The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels to Book in Colorado

Budget-friendly options in Colorado can be found whether you’re in the heart of the city or an alpine village
Budget-friendly options in Colorado can be found whether you’re in the heart of the city or an alpine village | Courtesy of SCP Hotel Colorado Springs / Expedia
Sadie Whitelocks

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean sacrificing hotel comfort in the Centennial State. Wallet-friendly options span from slick spots in Denver to historic motels in the tiny alpine community of Twin Lakes. Here’s our pick of the best hotels and motels in Colorado – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Best Western Kiva Inn, Fort Collins

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The light-filled lobby at Best Western Kiva Inn, with an adobe fireplace at the center, tables and chairs and lots of windows
Courtesy of Best Western Kiva Inn / Expedia

Conveniently close to the vibrant town of Fort Collins, the Best Western Kiva Inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. All the rooms include desk spaces, high-speed internet, hot drink makers, refrigerators, microwaves and mountain views. Other perks include a gym, an outdoor pool, hot tubs, a steam room and a business center. On the dining front, there’s a long-standing steakhouse on the doorstep.

2. Foot of the Mountain Motel, Boulder

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The log-cabin-style Foot of the Mountain Motel, with red doors, red flower boxes, red seating, and plenty of parking
Courtesy of Foot of the Mountain Motel / Expedia

Built in the early 1930s by a husband-and-wife team, this retreat in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain range prides itself on being the oldest continuously operating motel in Boulder. Crafted from hewn-pine logs, it oozes character with cozy furnishings and phones that look like they are rotary dial. Stays include a continental breakfast. When it comes to activities, bikes are available to rent, and there are dozens of scenic hiking trails.

3. The Twin Lakes Inn

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The two-story log-cabin Twin Lakes Inn, with hanging flower baskets, benches and green accents
Courtesy of The Twin Lakes Inn / Expedia

If you fancy stepping back in time, this historic Colorado hotel in the tiny alpine community of Twin Lakes has served guests since 1879. There are 12 uniquely styled rooms, including four with private bathrooms. The website warns that “people were smaller in the 1800s, so our rooms aren’t as spacious as what you’ll find in a hotel that’s made from precast concrete” – but who cares when you have such beautiful surroundings to explore. The Wild West-style Saloon serves up a spread of local specialties, and stays include a continental breakfast.

4. Hostel Fish, Denver

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The communal lounge area at Hostel Fish, with a green velvet period sofa and banquette seating with a suitcase art piece
Courtesy of Hostel Fish / Expedia

This funky hostel in the heart of Denver is described as an “affordable base camp for exploring” and “a watering hole for meeting new friends.” Exposed feature walls and eclectic furnishings complement a communal kitchen, lounge and bar. Stays start cheap in the shared bunk rooms sleeping up to nine people. For more privacy, there are double rooms available as well.

5. Moxy by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

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A relaxing outdoor space at Moxy by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, with seating, accent pillows, blankets and cornhole
Courtesy of Moxy by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek / Expedia

The central location of this modern high-rise – part of Marriott’s millennial-focused Moxy brand – makes it an ideal spot to explore the bustling city of Denver. The stylish rooms feature functional furniture, large flat-screen TVs, cozy chairs, fast wifi and fun artwork. Many rooms also have mountain views. There’s a restaurant, a bar and a beer garden to get into the holiday swing of things, and a free drink is offered upon checkin.

6. Nativ Hotel, Denver

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A chic guest room at Nativ Hotel, with one bed with a leather tufted headboard and a glass shower
Courtesy of Nativ Hotel / Expedia

For party lovers, this boutique hotel in the center of the Lower Downtown neighborhood in Denver promises to get the toes tapping. The place doubles up as a hotel and a nightclub, so you can roll from the dance floor straight into bed. At the restaurant, a happy hour and brunch run all day, so you don’t have to worry about sleeping in.

7. SCP Hotel Colorado Springs

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Lounge space with well-designed leather chairs and couches and foliage on a brick wall at the SCP Hotel Colorado Springs
Courtesy of SCP Hotel Colorado Springs / Expedia

The health of the planet is at the heart of this thoughtfully designed Colorado hotel, and a tree is planted for every guest who stays. There are 174 renovated rooms, and each comes with ecofriendly bathroom products, a Himalayan salt lamp and a yoga mat. The hotel has a co-working space for business travelers, and on the food front, a range of locally sourced produce makes up the menu.

8. ColoRADo Adventure Hostel, Colorado Springs

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The peachy exterior of ColoRADo Adventure Hostel, with orange doors and potted flowers
Courtesy of ColoRADo Adventure Hostel / Expedia

This homey lodge offers a mix of private and shared accommodation for travelers to use as a base while exploring the mountainous Pikes Peak region. There’s a fully equipped shared kitchen with free tea and coffee, lounge areas and a peaceful back garden with mountain views. For road-trippers, there’s a parking space for an RV or camper van.

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