Because the town is located on one of the Wisconsin resort lakes, there are many Oshkosh hotels to be found both in town and within an hour's drive. One thing to remember about Oshkosh accommodation is that nearly a million visitors from all over the world arrive at the end of July and beginning of August for the annual EEA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Air Show. This ranks as one of the biggest events in the state, and if you plan on visiting at this time, you'll find even cheap Oshkosh lodging sold old. Locals rent out their homes and local colleges make 3,000 dormitory rooms available—so make your booking in advance.
Hotels in Oshkosh range from charming, family-run bed and breakfast inns to the Super 8, one of the Oshkosh motels near the airport. In fact, Oshkosh motels are excellent choices if you're on a budget. They will have ample parking for your car rental, often have recreational facilities and remain the best cheap Oshkosh lodging for families other than a campsite. One of the Oshkosh motels in town is the Travelodge. The Brayton Bed & Breakfast is right in town, and is one of the most charming places to stay. But if you're interested in this kind of experience, begin searching for availability far in advance of arrival, since most of these inns have only two to four rooms.
Unique Oshkosh accommodation in one of the best hotels in Oshkosh will be found at the Hilton Garden Inn, located on the airport grounds. This is a large facility (126 rooms for 400 guests, with extensive meeting and convention facilities for events) for such a small community, explained by the popularity of the air show and the fact that this region is one of the state's premier resorts. The unique part of this property is that the Hilton offers private aircraft parking right outside the hotel. For similar full-service Oshkosh hotels both in town and near the airport, check out the Holiday Inn, Marriott, Park Plaza, and Hawthorne Suites. These all have restaurants or are adjacent to local dining spots, and offer most of the amenities you associate with hotels from these national chains.
While the town of Oshkosh is charming, easy highway access means that searching for cheap Oshkosh lodging outside of town and in nearby communities can be rewarding. This opens up hundreds more rooms when you can't find good hotels in Oshkosh right in the town. Many of these are Winnebago County Oshkosh motels that will have basic cooking (usually a microwave) facilities and a refrigerator, and will often be located right on or near the lakes that provide so many things to do.
The communities of Neenah, Appleton, and Fond Du Lac are quite close, and provide Oshkosh accommodation close to all the major attractions. They are each charming resort towns in their own right, with nearby state parks, golfing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Appleton and Fond du Lac, in particular, will have the same sort of Oshkosh hotels and Oshkosh motels that you will find right in town.