The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Bakersfield, California

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Bakersfield Central is a great place to recharge
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Bakersfield Central is a great place to recharge | Courtesy of Holiday Inn Express and Suites Bakersfield Central / Expedia
Rikki Ward

Whether you’re traveling from the Bay Area to LA or from the Central Coast to Las Vegas, Bakersfield is at the center of many crossroads. But this agricultural and oil town has many things to offer in its own right. A picture of the true American heartland, it’s home to country-music venue Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, countless mom-and-pop homestyle restaurants and some great museums. Stay for a spell in one of these excellent cheap hotels in Bakersfield – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Bakersfield North, for down-home dining

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A comfortable room with colorful accents and art at La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Bakersfield North
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If you’re craving some home cooking, a stay here will put you a stone’s throw from some great food joints. KK’s Cafe serves up enormous and perfectly crispy platters of chicken fried steak with delectable country sausage gravy, as well as breakfast favorites, such as pancakes and egg dishes. At Milt’s Restaurant, comfort foods, including meatloaf and beef stew, are plentiful and reasonably priced. To work up an appetite first, check out the wood-paneled indoor pool at the hotel, or take your dog for a walk – pets can stay in your cheerful room for free, after all.

2. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Bakersfield Central, for a hearty breakfast

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The sunny outdoor pool at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Bakersfield Central
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After a night of kicking up your heels at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace (just a seven-minute drive away), you’re going to need some morning sustenance. The hot breakfast buffet offered here will do the trick; a pancake maker will give you the perfect pancake to complement the much-needed crispy bacon and scrambled eggs. Biscuits and gravy and warm cinnamon rolls will also help set you up for the day. A lounge by the sunny oval-shaped pool outside will get you back on your feet and ready to continue your Californian adventure.

3. Hampton Inn and Suites Bakersfield North-Airport, for a road-trip refresh

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A cozy two-bed guest room at the Hampton Inn and Suites Bakersfield North-Airport
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Been on the road awhile and need a place to do some laundry, pick up some snacks for your drive the next day, and get a good night’s sleep? This cheap hotel in Bakersfield is a great option. With coin-operated laundry on-site, 24/7 snacks and drinks available for purchase and chaise lounges in your room, you’ll be refreshed and ready to hit the road in no time. Of course, some free coffee and a Belgian waffle before you go will help get your body’s motor running, too.

4. Courtyard by Marriott Bakersfield, for a relaxing vacation

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The sunny outdoor pool with loungers, tables and chairs at the Courtyard by Marriott Bakersfield
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Make a day of learning about the important history of the Central Valley at the Kern County Museum and contemporary California art at the Bakersfield Museum of Art – both just minutes away from the Courtyard. Then, come back to the hotel and enjoy a cocktail – zingy lime margarita, anyone? – as you spend a mindful moment on the verdant outdoor patio with garden sofas. It may be a cheap Bakersfield hotel, but your experience here is sure to be enriching.

5. Comfort Suites, for a grand day in

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A traditional room with a sofa at the Comfort Suites
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The pillars throughout the building and the crystal chandelier in the lobby give this cheap hotel in Bakersfield a sense of grandeur. Plus, being a very short walk from John’s Incredible Pizza is a bonus. If you’re traveling with kids, this is the perfect place to work out the long-drive wiggles, as they’ll love splashing about in the outdoor pool.

6. Hilton Garden Inn Bakersfield, for seeing in color

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A soothing pastel room at the Hilton Garden Inn Bakersfield
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The cheerful lime-green and orange decor in the lobby gives off a friendly vibe as you walk through the door. The lavender paint in the guest rooms provides a soothing atmosphere for a good night’s sleep. But before you drift off to dreamland, soak in the indoor pool and hot tub, then maybe call room service and order a burger and a beer from the Garden Grille and Bar. With an atmosphere this chilled out, why go out into the desert sun at all?

7. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bakersfield, for family fun

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A bright room with artwork at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bakersfield
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This all-suite Bakersfield cheap hotel offers enough space for everyone to spread out. All suites feature a pull-out couch in the living room, but there’s a sectioned-off area for the main bedroom, providing some privacy. Meals on the road can definitely be budget-friendly when you can make your own in the kitchenette. Salute the sun in the outdoor whirlpool with sun loungers. When you want to head out for the day, the Park at River Walk is just 10 minutes down the road, so the whole family can get some fresh air as they stroll by the Kern River or play in the playground.

8. Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Bakersfield Central, for the A-list treatment

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A light-filled room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Bakersfield Central
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The chic modern furnishings here don’t make it feel like you’re staying in a cheap hotel in Bakersfield. Green velvet chairs and a geometric wooden chandelier in the lobby give an air of modern sophistication. In the guest rooms, clean lines and neutrals combined with pops of color, such as the chartreuse leather desk chairs, feel like the bedroom of a movie star. And, after using the complimentary Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner, you may feel like a movie star yourself. Get dressed up for the evening and head to Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, about 2mi (3km) away.

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