The Best Hotels to Book in Stillwater, Oklahoma

SpringHill Suites Stillwater offers a tranquil base for travelers to the area
SpringHill Suites Stillwater offers a tranquil base for travelers to the area | Courtesy of SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boise ParkCenter / Expedia
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Stillwater is best known as the home of Oklahoma State University, which counts country singer Garth Brooks and former South Korean and Jordanian prime ministers among its alumni. Illustrating that the revered seat of learning is the lifeblood of this small city, most hotels in Stillwater are located around the beautiful campus, where Georgian buildings overlook formal gardens and expansive lawns. North of Oklahoma City, Stillwater is also famous for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors the wrestling greats. Whether you’re coming to visit your kids at college or to pay homage to the likes of Ricky Steamboat or Eddie Guerrero, here’s our pick of the best hotels in Stillwater to use a base, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. The Atherton Hotel, for academic refinement


The Atherton Hotel at OSU room with two posts, pattern carpet and armchair
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This venerable institution at Oklahoma State University’s Student Union is nicknamed the Waldorf of the West for its Georgian architecture and history of hosting dignitaries, from former president Jimmy Carter to activist Coretta Scott King. It’s an elegant base in the leafy heart of the university campus, with 69 luxurious rooms and suites overlooking the formal gardens and Theta Pond. Despite its refined setting, however, the hotel reflects the university’s youthful spirit – while enjoying a steak at The Ranchers Club restaurant, you’ll likely overhear discussions about the Oklahoma State Cowboys college football team.

2. Hampton Inn & Suites Stillwater, for easy access to sights

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Few hotels in Stillwater offer a location as convenient as this Hilton-owned property off Highway 177, within a few minutes’ drive of the university, the city center and Boomer Lake Park’s lakeside walking trail. The complimentary hot breakfast makes a good start to days of enjoying nearby sights such as The Botanic Garden, home to native plants and projects by the university’s agriculture department. Bedrooms offer a similar level of convenience, with guest rooms, accessible options and one- or two-bed suites on offer.

3. Home2 Suites by Hilton Stillwater, for a practical base

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Home2 Suites by Hilton Stillwater with desk and curtain room separator
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With so many students and professors visiting the 130-year-old Oklahoma State University, this hotel between campus and Highway 177 is the ideal base for travelers on academic business or those dropping off their kids at college. If you have to help your young settle into their dorm, you can grab a bite to eat in your suite kitchen or at the complimentary Inspired Table breakfast buffet. The rooms and studio suites are equipped with desks and TV, and you can celebrate your kid’s academic successes at the surrounding restaurants.

5. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Stillwater-University Area, for scenic drives

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La Quinta by Wyndham Stillwater room with headboard, flatscreen tv and pattern carpets
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While many hotels in Stillwater line the roads between Oklahoma State University and Highway 177, this Wyndham property benefits from a location on the western edge of town. It’s perfect if you want to spend time with a loved one, offering scenic drives on Highway 51, beneath the expansive sky of the Oklahoma plains. The serene shores of Lake Carl Blackwell are six miles west, while the hotel offers amenities including complimentary cooked breakfast, an indoor pool and hot tub, and pet-friendly rooms with microwave, coffee machine, ironing facilities and more.

6. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Stillwater - University Area, for entertainment options

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Modern room at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Stillwater with striped carpet and microwave, mini fridge and headboard
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With its stylish rooms and swimming pool, this well-equipped hotel combines the student area’s youthful sense of fun with a range of facilities for a comfortable stay. You can join the university crowd at the AMC multiplex cinema across the road, or cross Highway 177 to the shops and restaurants at Lakeview Pointe mall. Back at base, the complimentary Express Start Breakfast bar supplements hotel-buffet staples with moreish items such as freshly made pancakes and signature cinnamon rolls.

7. Residence Inn Stillwater, for extended stays and guest socials

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Residence Inn by Marriott Stillwater room with flatscreen and headboard, bedside lamps
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This Marriott-owned hotel’s studios and one- or two-bedroom suites are perfect for both stopovers and longer stays, offering amenities such as a fireplace and a writing desk with an ergonomic chair. It’s also one of the few hotels in Stillwater on the western side of town, close to the relaxing walking trails of The Botanic Garden and Lake Carl Blackwell. If you’re on an extended visit, you’ll likely enjoy chatting to fellow guests at the Mix socials on Monday to Thursday evenings.

8. SpringHill Suites Stillwater, for contemporary style

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Stillwater room with two beds, art, sofa and desk
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This coolly contemporary hotel is distinguished by its stylish suites, which feature decorative canvases and inviting work desks with overhead lights. The appealing aesthetics continue in the lobby lounge and dining area, where futuristic light shades overlook guests enjoying hearty or healthy breakfasts. Such design choices are cherries on the cake of the hotel’s heated indoor pool and convenient location for both work and play, near the university and Eskimo Joe’s sports bar.

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