Affordable and plentiful: a bounty of budget hotels across the Salt Lake Valley

In most major cities, the concept of “Budget Hotel” seems to be a contradiction in terms. However, in the Salt Lake Valley, this is actually not the case. In fact, Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas offer many, many options in budget accommodations, allowing visitors to pick their location based on brand and location.

Air travelers may find it quite surprising that hotels immediately near the Salt Lake International Airport are actually among the cheapest in the entire valley - and state of Utah. With prices at some of these hotels starting in the $40 range, many visitors to Salt Lake City opt to stay in these hotels, even if they never plan to fly. Given the airport’s location just five minutes west of Downtown Salt Lake City, you may consider looking into the airport-vicinity hotels if low prices are high priority.

Visitors hoping to stay closer to the heart of Downtown, and wishing to have walking access to its many cultural, financial, and culinary amenities, will find that - even in the main downtown hotel district itself - many familiar national brand lodging establishments offer rooms starting in the $50 range. Not bad, considering that some of their hoity-toity neighbors often add another “0” to that figure.

Of course, if you neither wish to stay downtown nor near the airport, you still have plenty of options. Perhaps you’re in town visiting friend or family in the southern or central part of the valley, or even north of town in Bountiful. In any case, you’ll find a budget-friendly hotel to match your location preferences.

Motel 6 Salt Lake City
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The Days Inn Salt Lake City is located about three miles south of Downtown, very near Interstate 15, and just south of I-80. For those doing business or visiting friends in the central Salt Lake Valley, this location is prime - at once offering...  Read More

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Motel 6 Midvale
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If you have business to take care of, or family to visit, in the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, then the Motel 6 Midvale might well be the best, most affordable accommodations for you. Located less than two miles from Gardner Village, 6.6...  Read More

Motel 6 Salt Lake City West Airport
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Motel 6 has a great reputation around the country for offering clean, simple, and very affordable accommodations - and this Motel 6 is no different. Standing exactly between Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake International Airport, this hotel is...  Read More

Super 8 Motel Airport Salt Lake City
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Those wishing for airport-vicinity convenience will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the accommodations immediately near the Salt Lake International Airport are, in fact, some of the most affordable in the entire valley. Located just one...  Read More

America's Best Inn Salt Lake City
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America's Best Inn Salt Lake City has a rather unique location. Unlike the vast majority of the downtown-vicinity hotels all clustered southwest of downtown, this one stands on Main Street and due south of the downtown district. Though downtown...  Read More

Rodeway Inn Salt Lake City
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With respect to low-cost downtown hotels, the Rodeway Inn Salt Lake City is certainly among the most modern and well adorned. Offering clean and spacious rooms in the center of Salt Lake City's most densely packed hotel district, the Rodeway Inn...  Read More

Motel 6 Salt Lake City Woods Cross

In the category of national-brand, budget-friendly, respectably clean accommodations, Motel 6 really takes the cake - especially in the vicinity of Salt Lake City. This particular Motel 6 stands just north of Salt Lake City, in the town of...  Read More

Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City
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The Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City stands right in the thick of the west downtown hotel district. Located within easy walking distance of all downtown attractions and facilities, this hotel is a popular choice among business travelers and...  Read More

Econo Lodge Downtown Salt Lake City
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Located along I-15 and just north of I-80, this Econo Lodge has a rather unique location among Salt Lake City hotels. Its resident street, North Temple, runs directly east into the north downtown area, providing quick access to the Avenues...  Read More

Motel 6 Salt Lake City Downtown
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The Motel 6 Salt Lake City Downtown is arguably the best budget hotel in the vicinity. Usually offering the lowest prices anywhere near the city and reliably clean rooms, this hotel provides basic comforts for a low cost. Room are very simply...  Read More


Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine
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