Live Large but Pay Less at the Space Coast's Best Budget Hotels

You don't need to spend a ton of money on your lodging when you visit the Space Coast in Florida. This relaxed community with some of the best beaches in the nation is also surprisingly inexpensive to visit. The Space Coast has a wide assortment of hotels, all for around or less than $100 a night. 

Need to save big after a much-too-expensive Disney World adventure? Some of the cheapest options include the Econolodge in Melbourne and the Motel 6 in Palm Bay and Cocoa Beach. 

Business travelers on a budget will enjoy the fully equipped Holiday Inn Viera Conference Center, with in-room desks and a business center. Need an inexpensive bed near the airport? The Courtyard Melbourne West is your best bet. 

If you are heading out for a cruise or just want to watch the majestic ships slice through the port, the Holiday Inn Express near Port Canaveral will land you in the ideal location for the ideal price. Plus, it includes free breakfast, which can save you even more money. 

Better yet, the Country Inn & Suites in Cape Canaveral is our No. 1 budget hotel pick. This newer hotel on the port has it all: a fitness center, shuttle service, free wifi, microwaves, refrigerators, free breakfast and free chocolate-chip cookies. Talk about a luxury experience for a reasonable price. 


Motel 6 Palm Bay
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A night at the Motel 6 is as inexpensive as a nice dinner out. Very budget-conscious travelers or people who want to save their money for the nearby attractions (can you say Walt Disney World?) will appreciate the bare-boned rates here. No extras offered, but you can order wifi for a small fee. The Motel 6 Palm Bay is close to the beautiful Playalinda Beach, the Brevard Zoo and the Habitat Golf Course. Plenty of popular restaurants nearby. Or drive just 10 miles to the Melbourne Beach. Traveling through? The Melbourne airport is about eight miles from the Motel 6.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: You can't get a room much cheaper than this. It's minimal, but it's close to the Playalinda Beach and 10 miles to Melbourne Beach.

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Econo Lodge Melbourne
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The Hotel Econo Lodge Melbourne is one of the more budget-friendly of the hotels on the Space Coast. It is not on the beach, but it is conveniently close to the Melbourne Square Mall, as well as other popular entertainment destinations. Rooms come with free wifi, cable TV and free local phone calls. Take a dip in the outdoor pool and enjoy that Florida sunshine. Do not expect anything fancy here – at all. The Econo Lodge is a place to rest your head, after spending an exciting day exploring the beaches, downtown and delicious restaurants in Melbourne. Want to eat on site? For a small fee, the Econo Lodge will also offer breakfast for its guests.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Econo Lodge is about price. The rooms are far from fancy, but if you're on a tight budget, you can't get much cheaper.

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Budget Inn Cocoa I-95
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The Motel 6 Cocoa Beach is a decent hotel room for an extraordinary price. The location is great, too – walking distance to the Cocoa Beach Pier and the beach, several parks, the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame and even a family-friendly dinosaur museum. The newly renovated rooms offer cable TV, air conditioning and wifi for a small added fee. Parking is included. Cool off in the swimming pool, although you are close enough to the beach to not need to. Plenty of delicious restaurants nearby, too. While you're out, walk to the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop and pick up some souvenirs.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Motel 6 Cocoa Beach is close to the pier, parks and plenty of restaurants.

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Holiday Inn Melbourne - Viera Conference Center
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The Holiday Inn Viera Conference Center is ideal for conventions, meetings and business – with in-room desks, a business center and more than 7,000 feet in event space. However, it's also welcoming for tourists who want a well equipped room. Here, you'll find the standard goodies – cable, a coffee pot, ironing equipment – plus the option to upgrade into rooms with separate living and full kitchen areas. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool, work up a sweat in the exercise room and dine at the on-site restaurant. The Holiday Inn is just off I-95, not far from the Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo and Melbourne Harbor. It's about 15 miles from the airport and 18 miles from downtown Melbourne.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Prices are low, rooms are well equipped and the Holiday Inn is great for business travelers.

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Courtyard Melbourne West
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Convenience is paramount here; the Courtyard is only two miles from the international airport, and it's not far from the best tourist attractions and restaurants, as well as some of the area's most prominent businesses. Check the weather on the GoBoard. Stay connected throughout the hotel with free wifi. Rooms at the Courtyard Melbourne West come equipped with free Internet, cable, ergonomic chairs, desks and optional sofa beds. Suites have microwaves. Relax in the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, or get ready for that great Florida surfing in the fitness room. Grab a bite to eat, whether that's a refreshing breakfast with Starbucks coffee or dinner and drinks, at The Bistro. Note: The Courtyard is about 30 minutes from the beach.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Although it's 30 minutes from the beach, the Courtyard offers convenience just two miles from the airport.

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Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites Cocoa Beach
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The Holiday Inn Express near Port Canaveral is just plain smart. It features exclusive "park and cruise" packages that can't be beat. It's also close to some of the port's best restaurants and, of course, the beach. Business travelers can take advantage of the on-site meeting room and easy access to the main streets and expo center. All guests get free high-speed wireless Internet, a complimentary breakfast bar every morning, cable TV, work desks, kitchenettes and access to the fitness center, pool and spa. Upgraded units feature whirlpool tubs. After exploring the port, relax in the outdoor pool and sauna.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This hotel is one of the "pricier" of the budget hotels, although only by a few bucks. With free breakfast, though, it evens out.

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Days Inn Cocoa Beach - Port Canaveral
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The Days Inn is just steps to the beach and a short distance to Port Canaveral; its the location and affordable price that set this hotel apart. Rooms here are standard: free Internet, cable TV, refrigerators and microwaves. Some rooms have balconies. As would be expected in Florida, the Days Inn features and outdoor, heated pool and sun desk. Traveling with pets? This is one of the more pet-friendly accommodations. Planning a cruise? Ask the Days Inn about its special, discounted port parking. Traveling with kids? All children under 17 stay for free with an adult. All guests get a free continental breakfast and newspaper in the morning.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Rooms are standard, but the Days Inn is just steps to the beach.

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Radisson Resort at the Port
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The Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral is a top pick for its location: just across the street from Port Canaveral. In fact, the Radisson is one of the closest hotels to the cruise ship terminals, so it's a favorite among travelers. It's also reasonably priced – and features a heated, outdoor, waterfall pool and poolside tiki bar. Guests can play in the game room or hit balls in the lighted tennis court. It's also convenient, with a full-service restaurant and lounge. No need to drive around looking for somewhere to eat. Rooms are pretty standard, with free Internet access. Some rooms feature Sleep Number beds, refrigerators and microwaves, too. Traveling with animals? The Radisson offers pet-friendly rooms. The Radisson is about 40 miles from the Orlando International Airport.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Rooms here are standard, but the Radisson is one of the closest hotels to the cruise ship terminals – and it's pet-friendly.

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Best Western Cocoa Beach Hotel & Suites
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The Best Western Ocean Beach offers two things that no other hotels in the area do. First, it's the closest beach hotel to Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. Second, it offers a 40 percent discount on parking at the port. The eight-story "Beachside Tower" is also a highlight. These rooms tower above the beach, rolling out breathtaking views of the ocean. Ask for a room with a private balcony. Traveling with kids? Book a room in the designated Family Suites Building, specially designed for the traveling family. All rooms here all have free Internet and a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning, as well as a microwave and refrigerator.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Save 40 percent on parking at the port – plus get free breakfast and wifi.

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The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Port Canaveral
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The Country Inns, one of the newer hotels on the port, feels like a tropical retreat, with two pools, an on-site fitness center and even shuttle service to the port – a huge bonus. The Country Inns is set up to make your cruise adventure seamless; ask about special cruise packages and parking. Rooms here have free Internet, microwaves and refrigerators, and guests get a free, hot breakfast in the morning, and free chocolate-chip cookies, too. Tip: Ask about the jacuzzi suites. Business travelers will appreciate the various meeting rooms. The Country Inns is great for families, too, featuring a separate kiddie pool and family suites.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Country Inn offers resort-style options for surprisingly low rates. Tally into the value free breakfast and discounted parking on the port.

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