A SPECIAL PLACE
Travelers often settle for chain hotels with generic decor and not much in the way of character or amenities. The kind of distinctive lodging described as a "boutique hotel," typically a privately owned, one-of-a-kind inn with less than 150 guest rooms, has a reputation for higher prices. But it's entirely possible to find a boutique hotel in every state with rates below $150 a night. Many are housed in restored buildings from days gone by, some offer free breakfast, and many cater to business travelers and host meetings and events. All welcome vacationers with open arms.