Watttredici, Milan $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Budget-conscious trendsetters should bookmark this striking four-star 87-room hotel in the far eastern reaches of the Navigli—an area known for its industrial canals and vivacious eating and drinking scene. At times other than fashion week and the Salone del Mobile, classic doubles can be nabbed here for as little as €69 ($90) a night, including a generous buffet breakfast. And once you've mastered the no. 2 tram or the 74 bus, it's actually not that far to the Porta Genova transport hub and the Duomo. The lobby, with its scattering of designer sofas, goes for a clean, white minimalist look, thawed out by rotating art exhibitions. Rooms are warmer, working variations on masculine browns and creams, and (given the price) surprisingly well appointed, with flat-screen TVs, crisp cotton bed linens, and complimentary Fragonard products in the bathrooms. There's no restaurant, but that's not really a problem in this neighborhood.