Red Roof Inn wins title of Best Budget Hotel Brand

Candlewood Suites, Motel 6, Americas Best Value Inn and Extended Stay America in top five

Let's face it, travel can be expensive, and for many a traveler, accommodation carves out a huge chunk of the travel budget. With affordable rates and frequent freebies (like breakfast and WiFi), these 10 hotel brands, voted as the best in the U.S. by 10Best readers, appeal to wallet-conscious travelers looking to make their dollar go further.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. 
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  • 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. 
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  • Extended Stay America

    Budget-minded travelers who find themselves spending multiple nights on the road make up Extended Stay America's customer base. Each suite comes with a fully equipped kitchen and flat screen TV. Other on-site amenities include airport shuttles, a "grab and go breakfast" and a laundry room. Some locations even have fitness centers and pools.
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  • Hampton by Hilton

    Hampton Inn 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) 2017 Hampton

  • Best Western Hotels and Resorts

    Best Western has 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.
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  • Homewood Suites by Hilton

    Residential-style and catering towards those looking for a place to stay for a while, Homewood Suites by Hilton Worldwide offer studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms for incredibly affordable prices. All rooms have kitchens, dining areas and at least one TV. Bathrooms are outfitted with Neutrogena products. Outdoor grills and a free grocery shopping service make cooking at the hotel a convenient money-saver.
    Photo courtesy of (c) 2017 Homewood

  • La Quinta

    La Quintas are recognizable for their Spanish-inspired architecture. A free continental breakfast bar is a great way to start the day at this moderately-priced 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 Inns and Suites

  • Comfort Inn & Suites

    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 Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

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

  1. Red Roof Inn
  2. Candlewood Suites
  3. Motel 6
  4. Americas Best Value Inn
  5. Extended Stay America
  6. Hampton by Hilton
  7. Best Western Hotels and Resorts
  8. Homewood Suites by Hilton
  9. La Quinta
  10. Comfort Inn & Suites

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), Claire Endean-Cance (Luxury Travel Diary), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) and Nancy Trejos (USA TODAY) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the hotel scene across the nation.

Congratulations to all these wallet-friendly hotel brands.

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