At $150 or so per night, you'll soon enjoy cool design, cutting-edge technology and hip social scenarios from Boise, Idaho, to Boston. For this you can thank half a dozen new hotel chains, some with enigmatic names such as Element and NYLO.

Although the hipness quotient varies, their common feature is a casual, multi-purpose lobby, where Internet-savvy guests work, socialize, drink, eat and relax. Food service is mostly grab-and-go at all hours.

Geared to young business travelers, these small hotels, typically 300 rooms or fewer, pair affordable rates with stylish rooms, free wireless access, free breakfast and fitness centers.

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