The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Save on budget-friendly accommodation in Hot Springs so you can visit attractions like the Quapaw Baths
Save on budget-friendly accommodation in Hot Springs so you can visit attractions like the Quapaw Baths | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
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30 November 2021
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For centuries, thermal springs have been attracting visitors to come replenish their energy levels and rejuvenate in the verdant, hilly landscape of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Nestled amidst the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs has plenty more to offer than mere hot water, and you can enjoy the city’s spas, unusual architecture, theme parks, and nearby Ouachita Forest and Lake Catherine State Park without splashing out beyond your budget. A stay here doesn’t have to break the bank: there’s a great range of budget-friendly properties in Hot Springs from which you can launch your explorations. Here are our top picks for cheap hotels in Hot Springs, bookable on Culture Trip.

Hotel Hot Springs

Hotel Hot Springs
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Hotel Hot Springs is in the heart of downtown, only two blocks from Hot Springs National Park and Bathhouse Row – the historic street of magnificent early 20th-century bathhouses, fed by the natural thermal waters. Most of the rooms in this modern tower block have all-encompassing city views, and they’re decorated in a pared-down contemporary style, with a hint of the Mad Men midcentury aesthetic. Dine out on mango shrimp tacos, build-your-own burgers and local craft brews at the Inside Track, or watch the game on the big screen at the bar.

Staybridge Hotel

Staybridge Hotel
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On a narrow peninsula some 5mi (8km) south of Bathhouse Row, this all-suite hotel is particularly good for self-caterers and long stays. Staybridge’s oversize bedrooms, decorated in warm browns and creams, open onto comfortable sitting rooms, and most have superb views over the periwinkle-blue waters of Lake Hamilton. There is no on-site dining, but you can cook up a storm in your own fully equipped kitchen – or drive for two minutes for a casual meal of jumbo shrimp prepared six different ways or breaded catfish at nearby local favorite Fisherman’s Wharf.

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott
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The local Marriott is a short drive from downtown. Its smart, contemporary rooms are a cut above many other cheap hotels in Hot Springs, with gleaming white bed linen and abstract, feature walls with striking fractal patterns in pale blue and brown. The hotel’s cafe-bar Bistro offers Starbucks beverages as part of its Grab-and-Go breakfast; for something more substantial, check out McAlister’s Deli nearby or Weldon’s Meat Market down the street. You can work up a sweat around the clock at the on-site fitness center, while outside you can mingle with other guests around the fire pit or fire up the barbecue.

Comfort Suites

Comfort Suites
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If you’re looking to bet on a horse race, this all-suite hotel is a solid choice, located close to Oaklawn Racecourse and Casino – a center of racing since 1904. Its spacious accommodations are decorated in a classic style, with polished dark wood headboards on the beds and a soothing cream-and-blue color scheme. The suites’ adjoining lounges offer comfortable seating areas in browns and beiges. Suites have whirlpool baths, flamboyantly located in the sitting rooms; if you want to bathe al fresco, splurge on a super suite with garden hot tub. Hot Springs National Park and its hiking trails are a mere 10-minute drive away, which should please fresh air fiends.

The Waters Hot Springs

The Waters Hot Springs
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Facing the grand early 20th-century architecture of Bathhouse Row, Waters Hot Springs, from the Tapestry by Hilton collection, is in an elegant building whose grandeur sets it apart from other cheap hotels in Hot Springs. The hotel boasts a colonnaded facade and handsome rooms decked out in classic creams and gray, and it looks out onto Hot Springs National Park. Gulfa Gorge Trail is a short drive up the mountain; when you return from your hike, head for the rooftop bar for classic cocktails, a craft beer and international light bites.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hot Springs

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hot Springs
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With contemporary, smart rooms decorated in soothingly neutral colors and bright splashes of contemporary art, Holiday Inn Hot Springs is close to Oaklawn Racecourse and Casino, and conveniently located both for the airport and downtown – both around 10 minutes’ drive. It’s a solid choice with friendly service, and ranks among the best of cheap hotels in Hot Springs. On-site perks include an irregularly shaped heated indoor swimming pool and fitness center. At night, linger around the fire pit on the outdoor terrace and trade travel tales with fellow guests.

Los Lagos Hot Springs

Los Lagos Hot Springs
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Leafy Los Lagos is a versatile cheap hotel in Hot Springs, offering everything from studios sleeping up to four, to two-bedroom bungalows – which sleep up to six. All choices offer plenty of amenities, so you can choose to self-cater in your well-equipped kitchen. The condos feature polished wood furniture, comfortable sofas and balconies. It’s located in the Hot Springs Village, where you can eat your way around the world, from pasta at Dolce Vita, to sweet and sour Chinese food at the Great Wall.

Best Western Winners Circle

Best Western Winners Circle
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Just a couple of miles’ drive from the city’s spa, and as close to Oaklawn Racecourse and Casino as you can get without actually sleeping on the racetrack, this Best Western is a low-rise, motel-style place spread out across a spacious site. Accommodation is as comfortable as you’d expect from a Best Western, with traditional-looking hotel rooms with wooden furniture and bedheads, patterned carpets and warm yellow walls. Beds are comfortable and staff are efficient and friendly. There’s a fitness center and an outdoor pool, and if you’re hungry, Italian fare at Rocky’s Corner is just a block away.

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