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.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
4 out of 5
1800 S 2nd St, McAllen, TX
The price is $104 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
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 Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"Smooth sailing"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel McAllen
Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport
Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport
3 out of 5
2721 South 10th Street, McAllen, TX
The price is $114 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Rio Grande Regional Hospital, La Plaza Mall, and McAllen Medical Center. Quinta Mazatlan and Chase ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (789 reviews)
"The free shuttle (up to 5 miles) to and from the hotel makes it really nice and convenient if you don't have a rental car. The staff is amazing and super helpful in taking you to locations and picking you up. There's not much within walking distance but that service makes it a non issue. The bar/restaurant ..."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2021

Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
701 South Ware Road, McAllen, TX
The price is $110 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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 Exceptional! (971 reviews)
"Everything was great! Well worth the money."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
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KING SUITE✨WIFI✅ Free Parking
KING SUITE✨WIFI✅ Free Parking
McAllen, TX
The price is $84 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in McAllen, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pharr Convention Center, International Museum of Art and Science, and Cornerstone Regional ...
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Homewood Suites by Hilton McAllen
Homewood Suites by Hilton McAllen
3 out of 5
3801 Expressway 83, McAllen, TX
The price is $87 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
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! (417 reviews)
"The room was very comfortable and spacious and the staff was extremely friendly."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

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 $97 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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! (356 reviews)
"I simply loved everything about the hotel!!"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen
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