The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Durango, Colorado

Save on accommodation in Durango, and splash out on a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Save on accommodation in Durango, and splash out on a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad | Courtesy of Comfort Inn and Suites Durango / Expedia
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12 November 2021
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The imperious San Juan Mountains that loom over Durango have lured people to Southwest Colorado for more than 150 years. These days, prospectors seeking deposits of precious metals have been replaced by tourists looking for fresh air, natural beauty and a trip back in time on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train snaking through the stunning San Juan National Forest. You can save some coins of your own by choosing one of the best cheap hotels in Durango – bookable on Culture Trip.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Durango

Fairfield Inn and Suites Durango
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All aboard! The Fairfield Inn & Suites Durango is ideally situated for a ride on the Durango-Silverton Railroad, which recreates the Golden Age of rail travel as it was in 1882. After experiencing the past, step into the modern, vibrant lobby at the Fairfield Inn and book into a spacious room with ergonomic chairs, so your work doesn’t become a literal pain in the back. End the day with a dip in the on-site pool.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Durango

La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Durango
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Just minutes away from historic downtown Durango, La Quinta Inn is your base to explore the city’s culinary and shopping scene whether you are sightseeing on the spectacular Million Dollar Highway or in town on business. Particularly impressive is a state-of-the-art fitness center that comes with an indoor heated pool and hot tub, while a pet-friendly policy ensures you can hit the road with a four-legged friend.

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn
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It’s basic, yes, but this cheap hotel in Durango is extremely well run and has a great location – just a 3-minute walk from the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, about 3mi (5km) from the Animas local history museum and 2.5mi (4km) from the scenic, 9mi-long (14km) Animas River Trail. The indoor pool and hot tub will make troubles of the day melt away – and if that doesn’t work, swing by the jolly cocktail bar for happy hour drinks.

Purgatory Village by Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Village by Purgatory Resort
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It may sound tedious, but Purgatory Village is anything but. A ski-in/ski-out all-condominium hotel a short drive north from Durango in the San Juan Mountains, it forms part of the Purgatory Resort with its 105 trails and over 1,500 skiable acres. Lodgings here are top-notch and come with gas fireplaces, private balconies and high-end furnishings like granite countertops. For more fun in the flurry, the Durango Snowbike Experience is within walking distance.

Best Western Durango Inn & Suites

Best Western Durango Inn & Suites
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This family-friendly, budget hotel puts you within easy reach of some of Durango’s best sights and restaurants. Once you depart from the comfy lobby – complete with communal bookshelves – head to seafood favorite Ken & Sue’s, microbrewery Steamworks Brewing Co or Ore House, where they dish up authentic mountain town cuisine. Also, don’t leave Durango without a visit to the Toh-Atin Gallery, where you’ll find a treasure trove of Native American and Southwestern artworks, jewelry and rugs.

Hampton Inn Durango

Hampton Inn Durango
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Offering one of the best hotel deals in Durango, the Hampton Inn will set you up for adventure when you book in, as it’s near the mammoth San Juan National Forest. Encompassing about 1.8 million acres in southwestern Colorado, the area has a diverse terrain – from mesas to alpine peaks – and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. While walking you might just spot some of the local residents, including mule deer, elk, mountain goats, moose, black bears and mountain lions.

Best Western Mountain Shadows

Best Western Mountain Shadows
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The price tag, comfortable rooms and attentive service all make this one of the best cheap hotels in Durango. However, the real showstopper at Best Western Mountain Shadows sits just adjacent to the front door. Like something out of a sci-fi movie, a big glass canopy covers the swimming pool and hot tub area, making it a great spot for a dip all year round – as well as a cool photo opportunity.

Comfort Inn & Suites Durango

Comfort Inn and Suites Durango
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The Comfort Inn has won an award for being thrifty, so you know you’re getting a good Durango hotel deal when you stay over. It’s not hard to see why the Comfort Inn is so popular – the heated indoor saltwater pool and sauna are sublime. It also offers a great location off Highway 160 and Route 550, just over a mile from Downtown Durango and just minutes from the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

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