Affordable and plentiful: a bounty of budget hotels across the Salt Lake Valley

In most major cities, the concept of “Budget Hotel” seems to be a contradiction in terms. However, in the Salt Lake Valley, this is actually not the case. In fact, Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas offer many, many options in budget accommodations, allowing visitors to pick their location based on brand and location.

Air travelers may find it quite surprising that hotels immediately near the Salt Lake International Airport are actually among the cheapest in the entire valley - and state of Utah. With prices at some of these hotels starting in the $40 range, many visitors to Salt Lake City opt to stay in these hotels, even if they never plan to fly. Given the airport’s location just five minutes west of Downtown Salt Lake City, you may consider looking into the airport-vicinity hotels if low prices are high priority.

Visitors hoping to stay closer to the heart of Downtown, and wishing to have walking access to its many cultural, financial, and culinary amenities, will find that - even in the main downtown hotel district itself - many familiar national brand lodging establishments offer rooms starting in the $50 range. Not bad, considering that some of their hoity-toity neighbors often add another “0” to that figure.

Of course, if you neither wish to stay downtown nor near the airport, you still have plenty of options. Perhaps you’re in town visiting friend or family in the southern or central part of the valley, or even north of town in Bountiful. In any case, you’ll find a budget-friendly hotel to match your location preferences.


Motel 6 Salt Lake City - Central
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The Days Inn Salt Lake City is located about three miles south of Downtown, very near Interstate 15, and just south of I-80. For those doing business or visiting friends in the central Salt Lake Valley, this location is prime - at once offering a central valley location, and immediate access to the city's great interstate beltway system. Those without a vehicle will enjoy the hotel's free airport shuttle, which runs daily from 7am-11pm. For onsite recreation, enjoy the convenience of the fitness room, indoor pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. Guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast with their room rate and coffee is available in the lobby 24 hours a day. Although there is not a full service restaurant inside the hotel, there are dining destinations nearby. The hotel offers both smoking and non-smoking rooms.

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Motel 6 Salt Lake City South - Midvale
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If you have business to take care of, or family to visit, in the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, then the Motel 6 Midvale might well be the best, most affordable accommodations for you. Located less than two miles from Gardner Village, 6.6 miles from Big Cottonwood Canyon, 10 miles from Salt Lake City's Amtrak station, 11 miles from Temple Square, and 15 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, this hotel is nevertheless still quite near to the major city-center attractions - especially considering that most of these miles can be driven on the valley's excellent interstate beltway. Offering the lowest rates of any motel chain, Motel 6 can be counted on for budget-friendly, simple, and clean accommodations.

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Motel 6 Salt Lake City West - Airport
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Motel 6 has a great reputation around the country for offering clean, simple, and very affordable accommodations - and this Motel 6 is no different. Standing exactly between Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake International Airport, this hotel is at once near downtown and also just one exit east of the airport. Located at the junction of I-215 and I-80, this hotel offers instant access to the city's slick beltway, and therefore low driving times to all destinations, including ski resort. Basic room amenities include an en suite bathroom with a shower, double bed, direct dial telephone, TV, radio and wireless Internet is available in select rooms for a nominal fee. Free coffee is served in the morning.

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Super 8 Salt Lake City Airport
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Those wishing for airport-vicinity convenience will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the accommodations immediately near the Salt Lake International Airport are, in fact, some of the most affordable in the entire valley. Located just one exit west of the Airport along I-80, this Super 8 offers both immediate access to this hub, as well as a five-minute driving distance from downtown Salt Lake City. Even those whose Salt Lake interests stand within the city might consider staying at this motel for its low price, cleanliness, and relative nearness to all amenities. For an inexpensive hotel, this Super 8 offers a lot.

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City Creek Inn & Suites
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America's Best Inn Salt Lake City has a rather unique location. Unlike the vast majority of the downtown-vicinity hotels all clustered southwest of downtown, this one stands on Main Street and due south of the downtown district. Though downtown is still within five driving minutes away, this hotel offers easy access to the popular residential areas of west Sugarhouse and Liberty Wells, making it an excellent choice for those in town visiting family - or those wishing to sleep a bit farther afield from the bustle of downtown. Those wishing for a green escape must only walk four blocks east to access Liberty Park, the city's largest, as well as the Tracy Aviary and Park Cafe, both located within its boundaries.

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Rodeway Inn Salt Lake City
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With respect to low-cost downtown hotels, the Rodeway Inn Salt Lake City is certainly among the most modern and well adorned. Offering clean and spacious rooms in the center of Salt Lake City's most densely packed hotel district, the Rodeway Inn offers an excellent location-for-price value. Those staying at the hotel have free wifi, continental breakfast and access to fitness facilities. If you're looking to stretch your legs and walk to nearby attractions, you must only go a block to reach a Subway and a Starbucks. Slightly farther afield, but less than 10 walking minutes away, stands Downtown and its wealth of financial, cultural, and culinary offerings.

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In the category of national-brand, budget-friendly, respectably clean accommodations, Motel 6 really takes the cake - especially in the vicinity of Salt Lake City. This particular Motel 6 stands just north of Salt Lake City, in the town of Bountiful. Located immediately off I-15, this Motel 6 stands literally 10 minutes away from Downtown Salt Lake City, yet also quite near more northerly attractions like the Eaglewood Golf Course, Legacy Nature Preserve, the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Antelope Island and the Ogden area and all its businesses and points of interest. Its immediate location along I-15 places this hotel along the interstate beltway and within quick driving times of all the area's attractions, including ski areas and other outdoor opportunities.

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Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
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The Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City stands right in the thick of the west downtown hotel district. Located within easy walking distance of all downtown attractions and facilities, this hotel is a popular choice among business travelers and tourists alike. A block to the north, you'll find Starbucks and Utah Ski and Golf - one of Salt Lake City's biggest sports gear rental outfits. Pioneer Park, with its numerous festivals, farmers' markets and summer concerts, stands just five walking minutes to the northwest. And Downtown, with its offices, conference centers, restaurants and nightlife, is just a few blocks northeast. The Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City makes for a comfortable, clean and simple place to spend your evenings.

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Econo Lodge Downtown
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Located along I-15 and just north of I-80, this Econo Lodge has a rather unique location among Salt Lake City hotels. Its resident street, North Temple, runs directly east into the north downtown area, providing quick access to the Avenues neighborhood, Capitol Hill, Temple Square, and Downtown - with its businesses, restaurants and nightlife. Sitting immediately west of I-15, and just north of its junction with I-80, this hotel offers its guests extremely quick access to the valley's interstate beltway and therefore very short driving times to any location. The lodge itself provides its guests with simple, yet clean rooms, free transportation to the airport, breakfast, wifi and round-the-clock coffee and hot chocolate.

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Motel 6 Salt Lake City Downtown
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The Motel 6 Salt Lake City Downtown is arguably the best budget hotel in the vicinity. Usually offering the lowest prices anywhere near the city and reliably clean rooms, this hotel provides basic comforts for a low cost. Room are very simply decorated, yet well maintained. The motel itself is located in the heart of the southwest downtown hotel district, and shares its streets with many other hotels. It sits just a few blocks southeast of Pioneer Park (where many farmers' markets and free summer concerts are held), and a few blocks southwest of the main downtown financial and restaurant district. Walking to any of these is easy, and the hotel provides an airport shuttle.

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