Big hotel chains are going low-budget and modern, appealing to workers for whom cost and cool are more important than cushy comfort, from local art to craft beer, and combining the facilities of Starbucks, a community center and a modern office.

They are still often including traditional business centers and some kind of fitness centers, or at least space for games such as Ping-Pong, but cutting back on desks, dressers, lobbies and full breakfasts.

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