McAllen, TX

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Just north of the Mexican border, this thriving city has adopted many colors, sounds and tastes of its southern neighbor, while maintaining plenty of Texan charm.

Known to locals as the “city of palms,” the southern plains city of McAllen is nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border. McAllen’s population may say only 130,000 on paper, but this figure swells during the day as workers from the surrounding towns converge on the city.

Likewise, in the evening and on weekends, McAllen becomes the unofficial playground for the 1.3 million residents of the Rio Grande Valley. That’s how energetic the city is; it pulls visitors in from all around for its charming nightlife, a lively medley of cuisines, fascinating local attractions and superb shopping.

Join the throngs of visitors who cross the border from Mexico each day in order to shop at some of Texas’ most popular malls. Spend the day searching for bargains at La Plaza Mall, Palms Crossing and the North 10th Street shopping district.

A large Hispanic community has provided McAllen with a tantalizing array of eating options. Stop at a roadside restaurant for quick and easy Tex-Mex, such as a burrito filled with fresh chili. Take a table outside a downtown restaurant to enjoy mouth-watering fresh dishes made of local ingredients.

See McAllen’s cultural side in action as you visit the Creative Incubator, a progressive institution that curates a program of exhibitions, workshops and activities. Stop at the McAllen Convention Center to listen to the Valley Symphony Orchestra playing as part of their regular concert series.

Venture outside the city and you’ll be met with wild birds, dramatic landscape and the gushing Rio Grande River. Follow some of the many hiking and cycling trails to help you navigate your way through the wilderness.

An international airport serves McAllen, as do frequent interstate trains and buses. Once you’re in town, enjoy the convenience of the frequent buses that run between all the major attractions in the city.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham McAllen La Plaza Mall
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham McAllen La Plaza Mall
2.5 out of 5
1120 S 10th St, McAllen, TX
The price is ¥13,073 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in the heart of McAllen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chase Texas Tower and La Plaza Mall. McAllen Medical Center and McAllen Convention Center ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (729 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham McAllen La Plaza Mall
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
4 out of 5
1800 S 2nd St, McAllen, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,436 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
This family-friendly McAllen hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rio Grande Regional Hospital and La Plaza Mall. McAllen Medical Center ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (951 reviews)
"Loved the all around bar"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
701 South Ware Road, McAllen, TX
The price is ¥13,431 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of McAllen Performing Arts Center and McAllen Convention Center. La Plaza Mall and McAllen ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (961 reviews)
"everything was as expected, its a great place and I will love to get back soon."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
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Upscale condo in private community
Upscale condo in private community
McAllen, TX
The price is ¥12,505 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated in McAllen, this condo building is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Pharr Convention Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of McAllen Medical Center and La Plaza Mall. ...
Upscale condo in private community
Homewood Suites by Hilton McAllen
Homewood Suites by Hilton McAllen
3 out of 5
3801 Expressway 83, McAllen, TX
The price is ¥14,436 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palms Crossing and McAllen Convention Center. La Plaza Mall and McAllen Medical Center ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (435 reviews)
"Stayed with family, the rooms were clean and spacious. A bit noisy from the freeway traffic but overall very pleasant stay."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton McAllen
Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen
Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen
3 out of 5
525 South Ware Rd, McAllen, TX
The price is ¥12,958 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of McAllen Performing Arts Center and McAllen Convention Center. La Plaza Mall is 2.8 mi (4.5 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (375 reviews)
"What I didn't like is there were no rooms with a jacuzzi"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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