The Best Cheap Hotels in Dallas

Aloft Dallas Love Field hotel
Aloft Dallas Love Field hotel | Courtesy of Aloft Dallas Love Field / Expedia
Debra Smith

“Big things happen here” might be the Dallas motto, but “don’t pay big bucks” can be yours. 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. Read on to discover the best cheap hotels and hostels Dallas has to offer, bookable now with Culture Trip.

1. Deep Ellum Hostel


Stylish communal area with a plush, white couch and warm lighting at Deep Ellum Hostel Dallas.
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Rock bottom prices and sky high amenities in a central location make the Deep Ellum Hostel a penny pincher’s first pick. Five private suites, each with its own ensuite, plus nine dorms, some co-ed, offer a range of sweet sleeps. Whip up dinner in the communal kitchen after a grocery run to the Dallas Farmers Market or pop next door to the adjoining cocktail bar for a bite. The common area is inviting, with leather sofas and a vinyl collection to spin when you’re in, and no curfew if you decide to venture out.

2. Hotel Indigo Frisco

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Outdoor pool and seating area at Hotel Indigo Frisco.
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Save your dollars for the upscale boutiques and foodie destinations in the Avenue of the Stars neighborhood. Hotel Indigo Frisco offers a contemporary hideaway at a pleasingly low price. Decor leans towards country-modern with barn-wood, brick and leather accents. Friendly staff, immaculate rooms and the outdoor pool are just a few of the perks here.

3. The Beeman Hotel

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Stylish lounge area with contemporary, design furniture at The Beeman Hotel, Dallas.
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The newly renovated Beeman has surprises in store. In addition to cool, contemporary decor, oversize walk-in showers, and expansive city views, there’s a welcoming indoor pool and patio. Discover a number of discounts in collaboration with local businesses, including a spa, brew house, art gallery and restaurants. If real Texas BBQ is what you crave, look no further than Seely’s Mill, the in-house eatery.

4. Aloft Dallas Love Field

Chain Hotel

Outdoor pool bordered by sun-loungers at Aloft Dallas Love Field.
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Have a gentle touch-down at Aloft, located close to the airport at Love Field. A complimentary shuttle brings you to the lobby and locations within a three mile radius. Rooms feature original artworks by local artists. A 24-hour pantry is available for late arrivals or early take-offs. Aloft is a 15-minute drive from the Dallas Museum of Art and other downtown highlights.

5. Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Wood-panelled room with a double bed, writing desk, and TV at Magnolia Hotel Dallas.
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A 29-story hotel with a historic past, the Magnolia was built in 1922 as the headquarters of the Magnolia Petroleum Company and was the first skyscraper in Dallas. As a result, many of the rooms and suites still retain the original high-ceilings and wood-paneled walls from its office days. Updated suites offer separate bedrooms, living and dining areas, and deep soaker tubs. Everyone is welcome to have a homemade cookie before bedtime, from 8pm to 10pm.

6. AC Hotel by Marriott Dallas Downtown

Chain Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Stylish and contemporary bar decorated in warm tones at AC Hotel by Marriott Dallas Downtown.
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Everything you need in a budget hotel, streamlined and curated, can be found at the AC. Rooms are tech-friendly and work ready, although pleasant distractions like rental electric scooters are right outside the lobby. The Instagram ready, 30-foot Giant Eyeball sculpture keeps an eye on things from across the street, while the Farmers Market and Dealey Plaza are only a few blocks away. The art deco design inside is also worth a second look.

7. Daisy Polk Inn

Bed and Breakfast, Inn

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.

8. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas – Las Colinas

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

King room with modern, monochrome furnishings and a yellow accent wall at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas – Las Colinas.
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Consistently fine service by the friendly staff, plus easy-on-the-pocketbook prices make this La Quinta a winner. Rooms come with rafts of fluffy towels for the sparkling clean combination tub and shower. There’s also an outdoor pool. Historic downtown Dallas is a 20-minute drive away. A complimentary shuttle makes the rounds to attractions near the hotel and to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. Try the pizza at iFratelli, a 10-minute walk from the hotel; it’s rumoured to be the best in town.

9. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Northeast-Arboretum

Budget Hotel

Spacious and modern lobby/lounge area at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Northeast-Arboretum.
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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.

10. Sleep Inn Dallas Love Field-Medical District

Budget Hotel, Airport Hotel

Twin double room with television and desk area at Sleep Inn Dallas Love Field-Medical District.
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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.

11. Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Medical/Market Center

Budget Hotel

Modern double room decorated in grey, beige and orange at Courtyard by Marriott Dallas/Medical Center.
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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.

12. Wild Wild West Backpackers Hostel


Exterior of Wild Wild West Backpackers Hostel, a wooden-clad building painted in white and red.
Courtesy of Wild Wild West Backpackers Hostel / Airbnb

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.

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