Nukus, Uzbekistan | 9 September, 2006 | $15
I arrived in Nukus at dusk and soon found out that most of the hotels were full of tour groups. My taxi driver kept circling the city, trying to find me a place to stay. The only reason to go to Nukus is to go to Moynaq, where the Aral Sea used to be. Its not a tourist town at all and it was least welcoming town I have ever visited. The boutique hotel was cute but for $15 I got a room in the back with no windows and an alarming amount of decoration. Try sleeping under all that pattern!