Hotel prices can make or break a vacation budget. The solution may be in leaving the chain gang of standard hotels and staying in Dallas-Fort Worth’s best budget hotels. Bed and breakfasts, guest houses or historic hotels offer affordable prices and often still include amenities like pools, food and even personal proprietors. Check out the area’s best, offering everything from great deals to fun extras.
901 Fort Worth Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
Price: from $109 a night
The Belmont in North Oak Cliff would seem an obvious choice with prices starting at $109. It offers an affordable taste of Dallas history and culture. Built by Charles Dilbeck in 1946 in art moderne style with straight lines and rounded corners, its classic elegance prevails. Complete with access to a health club and pool, and a spectacular view of downtown, this remodeled gem is worth every reasonable dollar.
Alla’s Bed and Breakfast
415 Hustead St.
Duncanville, TX 75116
Price: from $80 (breakfast included)
Alla Wilkins, innkeeper at the historic John C. Pelt House in Duncanville, aims to please. Breakfasts are included in the price and are organic, healthy and homemade. The Pelt House overflows with fascinating antique items including a golden phonograph brought back from Europe, and is the oldest all-brick house in the city. Alla’s can prove to be a cozy hideaway for someone in the need for an escape, a sanctuary for someone looking for concentration, or a love nest for those in search of romance. Alla is attentive and receptive, becoming a friend and caretaker to every guest.
5928 Marquita Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Price: from $75 per night
Nestled in Vickery Park, Pam’s Place is a vintage 1940s apartment with easy access to Southern Methodist University not far from downtown. Short-term rental of this apartment will provide a peaceful residential stay with more space than any hotel room for half the price. Boasting a furnished living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and sitting area, and a fireplace, this option is literally a home away from home. A proprietor stays nearby for emergencies.
NYLO Dallas/Las Colinas
1001 W. Royal Ln.
Irving, TX 75039
Price: from $99 a night
NYLO in Las Colinas is a cosmopolitan, modern masterpiece with eco-friendly features. Loft-style rooms have a 32-inch flat screen TV with premium channels and HD programming. Enjoy the pool, courtyard and on-site restaurant while socializing in the colorful and chic setting NYLO offers. At bedtime, guests may take advantage of the complimentary bottled water and free phone usage, all while taking in the décor by Dallas area artists.
Abby Guest House
Goodwin Avenue in Vickery Park/Greenville
Dallas, TX 75206
Price: $59 for double occupancy
An alternative to the extreme penny-pinching hostel, renting guesthouses is becoming a more and more desirable option. Abby Guest House provides privacy and a location perfect for travelers on a budget who still expect quality. Near the Knoxville and Greenville areas, nightlife and shopping are within walking distance and close to public transportation. More spacious than the standard hotel suite, this guest house has a living room, kitchen and bedroom with a queen-size bed. A coffee maker, alarm clock, cable and WIFI are also included. The proprietor, Julie, only gives out contact information/her address to guests after they’ve made a reservation.
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