Motels and Hotels
One of the best lodging deals in Wichita Falls is the Budget Host Inn (1601 8th St., 940/322-1182, www.budgethost.com, $48 d). Located on the western edge of downtown, this modest hotel offers 40 rooms, each including a microwave, fridge, and free wireless service.
Just southwest of downtown, the Fairfield Inn (4414 Westgate Dr., 940/691-1066, www.marriott.com, $85 d) has an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a free buffet breakfast, free wireless service, and complimentary access to nearby Gold’s Gym.
Located south of Wichita Falls's “urban” core, Hawthorn Suites (1917 Elmwood Ave., 940/692-7900, www.hawthorn.com, $89 d) offers various room options, ranging from basic (all rooms have a fridge, microwave, and sofa) to fancy (fireplaces and balconies). The hotel offers free breakfast and wireless service.
Homewood Suites (2675 Plaza Pkwy., 940/691-4663, www.hilton.com, $119 d) is on a lake near Midwestern State University. All rooms have fully-equipped kitchens, a full sized refrigerator, and Internet access, and the hotel features an indoor heated pool and free hot breakfast.
The best place for camping in Wichita Falls is Lake Arrowhead State Park. Another option is the Wichita Bend RV Park (300 Central Frwy., 940/761-7490, $17 nightly fee), just a few miles northwest of downtown. The park is located on the Wichita River adjacent to Lucy Park and offers 28 sites with hookups (no tents) along with a pool and nature trails.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition