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Whether you’re in northern Texas to catch a game at the AT&T Stadium or admire the skyscrapers from Dallas’ Reunion Tower, these thrifty hotels will leave you plenty of coin for the State Fair of Texas or a Dallas Cowboys football game. “Big things happen here” might be the Dallas motto, but “don’t pay big bucks” can be yours.
Prepare to experience true Southern hospitality at this charming heritage bed and breakfast. The craftsman-style heritage house and detached cottage both offer three bedrooms to choose from. The main house is furnished with antiques, while the cottage rooms have heated floors, jetted tubs and cedar closets. Enjoy the complimentary organic breakfast, prepared to order. The owners love to give tours of the historic property. They’re LGBTQ-friendly too.
Just a 20-minute drive from Downtown Dallas, this Holiday Inn is perfect for a budget stay within easy reach of the city. It might be close to the highway, but the rooms are quiet with plush duvets and black-out blinds to ensure a good night’s sleep. Make the most of the free coffee and cookies in the lobby, plus there’s a heated indoor poor and substantial fitness center for your morning workout.
Friendly staff will welcome you to the Sleep Inn in Love Field, just 10 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dallas. Rooms are clean and modern, each with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker for your morning brew. Perks also include a complimentary hot breakfast, plus a free shuttle to Dallas Love Field Airport. Catch a concert or watch the Dallas Mavericks play at the nearby American Airlines Center.
Budget hotels don’t often have a lot of dining options, but thankfully the Courtyard by Marriott does. Dinner and cocktail options are available in the Bistro in the evenings, while the breakfast menu is far more creative than most continental options – including smoothies, French toast, and egg white frittatas. The rooms are modern and spacious with stylish decor, flat-screen TVs and ergonomic workstations. There’s also an outdoor pool and a fitness center. It’s just an eight-minute drive to Downtown Dallas.
Yee-haw! Wild Wild West Backpacker’s Hostel is one of the only hostels in Dallas. It’s set in a renovated house, complete with bunk beds, a lovely backyard and a shared kitchen. There are plenty of freebies, including breakfast, wifi and parking. The hostel has mixed and male-only dorms, plus air conditioning and laundry facilities are also available. Downtown Dallas is only a 20-minute drive away.
Alex Temblador contributed additional reporting to this article.