The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Scottsdale, Arizona

You might be exploring Scottsdale on a budget but the area's low-cost hotels still deliver a taste of luxury
You might be exploring Scottsdale on a budget but the area's low-cost hotels still deliver a taste of luxury | Courtesy of Tru By Hilton Scottsdale Salt River / Expedia
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15 December 2021
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Travel can be pricey, but you won’t have to worry about your wallet when you reach Scottsdale. This city near Phoenix may have spas and golf around every corner, but it’s also bookended by a fair amount of budget-friendly attractions. You can get your fill of the sun, the sky and the Arizona lifestyle without burning a hole in your budget. Check out these cheap hotels in Scottsdale for a low-cost oasis in the desert – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Sonesta Select Scottsdale at Mayo Clinic Campus, for getting out and about

Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds, next to the main building of Sonesta Select Scottsdale at Mayo Clinic Campus
Sonesta Select Scottsdale at Mayo Clinic Campus | Courtesy of Sonesta Select Scottsdale at Mayo Clinic Campus / Expedia

Sonesta Select will teach you how to save money by enjoying Scottsdale’s great outdoors. This cheap hotel on the edge of the city is budget-friendly and pet-friendly. Let the pup relax in your room while you chill by the cool outdoor pool. Stock up with cheap snacks at the on-site market, save them for later in your room’s mini-fridge, then spend not a cent more when you two head out onto the nearby hiking trails

Tru By Hilton Scottsdale Salt River, for a walk on the wild side

Two double beds with dark-wood headboards in a room at Tru By Hilton Scottsdale Salt River
Tru By Hilton Scottsdale Salt River | Courtesy of Tru By Hilton Scottsdale Salt River / Expedia

Get to know some of Scottsdale’s wet and wild locals from Tru by Hilton. OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland are right next door. You won’t find any of OdySea’s aquatic dwellers bumming around the hotel’s outdoor pool or pool table, though we wouldn’t be surprised if an Arizona butterfly or two flutters by. When you’re not roaming around with these wild creatures, feel free to grab a few brewskis from the Eat & Sip Market if you want a cost-effective way to wind down.

SpringHill Suites Scottsdale North, for pinching pennies

Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and trees, next to the main building of SpringHill Suites Scottsdale North
SpringHill Suites Scottsdale North | Courtesy of SpringHill Suites Scottsdale North / Expedia

Snagging tickets to the Fiesta Bowl was pricey enough; give your credit card a rest at SpringHill Suites. The only splashing out you’ll be doing is in the palm-fringed outdoor pool. And larger rooms with pullout sofas have the extra space your old college buddies need to bunk on a budget with you. Treat the crew to breakfast (the hot coffee, Dannon yogurts and pastries come free, but they don’t need to know that), then let them pay you back later with In ‘N’ Out Burger across the street.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Phoenix Scottsdale, for a cheap Scottsdale retreat

A double bed with headboard against a purple wall in a room at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Phoenix Scottsdale
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Phoenix Scottsdale – for a cheap Scottsdale retreat | Courtesy of La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Phoenix Scottsdale / Expedia

Save your gas money for another day at La Quinta Inn & Suites. Their complimentary weekday shuttle will speed you around a 5mi (8km) radius, giving you instant access to the best sites around this cheap hotel in Scottsdale. Don’t want to go out? While away the hours in the kidney-shaped outdoor pool. Breakfast is already taken care of, and you can walk to lunch and dinner within minutes of your hotel room. Instead, you can spend your gas money on greens fees at Starfire Golf Club or Glow Putt Mini Golf, both close by.

Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town, for hitting a home run

Putting green on terrace next to the main building at Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town | Courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town / Expedia

Hilton Garden Inn is a home run for Diamondback fans who want to see everything Phoenix has to offer. This cheap hotel in Scottsdale is only 20 minutes from Chase Field and a mere mile from spring training at Scottsdale Stadium. Catch as many games as you’d like; all-day dining and a 24-hour convenience store on-site will get you the meals you need if you haven’t already filled up on Cracker Jack, ballpark dogs and boiled peanuts. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, the Instagrammably lit outdoor pool feels like a real score.

Hotel Bixby Scottsdale, BW Signature Collection, for a stylish sleep

Dining area with blue leather sofas and gray tables at Hotel Bixby Scottsdale, BW Signature Collection
Hotel Bixby Scottsdale, BW Signature Collection | Courtesy of Hotel Bixby Scottsdale, BW Signature Collection / Expedia

Hotel Bixby delivers boutique lodging for a budget. Right off of North Scottsdale Road, you’ll hardly burn through fuel driving to Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe Marketplace, or Casino Arizona. Even if you don’t hit the jackpot at the latter, you’ll return to a hotel that looks way better than the rate would suggest. A turquoise outdoor gazebo is a fun place to seek shelter from the sun, while in your room, hardwood floors, rich wooden furnishings, and sleek upholstery fills the space, giving basic lodging an instant upgrade to boutique quality.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Scottsdale - Old Town, an IHG Hotel, for cooling down

Entrance to the red-painted main building of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Scottsdale - Old Town, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Scottsdale - Old Town, an IHG Hotel | Courtesy of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Scottsdale - Old Town, an IHG Hotel / Expedia

Holiday Inn Express may be a punt away from State Farm Stadium, but staying at this cheap hotel is like giving your budget an automatic first down. You’ll be right in Old Town Scottsdale which gives you ample opportunity to explore the nearby trails. When you’re not hiking around Camelback Mountain, cool off under the water fountains in the outdoor pool, without burning up your budget on other expensive activities.

Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale on Shea Blvd, for a shopping-friendly stay

Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and palm trees, next to the main building at Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale on Shea Blvd
Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale on Shea Blvd | Courtesy of Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale on Shea Blvd / Expedia

If you’ve saved your piggy bank for a spree at The Shops Gainey Village, let Hampton Inn & Suites help you spend it wisely. You’ll save cash immediately by booking one of their budget-friendly guest rooms. The Shops are less than a mile away so you can save on cab fare easily, too. Free fun like hanging by the pool, running the wheel in the fitness center, or roasting something over the firepit will help keep your wallet closed between retail therapy appointments.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, for colorful vibes

Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by yellow sunbeds with parasols and palm trees at the Saguaro
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Who said being cheap doesn’t pay? Not the mission-style Saguaro, that’s for sure. Weekend yoga, an in-house spa, two pools and desert cruiser bikes are just some of the awesome amenities you’ll look forward to. It’s a Scottsdale hotel deal you can’t pass up. Don’t believe us? Spend five minutes on the sunny patio of the Saguaro Suite, or grab a spicy Mexican bite (and drink) in La Señora, and you’ll know you’ve spent your hotel budget wisely.

Aloft Scottsdale, for a day and night place to stay

Two double beds with leather headboards and grey bedding in a room with patterned carpets at Aloft Scottsdale
Aloft Scottsdale | Courtesy of Aloft Scottsdale / Expedia

Take your stay, not your pricepoint, to the next level at Aloft. This hip hotel will keep you partying on a budget at the WXYZ Bar all night. No worries if you get the munchies – a few Washingtons will buy you snacks from the 24-hour pantry. If you’ve got yourself a room without a view, it’ll only be that much easier to spend hours by the sparkling pool.

Fancy discovering more places to stay in Scottsdale? Check out our pick of the best hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona, bookable on Culture Trip.

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