Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand (2019)


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 upgraded 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 G6 Hospitality

  • Country Inn & Suites

    Country Inn & Suites

    Signature amenities at Country Inn & Suites by Radisson include a complimentary hot breakfast each morning, free WiFi, fitness centers and access to a Read It & Return Lending Library.
    Photo courtesy of Country Inn & 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

  • Best Western

    Best Western

    Best Western and Best Western Plus have been serving travelers for 70 years with more than 4,500 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

  • The Pod Hotels

    The Pod Hotels

    The Pod Hotels is a relative newcomer to the budget-friendly hotel scene, offering comfortable stays with all the essentials and none of the fluff so you can save enough money to enjoy the fun stuff. Features like bunk beds and clever storage areas maximize space, while creature comforts like free wifi are always available. The Pod Hotels currently serves guests in New York, Washington, DC and soon Philadelphia.
    Photo courtesy of The Pod Hotels

  • La Quinta by Wyndham

    La Quinta by Wyndham

    La Quinta hotels are recognizable for their Spanish-inspired architecture. A free continental breakfast bar is a great way to start the day at this affordable hotel chain. Special rates, including travel packages and weekend deals, make planning a well thought out adventure or a last-minute sojourn easy and affordable. In case you were wondering, the name translates to "the country place." 
    Photo courtesy of La Quinta by Wyndham

  • Holiday Inn Express

    Holiday Inn Express

    Holiday Inn Express ranks as the fastest growing hotel brand in the InterContinental lineup with well over 2,700 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

  • Comfort Inn

    Comfort Inn

    With locations throughout the U.S., Comfort Inn & Suites (part of Choice Hotels International) offers guests comfortable rooms with appealing amenities like free hot breakfast, WiFi and even a choice of firm and soft pillows on the bed. Hundreds of properties across the country have recently undergone a complete redesign, giving them a fresh new feel.
    Photo courtesy of Comfort Inn

  • 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 appealing and outfitted with free wifi. Other perks include digital check-in, fitness center and a 24-hour business center.
    Photo courtesy of © 2019 Hilton

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

  1. Red Roof Inn
  2. Motel 6
  3. Country Inn & Suites
  4. Americas Best Value Inn
  5. Best Western
  6. The Pod Hotels
  7. La Quinta by Wyndham
  8. Holiday Inn Express
  9. Comfort Inn
  10. Hampton by Hilton

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning hotel brands!

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