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Luxury Midwest Hotels That Aren't As Expensive As You Think

When you're traveling on a budget, you don't always want to feel like you're traveling on a budget. So what if you can stay in a sophisticated place without taking a hit in your wallet?

You actually can, especially if you want to stick to Midwestern cities. We've put together the perfect list of classy, elegant stays without the high price tag. Don't get me wrong, these luxury Midwest hotels that aren't as expensive as you think have plenty of expensive accommodations, too, but with a little flexibility and some planning ahead, you can get them for a steal and plan a luxury getaway for budget prices. Take a look!

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The Bottleworks (Indianapolis, IN)

This iconic hotel used to be a bottling facility for Coca Cola. The building has undergone an extensive (and classy) remodel that gives it the luxurious feel you hope for in a swanky hotel. At the same time, you can find a room there on the right day for $229 a night or less.

Located in downtown Indianapolis, The Bottleworks is known for it's recognizable front entrance and its award-winning accommodations. Whether you need a place just for the night or you want to get away for a long weekend, consider this the next stop on your trip.

The Delafield Hotel (Delafield, WI)

Elegant doesn't begin to describe this boutique hotel tucked away in Delafield, about a half hour outside of Milwaukee. Vintage accents meet industrial chic style, with a sophisticated bar for cocktail hour. Enjoy gourmet dishes and spacious, modern rooms, as well as a variety of event venues perfect for a wedding or business meeting. Even your pets are welcome at The Delafield.

The Bradley (Fort Wayne): Best of the Best Luxury Midwest Hotels that Aren't As Expensive As You Think

A partnership between the Vera Bradley company, which got its start in Fort Wayne, and Provenance Hotels, this downtown hotel has everything you hope for in an elegant accommodation. Check out the rooftop bar (heated and comfortable, even in winter) and lobby cafe and bar for all your cocktail needs. It's close to all the best downtown restaurants, and every room is styled perfectly to make your stay cozy and classy.

The Wit (Chicago, IL)

Ten years ago, The Wit was a prime location for corporate conferences. It's still available as a venue, but it's earned a reputation as a luxurious place to spend your downtown nights in the city. Surprisingly, it's still affordable, especially if you book early and on a day when there are no special events in the city.

Saint Kate Arts Hotel (Milwaukee, WI)

Staying at an arts hotel doesn't mean you automatically have a snooty, nose-in-the-air vibe. The famous Midwestern welcome abounds at this independent hotel, especially if you want to schedule a tour with the collection's curator. Check their website for current exhibitions, or call ahead to make sure they have your favorite artists' installations. There's an entire wall of Chihuly, as well as Jason Yi, Lisa Beck, and other contemporary greats.

Tips for Getting the Best Price

Be flexible with your dates. If you can at all give a little on the dates of your trip, you'll be able to search for cheaper nights. Be sure to change your criteria or use a calendar feature if it's available to see when the most affordable nights are.

Book directly with the hotel. If you book through a third party site like or a travel site like Expedia, you often cost the hotel a lot in fees and advertising. Instead, many offer a discount for booking directly with them. Ask about this in a phone call to the front desk, if you can't find anything about it on the website. Be sure to mention the specific type of room you are interested in when you call and the price you are trying to beat.

Relax and Unwind

From Chicago to Fort Wayne, you can find all kinds of place to stay that don't stretch your budget too thin. These luxury Midwest hotels that aren't as expensive as you think are perfect for a weekend away.

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Disclaimer: Some of the links you see may be affiliate links. All that means is if you click through and end up making a purchase, I'll earn a commission.

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