The Best Hotels to Book in Ruston, Louisiana

Youre sure to find a peach of a place to stay among our top hotels in Ruston
You're sure to find a peach of a place to stay among our top hotels in Ruston | Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Ruston / Expedia
Sarah Warwick

Ruston, Louisiana, is best known for two things: peaches and students. While the former are celebrated at the annual Louisiana Peach Festival, the latter attend Louisiana Tech University in their thousands, lending the town a youthful vibe. Whether you’re visiting your kids at college or road-tripping through the Bayou State, don’t miss the Dixie Center for the Arts, downtown’s historic buildings, or a walk in Garland Gregory Hideaway Park. Of course, the first thing you’ll need is a base – try our list of the best hotels in Ruston, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Courtyard by Marriott Ruston, for handy campus access


Seats by an outdoor pool with two handrails and steps at Courtyard by Marriott Ruston
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This business hotel makes a great overnighter for vacationers and those visiting college kids, since you’re just a few minutes’ drive from the Louisiana Tech campus and Garland Gregory Hideaway Park. Once you’ve settled in to your neutral-toned room, you can work up at sweat with the on-site fitness center’s cardio machines. Elsewhere, the outdoor pool is surrounded by a copse of tall trees – shielding you from onlookers during your morning swim.

2. Hampton Inn Ruston, for easy highway access


Two double beds face a flat-screen TV and a desk at Hampton Inn Ruston
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The area around Ruston is known as Sportsman’s Paradise, with landscape that’s perfect for fishing, hiking and hunting. Take advantage of this with early starts from this roadside hotel, just off the I-20 – you can even bring your dog. There’s a free breakfast to send you on your way, and an outdoor pool to soothe sore muscles after a day on the trails.

3. Sleep Inn & Suites University, for a good night’s sleep


Large bed, sofa, desk and chair in a suite at Sleep Inn & Suites University
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Choice Hotels’ Sleep Inn brand proudly employs its Designed to Dream concept, involving soft lighting, muted colors and nature-inspired furnishings that are said to promote a good night’s sleep. You can put this to the test at these convenient accommodations, just 1mi (1.6km) from Louisiana Tech University. The indoor pool has a hot tub, while rooms come with mini-fridges and microwaves so that you can chow down without leaving your abode. Alternatively, the restaurants of downtown are a 10-minute stroll away.

4. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ruston, an IHG Hotel, for early flights


A large bed and a double bed face a wall-mounted TV in a room at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ruston
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All your basic needs are catered to at this Holiday Inn on the east side of Ruston, near the city airport. Blackout blinds will please light sleepers, while guests who believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day will rejoice at the complimentary pancake, sausage, bacon and egg spread, along with cereal and toast. Throw in an outdoor pool and on-site gym, and it’s got all the makings of a quality overnighter.

5. Best Western PLUS Ruston Hotel, for fitness fans


Two single beds face a TV in a Best Western PLUS Ruston Hotel suite also containing a sofa, armchair and desk
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The bright neons of the communal areas here are a boon to those who enjoy eye-popping color, while the guest rooms and suites are markedly more sedate. If you’re into keeping fit while on the road, you’re in luck: not only is there a heated outdoor pool and a large gym full of fitness tech, free weights and yoga mats, but you can also request an in-room fitness bag.

6. Fairfield Inn & Suites Ruston, for campus visits


Indoor pool area at Fairfield Inn & Suites Ruston, with two handrails, steps and a separate hot tub
Courtesy of Fairfield by Marriott - Ruston / Expedia

Close to the university campus, this is a good option if you’re planning on checking out some college basketball during your time in Ruston. Gym fiends will appreciate the heated indoor pool and fitness center, but if you don’t like the idea of flaunting your bathing suit from adjoining hot tub, opt for the King Suite, with its own private whirlpool. Breakfast is free, and there’s a selection of pet-friendly rooms.

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