The Best Motels and Cheap Hotels to Book in Indiana

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5 November 2021
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The Hoosier State is known for vast farmland and the Indianapolis 500, when gearheads gather for the rush of the speedway. But Indiana is more than cars and corn: it has a vibrant history, bustling cities and college towns, and plenty of nature to explore, including Indiana Dunes National Park. For a cost-effective Midwest visit, here are the best motels and cheap hotels in Indiana, bookable on Culture Trip.

Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, for affordable downtown digs

A rooftop terrace at Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, with a range of soft seating surround a fire pit
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Whether you want high culture at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a speed fix at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or a shopping spree at the adjoining Fashion Mall, Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing puts you close to the action at a lower price than city center hotels. Offering all the amenities expected of a Marriott property, this Sheraton also features a gym, a pool, an airy lobby with ample working space, and a cozy patio with a fire pit.

Morris Inn, for A-grade amenities at Notre Dame

An outdoor seating and dining area at Morris Inn, with a fire pit at the front
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The ideal stay for a business meeting or campus visit, Morris Inn is located at the storied University of Notre Dame. Built in 1952, the property underwent a $30m renovation in 2013 that expanded it to 150 rooms and 30,000sqft (2,787sqm) of meeting space. Kingly amenities come at a provincial price, including room service from 6am to midnight, and same-day laundry and dry cleaning. With everything in order, you can relax on the hotel’s outdoor terrace.

Four Seasons Motel, for five-star breakfasts in Mount Vernon

The exterior of Four Seasons Motel, with an outdoor pool area surround by woods
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Though bearing the moniker of the international luxury hotel company, this Four Seasons is actually a family-owned motel in Mount Vernon that’s been open since 1968, offering rooms at a fraction of the price of its namesake. Come for the complimentary breakfast with farm-fresh eggs, home-made gravy, freshly baked biscuits and cinnamon coffee cake, and stay for the amiable staff, pet-friendly rooms and idyllic setting near the Ohio River waterfront.

DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette East, for a warm welcome in Lafayette

A seated, well-stocked bar area at Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette East, including a Starbucks
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A complimentary warm DoubleTree cookie on arrival sets the tone for your stay in Lafayette, home to world-renowned Purdue University. Set 5mi (8km) from the school and Ross-Ade football stadium, this hotel offers a quieter stay across the Wabash River with all the amenities of a Hilton property, including a fitness center, heated indoor pool and on-site eatery. Easy access to I-65 gets you out fast for a trip to nearby Prophetstown State Park.

Graduate Bloomington, for quirky creativity in Bloomington

A bed in a Graduate Bloomington room, facing a TV on a wooden table; a door opens to a terrace
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This quirky hotel — just a hop, skip and free loaner bike ride away from Indiana University Bloomington and its Memorial Stadium — prides itself as being the Hoosier Hangout. Grab a coffee and breakfast burrito at the charming on-site Poindexter diner before heading out to explore. Come back to commune with the Upside Down in the Stranger Things Suite, modeled after Joyce Byers’ living room in the hit Netflix series.

Hoosier Inn, for humble comforts in Portland

A single bed in a Hoosier Inn room, with a table and two chairs beside it
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With its motto of “exclusive but not expensive,” Hoosier Inn proves that a budget booking needn’t lack warmth and great customer service. Small-town charm pervades this Portland city motel, which checks all the boxes for a wallet-friendly visit: clean, non-smoking rooms containing desks, mini-fridges, TVs, free wifi, microwaves, hair dryers, coffeemakers and more. There are even discounts offered for the Amish and business stays.

Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Merrillville, for a colorful crash pad in Merrillville

The lobby of Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Merrillville, with soft seating, a computer and printer, and a TV over a fireplace
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Bright pops of color define the decor at this Fairfield Inn & Suites in Merrillville, an Indiana city just south of Lake Michigan. Power up with free breakfast before hitting the fitness center or outdoor pool, then set out with sundries from the on-site convenience store and explore the local area. Alternatively, enjoy regional fare from your room, with local restaurant dinner delivery. Don’t miss a trip to Indiana Dunes National Park or downtown Chicago, just slightly farther afield.

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