Nestled in the center of Brownsville, the Gladys Porter Zoo has more than 30 acres (12ha) of lush tropical plants and diverse wildlife. Known for its conservation projects, the park is divided into four areas of the world, with animals native to each. Rejoice in the mile-long park with visits to permanent exhibits such as the Macaw Canyon, Bear Grottos and Komodo Dragon exhibit. Here are the top hotels nearby, all bookable on Culture Trip.
Enjoy the ultimate golf and family vacation with a stay at Rancho Viejo, splitting your time between the zoo and the resort’s driving range and two golf courses. Situated on 1,400 acres (567ha) and overlooking a winding canal, this upscale Spanish-style resort has 54 guest rooms and suites. There’s also a massive pool called the Alberca Grande; you’ll have access to the 6,000sqft (557sqm) swimming pool, which has a cascading waterfall, swim-up bar, and whirlpool spa. Rent a boat, perfect your tennis swing on the courts, or try the fitness center.
The Holiday Inn at Brownsville is self-proclaimed as the only full-service hotel in the center of the city. Just 4mi (6km) from the zoo, it’s perfect for families, since up to four kids aged 11 and under can eat free at the restaurant. Complimentary amenities include high-speed internet, a 24-hour fitness center, a 24-hour business center, and a convenience store. The outdoor pool area includes a wooden cabana and a patio. If you want to check out more nearby attractions, give the reception desk 24 hours notice for a complimentary shuttle service to locations within 3mi (5km) of the hotel.
Catch a ride on the free shuttle bus to and from the zoo, compliments of the hotel. The service runs within a 5mi (8km) radius, so it can get you to other Brownville attractions and the airport, too. Each of the 90 guest rooms and suites has plush bedding, a microwave, a mini-fridge and a desk. Keep productive with free wifi and the round-the-clock business center. Get a hearty breakfast at the bistro; throw in a Starbucks coffee to get you moving. When you’re ready to unwind, relax with a book at the outdoor pool and patio area.
Rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites are ample in space. To make you feel at home, all rooms and suites offer a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffee maker, and an ottoman for relaxing. Free wifi is included, so there aren’t any hidden fees regarding the internet. Enjoy your complimentary daily hot breakfast, with lots of food options to get you energized. A selection of gourmet coffees is available, free of charge, in the hotel lobby. Additionally, there’s an outdoor pool and a small fitness center so you can keep your workout regime.
As expected from the Hilton brand, this all-suites hotel ticks all the boxes: free wifi, a fitness center, a business center, and an outdoor pool. Warm studios and suites include kitchens, pull-out sofas and dining areas, plus bedroom suites add separate living rooms. Read the free newspaper, delivered on business days during the week, while you enjoy your complimentary hot breakfast. At night, chat poolside by the fire pits near the covered patio area.
From contemporary studios to two-bedroom suites, Home2 Suites by Hilton provides the comforts of home, including beds with microfiber sheets, fully-equipped kitchenettes and sofa beds. Work out while you do laundry in the unique laundry-gym combo at the Spin2 Cycle facility. Freebies include a large, hot breakfast selection and wifi throughout the hotel. Enjoy the colorful outdoor spaces, such as the outdoor pool and fire pit for cozy nights in.
5mi (8km) from the zoo, this all-suites hotel takes things up a notch on functionality. The suites have full-sized kitchens with stovetops and all the accessories to make a meal. If you’re looking to raise your heart rate, there’s a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a basketball court. Plus, there’s complimentary internet, a 24-hour business center and access to free laundry facilities.
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