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Posted by Iain Brunt on 08/07/2014

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In and of itself, the phrase "room with a view" has lost much of its luster over the years, thanks to some unscrupulous hoteliers and landlords who use it so loosely that it guarantees little more than a room with one or more windows.

In and of itself, the phrase "room with a view" has lost much of its luster over the years, thanks to some unscrupulous hoteliers and landlords who use it so loosely that it guarantees little more than a room with one or more windows. Fortunately, scattered around the world are literally thousands of hotels with rooms that offer spectacular vistas of cityscapes, natural wonders, seasides, lakefronts, and other wondrous sights. Although many of these hotels post high rates for the privilege of enjoying these views, there are still some available at affordable prices. Three Hotels Profiled Here are profiles of three relatively inexpensive hotels that offer incredible views from some or all of their rooms. If these hotels and their settings are not sufficient motivation to set your vacation plans in motion, we are offering an added incentive, especially designed for followers of GoneModern.com. Visit HotelsCheap.org's Loyalty Coupon gateway page, enter the coupon code LOVEART10, and you'll receive an additional 10 percent off hotel rates on reservations that are booked on or before June 30, 2014. Whether you book a room at one of our profiled hotels or any other hotel in the world available through HotelsCheap.org, you'll get an added 10 percent off the website's already rock-bottom hotel rates. Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview Niagara Falls provides a stunning natural backdrop for the Embassy Suites tower in Ontario. Towering 42 floors above the streets of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview offers guests spectacular views of one of the most popular natural wonders of the Americas. And with rates starting as low as $134 per night, it's well within the financial means of most travelers. Within easy walking distance of the hotel lie many of the area's most popular attractions, including Skylon Tower and Casino Niagara. Each of the hotel's 513 guestrooms and suites features a minibar and microwave oven, as well as free Wi-Fi, multi-line telephone with voice mail, video game console, cable/satellite TV with pay movies, and in-room safe. En-suite bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hairdryers. Among the hotel's other amenities are business and fitness centers, hot tubs, meeting facilities, babysitting services, and a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning. Enjoy dinner with a view at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, located on the ninth floor of the hotel, or dine casually at T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant & Bar just off the lobby. Hotel Nena, Istanbul Some of Istanbul's most magnificent sights can be seen from the guestrooms and rooftop restaurant of the Hotel Nena. An intimate boutique hotel with unparalleled views of the world-famous Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Haghia Sophia, Istanbul's Hotel Nena sits at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. The hotel itself lies on the European side of the Bosphorus within the Sultanahmet District, also known as Old City. Rates start as low as $129. The cozy hotel has only 29 guestrooms, each of which features an LCD flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi, personal safe, desk/work area, direct-dial telephone, and 24-hour room service. En-suite bathrooms offer complimentary toiletries and handheld showers. As if the view from your guestroom weren't enough, the Nena's rooftop restaurant offers panoramic views of Istanbul's Old City as well as outlying districts of the city on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Other hotel facilities and services include a computer station in the lobby, currency exchange, bar/lounge, hotel doctor on call, luggage storage, parking garage, and dry cleaning/laundry service. Lost Iguana Resort and Spa, Arenal, Costa Rica The cone-shaped Arenal Volcano can be seen from every room at Costa Rica's Lost Iguana Resort and Spa. Nestled on a lushly vegetated hillside near Arenal, Costa Rica, lies the Lost Iguana Resort and Spa. Every room in this cozy boutique hotel enjoys a stunning view of Mount Arenal, a volcanic peak that towers 5,358 feet above the surrounding rainforest. A relatively young volcano, Arenal experienced its last major eruption in 1968. Volcanic activity in recent years has been extremely limited. The primitive natural beauty of the area belies its proximity to Costa Rica's modern capital, San Jose, which is only 95 miles southeast of the resort. The hotel sits amid 120 acres of primary rain forest. Guests can stroll along jungle trails or relax beside the hotel's swimming pool. With rates as low as $172, the hotel's air-conditioned guestrooms and suites feature satellite TV, private balconies, minibars, microwave ovens, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beds with TempurPedic mattresses. En-suite bathrooms have separate bathtubs and showers, as well as designer toiletries and makeup/shaving mirrors. Other hotel amenities include the full-service Golden Gecko Spa, free parking, dry cleaning/laundry service, complimentary breakfast, and currency exchange. The on-site Blue Hibiscus Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and also offers excellent views of the nearby volcano. Whether you're headed for one of our profiled hotels or almost anywhere else in the world, you can redeem your 10 percent promo code (LOVEART10) here on or before June 30, 2014. Don Amerman is a travel expert based in Florida and Pennsylvania. He has traveled widely across the United States and overseas as well.