The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

The Ridge Hotel enjoys an enviable location on the Lake Geneva shoreline
The Ridge Hotel enjoys an enviable location on the Lake Geneva shoreline | Courtesy of The Ridge Hotel / Expedia
Nick Dauk

A family vacation to Lake Geneva doesn’t need to sink your budget. This resort town, an hour west of Lake Michigan, may have Gilded Age mansions owned by some of the wealthiest business people in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rub two nickels together and create an unforgettable holiday. Save a few pence for kayak rentals, souvenirs and an extra pint by staying at one of these cheap hotels in Lake Geneva – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Sky Lodge Inn & Suites

Hotel, Inn, Budget Hotel

A double twin room at the Sky Lodge Inn & Suites featuring floral bedspread, pattern carpet and traditional wall art

Whether you’re the kind of traveler who needs a pull-out couch for the kids or a two-person whirlpool for the spouse, Sky Lodge Inn & Suites has you covered for budget prices. Watch the boats sail nearby at the Lake Delavan Community Park, and take a drive down to Geneva Lake for ice cream at the Frosty Moose or frothy brews at Harpoon Willie’s. Nail a hat-trick and hit up the Mars Resort on Lake Como for old-school barbecue on the water.

2. Comfort Suites Delavan - Lake Geneva Area

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

Lounge seating arranged in the spacious lobby and bar area at the Comfort Suites Delavan, Lake Geneva
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Comfort Suites doubles your lakeside fun for half the price. The affordable guest rooms at this cheap hotel in Lake Geneva are close to the lake and even closer to local entertainment, activities and parks. Fast food joints surround the hotel – and where better to eat an affordable meal than at a picnic table in the quiet Congdon Gardens? This neighboring park has trails and fishing spots that make for a few fun (and free) hours.

3. Hampton Inn Burlington

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

A bright double twin room at the Hampton Inn Burlington with patterned carpet, desk and modern art on the wall
Courtesy of Hampton Inn Burlington / Expedia

Your budget won’t get washed away at Hampton Inn, seated right along the confluence of the Fox and White rivers. This Burlington hotel is only twenty minutes from Geneva Lake, granting you fast access to the banks of the lake without breaking the bank. Breakfast, in-room workspaces and an indoor pool are all included in the bill. Cafes and mom-and-pops line the neighborhood to help you rein in your budget even more. And the riverside views from the hotel? Always complimentary.

4. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Elkhorn - Lake Geneva Area

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel

A large hotel room with seating area and huge bed at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Elkhorn in muted tones

Worried that a holiday to the Ice Castles might freeze your bank account? Thaw those thoughts by staying at the Holiday Inn Express. This cheap hotel near Lake Geneva is located in Elkhorn, within a ten-minute drive of the Ice Castles. Return from the crystal palaces and take a dip in the heated indoor pool to warm up. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll save with their free breakfast buffets and all-day coffee.

5. Comfort Suites Lake Geneva East

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

A circular patio on a lawn with covered pergola and parasols covering seating arranged around a firepit at the Comfort Suites, Lake Geneva
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Comfort Suites once again will keep your wallet cozy, this time a little closer to Geneva Lake. Its clutch location on Main Street means you can save a few gallons of gas by flip-flopping your way 1mi (1.6km) to the lakefront. On a rainy day, send the kids down to the indoor pool and get comfortable with your partner inside your two-person hot tub. Just make sure they throw the Do Not Disturb tag on the door when they leave.

6. Geneva Wells Motel

Independent Hotel, Motel, Hotel

The outdoor pool area surrounded by lawns and lush green trees at the Geneva Wells Motel
Courtesy of Geneva Wells Motel / Expedia

Need a Lake Geneva hotel with an outdoor pool? You can live that luxurious lifestyle, without the high property taxes, at Geneva Wells Motel. If their king rooms with kitchenettes don’t leave you with enough space, feel free to stretch your legs across their three-acres of green space. We doubt you’ll spend much time at the Geneva Wells Motel, though; when you’re not hanging by the pool in the summer, you’ll likely be exploring Big Foot Beach State Park, only ten minutes away.

7. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lake Geneva

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

A large bed in a contemporary hotel room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Lake Geneva with stylish decor including funky chair and patterned floor

We won’t tell you how to spend your time or your budget at Fairfield Inn & Suites. We will, however, let you know that golfing, boating, ziplining and skiing are all within a 4mi (6.4km) drive of this cheap hotel in Lake Geneva. The free breakfast will leave a few extra pennies in your pocket, while the grocery store next door will give you plenty of use for the money-saving microwave and mini fridge in your room.

8. The Ridge Hotel

Hotel, Independent Hotel

A double twin room at The Ridge Hotel with traditional wall art and brown colour scheme
Courtesy of The Ridge Hotel / Expedia

You’ll be blown away by the resort-like amenities at the budget-friendly Ridge Hotel. Boasting both indoor and outdoor pools, you and the fam will also have access to a sauna, steam room, hot tub and 24-hour fitness center. Natural trails throughout the property are ready to hike during any season, while your kids will love the ice skating rink in the colder months. Add a cafe, two restaurants, and a biergarten, and you’re looking at an amazing stay for an ace of a price.

For something a little more special, discover our guide to the best hotels with pools in Lake Geneva. Or, are you taking the whole family on vacation? Check into one of Lake Geneva’s best pet-friendly hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

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