The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Cleveland, Ohio

You don't have to sacrifice style for a budget-friendly stay in Cleveland thanks to these hotels
You don't have to sacrifice style for a budget-friendly stay in Cleveland thanks to these hotels | Courtesy of Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square / Expedia
Photo of Rosanna Stevens
3 December 2021

Tucked on the southern shore of Lake Erie, and often called the birthplace of rock and roll, there’s plenty to see and do in Cleveland, Ohio. And with a famous sports and theatre scene, not to mention the beautiful parklands nearby, you’ll be spoilt for choice. When you want to save your money for the activities, stay at the best cheap hotels in Cleveland – bookable on Culture Trip.

The Glidden House, for historic high life

The manor-like Glidden House hotel is lit up at night
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Staying at this red-brick, gothic-style mansion, built in 1910 by the Glidden Paint family in leafy University Circle, you’re a mere seven-minute stroll from the Cleveland Museum of Art – and other museums and galleries, too. There’s a bright sunroom to enjoy your European-style breakfast of frittata, fruit and pastries, and a grand open fireplace where you can drink cocktails. Rooms and suites feature rich shades of royal blue, regal red and lashings of textures from silks to velvets.

Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel, for flying fancy

Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel
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As the only hotel on the grounds of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, you’re not far from your flight. There’s a farm-to-table restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center and even a flight information board and boarding pass kiosk in the lobby – so you’ll never miss an update. You’re also right next door to the Rocky River Reservation with its picturesque landscapes, hiking trails and other activities to pass the time between flights. Sleep well in neutral and white rooms, and you’ll rise and shine.

Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square, an IHG Hotel, for glitz and glamour

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Slap bang in the middle of Cleveland’s theater district, you’ll be looking out over Playhouse Square and the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York. Sip a glass of fizz in the luxurious lobby lounge before you catch a show. As you return, gaze up at the outdoor chandelier that hangs outside, glittering in the night sky. This cheap hotel is even more of a bargain as you get a lie-in until midday, so you can linger in your room lined with neutral shades and soft hints of blue and mauve.

Wyndham Cleveland Airport, for farm-to-table favorites

Wyndham Cleveland Airport
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After a day exploring the local sights, head to the bar where you can grab a burger and beer and watch the latest sports game, or enjoy a sit-down dinner at the restaurant on farm-to-table favorites, from pierogis to flatbread pizza or petite filet medallions. Don’t miss a relaxing swim in the heated indoor pool. Sleepy? Retire to your warmly decorated room with red, white and wood details to soothe you off to sleep.

Hotel Indigo Cleveland Downtown, an IHG Hotel, for pet-friendly perfection

Hotel Indigo Cleveland Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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You’re right in the middle of the action with sports, theaters and restaurants on the doorstep of this laid-back hotel in the heart of downtown. Sip a beer in the inner courtyard of the Headliner Bar before heading out to soak up the atmosphere. You’ll rest your weary head in rooms with a deco-ish feel, with plush headboards and velvet seating – read the newspaper print wallpaper in the bathroom as you brush your teeth. And, it’s even pet-friendly, too.

Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown, for colorful comfort

Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown
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Baseball fans will love being just a block away from Progressive Field, and there are also free weekday shuttles to other popular downtown places such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Comfortable rooms, that are surprisingly peaceful given the location, buck blandness with pistachio green walls and carpets. Once settled in, there’s always a martini on offer at Harveys Bar or dinner at the Great American Grill restaurant. If you come over all sporty, dive into the heated indoor pool.

Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle, for modern convenience

Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle
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If you’re looking for a cheap hotel an eight-minute walk from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a 12-minute walk from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, job done. This modern corner spot places you right in the middle of University Circle and everything that’s close by. Colorful rooms and suites mix dark wood with red accents, but you’ll soon be hanging out by the fire pit on the outdoor terrace or splashing in the indoor pool. Now you can sip a well-crafted cocktail in the Bistro and enjoy your evening.

Aloft Cleveland Downtown, for a hip hangout

Aloft Cleveland Downtown
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This boutique hotel in Cleveland’s Warehouse District gives you easy access to the Huntington Convention Center, sports stadiums, casinos and more. Sip handcrafted drinks on site at W XYZ Bar, and sample Italian food at the restaurant, Lago. Minimalist rooms speak to the youthful guests, kitted out with plug and play connectivity stations, large windows and bright over-bed murals.

Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic, an IHG Hotel, for comfort and convenience

Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic
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An affordable home away from home on the campus of the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, you’re only 2mi (3.2km) from the Cleveland Museum of Art. No-nonsense rooms come with one king or two queen-size beds, and a kitchenette for making your favorite student pasta dish. There are nightly drink specials at Moce Bar that you can sip on the outdoor patio, and the cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown, for family-friendly fun

Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown
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Despite being nestled in the business district, you’ll be on the doorstep of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum, which is a four-minute walk away, and only a short stroll to the theaters on Playhouse Square. Warm rooms have classic cherry-red furniture and dark red soft furnishings; suites add handy sofa beds for family trips. Talking of which, kids love the sugary cereals and pastries on offer at the buffet breakfast – perfect for fueling sightseeing trips.

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