10 Best Budget Hotels in Phoenix: Affordable Stays in the Valley

If you're traveling to Phoenix on a budget, you'll be happy to hear that the city offers plenty of budget accommodations for a comfortable and affordable stay.

The Budget Lodge Downtown Phoenix offers a great downtown location at affordable daily rates. The rooms are clean and comfortable, parking is free, and you can't beat the location, which offers easy access into the downtown business and cultural district.

Another affordable downtown option is the Hotel San Carlos, one of the oldest and most storied hotels in the city. Although a bit frayed at the ends, the hotel offers affordable rates, a great location, and plenty of character.

If you're looking for a budget stay in Tempe near the Arizona State University campus, try the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson. The modern hotel offers spacious rooms, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi, plus free shuttle to the airport. 

Another good budget option is La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix I-10 West, which is close to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and downtown attractions. Hotel amenities include free high-speed Internet access, outdoor swimming pool and spa,  fitness center, and a business center. Rooms are spacious and include such extras as in-room microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, and iron with ironing board.

For a boutique stay that won't bust your budget, try The Clarendon Hotel. The hotel offers a great central Phoenix location, Mexican cafe on-site and plenty of local color and history. Although it's not a bare-bones budget stay, it's still a good value. 


Drury Inn & Suites has long been a popular option for travelers on a budget who are not willing to sacrifice comfort and convenient. This popular chain offers weary travelers the comforts of home, and then some: free hot breakfast anyone? Other perks of staying at Drury Inn brand hotels include free soft drinks and popcorn every afternoon in the lobby, a 24-hour business center, free wireless internet, free long distance and local calls, and flat panel TVs in every room. Don't miss the popular 5:30 Kickback, featuring a rotating menu of free hot food & cold beverages for guests.

Looking for a budget hotel on Phoenix's west side? The La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix I-10 West is convenient to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and downtown attractions such as Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Arena) and Chase Field, and west side venues like Maryvale Park, Cesar Chavez Park, Westgate City Center, University Of Phoenix Stadium, and Ak-Chin Pavilion. Hotel amenities include free high-speed Internet access, an outdoor swimming pool and spa, fitness center, guest laundry facility, and a business center. Rooms are spacious and include a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, and iron with ironing board. La Quinta offers guests a free Bright Side Breakfast, which includes biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and hash browns.


The Best Western Inn Airport Phoenix is conveniently located one mile south of Sky Harbor International. The hotel offers loads of amenities at budget-friendly rates, including free 24-hour airport shuttle service. Other perks include free wireless high-speed Internet access, an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna. The comfortable guest rooms include a coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, clock/radio, iron and ironing board, telephone with data port and voice mail, and a 39 inch flat screen TV with 25 channels, including HBO. There is also a business center, and complimentary coffee, bananas and crackers from 3 am to noon for travelers on the go.


The Comfort Inn West is conveniently located in central Phoenix at the interchange of Interstate 17 and Interstate 10, about ten minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hotel is also minutes from the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center and Phoenix International Raceway. Amenities include free wireless high-speed Internet access, free newspaper, and free coffee. Guests also enjoy Comfort Inn's Your Morning Breakfast, a selection of hot and cold breakfast options, including eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and hot waffle. All rooms are also appointed with microwaves, refrigerators, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and coffee makers.

Experience a touch of Phoenix history at the Hotel San Carlos, the city's only historic boutique hotel. Gracing the corner of Central and Monroe since 1928, the hotel has over 128 guest rooms and is within easy walking distance of most downtown attractions. In downtown's heyday, this is where Marilyn, Bogie and Bacall stayed while passing through this desert metropolis. The Ghost Lounge downstairs is a popular venue for live music, stiff cocktails, and cutting a mean rug. Rooms are a bit on the small side and the hotel is frayed around the edges, but these are small sacrifices for history buffs paying a visit to downtown Phoenix.

Looking for a budget stay that's convenient to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Arizona State University? The Country Inn & Suites is a good option. The hotel offers free high-speed Internet access, a modern fitness center, complimentary shuttle service to the airport, an outdoor pool, laundry facilities, complimentary snacks and spacious rooms. In the morning, enjoy a complimentary free breakfast at the hotel's "Be Our Guest" hot buffet, featuring waffles, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt parfait, bacon and sausage. Rooms are equipped with a 37-inch flat screen TV, microwave and a mini fridge. There is also a business center so you can keep working while on the road.

Why pay more to stay in downtown Phoenix? Clean, comfortable rooms in a convenient downtown location make this a good choice for business travelers and visitors who want to stay within easy access of the downtown business and entertainment district. The Budget Lodge Downtown Phoenix is within walking distance to the Arizona Center, ASU Downtown, Comerica Theater, Phoenix Civic Plaza, Chase Field, U.S. Airways Center, the Metro light rail, and downtown bars and restaurants. Free parking, free continental breakfast, and free wireless Internet access makes this a good choice for visitors on a budget. Clean, comfortable rooms at prices that won't break the bank.

This central Phoenix hotel is located just north of downtown in what is becoming known as Phoenix's midtown museum district. This once-shabby downtown hotel was transformed into one of the city's hippest and most coveted hotel destinations,earning a reputation for great ambiance and dining along the way. The lobby decor consists of an eclectic collection of statuary and paintings (most of the art is available for purchase), but the real star of the show is the eye-grabbing Oasis pool, featuring a giant glass water wall, massage jets and underwater speakers. Rooms are colorfully decorated with bold print rugs, signature beds and original Arizona-themed pop art on the walls.

The Fairfield Inn and Suites Phoenix Midtown Hotel is located on Central Avenue, a short drive or short Metro Light Rail ride away from downtown Phoenix attractions. This is a AAA Diamond property offering complimentary shuttle service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and area attractions within a three-mile radius. Other amenities include complimentary Internet access, complimentary breakfast, a business center, free parking, a fitness center with cardio equipment, outdoor pool and spa facilities, and valet dry-cleaning services. The midtown location is perfect for visiting central Phoenix museums, shops and restaurants, and is within walking distance to the city's Metro light rail system.

One of the best values in downtown Phoenix is the Holiday Inn Express Phoenix Downtown. The hotel is within walking distance to Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena, restaurants and just few blocks from the ASU Downtown campus. The hotel is smoke-free, free Wi-Fi Internet access, an outdoor pool, a whirlpool, complimentary hot breakfast, rooms with a 37-inch flat screen TV, microwave and a mini fridge. There is also a basketball court where you can relax and shoot hoops after a long day of business meetings or sightseeing. Registered guests receive a free parking pass, so you don't have to worry about finding parking around downtown.


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