The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Strolling through Tulsas Deco district doesnt cost a thing
Strolling through Tulsa's Deco district doesn't cost a thing | © Patrik Urban / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Regarded as one of the USA’s most walkable big cities, with art deco architecture and green space free to enjoy, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a great place for a budget vacation. If you’re planning your next trip, keep your spending on track with these affordable hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.

Historic architecture, riverside bliss and a tasty convergence of Midwest and Southwest foods make Tulsa a brilliant place to vacation. Don’t let these diverse perks trick you into a huge withdrawal from the ATM; Oklahoma’s second-largest city is still a destination for the budget-conscious. Free breakfasts, fast exits and proximity to the city’s favorite restaurants and hiking trails make these cheap hotels in Tulsa some of the best for any budget.

1. Holiday Inn Express Tulsa S Broken Arrow Hwy 51

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Long blue sofa, soft chair, double bed, TV and air conditioning in suite at Holiday Inn Express Tulsa S Broken Arrow Hwy 51
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Get rested up for a kayak adventure through Sequoyah State Park with a little help from Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is only a 30-minute drive, giving you time to digest the free breakfast buffet before you launch your canoe into Jackson Bay. After an afternoon spent on the water, relax during the evening in the water back at the hotel’s heated indoor pool – just leave your rowing paddles in the car.

2. GLō Best Western Tulsa East Route 66

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Well-lit lobby with four joined benches of soft seating on a rug at GLō Best Western Tulsa East Route 66
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GLō Best Western knows that you’re saving as many coins as possible for the slots at the Hard Rock Casino across the street. Make a second trip up to the hotel’s complimentary hot breakfast buffet, so you’re good to ride that winning streak at the poker table without hunger calling your bluff. When you finally pull yourself away from the roulette table, run back to your gel-top mattress for a quick bit of shuteye. The only downside is that your room might be equipped with a shower only, preventing you from swimming in a tub full of your winnings.

4. Aloft Tulsa Downtown

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Well-stocked bar with seven stools and two cushioned chairs at Aloft Tulsa Downtown
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Sassy, spacious and stylish without the high price tag, Aloft spoils you with ergonomic workstations, city views and high ceilings in every room. You’ll find their 24-hour pantry very valuable, particularly after a few too many cocktails at the Cellar Dweller around the corner. If you’re searching for a cheap and trippy experience in Tulsa, skip last call and head over to the Center of the Universe attraction where this acoustic anomaly will echo back louder than your initial noise.

5. DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown

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Entrance to dining area at DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown; there are four low steps up to it and handrails on both sides
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Just tumbling through Tulsa on the way out west? Stay close to the highways at DoubleTree by Hilton and see the city’s riverside without breaking the bank. Snag a free cookie on your way to your room, then make a little room for craft beer and rotisserie chicken at the on-site Made Market. Let it all digest on a 900yd (820m) walk down to the Arkansas River and catch a few laughs at the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre.

6. Hampton Inn and Suites Tulsa Downtown

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Double bed, sofa, TV, desk and high-backed portable desk chair in a suite at Hampton Inn & Suites Tulsa Downtown
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The savings at this cheap hotel in Tulsa start the moment you hop on the free airport shuttle. Change into a fresh pair of clothes in your king suite, then hop back on the free shuttle to explore the city. Catch a little hockey at the BOK Center or strap on a pair of blades in the colder months and skate around the Winterfest rink. With so much affordable dining and so many attractions around the hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites won’t put your budget on thin ice.

7. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tulsa Downtown

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Two double beds, a sofa and air conditioning by the window in a suite at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tulsa Downtown
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Keep the cab fare in your pocket with the convenient location of Holiday Inn Express & Suites in downtown Tulsa. The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Woody Guthrie Center are within a couple blocks of the hotel, though the real sounds of the city will be heard on ONEOK Field during an FC Tulsa soccer game. Stop by the sweet shop in the lobby for a few snacks before you leave, so you have a little something to nosh on as you walk around downtown.

8. La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Tulsa – Catoosa Route 66

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Double bed, TV, large mirror and bath in open-plan suite at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tulsa - Catoosa Route 66
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La Quinta Inn & Suites won’t judge you for snapping selfies at Route 66’s many kitschy landmarks. In just five minutes, you can go from your room to the mouth of the Blue Whale of Catoosa. Spend the next morning splashing with your family at the indoor pool, annoying your kids with the “whale of a time” you’re having in Catoosa. Don’t mind the tough crowd; a few other parents will appreciate your white whale wit when you retell the tale around the barbecue grills.

If Tulsa sounds like your kind of city, spend a little more for one of the best luxury hotels in Tulsa, bookable with Culture Trip. Looking for pet-friendly places to stay in Oklahoma? Check out our pick of the best pet-friendly hotels in Tulsa, Oklahoma, bookable on Culture Trip.

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