In the middle of the Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen has a vibrant cultural scene and buckets of small-town charm, with its mom-and-pop shops, rich Texan history, plus delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine. There are also neighborhood parks, beautiful nature reserves and stunning murals – more than two dozen of them. Ideally placed for quick access to both Mexico and South Padre Island, you’ll find it is a southern destination not to be missed. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Harlingen – bookable on Culture Trip.
This sprawling offering from Hilton is a popular convention destination, but it’s also ideal for those who have come to Harlingen for a vacation. The Iwo Jima Monument, Hugh Ramsey Nature Park, and the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum are just a 15-minute drive away, and Valley International Airport is 6mi (10km) from the door. The cool-toned accommodation is modern, light and well-appointed, and facilities include an outdoor pool with pillow-soft sun loungers, a gym and an on-site restaurant.
You’ll find this solid offering just off Highway 83, 4mi (6km) from the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum and 2mi (3km) from the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. Head upstairs from the houseplant-filled lobby to find your room. The suites are homey and comfortable, featuring microwaves and mini-fridges, and with a complimentary breakfast buffet, an exercise room, and an outdoor pool and hot tub, you’ll be all set for your stay in Harlingen. You can even bring your furry friend along for an additional fee.
You’ll find this contemporary extended-stay offering off Interstate 69E and just 6mi (10km) from the calming vistas of the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. There’s a free grocery delivery service to fill your refrigerator and satisfy cravings (though you’ll have to pay for the actual groceries), complimentary hot breakfast to start your mornings off right and evening social hours if you feel like making some new friends. There’s also a pool and a gym.
You know you’ve never made a bad choice if you opt for a Holiday Inn, and this location is no exception. The contemporary rooms are well-appointed and bright, and hotel facilities include an outdoor palm tree-fringed heated pool and jacuzzi, a fitness center and a complimentary breakfast. You’re just an 11-minute drive from the airport and two minutes from South Padre Island.
Off North Expressway 83, just 4mi (6km) from Valley International Airport and less than a 10-minute drive from central Harlingen, the Valley Race Park and the Tony Butler Golf Course, this solid all-suite offering from Hilton is just the ticket. The suites have everything you need, with full kitchens, HD channels and comfy sitting areas. In addition, there are evening socials three nights a week and a complimentary hot breakfast, plus an outdoor pool with mood lighting and funky fountains. When it’s time to depart, take the free airport shuttle.
This Hampton Inn is a great call if you fancy a little more space and homeyness than a standard hotel room can offer. It’s in a quiet location, just half a mile (0.8km) from scenic park walks along the Arroyo Colorado and 4mi (6km) south of Valley International Airport. The rooms are filled with fun patterns, and each comes with an easy chair and ottoman to put up your feet. Plus, there’s an outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and an attractive aquarium in the welcoming living room-style lobby.
This bright and contemporary offering from Radisson welcomes you with a stylish double-height lobby, featuring an attractive communal area with a fireplace that you can recline next to after a full day exploring the attractions in the local area. Meet the tropical birds at Gladys Porter Zoo, or shop until you drop at the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets. If you want to treat yourself, there’s a whirlpool suite available. Breakfast is complimentary, and you’ll also find a fitness center and an outdoor pool with a barbecue patio.
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