The Hotel Marshall, once the centerpiece of this east Texas town, checked in its last guest in the late 1970s. Renovations in 2004 opened the lobby for special events, but guests looking for a place to stay had to look elsewhere. No hotels have opened to take its place. A few motels in a rundown area of town, a couple of downtown bed and breakfasts, and the usual line up of interstate motels remain.
Three Oaks Bed & Breakfast
Three Oaks Bed & Breakfast, located in the Ginocchio Historic District, opened in 1986 in a mansion that dates to 1895. Four suites in the home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, have antique furnishings, gas fireplaces and private bathrooms. The original windows, transoms, hand-carved fireplace mantels and floors remain in place, and a wide rocking chair porch provides views of the restored train depot across the street. Because of the home’s history and antique furnishings, pets and children under 12 are not allowed. All of the guest rooms are on the first floor.
Wisteria Gardens Bed and Breakfast
Wisteria Gardens, built in 1884 by a wealthy Marshall merchant, rents four large upstairs rooms. Located one block from downtown, the home has a large parlor and dining room in addition to the guest rooms. The East Lake room has its original bath with claw-foot tub, and the other rooms feature private baths as well. One room, furnished with two single beds and decorated with toys, is ideal for kids or girls-only outings. Wisteria Gardens' spa package includes an in-room massage, manicure and pedicure, and dinner served in the room.
Interstate 20 Interchange
Marshall is the first city travelers pass on Interstate 20 as they enter Texas from neighboring Louisiana. Hotels and motels occupy the area surrounding the Interstate 20 interchange with Highway 59. Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, Super 8 and Econo Lodge are south of the interstate. Fairfield, Days Inn, La Quinta, Hampton, Best Western and Quality line Highway 59 to the north of the interstate. All of these motels have swimming pools, but Fairfield is the only property with a year-round indoor pool.
Roseville Bed & Breakfast
Roseville Bed & Breakfast promises “a taste of Louisiana” on Highway 80, five miles west of Marshall. The house, built in 1925 and renovated in 2002, has three moderately priced guest rooms, all with private baths. A cottage on the property has a separate bedroom, kitchenette, three-quarter bath and two porches. Breakfast is served daily on an enclosed porch or in the adjacent dining room, and dinner is available if the request is made at the time of reservation.