Motels in Abilene

by Meg Jernigan

Abilene, Texas, is a mid-sized city about 175 miles west of Dallas. Motels in Abilene cater to travelers passing through middle Texas on Interstate 20 who want little more than a clean, safe room, and visitors stopping in the city to check out one of the local colleges or museums.

Interstate 20 Bypass

Interstate 20 bypasses the city to the north. Motels, clustered around the Route 351 and the West Lake Road interchanges are mainly chain accommodations. Best Western, Quality, Hampton and Super 8 operate motels on Interstate 20. Whitten Inn, part of a very small chain in Texas and New Mexico with another location in downtown Abilene, promises to focus on customer service. The budget-friendly motel offers concierge service that includes shopping and running errands for guests.

Interstate 20 Business

Interstate 20 Business runs through the center of Abilene, and in town motels tend to be privately owned. A collection of motels that harken to the early days of automobile travel line a section of road that was once part of the Bankhead Highway, which ran from Washington, D.C., to San Diego, California. The Alamo Motel, Ponca Motel and Best Budget Inn offer economical accommodations in a convenient location. Century Lodge, updated after a weak tornado ripped the roof off in 2009, offers budget-friendly standard rooms and larger extended stay apartments.

Winters Freeway

Winters Freeway runs north-south on the western edge of the city. Motels near the Interstate 20 interchange, located in a less desirable neighborhood, offer basic rooms. Farther south on the freeway, Hilton Garden, Best Western, Courtyard and Fairfield Inn properties near the Mall of Abilene are higher end. MCM Elegante Suites provides a complimentary breakfast buffet and evening cocktails. Moderately priced suites have separate bedrooms, microwave ovens and mini-fridges. The motel’s indoor heated pool is open year round.

South of Town

Abilene Regional Medical Center and Kirby Lake are south of the city near Highway 83/84. Two motels provide easy access to both. The reasonably priced Antilley Inn offers a hospital discount to guests who are in Abilene for treatment or to visit patients at the medical center. If you’re more comfortable staying in a chain motel, the Comfort Inn offers beds with pillow-top mattresses, and rooms with microwave ovens and mini-fridges. The area lacks restaurants, but both motels offer continental breakfast.


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