Traveling anywhere can get expensive, but there are plenty of cheap hotels in Denver for those seeking an affordable place to lay their heads at night.
10 Best Cheap Hotels in Denver
If you’re traveling on a budget, check out these (relatively) cheap places to stay in Denver.
Hostel Fish is nothing like those European hostels everyone stays at in their twenties. The 11-room (private and shared options are available) “poshtel” in the Ballpark neighborhood is more like a series of cool apartments—if some of those apartments included bunk rooms that could sleep 10 people. Each room has its own theme (graffiti, Western, etc.), adjustable thermostats, lockers, and fold-down desks; there’s also a staffed bar and complimentary breakfast offerings. Housed in the historic Airedale building (a one-time brothel), Hostel Fish is a stone’s throw from Coors Field and some of downtown’s liveliest bars; it sits above Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, an eclectic restaurant, bar, and music venue.
Amenities: Privacy screens, locally designed duvet covers, staffed bar, communal kitchen, lockers, activities concierge, and breakfast bar.
Moxy Denver Cherry Creek
Moxy Hotels is Marriott’s appeal to millennials. At Moxy Denver, the target audience is obvious in everything from the technology (guests check-in at the bar using their phones, and phones become room keys) to the hospitality—every guest receives a complimentary cocktail upon arrival. The 170 wood-and-gray rooms are smaller than usual but still inviting. Cherry Creek’s bevy of restaurant options means Moxy only provides grab-and-go options on-site, but there’s an adjacent outdoor beer garden and a lobby bar.
Amenities: Fitness center, rental bikes, dial-up bedroom stories, and communal spaces with plenty of outlets. (Dog-friendly.)
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One of Denver’s quirkiest hotels, the Curtis is whimsical without being overwhelming. Art is at the forefront here, with pop pieces accenting the lobby, murals in the hallways, and 13 themed floors. There are 336 rooms and suites—themed (such as disco or video game) or standard (but still colorful). The central downtown location of this cheap hotel in Denver means guests should plan on doing a lot of walking or biking.
Amenities: Coffee makers, custom art, board games, fitness center, and concierge, room service. (Dog-friendly.)
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It may be housed in a 100-year-old building, but Nativ Hotel is aimed at younger travelers. The LoDo venue has a downstairs nightclub and a self-serve Biergarten with 20 Colorado beers on tap. Street art covers Nativ’s west-facing exterior wall, while the interior is decorated with hand-painted murals. Rooms are sleek and simple, with frosted glass showers; the Champagne suite has a hot tub.
Amenities: Balcony, coffee maker, bar, café, and walk-in shower.
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SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown
Just a few blocks from the downtown core, SpringHill Suites’ 150 rooms are comfortable and ideal for business travelers or families looking for a cheap place to stay in Denver that has a central location. Walk to dozens of restaurants and bars, the Pepsi Center for a basketball game, or Elitch Gardens. A complimentary hot breakfast or buffet makes SpringHill Suites a great option for those on a budget. The hotel is operated collaboratively by Sage Hospitality and hospitality students at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Amenities: Complimentary breakfast, flexible work spaces, coffee maker, convenience store, and fitness center.
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Basecamp Boulder Hotel
Calling all adventure travelers: Basecamp Boulder was built for you. Centrally located in the People’s Republic, Basecamp has a climbing wall in its lounge, coolers that double as ottomans, s’mores kits ready for roasting on the small outdoor patio, and Boulder beers on tap. Outdoorsy types will feel comfortable among the mountain- and camping-inspired décor in the 50 rooms and appreciate the eco-friendly products. A map of Boulder hangs behind every bed; and communal spaces, including a coffee and juice bar, are ideal spots for trading stories from the trail.
Amenities: LCD TVs, hot tub, dry sauna, workout room, coffee bar, complimentary bicycles, patio with fire pit, and climbing wall. (Dog-friendly.)
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Boulder Adventure Lodge
Adventure Lodge is ideally situated for visitors wanting to explore the outdoors. (It sits adjacent to Fourmile Creek and the Boulder Creek Path.) The staff can provide recommendations for hiking, biking, skiing, and anything else you want to get up to. Guest rooms have a log cabin feel and range from a shared four-bunk hostel to a romantic Jacuzzi room or a three-bedroom cabin for larger groups. The property also has campsites available; bring your own gear.
Amenities: Pangea Organic products, pool, hot tub, guided tours, scheduled shuttle service, slackline park, and free parking. (Dog-friendly.)
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Hyatt Place Denver/Downtown
Hyatt Place hotels are popular with business travelers, and this downtown Denver location doesn’t disappoint with 248 rooms featuring separate living/work and sleeping areas plus convenient proximity to the Central Business District. At this cheap hotel in Denver, enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning and grab your daily caffeine fix and a sandwich at the Coffee to Cocktails Bar.
Amenities: Complimentary breakfast, KenetMD products, fitness center, pool, and laundry. (Dog-friendly.)
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AC Hotel Denver Downtown
The sister property to Le Méridien Denver Downtown—though the hotels have separate entrances, their lobbies connect, and both have access to the 20th-floor bar and fitness center—AC Hotel is the slightly less luxe sibling. The 223 rooms display a European minimalist aesthetic, and large windows let the urban setting shine. Dining options include a breakfast café and the AC Lounge for cocktails and tapas. Convenience is the most obvious amenity here, with a location across the street from the Colorado Convention Center and close to Larimer Square, one of downtown’s most charming attractions.
Amenities: Coffee maker, fitness center, concierge, and room service. (Dog-friendly.)
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Hampton Inn & Suites Denver–Speer Boulevard
Hampton Inn & Suites is a great choice as a cheap hotel in Denver because it straddles the divide between city center and the trendy Highland neighborhood; it’s also near the Denver Aquarium and three major sports venues. Choose between one king or two queen options in the 62 rooms and suites.
Amenities: Lap desks, complimentary breakfast, heated pool, free parking, and fitness center.
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Original reporting by Daliah Singer