Raleigh, NC Hotels
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Think you can’t find an affordable hotel in one of the country’s fastest-growing cities? Fear not. Raleigh, NC, is both a lively college town — North Carolina State University makes its home here — and a magnet for technology companies drawn to the area for its affordable cost of living. Whether you’re looking for a business-class hotel or a cool apartment rental, there are plenty of options that are easy on your wallet and will let you sample the best the city has to offer.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Raleigh, NC

Holiday Inn Raleigh Crabtree Valley
Holiday Inn Raleigh Crabtree Valley
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3.3
4100 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
from $80
Super 8 Raleigh
Super 8 Raleigh
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3.4
5110 Hollyridge Dr, Raleigh
from $46
Best Western Raleigh North-downtown
Best Western Raleigh North-downtown
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3.6
2715 Capital Blvd, Raleigh
from $59
Days Inn Raleigh Downtown
Days Inn Raleigh Downtown
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3.0
300 N Dawson St, Raleigh
from $59
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
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3.8
421 S Salisbury St, Raleigh
from $116
Embassy Suites Raleigh-Crabtree
Embassy Suites Raleigh-Crabtree
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3.4
4700 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh
from $126
Hyatt Place North Raleigh-Midtown
Hyatt Place North Raleigh-Midtown
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4.3
1105 Navaho Dr, Raleigh
from $99
Knights Inn Raleigh Downtown East
Knights Inn Raleigh Downtown East
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2.3
3804 New Bern Ave, Raleigh
from $42
Residence Inn Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek
Residence Inn Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek
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4.7
10600 Little Brier Creek Lane, Raleigh
from $84
La Quinta Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree
La Quinta Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree
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4.2
2211 Summit Park Ln, Raleigh
from $69
More About Raleigh, NC Hotels...

Best Time to Visit (and Not)

Unless you enjoy melting, you might want to avoid the summer months in Raleigh. Like most of the South, it is stifling. The good news is that the rest of the year is mild and generally pleasant, though the odd snowstorm will take locals by surprise and may disrupt your travel plans. College basketball championships, or March Madness, draw die-hard fans into bars and, for those lucky enough to snag actual seats, into college stadiums.

Stay Where the Action Is

Like so many burgeoning American cities, Raleigh suffers from a touch of suburban sprawl, which leaves many neighborhoods lacking that downtown vibe. Glenwood South, with its trendy shopping options, walkability, excellent restaurants, and happening nightlife is a happy exception and a great place to stay, especially if you haven’t rented a car. For a spiffy place to stay that’s in the middle of the action, try the Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, a circular 20-story hotel that just undergone a major renovation. Grab a drink or dinner at the rooftop restaurant and enjoy a spectacular view of the entire city.

For a Little Charm and Personality, Rent a Room or House through Airbnb

Most hotel options in Raleigh are of the modern corporate variety but you can easily find a more charming option through Airbnb. From historic homes to modern lofts, Airbnb has a great inventory in Raleigh and the surrounding area. There are more than 100 listings under $50, though most of those are for a private room in a shared apartment or house. For just under $100, you can have your choice of a private villa oozing with southern charm, a private granny flat in a craftsman bungalow, or a modern loft, all in the downtown area.

Transportation Options

Raleigh is an increasingly sprawling city and most locals are rather car-dependent. To get around, you might want to consider a car rental, especially if you want to explore nearby Chapel Hill and Durham as part of your visit. Raleigh-Durham International Airport has plenty of car rental options and reasonable rates. You’ll find that most hotels offer free parking. For airport transfers to your downtown hotel, you can hop in a cab for about $30 or take the Triangle Transit bus. The Capital Area Transit system will take you just about anywhere you need to go in the downtown area, from Glenwood South hot spots to museums and the performing arts center.

Staying Cool

If you’re visiting Raleigh in the summer months, the temperature will be close to 100 degrees and you will want a pool. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll need something to tire them out so you can all get some sleep at the end of the day. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better budget option than the Best Western, which is located close to everything and offers a huge complimentary breakfast. If you need another way to stay cool, or if winter is just too mild for your blood, check out the popular Carolina Hurricanes (or ‘Canes as they’re known locally), Raleigh’s professional hockey team. Their season lasts from October to April.

Find a Cheap Hotel Fast in Raleigh, North Carolina

The economical traveler will find many affordable hotels in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The Super 8 Raleigh or Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Raleigh are good choices for those who like being close to the action.  Vacationers in Raleigh on business might book a room at the Days Inn Downtown less than a mile from the Raleigh Convention Center.

Find Affordable Lodging in Downtown Raleigh

The Days Inn Raleigh Downtown and Super 8 Raleigh Downtown offer essential amenities with some of the most affordable rates in Raleigh. Relax in rooms with air conditioning, cable, and complimentary WiFi. 

The Days Inn, within walking distance of the convention center and the North Carolina Museum of History, is a great place for business travelers and families.

Free and Inexpensive Things to Do in Raleigh North Carolina

Spend some time at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and be sure to check out North Carolina State University, one of the 'corners' of the Research Triangle Region.  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy catching a concert in one of Raleigh's many parks.

For those who want to get around town cheaply, the Capital Area Transit Bus Service offers $2 day passes. For more information about Raleigh attractions, visit http://www.godowntownraleigh.com.

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