Although Jacksonville's title as Florida's largest city is largely a technicality, owing to the city's having annexed all of surrounding Duval county, Jacksonville is nonetheless big on hotel deals. Nowhere in Jacksonville is this more true than in the city's bustling downtown, easily accessible from Jacksonville International Airport via JTA City Bus. JTA buses are a convenient way to travel around downtown Jacksonville once you get there, although if you stay in the very center of downtown along the St. Johns River, it's possible to do most of your getting around on foot.
It's easy to find cheap hotels in downtown Jacksonville, whether you're in search of budget motels like Super 8 Jacksonville Downtown Area, comfortable corporate properties such as Hampton Inn Jacksonville Downtown, or the affordable luxury of Omni Jacksonville Hotel, in the heart of downtown's business district. Homewood Suites by Hilton places you a stone's throw from the Jacksonville Museum of Art, while football fans will want to stay at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville – you can actually see EverBank Park, where the Jaguars play, from some of the higher-up rooms.
Many of downtown Jacksonville's hotels specialize in meeting the needs of your trip, ensuring you not only get the best deal, but also the right place to call home when you're away from yours. Stay at Extended Stay Jacksonville - Riverwalk if your travels take your to Jacksonville for an indefinite length of time, or book a suite at Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront if you're in search of a luxurious getaway.
Many of Jacksonville's millions of annual visitors are bound not for the city's dynamic downtown, but for its idyllic beaches and barrier islands. First among these is Amelia Island, located about 30 minutes from downtown Jacksonville by car. Find great deals on high-end resorts like Amelia Hotel at the Beach, Seaside Amelia Inn, and The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island to blend the luxury of a fine hotel with the pricelessness of an Atlantic view. Even if you stay at cheap Amelia Island hotels like Hampton Inn Amelia Island or Days & Inn Suites Amelia Island at the Beach, you'll enjoy a rich range of experiences, from walks and hikes along the beautiful beaches to cultural enrichment at Amelia Island Museum of History.
You'll find plenty of cheap hotels in Jacksonville Beach, as well. If you prefer to stay here or in other mainland beaches such as Neptune Beach or Atlantic Beach, you'll feel like you're on an island vacation at properties such as Four Points by Sheraton Jacksonville Beachfront and Best Western Oceanfront.
No one said convenience had to come at a high price, and the dozens of cheap hotels near Jacksonville International Airport are perfect evidence of this. When you book a room at Jacksonville airport hotels like Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport, Aloft Jacksonville Airport, or Best Western Jacksonville Airport, you enjoy complimentary round-trip airport shuttle transport, providing a direct line between your flight and hotel and an ideal level of relaxation.
The Jacksonville airport vicinity is also home to several motels which provide you with an even lower price threshold for your convenience. Stay at Red Roof Inn Jacksonville Airport, Comfort Suites Jacksonville Airport, or the Econo Lodge for a level of savings matched only by the excitement you feel when you arrive at your final Jacksonville destination.
Jacksonville is home to dozens of Fortune 1000 companies, from Winn-Dixie Supermarkets, to Fidelity National Financial, to CSX Corp., but even if your business travel takes you to Jacksonville for something lower profile, many of Jacksonville's best hotels are ideal for business travelers. Properties like Courtyard by Marriott Butler Boulevard and Radisson Hotel Jacksonville Butler Boulevard boast amenities like 24-hour business centers and concierge services, enabling you to wow potential business partners with meals and nightlife options only local experts can select.
If you're headed to an event at Jackonsville's Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, stay at hotels like Riverdale Inn for a level of comfort that's matched only by a convenient location. The daily buffet breakfast St. John's Café, the on-site restaurant at Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, allows you to cover all your business bases while enjoying the level of service and hospitality you've come to expect from Wyndham.
Much of the Jacksonville metro area is residential, so if you aren't able to find cheap hotels in Jacksonville, FL, to meet your needs, another option for finding an affordable place to stay is a home or room rental from Airbnb. Jacksonville boasts more than 100 Airbnb rentals, from beach cottages on Amelia Island, to one-bedroom apartments in the heart of downtown, to spacious suburban homes for the whole family. With prices starting as low as $45 per night, renting via Airbnb is a surefire way to find Jacksonville lodging deals as big as the city itself.
The good news is that Jacksonville is blessed with year-round balmy weather, with an average annual temperature of 68 F and plentiful sunshine, even during its summer rainy season. The better news is that if you're strategic about what time of year you visit Jacksonville, you can not only bask in the beautiful weather, you can also find amazing deals that most travelers miss.
Avoid travel to Jacksonville during the city's traditional high season, which includes the summer months of June through August, spring break week in March, and the week between Christmas and New Year's, to avoid paying high-occupancy penalties at hotels like Knights Inn Jacksonville, Comfort Suites Commonwealth, and Red Roof Inn Jacksonville-Southpoint. If you visit during January and February, which is traditionally the least busy season for Jacksonville hotels, you are practically guaranteed an amazing nightly rate, to say nothing of airfare bargains on offer during this time. Another great time to visit Jacksonville is in October and November, after the kids have gone back to school, but before they're out again for holidays.
Whether you head to Jacksonville for business or pleasure, during spring break or to escape the winter blues, or to visit exciting downtown or idyllic Amelia Island, you won't find a more comprehensive Jacksonville travel resource than VisitJacksonville.com. The website is your hub not only for general information about attractions, restaurants, outdoor activities, and nightlife, but is also the most up-to-date resource when it comes to special Jacksonville events that can make cheap hotels harder to come by.
Even if you don't have a choice but to visit Jacksonville during its busiest time, it's still possible to score cheap flights and hotels, if you plan carefully and in advance – and if you have the right tools at your disposal. For an easy online search to instantly compare hotels all over Jacksonville, whether you browse by location, price, or how much earlier visitors loved their stays, use Hipmunk to get the best deals 365 days per year.
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