Art galleries, music venues, museums, artisan markets and city parks combine to make Phoenix one of the greatest cities. Add in some innovative eating options, inspirational attractions – like Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West – and the Arizona Diamondbacks surrounded by desert and mountain adventures and Phoenix is a dream destination. Saddle up in one of our handpicked cheap but great hotels in Phoenix – bookable on Culture Trip.
Less than 5mi (8km) from Camelback Mountain, spacious rooms and suites feature the same soft grey and wood decor and all can sleep up to five – perfect for that long-awaited family vacay. Grab breakfast bagels at the Commons before heading out for the day. If the kids need to run around, you’re just a short drive from the Desert Botanical Garden. Later, kick around the seasonal outdoor pool, taking turns in the hot tub, bronzing on the loungers – before early evening drinks and sharing plates.
This casual all-suite hotel – 10mi (16km) from downtown Phoenix – is perfect for families or groups of friends, with bright spaces with living areas, pull-out sofas and kitchenettes. As the outdoor pool is heated, you can swim in it all day long – or there’s a fitness center if you’re more into strength training. It’s breakfast only at this cheap hotel in Phoenix but nearby Fajita’s – just a few minutes away – dishes Tex-Mex favorites aplenty.
Close to top Arizona attractions – such as Rose Mofford Sports Complex and Metrocenter mall – everyone will love this hotel built around its pool. After a busy day shopping or playing soccer, what else could you want but a relaxing swim? Rooms and suites keep things low-key with a soft palette – so only book a suite if you need the extra space. Tired of meat and veg? Try the Bistro’s Beyond Meat menu. Everyone will love the patio and firepit for a post-dinner beer. Cheers.
The cheery colors in the suites – think warm shades of teal and turquoise offset with yellow accents – are a great way to start your day, as is homemade French toast fried in your kitchenette. Being downtown means you’re never far from excellent restaurants and attractions – with the Children’s Museum, the Rosson House Museum and the Arizona Science Center all within easy walking distance. Back at the ranch, hit the outdoor pool for some vacation downtime.
Just off I-10 to the west of downtown Phoenix, this hotel has you close to the great music events held at Ak-Chin Pavilion, as well as at the Gila River Arena. You can shop ‘til you drop and watch live music at Westgate Entertainment District. Contemporary rooms are spacious, with bright splashes of color in artwork and cushions – while some have patios or balconies. Make time to head to the outdoor pool you’ll love cooling off in – unless you’re more a fan of the fitness center. In the evening, drop into the Bistro for dinner and drinks.
Close to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, this contemporary hotel offers sunny rooms with yellow walls and natural light. Some have views of the palm trees shading the attractive patio area and pool. Dine at the Garden Grille and Bar, where you can find something for everyone – from burgers, pizza, pasta to seafood and steak. Don’t miss a visit to the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve – only 5 minutes away – for remarkable rock art up to 5,000 years old.
Spacious, comfortable rooms are the keynote at this hotel – a 20-minute drive from downtown Phoenix – on the wonderfully named Whispering Wind Drive. Breakfast on avocado toast before heading out to the nearby Phoenix Sonoran Preserve for miles of wild trails and a climb up Dixie Mountain. Come evening, the Courtyard’s Bistro offers Bites ‘n Boards: fancy a seasonal margarita with a grilled chicken and bacon quesadilla?
This all-suite hotel is perfect for golfers – just under 4mi (6.4km) from TPC Scottsdale Golf Course and just over 10mi (16km) from Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural landmark, Taliesin West. The opposite of Lloyd Wright’s low-slung and desert-grounded design, these bright and airy pet-friendly suites come with kitchenettes you can cook a mean breakfast in. Later, grill your dinner on the communal barbecue on the grounds – which also includes an outside pool. Here in the north of the city, you’re also close to the hiking trails in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
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