Hotels for the Cost-Conscious in Palm Beach County

Let's face it, the Palm Beaches are an expensive area to vacation. Restaurants seemingly have New York City menu prices, beach parking can range up to $5/hour, and plus, you probably spent a good bit arranging travel down to the sunny Treasure Coast. Surely there must be a way to keep some of that hard earned dough in the CDs and savings accounts while still allowing you and yours to have a great vacation. 

Enter budget hotels; the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area is full of them. Whether they are the older models that used to dominate the area, or the fresher Holiday Inn Expresses of the world, the supply is plentiful. This helps, because if you know anything about economics, competition leads to lower prices. When budget hotels compete, you win. 

When you vacation to the Palm Beaches, you are going to spend most of your time outside, whether it's shopping, eating al fresco or swimming with the fishes in the crystal clear blue ocean. You most likely do not care about having over the top amenities in your hotel room. If you can sleep there, shower and maybe even get a hot breakfast, that's good enough for you. The ten hotels on this list are the best of the bunch when it comes to budget hotels in the Palm Beach West Palm Beach area. 


The Park View Motor Lodge West Palm Beach is a cheap place to stay for those who just need a place to rest their heads, or really don't care much about room accommodations as they don't plan to spend much time in them anyway. This lodging option has free internet, cable televisions, refrigerators and touts free on-site parking as an added convenience. Luckily, you will be close to all the great area attractions, first and foremost the beach. A quick walk over to Flagler will have you looking out over the intracoastal and over to Palm Beach. This is a great place for passer-throughs.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Park View Motor Lodge West Palm Beach is a no frills budget hotel for people looking to save a buck.

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Whether you're in town to visit the Palm Beach County Convention Center or passing through the area with the whole family, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham West Palm Beach is the perfect spot to get the most for your money. Both the standard rooms and the suites are 100% non-smoking and offer a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, as well as access to the exercise room and heated outdoor pool. The suites are ideal for larger groups or if you simply enjoy having all of the comforts of home with you during your travels as they boast a full size kitchen and living room. Wanting to venture the few miles to downtown West Palm Beach? The hotel offers a shuttle service within 5 miles throughout the day for a small fee.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham West Palm Beach offers up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet for its patrons.

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South Palm Suites is a smaller budget hotel in the Lake Worth area of Florida. The size of the hotel allows guests to receive the benefit of extra service from the great management staff. Also because of this, there tends to be minimal crowds at the super-clean pool. The rooms are pretty big for the cost, and include a DVD player, refrigerator, microwave, kitchen and coffee maker. The city of Lake Worth has many great attractions, none of which surpass the gleaming blue waters and white sands of the beach. Save money for the rest of your trip by booking a room at the South Palm Suites

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The room sizes at South Palm Suites are a great value.

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The Travel Inn Riviera Beach is a motel perfect for budget stays. If you just need a night's lodging before a cruise, or plan to spend some time on the Treasure Coast beaches, this spot will suit you. There is free parking, complimentary internet access, laundry facilities and a 24-hour front desk. In-room, you will have access to cable television, a refrigerator and microwave. Nearby attractions include Phil Foster Park, Riviera Beach Marina and Peanut Island Park. Fishermen planning a trip down to the area will love the location and cost. There is a Winn-Dixie nearby that will provide all the goods you need to stock the fridge.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Travel Inn Riviera has dirt cheap rates and is situated close-by to several marinas and parks.

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The Economy Inn West Palm Beach has all the amenities one would expect from a budget hotel: free internet, refrigerator, microwave, comfy bed and more. The property itself is a bit dated, but you can have fun with it and pretend that you time warped back to the 70's (or just say "no big deal", I only spent ~$60). From the Economy Inn, you can easily cross the Flagler or Royal Palm bridges into Palm Beach, or stay in West Palm to explore City Place and Clematis. The airport is a short drive away, as is the Palm Beach Zoo.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Economy Inn West Palm Beach has great rates and a great location.

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With Motel 6's all around the country, you know what you are getting; a comfortable room at a wallet saving rate. The Motel 6 in Lantana is no different. There aren't many frills here, but kids stay free, there is cable television, and a pool open year round. Internet is available for a nominal fee. The location is pretty prime; right off the interstate, close to the beautiful South Florida beaches. Travel up or down 95 to hit up nearby West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale for some great nights out on the town. Check the Motel 6 website for the lowest rates.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Motel 6 in Lantana offers bargain basement rates and puts you close to South Florida's beautiful beaches.

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If you are looking for a great budget hotel in West Palm Beach, consider checking out the recently renovated Red Roof Inn on 45th street. The hotel is 100% smoke free and the renovations include upgraded rooms with a new modern feel, all equipped with comfortable new beds by Serta and luxury linens. The family friendly hotel is also pet friendly so feel free to bring everyone along with you on your trip. For rainy days, enjoy the new flat-screen TVs in each room and the coffee station in the lobby. No trip to Florida is complete without some pool time so take advantage of Red Roof Inn's heated outdoor pool. When it's time to explore, there are five restaurants nearby and the Palm Beach Outlet mall is less than three miles away.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Red Roof Inn West Palm Beach is extremely close to the new Palm Beach Outlets and City Place.

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The Super 8 West Palm Beach/Lantana is just a few minutes down I-95 from the Palm Beach International Airport. Staying there puts you in close proximity to the beautiful Delray and Boynton Beaches. The Super 8 provides guests with a delicious "Super Saver" breakfast each morning, is pet friendly, and has a great pool and sun deck. There is free wi-fi, space for large vehicle parking (great for RVs) and kids stay free (under 17). Staying here puts you literally right in the middle of all the great attractions the area has to offer; you will be close to the beaches, nightlife scenes and shopping of Palm Beach/West Palm Beach.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Super 8 West Palm Beach/Lantana offers up a delicious Super Saver breakfast which any budget traveler will appreciate.

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There are many reasons to travel to Florida and Holiday Inn Express and Suites of West Palm Beach doesn't disappoint whether your trip is for business or pleasure. Located off of I-95 in a quiet business area, there is ample parking and you still get the perks that come with being so close to all that West Palm Beach has to offer. Enjoy the complimentary Express Start breakfast in the morning- be sure to grab a cinnamon roll- and then head out to the pool or travel the few miles to the Palm Beach Outlets. Each room is furnished with a microwave and refrigerator, and the suites have a kitchenette, so feel free to bring home leftovers from one of the many restaurants in the area or stock up with groceries from the nearby Publix.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Metro Centre is a newer budget hotel with clean and colorful rooms.

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Best Western Palm Beach Lakes
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Located right off of I- 95, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes is a great place to stay while visiting West Palm Beach on a budget. Be sure to enjoy the complimentary breakfast with hot items and endless coffee in the garden area by the pool to really get the most for your money. After breakfast, take a dip in the heated pool or challenge your friends to a game of shuffleboard. Enjoy high speed internet and cable television in the room or head across the street to the recently opened Palm Beach Outlets and browse for bargains. This hotel is central to the area with 11 restaurants within a quarter mile and just 2 miles to the popular downtown of West Palm Beach.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Best Western Palm Beach Lakes is inexpensive and provides guests with great amenities like free breakfast and a heated pool.

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Meet Kristopher Neild

Kris is a South Florida resident, living close to the coast in West Palm Beach.