THE BIG APPLE FOR SMALL CHANGE
Saving for a Saks shopping spree or dinner at Daniel? Sleep (relatively) cheap in New York by forfeiting either elbow room or designer looks. Wedge into a wee 7 x 11 foot single at the Washington Jefferson Hotel in midtown starting at $99 per night (888-567-7550, www.wjhotel.com).

The new La Quinta Inn Manhattan near the Empire State Building inventories plain-Jane digs, but throws in breakfast and free Wi-Fi
starting at $89 (800-567-7720, www.applecorehotels.com).