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In the lap of travel luxury – at 'bargain' hotels across the US

While the Renaissance St. Louis Hotel Airport may not be in the most alluring of locations, especially for vacation travelers, you can't beat it for affordable luxury accommodations. That, at least, is the conclusion of Budget Travel magazine, which ranks it No. 1 in its first list of the Top 10 American luxury hotels. Winners were determined by using the Popularity Index kept by TripAdvisor, an online travel site that compiles data about overall traveler satisfaction. Among the amenities the Renaissance offers: complimentary shoeshines, newspaper delivery, overnight delivery/pickup of business materials, and evening turndown service. The 10 best values in American luxury hotels, according to Budget Travel Magazine, with their locations and room rates.

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1. Renaissance St. Louis Hotel Airport $194
2. Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel (West Des Moines, Iowa) $100
3. Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza $202
4. Marriott's Grande Vista (Orlando, Fla.) $187
5. The Marquette (Minneapolis) $224
6. Ginn Reunion Resort (Celebration, Fla.) $230
7. Embassy Suites Hotel Portland-Downtown (Portland, Ore.) $157
8. Renaissance Arts Hotel (New Orleans) $185
9. Le Richelieu in the French Quarter (New Orleans) $138
10. Moorpark Hotel (San Jose, Calif. ) $184

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