The Best Cheap Hotels in Connecticut, USA

The Litchfield Inn is a charming boutique property that’ll appeal to a variety of travelers
The Litchfield Inn is a charming boutique property that’ll appeal to a variety of travelers | Courtesy of The Litchfield Inn / Expedia
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30 June 2021

With wealthy commuter towns, seafront resorts, galleries, including the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, and wineries, Connecticut has a suitably affluent reputation. However, everyone can enjoy this piece of New England, with some hotels offering stays for less and extras such as shuttle services, breakfast and gourmet coffee. From beach properties to romantic inns, here’s our pick – bookable on Culture Trip.

Holiday Inn Cheshire – Southington

4.3/5 (484 Reviews)
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This budget hotel, between Hartford and Waterbury, is close to Interstate 84 and makes a great base to explore the area. The Carousel Museum, Lake Compounce theme park and Mount Southington Ski Area are all nearby. Back at the hotel, which was renovated in 2020, there’s a fitness center and an indoor heated pool, while each room comes with a tub, a Keurig coffee maker, a mini-fridge and a microwave.

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The Simsbury Inn

4.6/5 (260 Reviews)
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Keeping costs down doesn’t mean staying in a bland chain hotel in Connecticut. This cozy inn has 98 attractive rooms with carved wooden furniture and a soothing blue-and-cream color palette. Sleigh or four-poster beds with Frette linens and goose-down comforters add a plush feel, while many rooms have knockout views of Talcott Mountain or the Farmington Valley. Even your dog will feel at home with its own water and food bowls and a generous supply of treats.

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Bellissimo Grande Hotel

4.2/5 (1825 Reviews)
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Don’t worry about finding the cheapest room in town at this large Italian-themed property. The hotel will match any rate from a competing hotel within a 5mi (8km) radius, so you can snooze knowing you grabbed a bargain. Instead, spend the cash you’ve saved on a pampering treatment at the on-site spa, or jump on the free seasonal shuttle service to Foxwoods, one of the largest casinos in the world.

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Courtyard New Haven Wallingford

4.3/5 (501 Reviews)
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If you plan to visit Yale, Quinnipiac or Wesleyan universities, there’s no better spot to stay than at the Courtyard New Haven Wallingford. This hotel is just off I-91, so it’s convenient to get to them all within minutes. It also has everything you could need, including a beauty shop, laundry facilities, car rental services and the aptly named Bistro, serving Starbucks, breakfast and dinner to make your stay easy.

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Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk

4.4/5 (956 Reviews)
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Business travelers sticking to a budget will be thrilled by this modern, glossy hotel just off I-95. The property is right in the heart of Norwalk’s business district and seconds from one of the busiest office parks in the region. There’s plenty of space to work back in the room as well, with a separate desk area with task lighting, a laptop-friendly safe and a spacious bathroom. Elsewhere, there’s a business center, an open-air rooftop lounge and a grab-and-go market so that you can eat when it suits you.

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Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa

4.1/5 (942 Reviews)
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Don’t skimp on the luxuries just because you’re watching the pennies. This downtown Stamford hotel has some great facilities, including an indoor-outdoor pool, a fitness center and a full-service spa on the second floor. Dining options are equally impressive, with an all-day bistro and the Northern Lights Bar and Lounge, one of the best wine and cocktail bars in the city. Other restaurants, shops and bars are all close by when you want to explore, too.

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  • New Haven Hotel

    4.3/5 (923 Reviews)
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    It’s easy to feel at home in seconds at this hotel near Yale University. The airy lobby is designed as a living room, complete with sofas by the fire, large HDTVs with more than 200 channels and a communal table with power outlets so that you can catch up on work. There’s also an on-site ATM, self-service laundry, a market for grabbing food and all-day gourmet tea and coffee in the lobby and every room.
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    The Goodwin

    4.5/5 (944 Reviews)
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    In Hartford, the Goodwin used to house banker JP Morgan’s lavish apartment, but you don’t need to have his bank balance to stay here. Close to attractions and restaurants, this stately building was built in 1881, and it now has plenty of pizzazz, with cobalt-blue velvet chaise lounges, original fireplaces and enamel baths. There’s also an Italian restaurant, a cocktail bar and a yoga studio if you can bear to leave the room.

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    The Litchfield Inn

    4.4/5 (619 Reviews)
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    Choose a room to suit your style (and budget) at this independent boutique hotel in the hills of northwestern Connecticut. Each airy standard room has contemporary decor, bathrobes, a coffee machine, a microwave, a fridge and a minibar, but those looking for something a little special can plump for one of 12 themed rooms. These include the whirlpool tub suite, the rustic-chic cabin-style room or the vibrant bohemian room with a fireplace and brightly colored cushions.

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    Inn at Mystic

    4/5 (999 Reviews)
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    Relaxation doesn’t need to come with a crippling final bill if you book into this turn-of-the-century coastal inn, the only accommodation in Mystic to overlook Mystic Harbor and Fishers Island Sound. Once a private estate, the hotel is set within 14 acres (6ha) of gardens and features 52 simple rooms decorated in a classic nautical style, many with outdoor balconies, patios or jacuzzi bathtubs. Pop into the Rocks 21 Restaurant for wood-fired pizzas, craft beers, weekend live music and bargain happy hours.

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