Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand (2018)


Hotels are often one of the biggest expenses when it comes to travel, but you shouldn't have to blow through your budget or stay in a drab, personality-less room in order to save. These 10 hotel brands combine affordable rates, lots of amenities and frequent freebies to set the scene for a comfortable and wallet-friendly stay–whether for business or pleasure.

  • Red Roof Inn

    Red Roof Inn

    Red Roof Inn is proud to be leaders in the game of economy hotels and motels. Spacious standard rooms feature free wifi, desk workspace and extra outlets for charging devices. Their newly renovated Red Roof Plus rooms are outfitted with Serta mattresses, wood-like flooring and sleek furnishings. Upgraded linens and towels make all the difference as do the extra inches on the flat screen TV. 

    Photo courtesy of Red Roof Inn

  • Motel 6

    Motel 6

    Well loved and easily recognized by those traveling America's roadways, Motel 6 has made a name for itself by being clean, friendly, dependable and most importantly, affordable. Expanded cable TV and pet-friendly rooms make this hotel a good choice for those looking to stay within their budget. Free coffee in the mornings makes getting up and getting going a pleasure. 
    Photo courtesy of Motel 6

  • Fairfield by Marriott

    Fairfield by Marriott

    The more than 850 Fairfield by Marriott locations worldwide were designed with both business and leisure travelers in mind. Guests enjoy free wifi, flexible work areas with ergonomic desk chairs, a hot breakfast each morning, 24-hour fitness center and a swimming pool.
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  • Candlewood Suites

    Candlewood Suites

    Candlewood Suites, a budget extended stay hotel chain, makes sleeping away from home, for a couple of days or for a few weeks, an affordable pleasure. Each suite comes with a fully equipped kitchen (including silverware!), making cooking budget-friendly meals a possible alternative to pricey restaurants. Travelers can pick from studios or one bedrooms. Larger suites are still reasonably priced, making this a favorite with traveling families. 
    Photo courtesy of Candlewood Suites

  • Best Western

    Best Western

    Best Western and Best Western Plus have been serving travelers from 70 years with its flagship properties located around the globe. No matter where in the world they are, guests can almost always expect free breakfast and high speed internet, in-room coffee and access to a guest computer and printer in the lobby. Many rooms also include flat screen TVs, microwaves, refrigerators and work spaces.
    Photo courtesy of Best Western

  • Hyatt Place

    Hyatt Place

    With more than 305 locations across the globe, Hyatt Place combines modern comforts with 24/7 convenience to make your stay enjoyable and seamless, whether for business or pleasure. Perks include free breakfast, in-room work spaces, a Coffee to Cocktails Bar, free wifi, swimming pool and a fitness center.
    Photo courtesy of Hyatt Place

  • SpringHill Suites

    SpringHill Suites

    SpringHill Suites seeks to offer a “little more” to their guests, whether on a business trip or vacation. Spacious suites include separate living and sleeping areas, and every guest enjoys free hot breakfast, live events throughout the year, comfortable gathering places in the lobby and evening beverage offerings that include local craft brews.
    Photo courtesy of SpringHill Suites

  • Americas Best Value Inn

    Americas Best Value Inn

    Americas Best Value Inn is one of the fastest growing budget hotel chains in the country with over 1,000 locations dotting the map. Most of the inns serve a complimentary breakfast and offer free wi-fi. The hotel chain also provides a Hello Rewards club that offers members a free night every seven stays, making this chain a favorite with frequent and penny-wise travelers alike. 
    Photo courtesy of Americas Best Value Inn

  • Holiday Inn Express

    Holiday Inn Express

    Holiday Inn Express ranks as the fastest growing hotel brand in the InterContinental lineup with well over 2,600 hotels worldwide. Guests appreciate the free hot breakfast each day, was well as coffee hot and ready to go whenever you need it, free wifi, choice of soft or firm pillows and bedside outlets to keep devices charged.
    Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Express

  • Hampton by Hilton

    Hampton by Hilton

    Hampton by Hilton promises great value, and they deliver. Among the budget-friendly chains, they are most well-known by travelers for their free, hot breakfasts (think fresh waffles and oatmeal). Their rooms are equally appetizing and outfitted with free wifi and lap desks, great for those on business.
    Photo courtesy of (c) 2018 Hampton

The top 10 winners in the category Best Budget Hotel Brand are as follows:

  1. Red Roof Inn
  2. Motel 6
  3. Fairfield by Marriott
  4. Candlewood Suites
  5. Best Western
  6. Hyatt Place
  7. SpringHill Suites
  8. Americas Best Value Inn
  9. Holiday Inn Express
  10. Hampton by Hilton

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel scene.

Congratulations to all these winning hospitality companies!

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