5 Economy Hotels for Corporate Travelers on a Budget

Dec 14, 2022 | Tips & Resources

Whether you’re looking for a long-term lodging solution or an overnight stay, economy hotels can be a great option for business travelers.

Have you ever wondered what type of hotel or motel is the best option for your stay? Maybe you’re on a long-term job assignment and need an extended-stay lodging solution, or you have a one-day business meeting where you just need a place to sleep, shower, and dress. Whether you’re looking for a long-term or overnight stay, economy hotels can be a great option for business travelers.

Economy hotels are becoming more popular as people become increasingly budget-conscious. These types of hotels are often part of larger chains located near airports or highways. They offer clean rooms with minimal amenities at an affordable price. Here are some of the top discounted economy hotel brands offered by CLC Lodging.

Choice Hotels

One of the world’s largest lodging companies with more than 7,100 hotels franchised in over 40 countries and territories. Choice represents more than 600,000 rooms around the globe. Here are some hotels/motels being offered under the Choice name to business travelers:

  • Comfort
  • Sleep Inn
  • Quality Inn
  • Clarion
  • EconoLodge
  • Rodeway Inn

Choice Extended Stay Lodgings include MainStay Suites, EverHome Suites, WoodSpring Suites, and Suburban Studios. Extended stay suites combine the perks of hotel living with apartment-style amenities that help you maintain your lifestyle during longer stays.

Wyndham Hotel Group

Chances are you’ve stayed at a Wyndham hotel at least once and probably didn’t realize it. They are one of the largest hotel franchises in the world.

  • Ramada
  • Microtel
  • Super 8
  • Howard Johnson
  • LaQuinta
  • America Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Travelodge
  • Wingate
  • Hawthorne Suites

In early 2022, Wyndham announced plans to launch Echo Suites, an extended stay economy brand. The brand would have a price point on par with Extended Stay America and Choice Hotels International’s extended-stay brands. Echo Suites are expected to be available for booking reservations by the end of 2022.

Best Western

Under the BWH Hotel Group, Best Western has been around for 70 years. They offer comfortable accommodations and convenient amenities. They are one of the few budget hotels that offer a complimentary breakfast at most locations and free Wi-Fi. CLC Lodging offers discounted hotel rates at Best Western, Best Western +, and Best Western Premier hotels.

In January of this year, Best Western announced plans to revamp their hotels to attract more corporate travelers. Among the changes is a new requirement that Best Western Plus mattresses have some type of pillow top. There also will be requirements for in-room single-serve K-cup coffee makers or a similar set-up, as well as a 24-hour offering of specialty coffee in the lobby or breakfast area, with enhanced offerings such as lattes and cappuccinos. All are due for implementation by the end of 2022. Beginning in 2023, the brand will require Peloton or similar equipment in its fitness rooms. Lobby community tables, music, and water dispensers also will be enhanced.

Motel 6/Studio 6

Since 1999, Motel 6 has operated Studio 6, a chain of extended-stay hotels that offers more amenities than a standard Motel 6 location, while also offering weekly and monthly rates. Motel 6 has over 14,000 locations across the United States and Canada. Part of G6 Hospitality, Motel 6 is the largest owned and operated hotel chain in North America. It’s known as one of the top budget hotels for offering many amenities for free:

  • Free local phone calls, morning coffee, and expanded cable TV
  • Non-smoking rooms available
  • Pet friendly
  • Free basic Wi-Fi
  • Swimming pool and guest laundry facilities at most locations
  • Under age 17 stay free (when occupying the same room as an adult family member.)

Studio 6 extended stay hotels are conveniently located in major business complexes, offering easy access to shopping and retail centers, entertainment areas, and restaurants.

Red Lion

The Red Lion Family of Hotels is now a part of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Red Lion has over 90,000 rooms across more than 1,400 properties in North America. Similar to their Motel 6 competitor, Red Lion is known for offering many free amenities at their budget properties.

  • Free WiFi and breakfast
  • In-room coffee and HDTVs
  • Pet friendly rooms
  • Free cancellation
  • On-site laundry facilities and a 24-hour business center at most locations

CLC Lodging Members have access to discounts on already budget-friendly hotel rates at Americas Best Value Inn and Red Lion hotels.

Corporate travelers choose to stay in an economy hotel for different reasons. One of the easiest ways to book an economy hotel is through a travel management partner like CLC Lodging. CLC proudly partners with a wide range of hotel brands so that you can choose the best type of discounted hotel to meet your needs. And regardless of hotel brand, business members can search, book, manage, and pay for reservations all in one place. Having a centralized travel platform helps give companies better visibility into their lodging spend and saves them time and money on hotels. Join CLC now for free and let us help you streamline your travel program.

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