At about $150 a night (breakfast included), Dakota blends boutique-hotel style and comfort with budget prices. All 92 guestrooms have extra-large beds, antique leather chairs, 32-inch plasma TVs, and broadband access. The black-and-white-tiled bathrooms pamper with walk-in showers, soft Egyptian-cotton towels, and toiletries from the South of France.
Dakota’s also decked out with a restaurant, a stylish bar (with an extensive wine/drinks list and its own menu), plus a small gym and three meeting spaces. It all just goes to prove that, for once, the old adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t always ring true — sometimes you get way more. 011-44-870-442-2727, www.dakotahotels.co.uk
— Julie Mautner