The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Book a room at the Comfort Inn Midtown for a spectacular location in the heart of Lincoln National Forest
Book a room at the Comfort Inn Midtown for a spectacular location in the heart of Lincoln National Forest | Courtesy of Comfort Inn Midtown / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

Once known as Rio Ruidoso – which means Noisy River – this New Mexico region is renowned for its hiking, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and thriving local art scene. Thrill-seekers will also love the Wind Rider ZipTour, one of the longest zip lines in the world. Stay in one of the best cheap hotels in Ruidoso – bookable with Culture Trip – and your trip won’t cost the earth, either.

1. Comfort Inn & Suites Midtown

Hotel, Budget Hotel

Two double beds in a carpeted, budget cream-toned hotel room, with a couch, an armchair and a writing desk at Comfort Inn Midtown
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This recently renovated hotel is a dream for anyone planning to spend long days out in the fresh air. It’s right in the heart of the spectacular Lincoln National Forest, so you can head straight out after a complimentary buffet breakfast. Soothe aching limbs after hiking with a dip in the indoor heated pool and hot tub, or whip up snacks in the room’s microwave before a well-deserved rest.

2. Hotel Ruidoso

Hotel, Independent Hotel, Budget Hotel

Two double beds against a burnt orange accent wall in a simple carpeted bedroom at Hotel Ruidoso Midtown. There are two autumn-themed prints above each bed.
Courtesy of Hotel Ruidoso Midtown

Stay near the restaurants and galleries of the historic Midtown district by booking this hotel within walking distance, perfect for nights out on the town. There’s plenty to keep you busy just steps away, but back at the hotel, guests can enjoy a fitness center with an indoor heated pool and spa, a barbecue area to rustle up a family-friendly dinner, and a 24-hour sweet shop the children will love.

3. La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Ruidoso Downs

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

Two double beds with wooden headboards against a gray accent wall in a carpeted bedroom at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ruidoso Downs which also features a microwave, a writing desk and a small TV on a console
Courtesy of La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Ruidoso Downs / Expedia

It’s hard not to check into this cheap hotel in Ruidoso with a smile after clocking its sunshine-yellow exterior. Located on Highway 70 just a few miles from Midtown, there’s plenty to be happy about inside, too, including free breakfast and wifi, laundry facilities, an indoor pool, gym and business center. Early checkin and late checkout are also available.

4. Ruidoso Mountain Inn

Hotel, Inn

A double bed with a wooden headboard in a simple carpeted room at Ruidoso Mountain Inn with gingham-patterned curtains and a flat screen TV on a wooden dresser
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The crackling lobby fireplace and cozy dark wood decor make this the ideal spot for winter visits to Ruidoso if you don’t want to break the bank. There are 102 rooms that all come with flat-screen TVs, separate bathtubs and showers, fridges and microwaves; local calls and wifi are both free. Elsewhere, there’s a 24-hour front desk, free self-parking, a computer station, fitness center and self-service laundry.

5. Best Western Pine Springs Inn

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

The kidney shaped outdoor pool at the Best Western Pine Springs Inn faces the hotels outdoor parking lot and comes with views of the surrounding scenery
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Gamers have plenty of options if they stay at this property less than a mile (1km) from the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. When you want to up the stakes, there’s a host of casinos within minutes of the hotel, including the Billy the Kid Casino. Recover from a late night in the hotel’s outdoor pool and hot tub, then tuck into a complimentary full breakfast; you can even make your own waffles and eggs just the way you like them.

6. Village Lodge

Budget Hotel, Inn, Hotel

A beige cabin at Village Lodge Condos adjacent to the outdoor parking lot and the outdoor sitting area with wooden benches between the trees
Courtesy of Village Lodge Condos / Expedia

Family-owned since 2001, these mountain condos are a great place to take time out from everyday life and get back to nature. The site is less than a mile (1km) from Midtown and 3mi (5km) from the base of Ski Apache ski resort, making it a good year-round choice whether you love hiking or skiing. Condos come with wood-burning fireplaces, full kitchens and living rooms with extra sofabeds – though families will love the Bear Hug Home with four bedrooms and an enclosed deck with gas grill.

7. Sitzmark Chalet Inn

Inn, Hotel

A budget hotel room with a red accent wall, chair, footrest and microwave on the left, bed stand in the middle and double bed on the right at Sitzmark Chalet Inn.
Courtesy of Sitzmark Chalet Inn / Expedia

A hit with skiers in the know, this chalet-style property proves budget hotels don’t need to skimp on details. After a day on the slopes, guests can return to relax in the outdoor whiskey barrel steam sauna or mingle with friends on the porch swings and picnic tables, with gas grills available for sociable dinners. There’s also a library where you can borrow books and board games, locally roasted coffee and fresh muffins available each morning and thoughtful touches in the bedrooms including colorful bedspreads from El Paso Saddleblanket.

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