The Best Hotels to Book in Waco, Texas

Known for its landscaped gardens, the Hilton Waco offers a tranquil retreat on the riverbank
Known for its landscaped gardens, the Hilton Waco offers a tranquil retreat on the riverbank | © Hilton Waco / Expedia
Photo of Rachel DelRocco Terrazas
20 December 2021

Situated between Dallas and Austin along the Brazos River, Waco has small-town vibes and Texas flair. If you find yourself on a Texas road trip or are just looking for a quaint getaway, Waco has plenty to offer. Check out the Texas antique shops or eccentric museums like the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame or the Dr. Pepper Museum. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors here as well, but whatever you decide, there’s a hotel in Waco for every type of traveler.

Hotel Indigo Waco Baylor, for relaxed downtown digs

Lobby lounge area with floor-to-ceiling windows, red and blue couches and chairs, a tiled floor and a blue-patterned wall at Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor
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A short stroll from Baylor University, cozy colorful rooms in the Warehouse District in downtown Waco puts you a short distance from the scenic, 7mi (11km) Brazos Riverwalk. Don’t miss the famous Magnolia Market, where you can tuck into lunch from a local food truck. The hotel’s shuttle service will take you anywhere within 3mi (5km), but when the sightseeing is done, relax by the indoor pool followed by shrimp tacos and a signature cocktail at Brazos Bar & Bistro.

Aloft Waco Baylor, for fun-filled stays

Gray couch with red, turquoise and orange pillows against a white and black-patterned wall at Aloft Waco Baylor
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A mile (1.6km) from Baylor University and Magnolia Market shopping complex, Aloft favors a fun take on hospitality with pixel-patterned blinds and colorful city murals. Fixer Upper fans must take the Aloft shuttle to the Magnolia Market at the Silos created by Chip and Joanna Gaines. When you return, wind down in the 24-hour fitness center or enjoy a local craft beer and live music at the industrial-chic WXYZ Bar.

Hilton Waco, for riverbank relaxation

Tree-shrouded exterior of Hilton Waco featuring a small rock pool
Known for its landscaped gardens, the Hilton Waco offers a tranquil retreat on the riverbank | © Hilton Waco / Expedia

Close to the attractions in the downtown area, you can sip your morning coffee while looking out your window or balcony of your comfortable suite over the banks of the Brazos River. The hotel’s landscaped gardens are worth a wander in before you take in the sights up close with a walk to the nearby Waco River Park or the Dr. Pepper Museum. Don’t forget to take advantage of being next door to the Waco Suspension Bridge and jump on the hotel’s local shuttle to the Zoo, less than a mile away (1.6km).

Hyatt Place Waco South, for modern comforts

Simple bedroom with a green accent wall, a double bed, gray couch, writing desk, flat-screen TV and light-brown furniture at Hyatt Place Waco-South
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This Waco hotel is 5mi (8km) from downtown with easy access on Interstate 35. However, it’s all too easy to make yourself comfortable here, with modern rooms with wood effect floors and furniture. Jump in the heated indoor pool and follow that up with a turkey pesto sandwich or chicken Caesar salad from the Placery, open from 6am to midnight. You must, however, set foot outside to visit the Central Texas Marketplace, home to multiple shops and even more restaurants.

Courtyard Waco, for sociable spaces

Elegant living area with a flat-screen TV, a dark grey carpet, a tan couch and two grey armchairs at Courtyard Waco
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Step out of the Courtyard and into downtown Waco, where you can explore the area’s many shops and attractions. Guests love the lounge and lobby for the modern decor, cozy gas fire, and relaxing atmosphere, not to mention the media pods for privacy. The luxurious rooms and suites with polished wood and thick drapes will make it hard to leave, but when you’re hungry, go grab dinner or drinks at the hotel’s casual Bistro spot or sit out in the courtyard.

SpringHill Suites Waco, for colorful communal spaces

Modern living area with a grey couch and chairs, a grey carpet, a flat-screen TV, a table and a private balcony at SpringHill Suites Waco
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Another downtown option in Waco is Springhill Suites, within easy walking distance of restaurants such as Twisted Root Burger Co. or Ninfa’s Mexican. Your streamlined digs also allow for plenty of room to relax and include kitchens for cooking up your own feasts. When it’s time for sightseeing, you’re only 2mi (3km) from Cameron Park Zoo. If you’ve arrived by electric car that’s not an issue, you can charge it at the charging stations on site.

Residence Inn Waco South, for luxurious longer stays

Outdoor seating around a firepit at Residence Inn Waco South
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This Waco hotel next to the stadium is designed for extended stays and does a lot to help you feel right at home in its light-filled studios or one-bedroom suites with neat kitchens, from being pet-friendly to offering grocery shopping services. Your home-from-home garden will be an attractive outdoor courtyard with a firepit. Relax at the year-round pool or on the putting greens. Don’t forget to stop by Crumbl Cookies for dessert heaven just across the street.

Staybridge Suites Waco South, for cool courtyard cocktails

Large double bed with a wooden headboard, a grey couch and carpet, a writing desk and flat screen TV at Staybridge Suites Waco South-Woodway
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If you’re looking for a hotel for longer than a weekend, this extended-stay spot with smartly-styled gray, brown, and white suites with kitchens, a gym, and a basketball court should tick all boxes. Located in Woodway, a quiet offshoot of Waco, it’s only 20 minutes from Baylor and downtown. But you may not even want to leave, with a cool courtyard and contemporary fire pit, as well as a space for dinner and drinks.

Holiday Inn & Suites Waco Northwest, for family-friendly facilities

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Black leather couch and armchairs in front of a fireplace and flat-screen TV at Holiday Inn & Suites Waco Northwest
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For comfort and ease, book this centrally-located hotel, 5mi (8km) from downtown Waco and a short distance from the airport. To relax, swim some laps in the indoor pool and wind down in the hot tub or sauna. If your trip to Waco is a family affair, children stay with you for free and can also enjoy free meals at Kems Restaurant and Bar. They’ll also love the pops of color in the suites. If you manage to find some adult time, enjoy a cheeky cocktail during happy hour, Monday through Thursday.

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