You don’t have to sacrifice anything when on a budget in Phoenix. Many cheap hotels in Phoenix offer upscale extras, including luxe bedding, sparkling pools with cabanas, and on-site restaurants.
The 10 Best Cheap Hotels in Phoenix
For impressive accommodations at a fraction of resort prices, stay at one of these 10 best cheap hotels in Phoenix.
Graduate Tempe, Tempe
Located across the street from Arizona State University, the Graduate Tempe plays up the college theme with student IDs serving as room keys, pencils and notebooks in every room, and colorful décor throughout the hotel. It’s priced to fit even a college student’s budget, but is aimed at nostalgic grown-ups.
Amenities: Outdoor pool, two onsite restaurants, Malin + Goetz bath amenities, 24-hour fitness center, complimentary bicycle rentals, and complimentary shuttle service.
The Clarendon Hotel & Spa, Phoenix
Hip with a retro vibe, The Clarendon Hotel & Spa attracts millennials and families with its free soft drinks and snacks, and swimming pool with underwater speakers. A classy renovation of an older property, this cheap hotel in Phoenix also boasts a rooftop deck overlooking the city and one of the world’s largest outdoor water walls.
Amenities: Free soft drinks and snacks, full service spa, rooftop deck, pool with underwater speakers, fitness center, and on-site restaurant.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
Bordered by 3,000 acres of Sonoran Desert, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak has 563 family-friendly rooms and suites. It also offers perks you’d expect to find at much more expensive resort—including a lazy river and kids’ camp—for a fraction of the price, making this a cheap hotel in Phoenix that feels anything but cheap.
Amenities: Four acres of pools including a lazy river and water slide, miniature golf, four tennis courts, basketball court, kids’ center, spa and salon, four tennis courts, and free parking.
Inn at Eagle Mountain, Fountain Hills
Nestled in the foothills above the Golf Club at Eagle Mountain’s 18th green, the Inn at Eagle Mountain is a peaceful retreat with panoramic city views. Rooms come with luxuries you wouldn’t expect at a cheap hotel in Phoenix, including in-room fireplaces and oversized whirlpool spa tubs.
Amenities: “Kiva style” gas fireplace and sitting area in each room, oversized whirlpool spa tub and private balcony or patio in each room, spa with 10 treatment rooms, Zen aromatherapy room, and onsite restaurant.
Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale
A Native American-run casino hotel, the 15-story Talking Stick Resort is minutes from some of Phoenix’s most popular attractions including OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, and Topgolf. In addition to an on-site florist and barbershop, it houses one of the largest collections of Native American art maintained outside of a museum.
Amenities: Three pools, Native American-inspired spa, six restaurants including an acclaimed fine dining venue with award-winning wine list, 650-seat showroom, and complimentary trolley service to nearby attractions.
Saguaro Scottsdale, Scottsdale
Ideally located in Old Town Scottsdale, the Saguaro Scottsdale features the bold colors of desert flowers. Think bright yellow and orange walls in the lobby, red couches in the rooms, and purple patios with colorfully-pillowed lounge chairs. Pro tip: The on-site restaurant is known for its killer margaritas.
Amenities: 42-inch flat screen TV and large desk in every room; all rooms have either a patio or balcony; spa; restaurant; and, cruiser bikes available for checkout.
Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, Phoenix
With its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and luxury touches, Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino doesn’t feel like a cheap hotel in Phoenix despite its 70,000 square foot gaming floor—it feels like a desert oasis. Vee Quiva is tucked along the base of South Mountain, just minutes from South Phoenix.
Amenities: 90 rooms with Sealy pillow-top mattresses and up to 70-inch TVs, fine dining and 24/7 dining options, and free parking.
The Grand Canyon University Hotel, Phoenix
Just because The Grand Canyon University Hotel is run as a hands-on learning environment for students enrolled in the college’s hospitality management program doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice anything. In fact, the hotel goes out of its way to provide exceptional service at an exceptional value.
Amenities: Resort style pool, outdoor sitting area with large fire pit, 24/7 security guards as an additional precaution for student safety, onsite restaurant, and free parking.
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale
A 404-room resort on 40 acres, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort features Spanish Mission-inspired architecture and gardens filled with desert flowers. Some suites have fireplaces, wet bars, and 50-inch flat-screen TVs (many of the premium suites are bi-level as well), and all accommodations have spacious bathrooms and premium bath products.
Amenities: Four onsite dining options, five pools, 24-hour fitness center with complimentary yoga, Zumba and Barre classes, putting green, two lighted tennis courts, full service spa and salon, and complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius.
The McCormick Scottsdale, Scottsdale
One of the best cheap places to stay in Phoenix, The McCormick Scottsdale sits on the shores of Camelback Lake. Rooms come with a private balcony or patio, and the resort offers plenty of perks, including complimentary bikes, canoes, and kayaks.
Amenities: Three dining options, pool, 24-hour fitness center, complimentary bikes, complimentary canoes and kayaks, “Ask Alfred” child’s amenity kit, and complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius.
—Original reporting by Teresa Bitler