Scottsdale On a Budget: Affordable Hotels & Cheap Getaways in the Desert

Scottsdale is well-known for its glitzy hotel resort scene, but the city is also home to more modestly-priced lodgings. 

Case in point: the 3 Palms Hotel, located just east of downtown Scottsdale. What used to be a budget chain motel was updated with stylish touches, like a swanky lobby and plush bedding in the guestrooms. There's a large outdoor pool and spa, a rooftop sundeck, fitness center and a spa suite, so you can enjoy resort amenities without the resort price tag.

If you're looking for a convenient place to stay in downtown Scottsdale, you can't beat the Chaparral Suites. This hotel resort is clean, comfortable and family-friendly. There's a large lobby (with exotic birds on display, no less), room service, a sports bar on the fourth floor and spacious guestrooms and suites. It's also just a couple of blocks from many of downtown Scottsdale's biggest attractions.

If you're planning a visit to north Scottsdale, the SpringHill Suites Scottsdale North is convenient to the Loop 101, the WestWorld event center, Kierland Commons, TPC golf course and the Mayo Clinic. Free hot breakfast is available in the lobby every morning, and the rooms are comfortable, with a calming, earthy color palette accented with bright Southwestern flourishes. It's ideal for business travelers, but comfortable for families, as well. 



SpringHill Suites Scottsdale North is within easy access of some of the city's best attractions, including the WestWorld event center. Experience boutique style intimacy with the amenities of a large resort. This pet-friendly hotel offers guest rooms with a soothing, earthy color palette and bright decorative accents. Room amenities including a desk, minifridge, microwave and sofabed, so you'll always feel right at home. There are also free local calls and wireless Internet, plus access to the pool and fitness center. Free hot breakfast is available in the lobby every morning. The hotel offers easy access to the Loop 101 Freeway, which is near WestWorld, Kierland Commons, the TPC golf course and the Mayo Clinic.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: SpringHill Suites combines boutique style with resort-style amenities, but still remains budget-friendly.

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Travelers have come to expect a clean, comfortable stay from the La Quinta Inn brand, and this Scottsdale hotel certainly measures up. The north Scottsdale hotel is convenient to the Loop 101 and features plenty of resort-style amenities, including a pool deck, heated pool and fitness center. Guests are treated to a free Bright Side Breakfast each morning. rooms feature modern flat-panel TVs, free Wi-Fi, and premium cable channels. The hotel is convenient to many of the city's top golf courses, and about a ten-minute drive from Old Town Scottsdale. The La Quinta offers good value in a convenient location.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The La Quinta Inn offers a convenient north Scottsdale location, free breakfast and easy access to major attractions.

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Country Inn & Suites Scottsdale offers a dose of charm to the traditional value-minded hotel stay. The Scottsdale location of this national chain is conveniently located off Loop 101, offering easy access to most points around Scottsdale and Metro Phoenix. The lobby features a sweeping wooden staircase, sitting area, free breakfast and WiFi, and in-room coffee makers. Suites include a sitting area with mini-fridge. A heated outdoor pool offers room for relaxation. During the week, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to restaurants and businesses within a five-mile radius of the hotel (the shuttle is available during weekdays from 6 a.m.-9 p.m.).

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Country Inn & Suites offers many free amenities, including complimentary breakfast and WiFi, in a convenient highway-adjacent location.

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Located steps from the restaurants, shops and nightlife of Old Town Scottsdale, the Courtyard Scottsdale has 175 modern, comfortable rooms for your stay in the desert. Every guest room is outfitted with luxury bedding, large desks, ergonomic chairs and 37-inch LCD HDTVs. From the lobby, you can stroll into Old Town and catch the free trolley, which stops at the Main Street Arts District and Scottsdale Civic Center. The hotel is also less than five miles from twelve premier golf courses, and makes a convenient base for exploring other parts of the city. A 24-hour fitness center and relaxing outdoor pool round out the amenities at this comfortable yet affordable Scottsdale hotel.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Courtyard Scottsdale has resort-style amenities and is just steps from downtown Scottsdale's entertainment district.

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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites offers a comfortable, family-friendly stay in Old Town Scottsdale. This Holiday Inn location also caters to a steady flow of business travelers and visitors to Scottsdale Healthcare, General Dynamics, Boeing and Greenbaum Surgery Center, all of which are located nearby. To that end, there's a well-equipped Business Center, as well as an 875-square-foot event center. The hotel is convenient to Scottsdale Healthcare, General Dynamics, Boeing and Greenbaum Surgery Center. The hotel facility also includes shuttle service from 7am to 10 pm daily, making it a cinch to get back to the hotel and airport.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites has great amenities for the business traveler and a convenient downtown location.

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Great location and value make the Howard Johnson Scottsdale a good bet for visitors looking for a clean, comfortable place to relax during your stay in the Arizona desert. The hotel is convenient to Old Town Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tempe. The renovated guestrooms feature contemporary decor, plush bedding and comfy mattresses. Choose from deluxe king or two double beds, or stretch out in one of the two-room suites. All guest rooms include in-room microwave, refrigerators, 37-inch flat screen HDTVs, coffeemakers, and free high speed wireless internet. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, free morning newspaper, and complimentary continental breakfast.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Howard Johnson Scottsdale has a great pool, free breakfast and good value in a convenient downtown location.

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This Scottsdale hotel is ideal for travelers looking for budget accommodations in the city's north side. The hotel is convenient to the Mayo Clinic, WestWorld of Scottsdale, Salt River Fields and the Scottsdale airport. Enjoy the city's car shows, spring training baseball, arts and cultural attractions and outdoor recreation, without breaking the bank. Hotel amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast, business center, outdoor pool, whirlpool spa, fitness center, and a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to any location within five miles of the hotel. The hotel is near the Loop 101 highway, so most Scottsdale attractions are just a short drive away.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Sleep Inn offers great value if you're looking for a comfortable budget hotel in north Scottsdale. It also has a free shuttle to nearby attractions.

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Chaparral Suites Scottsdale offers easy access to downtown and Old Town Scottsdale attractions, restaurants and shops. The independently owned multistory hotel resort has 312 guest suites, a large pool, business and fitness centers, and offers a free full hot breakfast daily. The guest suites are large and comfortable, and there's room service available from the bar and grill located on the fourth floor. There's also an evening reception nightly in the lobby, so you can drink and mingle with the other resort guests. Even better, this comfortable, casual and family-friendly resort has no resort fees, giving visitors a big bang for their buck.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Chaparral Suites offers hotel resort-style amenities in downtown Scottsdale without the high resort rates.

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Aloft Scottsdale
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Aloft Scottsdale is a part of the downtown Scottsdale hotel scene. This luxury boutique hotel is designed to appeal to the discriminating traveler, offering a stylish respite for business travelers and vacationers. Aloft features 126 plush guest rooms on five floors, complimentary onsite covered parking, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, outdoor Arizona swimming pool with relaxing lounge chairs and umbrellas, a state-of-the-art fitness area, as well as W XYZ Bar, Re:mix Lounge and live music performances. The hotel is steps away from shopping, galleries, and fine dining.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Aloft offers a great downtown location loaded with boutique charm, without the high boutique hotel room rates.

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3 Palms
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This contemporary boutique hotel, situated in an appealing low-rise adobe structure on busy McDowell Road, offers an oasis of calm and comfort from the hubbub of downtown Scottsdale. The hotel provides easy access to many of the city's shopping, museums, restaurants, and local attractions. The 24-hour lobby is both understated and highly stylized, featuring desert stone accents hand-laid in white crystal granite. All rooms are decorated with contemporary custom-made furnishing and feature carefully-selected modern art. Everything here is designed to promote a sense of tranquility, perfect for a relaxing desert getaway. The hotel is also located within walking distance of a park with water features.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: 3 Palms is a casually chic budget hotel in a convenient downtown Scottsdale location.

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