Flagstaff is an ideal city for travelers to the American southwest looking for easy access to just about everything in the area. You’ll find mountains, deserts, and pine forests in the immediate vicinity, ski resorts a bit further afield, and the Grand Canyon itself around 75 miles north. Flagstaff is not only convenient, but affordable, too – the city provides a wide variety of lodging options that offer handy amenities and extra comforts at reasonable prices. The hotels themselves are grouped in different neighborhoods, with options in the historic downtown, some near the campus of Northern Arizona University, and a few a bit further out of the heart of downtown.
The town itself has much to offer travelers, whether they’re headed on to the Grand Canyon, or are looking to enjoy the great outdoors closer to Flagstaff itself. Flagstaff features a vibrant historic core with plenty of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and other fun local attractions. The railway also runs through town, which can be fun to observe if you’re seated on an outdoor patio downtown. The city is also home to Northern Arizona University (as mentioned above) and offers a number of amenities that cater to a college crowd but still appeal to travelers as well. NAU operates a small but fascinating art museum, and hosts a number of sporting events and other live entertainment at the Walkup Skydome. As far as outdoors recreation goes, you’ll find plenty of parks, golf courses, hiking trails, the Lowell Observatory, and more.
There are several different lodging options in Flagstaff. We’ve put together a selection of our favorites and recommended options here, presented in alphabetical order:
A rustic and cozy option in Flagstaff, the Comfort Inn I-17 and I-40 offers everything a traveler could want while exploring the gorgeous landscape of the American southwest. They feature a wide selection of rooms types suitable for traveling parties of all sizes, plus fitness and entertainment facilities to keep the whole family happy. This affordable hotel is a great option for those looking to stay in comfort (literally) and truly enjoy the time spent at the hotel. Located in the heart of a shopping area, it’s also a great place to find everything you might need while in town. It’s also quite affordable and you can often find great deals on rooms.
This fun and inviting hotel offers all your standard amenities plus some delightful extras. You’ll find a selection of standard rooms plus a few suites, a fitness center and pool, plenty of tech amenities, free WiFi, and more. For those who enjoy relaxing and socializing at their hotel, the Drury Inn and Suites also features a “Kickback” evening event featuring snacks and cocktails. It’s also an ideal choice for the eco-conscious: this hotel was the first LEED-certified hotel in all of Arizona. Conveniently located near the downtown core, you’ll find easy access to plenty of local attractions, too. This hotel comes in at a moderate price per night.
The Hilton Garden Inn in Flagstaff goes the extra mile to make traveling families feel right at home. In addition to all the standard amenities and accommodations offered by their peer hotels, they also feature the option to upgrade to a number of specialty packages for families, couples, and more. Relax in the pool, get your fit on in the workout center, and enjoy the delicious cuisine at their in-house dining venues. Like many of the other hotels in Flagstaff, it’s also handily located near many attractions, including the nearby Northern Arizona University (just east of the hotel). This is a very affordable lodging option.
This unique lodging option is perfect for families looking for something special in Flagstaff. Located just on the edge of a lush pine forest, this hotel evokes the feel of a mountain lodge with all the benefits that come with it. Come here to take advantage of their wonderful amenities, enhanced by delightful extras such as poolside snack and drink menus, a delicious on-site restaurant which also offers room service, and the handy Little America Travel Center. You’ll find everything you could possibly need during your stay in the hotel or the Travel Center. Keep in mind it’s also one of the pricier options in town.
This recently-remodeled hotel is the ideal place for travelers looking to unwind after a long day of exploring while still taking advantage of everything that historic downtown Flagstaff has to offer. The new design is chic and inviting, and you’ll feel like you’re staying at a much pricier hotel. Room options are varied, with a wide selection of choices to suit parties of all sizes. You’ll also get to enjoy premium amenities like complimentary WiFi, Netflix, and more. It’s pet friendly, too, so if you happen to be traveling with Fido, this is the place to go. This is a moderately priced option, and you can get great deals depending upon where you book.
Another newly renovated option in town, this hotel exclusively features suites. It’s a great lodging option for traveling families, or those looking to spend a significant amount of time in the region. It’s located a bit outside of the main core Flagstaff area, but is within easy driving distance of downtown and many other exciting attractions, from parks to golf courses. You’ll enjoy a selection of dining options and lounge spaces, perfect for relaxing or spending time socializing. They also offer excellent in-room amenities, free parking, and some luxe options like valet laundry service. This is a moderately priced option.