You don't have to be in the one percent to travel like the one percent. All it takes is a little planning, a lot of research, and the ability to take vacations in the middle of the week. Just kidding! We did the heavy lifting for you so that you can ball on a budget without taking hours to compare hotel fees and ending up at the local Travelodge. These listed rates are the cheapest prices we could find on hotel websites, without any markdowns from budget travel websites, special deals, or coupon codes. Naturally, it's easy to take a luxury vacation for cheap during an off-season work week, but TBH, some of these hotels offer their cheapest rates during weekends in June. Travel websites like Secret Escapes or TravelZoo are nearly always the way to go when planning your vacation, so you can probably find ~even better~ rates on these hotels with a little bit of effort. If you prefer booking direct, all 20 of these luxury hotels can be booked for $150 or less (give or take a few dollars), and you can rest easy knowing you took advantage of the best rates in the business. Take your peace of mind from the sofa to the Sofitel with our list of the cheapest luxury hotels in America.
MGM Grand/Maverick Helicopters
Surprisingly, Las Vegas is one of the easiest places to find luxurious resorts on the cheap. You'll get the most bang for your buck at the MGM Grand right on the strip — because if you're going to Vegas and staying anywhere but the strip, you'll be spending all of the money you'd save by getting a cheaper hotel on cab rides to and from the clubs. The MGM Grand has the second-best nightclub in Vegas, Hakkasn, which regularly hosts Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki as DJs-in-residence. The Wet Republic day club isn't half bad either, and with a 6.5-acre pool that includes three whirlpools, waterfalls, and a lazy river, you might never want to leave the resort.
Dolce Hayes Mansion
Northern California has it all: the cultural mecca of San Francisco, the young money of the Silicon Valley tech boom, the relaxation of Napa Valley's wineries, and the beaches of Santa Cruz all exist within an easy, scenic drive from the Hayes Mansion in San Jose. The Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places for its classic architecture, and the former estate offers a heated pool, two whirlpools, and three restaurants on-site. This residence is perfect for traveling on business, but its various recreational activities like sand volleyball, Championship Golf, tennis, and basketball make it a great choice for anyone looking for a classic Californian retreat.
The only independent boutique hotel in Saint Paul, Minnesota is also the best deal in town, with free yoga classes and rooms that will make you feel right at home — if your home was a turn-of-the-century, $18.5 million home. There's a state-of-the-art athletic club next door that's free for hotel guests and includes a historic pool, a sauna, and steam rooms. Plus, there are Keurigs in every room, and complimentary breakfast, and heaps of old-world luxury. You'll feel like a wealthy 19th-century businessman for the first and last time in your life, and you can rest easy knowing the hotel donates yearly to an endless list of charitable causes in their community.
Part of the Historic Hotels of America national trust, the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City is more than OK. The rooms come with HBO, ESPN, and CNN in addition to your regular cable package, the building is pet-friendly, and the in-house art studio features a local artist-in-residence yearly to reflect the hotel's century of arts patronage. The 2018-2019 artist is a comic illustrator who has worked with the late Stan Lee, DreamWorks, and Scholastic, and will give all guests who stop by the studio the chance to create their own miniature comic book as a memento of their time in the hotel.
Not to be confused with the Hilton Tuscon, the El Conquistador is a Hilton property with all of the luxury guests have come to expect from a Hilton Resort. With a golf course, mountain views, and 34 consecutive AAA 4-Diamond Awards, you'll be getting the literal best Tuscon has to offer. There's an on-site Elements Spa, five swimming pools, a 143-foot waterslide, a kiddie pool, a hot tub, a cold tub (whatever that is — it's Arizona, so you'll probably need it), and an adults-only pool. Breakfast is included, and with a Starbucks and four specialty restaurants, you can enjoy the local flavor while enjoying a hot Arizona evening.
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
The main draw of the Sofitel Chicago Miracle Mile is its location walking distance from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago nightlife on Rush Street, and the Magnificent Mile shops. Its carefully-planned architectural design accented by scented candles makes this an oasis of calm, while their French restaurant and bar infuse a francophone sensibility to their geometric, Chicago-inspired design. US News and World Report rated the Sofitel one of the top 20 hotels in Chicago literally for being more affordable than any other decent hotel in the area, so it looks like we were on the right track with this one.
Enjoy views of the Arkansas river from the Hyatt Regency Wichita's heated indoor pool or chow down on locally sourced, farm-to-table dining at the hotel's Harvest Kitchen & Bar as you wonder how, exactly, you found yourself in Kansas. Being in Kansas, prices for larger rooms aren't much pricier than their cheapest options (assuming you're not looking for a presidential suite — it's Kansas, not Mars). A 312-square foot King or Double Queen room with a panoramic view of the city will only run you about ten dollars more than their standard room option.
Omni Riverfront Hotel
New Orleans is always a good idea. The Omni Riverfront Hotel is walking distance from the famed French Quarter and the recently-renovated building is filled with NOLA charm. All rooms are equipped with complimentary fitness kits so you can keep it tight in-between wild nights out with stretch cords, yoga mats, dumbbells, kettle balls, and stress balls from the privacy of your bedroom, but there's a 24-hour gym on-site if that's more your style. The Riverfront is a certified AAA 4-Diamond property, and it's super kid-friendly if you're looking for a family vacation spot.
Room Mate Waldorf Miami Beach
The Room Mate Waldorf Towers beautifully reflects the colorful, Art Deco vibes that draw people to Miami Beach. Located in the middle of it all on South Beach right near the water, rooms overlook the beach and features direct beach access with hotel staff on-hand to help you with anything you need. The rowdy atmosphere and hip restaurant give you a taste of the city's rollicking nightlife, immersing you in the strange and surreal world that is Miami. You'll have to shell out a little more dough for a hotel with a pool, but with the beach in your backyard, you won't really need one.
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
Travelers looking to explore Southern Louisiana should check out the Renaissance Baton Rouge, another AAA Four Diamond property that you can get for cubic zirconia prices. Their upscale restaurant has nearly three dozen wines on the menu, the hotel has a complimentary shuttle service to locations within a 3-mile radius, and their resort-style pool is a peaceful escape for visitors that choose not to experience the Woodhouse Day Spa a mile from the hotel. The Renaissance Baton Rouge might actually be the best the area has to offer, and it won't break the bank.
Le Meridien Charlotte
Yet another 4-star property, Le Meridien Charlotte's crown jewel is its rooftop bar, with soaring views of the North Carolinian skyline and downtown Charlotte. The saltwater pool features elegant cabanas, there's a master barista on-site, and the artwork was curated in collaboration with the neighboring Mint Museum Uptown. The soundtrack is curated by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague to match with the mid-century modern design. Le Meridien offers upscale, hip aesthetics near some of North Carolina's best music venues, the outdoor PNC Music Pavillion, the Fillmore, and the Spectrum Stadium. The city's football stadium is also moments away from the property, making this the perfect hotel for Carolina Panthers fans.
The only luxury boutique hotel in downtown Tallahassee, the Hotel Duval comes with a lot of history, but a recent refurbishment means the rooms include very up-to-date amenities like iPhone docking stations, flat-screen TVs, and rainmaker showerheads. The first rooftop bar in the region, Level 8 Lounge, overlooks downtown while their steakhouse is a reservation-recommended regional gem. There's a 24-hour gym, but guests might prefer one of the many nearby hiking and biking trails. The property is a sleek, elegantly designed venue perfect for business trips, FSU Gators fans, and casual tourists alike.
Once you experience the pool at the Arizona Biltmore, you'll never want to leave. Actually, we should say *pools*, as there are eight on the property, many of which are interconnected and all of which have their own appeal. Maybe you want to experience a swim-up bar, maybe the 92-foot waterslide is more your speed. The Catalina Pool was a favorite of Marilyn Monroe, and the various cabanas and palm tree-lined views are influencer favorites. The hotel was an Editor's Pick in Conde Nast Traveler's 2018 Gold List, and there's an on-site spa. Oh, and did we mention Frank Lloyd Wright was a consulting architect on the building and its vast grounds?
People forget that there are two sides of Texas: the "Everything's Bigger In Texas" redneck crowd, and the "Keep Austin Weird" centers of arts and culture. This San Antonio gem falls squarely in the latter category, with live music events at its hotel bar (which also features a weekday happy hour and a hi-fi record night), SMEG refrigerators in every room, and a colorful, homespun vibe that might convince you that you're actually in Cuba, as the name suggests. The entire staff is bilingual, and the hotel has its own curated Spotify playlist of Spanish-language hits.
The Seelback Hilton
If you're looking for cut-and-dry old world, classic luxury, the Seelbach Hilton in Kentucky is your best bet. Kentucky's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant is the hotel's Gatsby's On Fourth, and the Old Seelbach Bar is a restored 1900s bourbon oasis reflective of the hotel's storied history. Just don't try to get a room during the Kentucky Derby — The Seelbach is a favorite of well-to-do racing fans. If you're looking for somewhere Queen Clarice Renaldi might want to stay (or one of the eight IRL American presidents that have stayed in the hotel's suites), this Historic Hotel of America should be at the top of your list.
The Hilton Columbus At Easton
The Hilton Columbus at Easton's impressive facade is only the beginning of the hotel's high-brow experience, featuring a gorgeous heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, outdoor firepits, and access to a 24-hour fitness center a five-minute walk from the hotel featuring rock walls and sports courts, fitness classes, and a full-service spa (if the hotel's own 24/7 gym isn't enough for you). There are more than 100 shops, restaurants, and clubs within walking distance of the hotel, and the hotel lights up at Christmastime — literally. There are holiday horse-drawn carriage rides Friday through Sunday, a lighting ceremony in November, and daily holiday entertainers and live music.
Known as one of the best Hilton Hotels worldwide, the Hotel Roanoke features a full-service spa with a brand new salt foot sanctuary and in-room massages and facial treatments. Food, cultural, and brewery tours begin at the hotel, and there are options for golfing, fishing, biking, kayaking, and paddle boarding with special rates for hotel guests. The hotel itself was built in 1882, and the chandeliered rooms drip with old moneyed charm. Its restaurant The Regency Room is the best restaurant in the Blue Ridge area and was named a top 100 brunch restaurant in the United States.
Named for its location in Scottsdale, The Scott is another Arizona hotel that has figured out how to cater directly to the Instagram influencer set, with well-curated social media feeds and hotel decor to match. The boutique resort finished a $15 million renovation in late 2018 that included a 3,500 square foot spa, two pools (with picture-perfect cabanas), a hot tub, and a sandy beach on the property. The grounds scream desert charm, and their state-of-the-art gym features yoga, balance exercises, and strength training to prep you for your hours of poolside photoshoots.
Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
Close to all of the main Washington D.C. attraction like the White House, the National Mall, and the Memorial Parks, the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is one of those hotels you're meant to leave during your trip, but that doesn't mean they don't give you plenty of reasons to stay. The Art Deco building offers in-room spa services, a warm and inviting fitness center, and events on holidays like Bastille Day (Sofitel is a French company), Christmas, and the National Cherry Blossom festival.
Omni Dallas Hotel
If a heated rooftop infinity pool isn't enough to entice you to stay at the Omni Dallas Hotel, I don't know if anything could. Maybe their seasonal fire pits, their pool bar and grill, or their full-service spa and salon might be more your speed? Like most Omni Hotels, the Dallas location offers an in-room fitness kit and plenty of fun for the kids, and because everything really is bigger in Texas, there are seven hotel restaurants for guests to choose from if they don't feel like venturing into the heart of downtown Dallas.