Waco Motels

by Meg Jernigan

Waco, Texas, located about 100 miles south of Dallas, is home to Baylor University, the Dr. Pepper Museum and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. Motels in the city are generally budget to moderately priced, and they offer what travelers consider basic amenities. Most Waco motels are close to shopping, dining and tourist attractions.

Baylor University

Baylor University stretches from the Brazos River to South 9th Street on the southeastern side of Interstate 35. Best Western Old Main Lodge, adjacent to the Ivy Square shopping area, is closest to the heart of the university. The motel has an outdoor swimming pool and high-speed Internet access, and provides complimentary continental breakfast. Slightly farther south, La Quinta Inn also has an outdoor pool and Internet access. The motel’s free hot breakfast includes waffles, and there’s a Denny’s restaurant adjacent to the property.

Convention Center

Hilton and Courtyard by Marriott are adjacent to the convention center on the banks of the Brazos River. The Shops of River Square Center and the Warehouse Entertainment area are nearby. Hilton Waco’s standard and executive rooms feature upscale beds, linens and bath accessories. Courtyard Waco participates in the Nickelodeon Your Stay package for kids, and offers a romance package that includes champagne, chocolates and hot breakfast for two. The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast at an additional charge.

Interstate 35

Interstate 35 cuts through Waco on its way from Dallas to Austin. Chain motels dominate the interstate, but a few privately owned properties remain. The C&E and the Viking motels north of downtown provide economical, no-frills accommodations. Victorian Inns, located on the interstate just before it crosses the Brazos, offers one king- or two single-bed budget rooms with vaguely Victorian décor. Some of the privately owned motels south of downtown Waco suffer from their locations in less than desirable neighborhoods, but chain motels like Comfort, Rodeway and Quality provide the expected amenities.


The Livingston at Heritage Square, located downtown within walking distance of restaurants, bars and shopping, offers one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The boutique hotel, owned by an interior designer, features five suites with individually themed upscale décor. At 1,220 square feet, the St. Germain is the largest and most expensive accommodation in the hotel. The suite has a large living area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and washer/dryer. Tech amenities include free high-speed Internet, a business center and computer printers in some rooms.

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