No matter where you are, a break from the ordinary is always a good thing. You need a time out!  Check out our current top hotel picks for less than a Benjamin.

1. The Stevenson, Monterey, California, $93.

Located in historic downtown Monterey, the boutique Stevenson Hotel is a stone’s throw from 40 plus restaurants, Fisherman’s Wharf, with a meandering oceanfront trail and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean.  While not swanky, it isn’t posh-priced either, so you can escape for a night or two to recharge without busting the budget in a picturesque beach town that can be spendy.

2. Dusit Thani Laguna, Phuket, Thailand, $95.

Legendary Thai hotel brand Dusit Thani delivers top-notch service and amenities regardless of the location. The gorgeous five-star Dusit Thani Laguna in Phuket is on a wide sandy beach with a range of room options. Club level rooms are on the beachfront with complimentary cocktails, apps and afternoon tea included. DiscountHotels has sleek deluxe lagoon view rooms with a dazzling buffet breakfast for two for around $95 all in, taxes included.  Don’t dilly-dally, book your Thai time-out now!

3. Habitat Suites, Austin, Texas, $99.

With a full-on breakfast, an organic garden to help yourself to fruits, vegetables and herbs, a complimentary happy hour, in-room local, organic coffee, Wi-Fi, local calls and newspapers all included in your rate, Habitat Suites is a top choice to unwind in Austin.   This small, award-winning hotel is big on green hospitality, using only non-toxic cleaning materials, solar energy and sporting a gorgeous saltwater pool. Best of all, for great bang for your travel buck, this wonderful hotel is all-suites, no cramped closets masquerading as rooms here!  This is our pick in Austin, a vibrant getaway destination known for both its natural beauty and a place to let your hair down.

4. Hotel El Castell, Barcelona, Spain, $67.

Situated on a hilltop in the small, charming town of Sant Boi de Llobrega and within easy reach of both the airport and downtown Barcelona, this hidden gem is perfect for a getaway in what can be an expensive European city. Absolutely bargain priced, yet Hotel El Castell is packed with a clever mix of modern and vintage Spanish style set in gardens and surrounded by forests, overlooking Barcelona.  The hotel restaurant, En Blanc Negre, is very popular with locals, featuring a Mediterranean three course prefixe menu with wine for only 16 euros.  All of which is worthy of writing home about all on its own!  Free Wi-Fi, check, a gorgeous, big pool, check, great location, check, stylish rooms, check.  At only $67, it’s the perfect place for a time out in Europe.

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