Hyatt Summerfield Suites (Dallas; tel. 866/974-9288 or 214/696-1555): This straightforward, residential-style hotel primarily targets businesspeople but is also superb for other travelers and families. The spacious suites have fully equipped kitchens, and there are a pool and small spa, an exercise room, and a business center.
Lovett Inn (Houston; tel. 800/779-5224 or 713/522-5224): This B&B offers attractive, comfortable rooms with private balconies for a low price. Add a pool and a central location that is handy but quiet, and you have a winning combination.
Best Western Sunset Suites -- Riverwalk (San Antonio; tel. 866/560-6000 or 210/223-4400): Low room rates, lots of free perks, and a convenient location near downtown -- not to mention superattractive rooms in a historic structure.
Austin Motel (Austin; tel. 512/441-1157): Look for the classic neon sign in Austin's hip SoCo area. The rooms have been individually furnished, many in fun and funky styles, but the place retains its 1950s character and its lower-than-1990s prices.
Travelodge Hotel -- La Hacienda Airport (El Paso; tel. 800/772-4231 or 915/772-4231): Some roadside motels surprise you with their attention to detail -- this is definitely one of them. We like the eight Jacuzzi rooms, featuring picture windows that separate the tubs from the bedrooms, and the spacious and amusingly decorated family suites.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.