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Where to Stay in Amarillo
Amarillo is considered the cultural capital of the Texas panhandle. The small city of about 200,000 has had a reputation as a ranch community, a major stop along the early American cattle trade and the "Helium Capital of the World." Today, the city plays a major role in the meat packing, agriculture and manufacturing industries. It also hosts many major rodeo- and equestrian-related events throughout the year and boasts a vibrant arts scene, which includes a symphony, an opera company and a ballet company. Most of the city's major hotels are located along the stretch of Interstate 40 that passes through the downtown region. Near El Alamo Park and the American Quarter Horse Association are a handful of discount and mid-range hotel chains. A short distance west along the interstate is another cluster of hotels, some of which are more upscale than their budget counterparts. On the western edge of town, by the large Westgate Shopping Center, are a selection of national hotel and motel chains, including extended-stay suites. You can also find a few intimate bed and breakfasts throughout the Amarillo area.
Amarillo Hotel Tips
Amarillo is home to a number of special events throughout the year. In mid-September, the city hosts the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo. The large event, which began in 1921, welcomes visitors and competitors from Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Participants compete in a range of rodeo events. The fair also features live music, a carnival, auctions and a wide selection of foods. In November, the city hosts the World Championship Ranch Rodeo at the Amarillo Civic Center. Competitors from across the country and beyond compete in events that showcase necessary skills and knowledge used on today's ranches. If you plan on attending either event, make sure you book hotel reservations a few months in advance to ensure availability.
The Texas town experiences ample sunlight and warm weather throughout the year. Average highs during the coldest months are usually in the upper 40s, and snowfall is typically very light. The city does experience the occasional tornado during the tornado season. The best time to find cheap Amarillo flights and hotel rooms is during the peak winter and summer months when the weather is most extreme.
Amarillo Hotel Recommendations
If you're looking for an exclusive stay, consider booking reservations at the Ambassador Hotel. Located in downtown Amarillo along Interstate 40, this exclusive hotel is perfect for family vacationers or business travelers. The facility features modern amenities and lavishly appointed rooms. Each morning, guests can take advantage of the hotel's complimentary hot breakfast. Business travelers will appreciate the complimentary wireless Internet access, the two 24-hour business centers and the 8,000-square feet of event and meeting space. There is also an on-site fitness center, a heated indoor pool and a whirlpool. All standard guestrooms are furnished with individual workspaces, coffeemakers and cable television. The hotel also claims two restaurants, including a TGI Friday's.
Or consider the Ashmore Inn & Suites. This elegant hotel is located just a short drive from the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA). The hotel boasts 138 beautifully appointed guestrooms, including suites, extended-stay studios and corporate apartments. Each morning, guests are treated to a deluxe complimentary breakfast, and a special hospitality hour takes place in the early evenings every Monday through Thursday. Each guestroom in the hotel is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. There is also an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center located on-site. The spacious suites include separate seating areas and kitchenettes. The Ashmore Inn & Suites also features special event spaces, including a stunning outdoor courtyard.
If you're planning a romantic getaway, book reservations at the Amarillo Parkview House Bed and Breakfast. Located in the Elwood Park neighborhood, this luxurious inn is housed inside an old Victorian mansion. The restored property claims five unique accommodations, each furnished with exquisite antiques and fine furniture. The hotel's assortment of amenities includes complimentary refreshments upon arrival, a daily gourmet continental breakfast, guest robes, a hammock, a hot tub, Victorian rose and herb gardens and a picturesque pond outfitted with fountains and statues. Rooms with private and shared baths are available.
Amarillo City Transit (ACT) provides public transportation for the city. ACT operates fixed bus routes throughout the city. Because of the limited public transportation options, many visitors to Amarillo opt to rent cars from one of the rental agency's with operations in the city. Navigating the city is relatively easy, thanks to limited traffic congestion and ample parking. There are several main highways that pass through Amarillo. Interstate 40 is the main east-west thoroughfare, while U.S. Route 87 is the main north-south thoroughfare. Other nearby highways include Interstate 27, U.S. Route 60, Loop 335 and State Highway 136.