The Best Cheap Hotels in Lexington, Kentucky

Thrifty travelers will love these budget-friendly hotels around Lexington, Kentucky
Thrifty travelers will love these budget-friendly hotels around Lexington, Kentucky | Courtesy of Hyatt Place Lexington / Booking.com
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3 December 2021
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Home to the Kentucky Horse Park and the Keeneland and Red Mile race courses, Lexington earns its stripes as the “horse capital of the world.” It’s also the second-largest city in the Bluegrass State, and boasts a vibrant culinary and nightlife scene – from the street food stalls of the hip Greyline Station open market, to the rowdy bars that fan out from the University of Kentucky campus. If you’re visiting on a budget, check out our pick of the best cheap hotels in Lexington, Kentucky, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Hyatt Place Lexington, for exploring by car

Hyatt Place Lexington
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Providing quick access to the center of Lexington from I-75 and I-64, Hyatt Place is a great base for exploring the city. It’s also within a short drive of the Kentucky Horse Park, and the Rupp Arena for college football. Grab a complimentary continental breakfast before heading out in the morning, and hit up the on-site bar for nibbles and drinks on your return. When you’re not out and about, take advantage of the hotel’s fitness center and indoor pool.

SpringHill Suites Lexington Near the University of Kentucky, for a home away from home in downtown

Lobby at SpringHill Suites Lexington Near the University of Kentucky
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​​This all-suite offering from Marriott manages to balance a home away from home with the sleek and stylish trimmings of a hotel. In the heart of downtown Lexington, and minutes from the University of Kentucky campus, it’s also across the street from the Red Mile horse-racing track. The understated rooms are modern and airy with mini-fridges and microwaves. If you don’t feel like self catering, check out the complimentary buffet breakfast or informal on-site restaurant.

Residence Inn by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport, for easy airport access

Residence Inn by Marriott Lexington Keeneland:Airport
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​​Just 3mi (4.8km) from Blue Grass Airport, this modern, all-suite hotel is ideal if you’re flying into town – they even offer a complimentary airport shuttle. The free grab-and-go breakfast of bagels, eggs, bacon and cereal will set you up for a day at the races at Keeneland and Red Mile, both only a short drive away. When it’s time for dinner, whip up a meal in your fully equipped kitchen or check out the various restaurants within walking distance.

Courtyard by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport, for a flying visit

Courtyard by Marriott Lexington Keeneland:Airport
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​​This modern hotel is conveniently located 3mi (4.8km) from the airport, and offers a complimentary shuttle to get you there. With Keeneland race track, the University of Kentucky and buzzing downtown all around 4mi (6.4km) away, it’s also well positioned for getting stuck into Lexington. On sunny days you can chill in the hotel’s barbecue and picnic area, moving inside to the pool and whirlpool if the sky turns gray.

Staybridge Suites Lexington, for a sociable stay

Staybridge Suites Lexington
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​​The IHG group serves up another doozy in the shape of this sleek, all-suite offering. If you feel like making some new friends, head to the evening reception every Monday to Wednesday, when guests mingle by the courtyard fire pit. If the nibbles don’t fill you up, practice your cooking skills in your suite’s full kitchen or wait it out for the complimentary breakfast. Located close to New Circle Road, Staybridge Suites is just a 10-minute drive from Downtown Lexington and Blue Grass Airport.

Courtyard Lexington North, for chilling north of downtown

Courtyard Lexington North
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Chill in the indoor pool and hot tub or get some reps in at the well-equipped fitness center of this north Lexington hotel. When hunger strikes, check out the American restaurant and bar on site, or take a 10-minute drive downtown to dine at local favorites like Ramsey’s Diner. If you’re looking for a cheap stay near Griffin Gate Golf Club, this one is just 1.5mi (2.4km) away.

GLo Best Western Lexington, for a stylish retreat

Lobby at GLo Best Western Lexington with cost lighting and colourful lightshades
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Geometric wallpaper and pops of bright yellow: it’s the little designer touches that make this sleek hotel such an attractive prospect. When you’re done enjoying the free hot breakfast, heated indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center, Downtown Lexington and Kentucky Horse Park are just 5mi (8km) away. If you’re a caffeine fiend, the in-room Keurig coffee maker will save you a few bucks during your stay.

Courtyard Lexington South/Hamburg Place, for nights by the fire pit

Courtyard Lexington South:Hamburg Place
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The giant courtyard fire pit is the place to be at this east Lexington hotel – but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the living room-style lobby, indoor pool and exercise room are good backups. When you want to venture out, you’re just 1.5mi (2.4km) from shopping and dining at Hamburg Place, while you only have to cross the street to munch on the mini burgers of Harry’s American Bar and Grill.

Hilton Garden Inn Lexington, for feeling broke but bougie

Hilton Garden Inn Lexington
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With its pitched green roofs and leafy surroundings, this cheap hotel in Lexington looks a little like a grand Southern mansion – from a distance, at least. If you’re a budget traveler, fear not: the simple, traditional rooms will make you feel at home with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker so you can dine on a shoestring. The heated indoor pool and fitness center are free to use, but when you’re ready to splash some cash, Hamburg Pavilion shopping center is less than a mile away.

Residence Inn Lexington South/Hamburg Place, for extended stays

Swimming pool outside Residence Inn Lexington South:Hamburg Place
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Home comforts, like full kitchens, meet vacation-friendly amenities – including an outdoor pool and complimentary breakfast – at this all-suite hotel, making it ideal for extended stays. There’s also a weekday evening social with snacks if you’re feeling friendly or hungry. Located directly off Interstate 75, Residence Inn makes it easy to explore downtown, the University of Kentucky, Rupp Arena, the Kentucky Horse Park and Keeneland race track by car.

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