Whether it's a weekend getaway or a journey far from home, an overnight stay often means balancing comfort and cost. Drastic variation from one budget hotel to the next — both between and within brands — mars the category's reputation. Don't be put off. Cheapism's research found that the best cheap hotels fill the bill in many ways. They may be short on amenities, but there's plenty of value if the location is right and the room is clean. Most offer free Wi-Fi, and many lay out enough of a breakfast spread in the morning to get the day off to a good start. They also offer loyalty programs that award points toward free lodging and/or other perks, such as speedy check-in and exclusive money-saving deals. Seniors, military personnel, and AAA members usually qualify for savings, and advance booking and longer stays may yield discounts as well.
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