The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Corpus Christi, Texas

Courtyard Corpus Christi has a full range of on-site amenities, including an outdoor pool
Courtyard Corpus Christi has a full range of on-site amenities, including an outdoor pool | Courtesy of Courtyard Corpus Christi / Expedia
Hugh McNaughtan

Strung along a namesake bay, Corpus Christi in southwestern Texas is a town bathed in sunshine for much of the year. Here are our top picks for cheap hotels in Corpus Christi, combining charm, value and contemporary comfort – bookable on Culture Trip. Nicknamed the Sparkling City by the Sea, Corpus Christi flaunts excellent beaches, as well as top-class museums and aquariums and outdoor attractions such as the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Mustang Island, sheltering the city from the Gulf of Mexico. To the south of Mustang Island, Padre Island National Seashore shelters numerous bird species and endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.

1. Fairfield Inn and Suites Corpus Christi, for cultural visits

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Room at Fairfield Inn and Suites Corpus Christi
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At this sleek Marriott Hotel, you’re a short drive from cultural highlights such as the Selena Museum and the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures. Decorated in uplifting Texan burnt orange, peach and aquamarine, the superbly comfortable guest rooms have everything you need, including writing desks and irons. Executive suites include separate living, sleeping and eating areas, and there’s an on-site outdoor pool and fitness center. Complimentary grab-and-go breakfasts are provided, and you’re just 10 minutes away from the airport by car and the same distance from Whitecap Beach on Mustang Island.

2. Residence Inn Corpus Christi, to be by the water

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Room at Residence Inn Corpus Christi
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The Residence Inn couldn’t be more central – facing sparkling Corpus Christi Bay in the waterside heart of the city, it’s a real vacation option, with extra-large rooms and a generous welcome extended to pets. While continental breakfast is included, each room has a separate kitchen, ideal for self-caterers. Make use of the on-site fitness center, socialize at the regular Residence Inn Mix, walk three blocks to downtown attractions such as the Texas Surf Museum or dine out on seafood and steak at the nearby family-run U & I Restaurant.

3. Best Western Corpus Christi, for bay views


Right on North Shoreline Boulevard, facing Corpus Christi Bay and the clinking masts and bustling bars of the marinas, this Best Western is an ideal central stay. You’re right around the corner from the Art Center of Corpus Christi and the Texas Surf Museum, and surrounded by the restaurants and shops of downtown. With a gym, outdoor pool and cocktail bar on site, you may choose a night in. Rooms are colorful, comfortable and quiet, and many have bay views.

4. Hilton Garden Inn Corpus Christi, for an outdoor pool

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Pool at Hilton Garden Inn Corpus Christi
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It’s a Hilton, so you know standards are high, but it’s the proximity to Mustang Island, Padre Island National Seashore and Baffin Bay that makes this hotel stand out. Beaches and boating are among the biggest Corpus Christi draws, with the long sands of Mustang and Padre and the chance to catch redfish in Baffin all accessible by charter. This pet-friendly hotel offers a fitness center and outdoor pool, and classy rooms with ergonomic chairs and little touches such as Keurig coffee makers.

5. Courtyard Corpus Christi, for superb amenities

Chain Hotel

Room at Courtyard Corpus Christi
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Halfway between downtown and the Mustang Island beaches, this Marriott suits both fresh-air fiends and culture vultures. With a full range of on-site amenities including a 24-hour gym, outdoor pool, bar with big screens for watching the game and the Bistro restaurant serving Starbucks coffees, signature breakfast sandwiches and burgers and pizza for dinner, it has everything you need all in one place. Decorated in cream and mahogany, the quiet, comfortable rooms feature excellent beds and crisp linens. The king suites also benefit from balconies, ideal for breathing in the salty Corpus Christi air.

6. Staybridge Suites Corpus Christi, for accessibility

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Exterior of Staybridge Suites Corpus Christi 
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Roughly equidistant to the airport, downtown and the beaches of Mustang Island and Padre Island National Seashore, this spick-and-span IHG hotel is a true all-rounder. One of the more conservatively decorated of our Corpus Christi cheap-hotel picks, it features a brown-stone exterior and dark-wood furniture and fittings, but is by no means old-fashioned. Suites come with fully equipped kitchens for self-catering, and there’s a fitness center. Accessibility is to the fore, with ramps and specially equipped rooms available.

7. Hyatt Place Corpus Christi, for the beds


Room at Hyatt Place Corpus Christi
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The beds are the highlight here – the 13in (33cm) thick signature Hyatt Grand Bed could not be any comfier. All the rooms – from high-floor king suites to accessible double queens with roll-out sofa beds – benefit from restrained decoration, large HDTVs, high-end toiletries and high-quality bathroom fittings such as granite counters. The rest of the hotel – near the wildlife reserves of Oso Bay – keeps pace, with a pool and a friendly welcome for pets.

8. Executive Residency by Best Western Corpus Christi, for a nautical theme


Room at Executive Residency by Best Western Corpus Christi
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The business-sounding name shouldn’t dissuade vacationers from this little waterside bargain. Fronting Oso Bay (an arm of Corpus Christi Bay adorned with two small wildlife reserves) and not far from Mustang Island in the other direction, the hotel has a nautical theme. You’ll find wave-patterned, sea-blue carpets and beachy images throughout, alongside a pool, gym and free under-17s policy (one per paying adult). Pets are welcome, and while there is no restaurant on site, you’re just a five-minute drive from locally popular Doc’s Seafood and Steaks, overlooking the Marker 37 Marina.

For more options, discover our guide on the best hotels to book in Corpus Christi and book now on Culture Trip.

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