10 Best Budget Hotels in Tucson: Escape to the Desert for Less

Tucson is known for its luxurious desert resorts, but you don't have to be well-heeled to travel here in style. The city is home to dozens of budget-friendly hotel chains and comfortable independently-owned lodges.

One of the most convenient and budget-friendly hotels in downtown Tucson is the Hotel Tucson City Center Conference Suite Resort, a sprawling hotel located just off Interstate 10 at the edge of downtown Tucson. The spacious guestrooms and well-maintained grounds are clean and comfortable, and you can upgrade to a "presidential" suite with in-room jacuzzi tub. In the morning, guests can enjoy a large, hot breakfast buffet featuring hotcakes, sausage, gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs and other breakfast items.

If you're looking for a slightly more hip stay, head to the historic Hotel Congress, situated in the heart of downtown. The hotel rooms are clean and nearly bare-bones, but that's all part of the hotel's historic charm (rooms famously do not have in-room TVs, although they are equipped with antique radios and large iron beds).

For a budget-friendly stay near the Tucson International Airport, look no further than Country Inn & Suites Tucson Airport, which earns rave reviews from travelers for its speedy check-ins, friendly staff, free hot breakfast, and comfortable suites.

In north Tucson, try the Red Roof Inn Tucson North, a pet-friendly hotel with free Wi-Fi, clean rooms and premium cable in every room. 



The Country Inn & Suites Tucson Airport is one of the best budget-friendly stays near the Tucson International Airport. The hotel offers plenty of amenities to make guests feel welcome, including free cookies and cool, fruit-infused water in...  Read More



If you want to stay close to east Tucson attractions like Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park, and Davis Montham Air Force Base, La Quinta East is a good budget-friendly option. The two-story hotel features clean, renovated guestrooms with...  Read More



The Country Inn & Suites is convenient to the Tucson Convention Center, Tucson Rodeo Grounds and the University of Arizona. The hotel is ideal for business and leisure travelers, offering good value and comfortable accomodations. The on-site...  Read More



The Red Roof Inn Tucson North earns rave reviews from travelers who appreciate the hotel's excellent value and amenities. The hotel offers easy freeway access, and its within short driving distance to Saguaro National Park and other north Tucson...  Read More



Best Western Plus Royal Sun is a no-frills budget option with a convenient downtown Tucson location. The rooms are spacious, with modern furniture and newer pillow top king size beds. Guest rooms also have LCD TVs, DVD players and work desks....  Read More



This small, historic boutique Tucson inn is located in one of Tucson's most eclectic and popular neighborhoods, the West University district. The Queen Anne Victorian house, which dates back to 1899, is today a charming hotel situated within...  Read More



The Embassy Suites Tucson Paloma Village is a good option if you're looking for a budget-friendly stay in Tucson with plenty of welcome luxurious touches. The hotel is in Tucson's posh foothills district, offering excellent views of the Santa...  Read More



If you're looking for an authentically boutique stay in Tucson, don't miss The Downtown Clifton. This small, independently owned hotel is within walking distance to downtown Tucson restaurants and nightlife. No two rooms are exactly alike, but...  Read More

The Historic Hotel Congress


Built in 1919, the historic Hotel Congress has loomed over downtown Tucson for decades. This landmark hotel retains its vintage Southwestern charm with 40 modest guest rooms that feature vintage radios, antique iron beds, and telephones that...  Read More



Hotel Tucson City Center is a good budget hotel with easy access to downtown Tucson, Interstate 10 and the Interstate 19. It's within walking distance to the Tucson Convention Center and downtown government offices, and a short drive to the...  Read More


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Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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