Located at the southern tip of Texas, McAllen has a varied selection of hotel accommodations, ranging from reasonably priced lodging with fairly basic amenities to more opulent hostelries with all the bells and whistles. Whatever your choice might be, a hotel in or near McAllen is a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel
The classic Spanish architecture and layout of this upscale hotel make it one of the region’s most popular with both vacationers and business travelers. Fodor’s calls Casa de Palmas “arguably the most beautiful and the most historic hotel in South Texas.” Built around a lushly landscaped interior courtyard, the hotel, which opened in 1918, today bears Marriott’s high-end Renaissance brand. The hotel’s red-tiled roofs and whitewashed walls are reminiscent of the early Spanish missions established throughout the Southwest. Despite its historic roots, the hotel offers all of the amenities today’s travelers demand. All of its 165 guest rooms and suites feature high-speed Internet, and recreational facilities include a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and nearby bike trail. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the on-site Spanish Room restaurant specializes in Nuevo Latino cuisine; the Cantina Lomax serves drinks and lighter fare throughout the day.
Drury Inn McAllen
Only a mile from McAllen’s Miller International Airport, this three-story, 89-unit hotel provides reasonably priced accommodations and some freebies that are sure to please the palate. In addition to the complimentary hot breakfast served each morning, the Drury has free popcorn and soft drinks in the lobby from 3 to 10 p.m. and hosts a 90-minute evening reception with free hot food and drinks. All rooms and suites feature microwave ovens and compact refrigerators. Other hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, exercise room and business center. If you haven’t filled up on the hotel’s free food, you can walk to several nearby restaurants, including Shoney’s, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Red Lobster and Joe’s Crab Shack.
Embassy Suites McAllen
If you’re traveling with the family or planning an extended stay in the McAllen area, this nine-story, all-suites hotel might be just the place for you. Each of its 262 two-room suites features separate sleeping and living rooms, as well as a wet bar, microwave oven, full-size refrigerator and dining area. Built around a soaring multistory atrium that features fountains and garden areas, the hotel provides a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a nightly manager’s reception with free cocktails. Tucked in a corner of the atrium’s ground-floor level, Remington’s serves steaks, seafood and other traditional American cuisine for lunch and dinner. To stay active, work out in the hotel’s fitness center or swim some laps in the indoor swimming pool.
La Copa Hotel McAllen
A good choice for those who enjoy shopping, this 108-unit hotel sits beside La Plaza Mall, the premier shopping center for the Rio Grande Valley. All rooms and common areas feature wireless Internet, and the hotel serves a complimentary breakfast with Belgian waffles each morning. The outdoor swimming pool and surrounding sun deck are ideal for guests who want to swim laps or just relax. Although the hotel has no on-site restaurant, nearby eateries include Santa Fe Steakhouse, House of China and Logan’s Steakhouse.