Stay in Trendy Neighborhoods to Stretch Your Travel Budget

Staircase made  famous in the 1932 Laurel and Hardy film, "The Music Box" is  in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.

Staircase made famous in the 1932 Laurel and Hardy film, “The Music Box” is in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.

Here is a tip to save money on hotels when you are staying in major cities during leisure or business travels.  Look to stay in cool, trendy neighborhoods.   You save on hotels, get away from downtown and see some of the real city.

Hotels.com have uncovered a selection of hip, culturally diverse neighborhoods in some of the Top Domestic Destinations as ranked by the most recent Hotel Price Index (HPI) to help travelers not only extend their travel budget, but also have a truly authentic experience in some of America’s top cities.

“Consumers have now been trained that flying mid-week is better for their wallet, but when visiting major cities, hotels in downtown areas typically have higher rates and lower inventory due to business travel and conventions,” says Taylor L. Cole, travel expert for Hotels.com.

“This is the perfect time to explore other neighborhoods of cities like New York and Chicago and save on the hotel stay and flight. Travelers can use that extra money to take in a show, dine at a top-rated restaurant or have an adventure in the new area of town they’re exploring,” he said.0_4200_84_2716_two_marcolivierleblanc_5140

Check out this list of 10 of the most popular domestic travel destinations, their average hotel prices according to the latest HPI, the trendiest neighborhoods in each city and why a stay there will not only save you money but also be a rewarding experience.

Some options for your consideration:

City & Average
Hotel Price

Neighborhood & Sample
Hotel Price

Why to visit

Boston – $186 Allston-Brighton – Best Western University Hotel, from $149; Crowne Plaza Boston, from $145 

Keep in mind Fall is peak travel season due to the proliferation of colleges in the area.

·      Boston University and Boston College bookend this thriving neighborhood.·      Electic restaurant and nighlight scene caters to the student and recent grad population.

·      This “college-burg” is a great place to go thrift shopping.

Chicago – $162 Wicker Park – Wicker Park Inn, from $109 ·      Home to a wealth of art galleries, beer gardens and music venues.·      Well-served by Chicago’s mass transit system.

·      Historic roots include German and Polish beer barrons that left a legacy of ornate mansions and first-rate dive bars.

Los Angeles – $148 Silver Lake – Comfort Inn West Sunset Boulevard, from $100 ·      Houses some of the most famous modernist architecture in North America.·      Numerous municipal staircases crisscross the neighborhood and provide pedestrian access up and down the area’s signature hills.

·      Known for its indie rock scene.

·      Boasts some of the nation’s most acclaimed food trucks and farmers markets.

Miami – $174 Wynwood – DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, from $139; Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay, from $152  ·      Indulge your wanderlust for art and fashion in one neighborhood – Wynwood is divided into two sub-districts known for these crafts.·      More than 70 galleries, museums and art collections in the Arts District. Take part in a “ArtWalk” on the second Saturday of the month.

·      Formerly known as Little San Juan, you can find a lot of Puerto Rican influence in the food scene.

New Orleans – $161 Warehouse District – Lafayette Hotel, from $99; Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, from $139 ·      Offers a respite from the Bourbon Street scene but within walking distance of the French Quarter’s attractions.·      Also known as the Arts District for its abundance of galleries and world-class museums.

·      This newly remodeled area features some of the city’s best restaurants.

New York City – $264 Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Condor Hotel, from $179; Hotel Le Jolie, from $199, ·      Just one subway stop away from Manhattan.·      Offers some of New York’s best music, food and nightlife options against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

·      Numerous entertainment options found on Bedford Avenue.

San Diego – $134 North Park – Layfayette Hotel & Swim Club, from $127; Inn at the Park, from $129 ·      High rate of pedestrian activity relative to other areas of the city, making it perfect to explore while on vacation – no parking meters to plug!·      Culturally-diverse and full of trendy boutiques, restaurants, galleries and bars.

·      Home to a farmers market every Thursday and a gallery walk the second Saturday of each month.

San Francisco – $185 Mission District – Inn San Francisco – $175 ·      Classified by its abundance of Mexican cuisine and Latino influenced buildings with ornate murals.·      Tends to have some of the city’s sunnier and warmer weather due to it geography.

·      Valencia Street is full of quirky shops, slow food restaurants, wine bars and coffee shops.

·      Unbeatable views of the city in Dolores Park.

Seattle – $158 Capitol Hill – Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle Conv. Center/Pike Street, from $118; The Roosevelt, a Coast Hotel, from $129  ·      Home to Volunteer Park, which has a 108-step brick water tower with one of the best views of the city and region, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.·      A great cup of coffee is a given in this neighborhood.

·      Spontaneous street parties are known to break out here.

·      Steeped in history, the neighborhood is dotted with Victorian mansions alongside fringe theaters, shops and nightlife hotspots.

Washington, D.C. – $157 H Street – Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/US Capitol, from $134; Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol, from $129 ·      Recently revitalized area is an arts and entertainment mecca and is home to numerous theaters and performance studios.·      Easy transportation via streetcars is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

·      Along with the arts came the restaurants foodies and families alike adore – there’s even a kid-friendly wine bar.

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About Patricia King

Patricia King is a travel writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. A former reporter for several newspapers and wire services, she also writes about budget and best value travel and North American travel destinations topics in Indianapolis, across the country and around the world at Examiner.com. Feel free to drop her a line at latham7997-travelwriter@yahoo.com with suggestions for future stories. To get her stories delivered to your inbox, click the RSS feed or the “Subscribe” button above or follow her on Twitter.com/@savvytravelling.