Rock and roll legend Buddy Holly hailed from Lubbock, a city of more than 218,000 residents in west Texas that’s home to a large university. Chain motels and mom-and-pop operations compete for travelers' patronage, especially during events that draw thousands of visitors to the city. A handful of inns and bed-and-breakfast properties provide more genteel lodging.
On the Highway
Interstate 27 connects Lubbock with Amarillo to the north, and highway 289 circles the city. Located in the southern section of the city on Interstate 27, America’s Best Value Inn offers budget-friendly extended stay rooms with free Wi-Fi and kitchen facilities; some rooms feature Jacuzzi tubs. The AAA two-diamond motel has an outdoor pool and playground. Ashmore Inn and Suites, on 289 southwest of the city, hosts an evening reception and provides guests with a complimentary breakfast bar. The inn’s 572-square-foot suites have separate bedrooms and full kitchens.
Lubbock’s Depot Entertainment District, an up-and-coming area of shops and music venues, centers around 19th Street and the Buddy Holly Center. The economical Super 8 Lubbock is adjacent to the Civic Center and across the street from Walmart. The motel offers free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi and welcomes pets. Holiday Inn Hotel & Towers is a high-rise motel that earned Holiday Inn’s Commendable rating in customer surveys. The hotel has an indoor pool, an exercise facility and offers free high-speed Internet access.
Texas Tech, with enrollment over 30,000, is the largest college in west Texas. Motels fill up quickly on game day and during celebrations like graduation and homecoming. The Woodrow House Bed and Breakfast, located on the southern edge of campus, has seven moderately priced, themed guest rooms, all with private baths. A restored caboose from the Santa Fe Railroad is also available for rent. The caboose has a private bathroom and a queen-sized bed. Woodrow House requires a Friday and Saturday night stay during football weekends and graduation.
Nearby Historic Accommodations
The Harvey House Chain was founded in 1876 by an immigrant named Fred Harvey who built restaurants along the Santa Fe Railroad’s southwestern lines. The company also provided dining service on the railroad. Young women were hired from "back East" to work in the restaurants. Slaton’s Harvey House, 15 miles south of Lubbock, is now a bed and breakfast, but when it was built, it served as a restaurant with lodging upstairs for the owner and the Harvey girls, as they were known. Four guest rooms, decorated with Native American themes, have views of the still active railway yard.