Stretch Your Travel Dollars in Palm Springs at These Budget Hotels

Over the decades, the desert oasis of Palm Springs has built a reputation as a glamorous resort destination for Hollywood's who's who. You don't have to look much further than the Coachella Valley's star-studded past or the celebrity names given to many local roads (Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore, to name a few) to see evidence of Hollywood's love affair with Palm Springs. But while there's plenty of the good life to go around in the desert, that doesn't mean you can't find a more affordable way to enjoy the desert. Plenty of affordable hotels can be found throughout Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley, helping tourists stretch their travel dollars that much further.

Budget hotels like the Caliente Tropics and Vagabond Inn offer some of the best rates you'll find near downtown Palm Springs. Both offer plenty of perks, too, including swimming pools, wireless internet and free parking. If you're looking to stay a little closer to Palm Desert or Rancho Mirage, you can take advantage of the great values at properties like the Hampton Inn Palm Desert or the Hilton Garden Inn Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage.

Stretch your travel dollars a little further on your next trip to the desert with this list of the 10 best budget hotels in Palm Springs.


Although this resort is near the heart of Palm Springs, visitors will be pleasantly surprised with how affordable Palm Canyon Resort actually is. The sprawling property is filled with gorgeous green spaces and an enviable water area, complete with a 1.5-acre swimming pool and sun deck, water slides, an in-cave whirlpool spa and rolling waterfalls. There's also an onsite lounge and rooftop terrace for unwinding after a long day by the pool. The resort's spacious villas are perfect for families and couples looking to spread out, and the resort's onsite spa is just another touch you wouldn't expect at such a budget-friendly property.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Palm Canyon Resort is surprisingly affordable considering its amenities, which include an onsite day spa and 1.5-acre swimming pool with water slides.

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Located just off the I-10 Freeway in Palm Desert, the Comfort Suites Palm Desert offers plenty of bang for your buck. Complimentary hot breakfast, newspapers, local calls and copy services are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the perks offered at the Comfort Suites. You'll also enjoy free high-speed wireless internet, an indoor fitness center, outdoor putting green, heated pool and hot tub. The location is perfect for those looking to explore the east end of the valley, particularly cities like La Quinta, Indio and Palm Desert. The Comfort Suites Palm Desert also offers a great location for nature enthusiasts planning on hiking through the Coachella Valley Preserve, just a short drive from the hotel.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Comfort Suites Palm Desert offers an affordable rate and plenty of amenities, including free wireless internet and a heated swimming pool.

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The Courtyard Palm Desert by Marriott is a great option for those looking for affordable accommodations in the Coachella Valley, whether you're traveling on a family vacation or on business. This budget-conscious hotel is just minutes from the I-10 Freeway, offering convenience for those driving into town or visitors who might want to take a road trip to nearby Joshua Tree National Park or the outlet malls in Cabazon. Rooms include flatscreen TVs, ergonomic chairs, coffee makers and Marriott's signature plush bedding. High-speed internet is complimentary, as are the newspapers in the lobby. With an onsite restaurant serving classic American fare, you don't have to venture far when it comes time to dine.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Courtyard Palm Desert is a budget-conscious hotel by Marriott, offering a great location and plenty of perks for the price.

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At the mid-century modern 7 Springs Inn in Palm Springs, guests can take their pick of a budget-friendly guest room, suite or townhouse while staying in the desert. Every room offers complimentary wireless internet, fridges and coffeemaker, and some rooms even include a full kitchen with luxurious touches like granite counters and marble floors. And at the end of the day, you'll appreciate the 450-thread count sheets as it comes time to drift away to sleep. Located just a block from the Uptown Design District, the hotel's prime location puts you near the Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs International Airport and downtown Palm Springs.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The 7 Springs Inn is an affordable option for a stay near downtown Palm Springs, offering suites and townhouses in addition to regular rooms.

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The Best Western in Palm Desert is a testament to the fact that you don't have to sacrifice luxury in the name of budget. After all, how many other affordable hotels offer chef-prepared breakfasts cooked to order? If that's not enough to sway you, you'll should also know the Best Western prides itself on offering comfort and service. You can enjoy perks like tennis courts, a hot tub, fitness center and swimming pool, and you'll never have to worry about the desert heat, thanks to the hotel's cooling mist system. The Best Western also maintains lushly landscaped grounds with plenty of green space. When it comes time to venture out, you'll appreciate being minutes from Palm Desert attractions like the El Paseo shopping district, Westfield Mall and The Living Desert.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Best Western in Palm Desert offers high-end perks for its price point, including cooked-to-order breakfasts and onsite tennis courts.

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North Palm Springs

Just north of the funky Uptown Design District, the Days Inn Palm Springs is a great option for budget-conscious travelers looking for a convenient home base for their Palm Springs stay. The modern hotel offers 107 rooms with king and queen beds, cable TV, free wireless internet and in-room refrigerators. You'll also enjoy amenities like a workout room, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, kids' wading pool and free parking. The location is perfect if you're Palm Springs-bound, as you'll be just minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Visitor's Center. You'll also find the shops and restaurants of districts like Uptown and downtown just a short drive away.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Days Inn Palm Springs offers budget-friendly kind and double queen rooms just minutes from downtown Palm Springs.

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Located in Palm Desert just off the I-10 Freeway, the Hampton Inn Palm Desert is a great option for desert visitors looking to stick to their travel budgets. The hotel offers everything from standard rooms to one-bedroom suites, and your comfortable room includes a flat screen TV, work desk and Hampton Cloud Nine Bedding, too. Solid maple furniture adds a luxurious feel to this budget stay. Guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, free cookies on weekdays and free copies of USA TODAY in the lobby. The university area offers plenty of affordable dining options close by, and you're also just a few minutes from the centers of Palm Desert, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Hampton Inn Palm Desert offers affordable rooms and suites with a location that's just off of the I-10 Freeway.

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The Hilton Garden Inn Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage offers everything you'd expect from the Hilton brand with a budget-friendly price tag to boot. Guests at this 120-room property can enjoy in-room amenities like flatscreen TVs, cable access, wired and wireless internet access, refrigerators, work desks and microwaves. The Hilton Garden Inn Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage also offers perks like an outdoor swimming pool, modern fitness center, a casual restaurant and a small convenience store open 24 hours a day. When it comes time to explore the desert, you'll appreciate being close to attractions like The Living Desert and The River in Rancho Mirage.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Hilton Garden Inn Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage offers a high-quality stay without a high price tag.

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If you're looking to stay close to downtown Palm Springs without breaking the bank, the Vagabond Inn Palm Springs is one of the best budget-friendly options around. The desert location of this California hotel chain its located with minutes of destinations like Moorten Botanical Gardens, Uptown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. In addition to a great location, the Vagabond Inn Palm Springs also offers amenities like free wireless internet, in-room refrigerators, in-room microwaves and complimentary breakfast. You can relax in the heated pool, unwind in the spa or grab some goodies at the onsite BJ's Snack Shoppe. If you're traveling with your dog, take note that the Vagabond Inn is a pet-friendly hotel.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Vagabond Inn Palm Springs offers a budget-friendly price with a location that's just minutes from downtown Palm Springs.

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It may be just minutes from the heart of downtown Palm Springs, but the Caliente Tropics feels like a tropical paradise. The Polynesian furnishings and tiki-themed decor of this budget Palm Springs hotel create a laid-back atmosphere that perfectly fits this resort town. The grounds include all the necessary Palm Springs perks, including a swimming pool, cabanas, spa tub, barbecue area, shuffleboard areas and a fitness center. There's also a bit of Hollywood history hidden on the grounds, thanks to stars like Anna Nicole Smith leaving handprints in the stones near the pool area. Free parking is also available to hotel guests.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Caliente Tropics is a budget-oriented hotel in Palm Springs with some of the lowest rates in town for a hotel of its class.

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