travel The Best Budget Hotel Chains  

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List Rules Hotel chains that brand themselves as budget, generally less than $80 a night

The best budget hotel chains are those low-end hotel and motel chains across America where roadtrippers, business travelers and families can stay overnight for affordable rates. Not all budget hotels are created equal and even specific locations will vary within each chain but there are certainly some that are better than others. If you're looking to travel on the cheap and need an affordable hotel, these are your best bets.

These best budget hotels might not be among the best hotel chains in the world or offer fine dining, valet parking or spa services but they also don't come with the high overnight rates of the top luxury hotels. At these budget hotels, you will find basic accommodations, ample parking and in many cases free wifi or continental breakfast. They likely won't have designer sheets or flat panel televisions but they can provide a place to rest for generally under $100 per night.

According to a Consumer Reports study, Microtel Inn was rated as the top budget hotel chain. Located mainly across the North America, Microtel Inns & Suites provide the basic amenities plus bonuses like coffeemakers, free phone calls and microwaves in rooms. Red Roof Inn and Super 8 both got great marks too for clean, comfortable rooms and affordable prices. Both also offer these same basics with many also allowing pets and select locations featuring restaurants and pools.

Which brand of budget hotels do you turn to for frugal traveling? Are you partial to the classic Howard Johnson's and Motel 6 or the slightly more luxurious chains like Holiday Inn Express or Wingate? Vote for your favorite budget hotel chains below!
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Holiday Inn Express is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains

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178 72
Hampton Inn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Hampton Inn Hotel

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98 39
Courtyard by Marriott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Courtyard by Marriott Hospitality

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72 32
Fairfield Inn by Marriott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains

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64 30
Residence Inn by Marriott LLC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains

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91 61
Best Western is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Best Western Hospitality, Hotel

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62 47
Comfort Inn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains

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59 50
La Quinta Inns & Suites is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
La Quinta Inns & Suites Hospitality, Hotel

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40 29
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
noahyankee added Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Tourism, Hospitality, Hotel

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47 43
Quality Inn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Quality Inn

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33 32
Baymont Inn & Suites is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Baymont Inn & Suites Hospitality, Hotel

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29 29
Wingate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains

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56 67
Microtel Inn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Microtel Inn

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54 65
Red Roof Inn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Red Roof Inn Hospitality

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34 39
Ramada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Ramada Hospitality

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28 35
Clarion Inn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Clarion Inn

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49 65
Days Inn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Days Inn Hospitality, Hotel

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52 75
Super 8 Motels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Super 8 Motels Hospitality, Hotel

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38 59
Howard Johnson's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Howard Johnson's Restaurant, Hospitality

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43 76
Motel 6 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Motel 6 Hospitality, Hospitality industry, Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels

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5 15
7 Days Inn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
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19 48
Travelodge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Travelodge Hospitality

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23 61
Econo Lodge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Econo Lodge

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10 37
AmeriHost Inn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
AmeriHost Inn Hospitality

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12 58
Knights Inn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Knights Inn Hospitality

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9 48
Rodeway Inn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Rodeway Inn Hospitality

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10 57
Budget Inn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Budget Hotel Chains
Budget Inn