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Puro Hotel
Bargains aren’t the first things that come to mind when booking a trip to Europe. Luckily, a new wave of low-fuss (and still-stylish) hotels is delivering both convenience and affordability by offering self-service kiosks for checking in and out, as well as eliminating certain amen­ities in favor of in-room technology. Opened in 2010, Brussels’ MaxHotel (from $142, www.maxhotel.be) boasts 63 rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Any extras, such as Internet cards, shampoo, cereal and croissants — even beer — are available in vending machines in a first-floor lounge. The new Puro Hotel (from $110, www.purohotel.pl) in Wroclaw, Poland, offers 102 sleek yet standard digs, each with its own touch screen for adjusting mood lighting and bathroom-floor heating. And at Oslo’s Comfort Hotel Xpress (from $55, www.comforthotelxpress.no), all of the 175 compact rooms also feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Room cleanings and fresh towels are pay-as-you-go.