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39 Affordable Hotel Chains Only Locals Know

Many Americans don't realize that there's a world of reliable hotel chains beyond Marriott and Motel 6.

Evergreen International Hotels
Properties: Nine sleek, modern hotels (five in Taiwan) with soundproof rooms, plasma TVs, and marble bathrooms. Based in Taiwan. Sample rate: $146, at the Evergreen Laurel Hotel Taipei. evergreen-hotels.com

Ginger Hotels
Properties: Eight locations in India with self-serve check-in, well-equipped gyms, and flat-screen TVs. Sample rate: $45, at Ginger Bangalore. gingerhotels.com

Jin Jiang Hotels
Properties: 192 properties in China, ranging from high-end Jin Jiang Hotels to budget-priced Jin Jiang Inns. Sample rate: $138, at the Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai. jinjianghotels.com

EUROPE
Cab Inn
Properties: Five cheery, efficiently designed hotels in Denmark--small, simple rooms modeled on cruise ship cabins (hence the name). Some rooms have bunk beds. Sample rate: $118, at the Copenhagen Cab Inn City. cabinn.com

Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International
Properties: 17 locations that tend to be either chic and modern (in big cities) or traditional (in resort areas), primarily in Turkey, northern Cyprus, Eastern Europe, and Uzbekistan. Based in Turkey. Sample rate: $130, at the Hotel Dedeman Istanbul. dedemanhotels.com

Fosshótel
Properties: 13 unexciting, moderately priced hotels and guesthouses in normally expensive Iceland. Sample rate: $113, at the Flóki Inn in Reykjavík. fosshotel.is

Grecotel
Properties: 20 luxury properties with spas, infinity pools, and other high-end amenities in the resort areas of Greece. Sample rate: $300, at the Grecotel Eva Palace in Corfu. grecotel.com

InterCityHotel
Properties: 28 mid-level hotels in Germany and Austria, often located near train stations and airports. Based in Germany. Sample rate: $170, at the InterCityHotel Berlin. intercityhotel.com

JJW Hotels & Resorts
Properties: 40 properties, mostly located in France, including the JJW Luxury Collection at the high end, Stars Hotels at the low, and the Median brand--no surprise--in the middle. Based in the U.K. Sample rate: $81, at the Median Lyon. jjwhotels.com

New Hotel
Properties: 13 small hotels in France and one in Brussels. Sample rate: $123, at the New Hotel La Baume in Nímes. new-hotel.com

Omena Hotels
Properties: Five automated hotels in Finland; guests check themselves in with a preset door code and contact housekeeping through interactive TVs. Sample rate: $49, at the Omena Hotel Eerikinkatu in Helsinki. omena.com

Premier Travel Inn
Properties: 480 mid-level U.K. locations with a king- or queen-size bed in every room; kids under 16 stay free and get breakfast free. Sample rate: $135, at the Oxford Premier Travel Inn. premiertravelinn.com

Sorat Hotels
Properties: 17 German hotels converted from, among other things, a grain silo, a blacksmith's shop, and a medieval inn. Sample rate: $123, at the Sorat Hotel Görlitz. sorat-hotels.com

Thon Hotels
Properties: 54 sleek, simple, ecofriendly hotels in Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Based in Norway. Sample rate: $137, at the Thon Hotel Astoria in Oslo. thonhotels.com

MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA
Dan Hotels
Properties: 12 moderate to upscale hotels in Israel. Sample rate: $85, at the Dan Gardens Haifa Hotel. danhotels.com

Safir Hotels & Resorts
Properties: 16 mid-range, straightforward business hotels in Kuwait, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Algeria. Based in Kuwait. Sample rate: $174, at the Safir International Hotel Kuwait. safirhotels.com

MEXICO
Fiesta Americana/Fiesta Inn
Properties: 70 properties throughout the country, including full-service resorts in places like Puerto Vallarta (Fiesta Americana) and more-standard, business-style accommodations (Fiesta Inns). Sample rate: $151, at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún; $106, at the Fiesta Inn Centro Histórico, in Mexico City. fiestamericana.com, fiestainn.com

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
City Lodge Hotels
Properties: 40 properties, all in South Africa. The company's Courtyard brand is at the high end of the spectrum, its motel-like Road Lodge is at the lower end, and City Lodge and Town Lodge are situated in between. Sample rate: $48, at the Road Lodge Durban. citylodge.co.za

Protea Hotels
Properties: 113 properties, mostly in South Africa with a few in Tanzania, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and even the U.K. Hotels range from mid-level city properties to deluxe safari lodges. Based in South Africa. Sample rate: $154, at the Protea Hotel Aishi Machame, near Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. proteahotels.com

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