel is the city's most central cheap option. No-frills rooms are clean and kitted out with the standard refrigerator/microwave/cable TV motel triumvirate.
This restored Victorian house on a residential street leading to Vermont College has gracefully appointed rooms and suites decorated with period antiques. Updated amenities include phone and TV; the suites come with kitchens...
Let's just get it out there: this is a weird little building where you walk through a parking garage to get to the 2nd-floor rooms. But it's also cheap and extremely well located...
On VT 7A in a commercial strip just off US 7, this friendly, family-run motel has a fairly convenient location and 19 country-style rooms paneled in knotty pine (surprise!).
Like much of Palm Beach, this 90-room hotel recently received a face-lift. Super-stylish – as it should be, towering over Worth Ave – the pale-yellow and hunter-green rooms have hosted the likes of President Clinton and Zsa Zsa Gabor...
Motels on the other side of US 31 (away from the water) are more moderately priced, such as Mitchell Creek Inn , near the state park beach.
An old-school Alamogordo independent with simple and clean double rooms that have microwave and refrigerator. Rooms are basic, but it's a bit more personal-feeling than your typical roadside motel.
Decent, central motel with good budget rooms, some with newer pillowtop mattresses.
Blackberry River Inn has amiable staff, an exceptional breakfast, and grounds – complete with open trails – begging to be explored. The inn offers a range of rooms and suites in three buildings; a suite earns you a fireplace, Jacuzzi and sun porch...
For something a little different, try this charming absolute waterfront motel across the bridge, overlooking St Augustine's historic downtown. Rooms are on the smaller side, but pleasantly decorated and recently refurbished...
This clean, well-maintained motel just west of the VT 100/US 4 junction has some of the best rates in town.
Welcome to another rustic cabin-resort that feels like its own small village, with a shop, cafe and marina on a shimmering waterfront facing crimson Canadian sunsets...
This cute little B&B in the Garden District is a lovely alternative to chain hotels in Montgomery's downtown and outskirts. It's not fancy-pants, but well executed and homey with a consummate host. Advance reservations only.
This family affair has 11 unique guest rooms, each with its own color scheme and decorative style. Beautifully maintained grounds and wide porches grace the home's exterior...
Anyone who loves 1950s roadside nostalgia will feel right at home at this funky little motel that mixes genres wildly, from the Spanish-style barrel-tile roof to the Jetsons-esque sign to the mishmash interiors.
In a tidy little Craftsman-style bungalow, this gay-and-lesbian-friendly B&B has colorful, homey rooms and chatty owners who know all about the best new bistros and bars in town. The central location makes walking to dinner a breeze.