Naples has never been known for its budget accommodations, and that became even more apparent once the Ritz-Carlton Naples opened a couple of decades ago to forever elevate the status and prices of Naples lodging.
That said, it is possible to find reasonable rates, even if you are on a tight budget. Rule number one: Shop away from the beach and the downtown area. You will find the best budget options near Interstate 75, in and around Everglades City and in Bonita Springs.
This list includes options in all of those areas, plus one - the Lemon Tree Inn - that is the most affordable in the downtown area. Said list favors non-chain options, except for those near major thoroughfares such as the Best Western Bonita Springs, just off the interstate. Everglades options include the Rod and Gun Club and the Ivey House. The latter offers lodging and kayaking packages into the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. For the truly adventurous, there are plenty of RV and primitive camping opportunities in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
The best time of year to find affordable rates is after Easter and before Christmas. Check online hotel sites for best rates or call the hotel to inquire about packages that might save you money. Keep in mind that hotels with included breakfast or kitchen facilities can also save you money in the long run.