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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2013

Cheap hotel rooms coming to Europe

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By Clark Howard

Looking for a cheap hotel room when you travel to Europe? Marriott and Ikea are teaming up to deliver accommodations from around $78 a night!

The joint venture is a fashion forward discount hotel chain called Moxy. It's starting out in several Europe cities, but could likely migrate to the U.S.

The first location will be in  Milan next year, with subsequent openings in Berlin, Frankfurt, and London. The idea is to create ultra-cheap accommodations (for Europe) by scaling down the size of the room and making wise use of available space.

The hotel rooms will be 180 square feet instead of the typical 300 sq. ft. we're accustomed to here in America. All rooms will have free wifi, a big flat screen TV, and all the other accommodations you're used to.

We already know smaller hotel rooms can work. One U.S. chain, Microtel, is already doing compact rooms that check in at 250 sq. ft. So I'll be keeping my eye on the developments with Moxy for you.

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