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The McAllen Area

In 1904 John McAllen donated land to the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad to ensure the railroad would cross the area. A depot was built, and the McAllen Townsite Company was formed to create the town of McAllen, which was officially incorporated in 1911. Agriculture, petroleum, and tourism drove McAllen’s growth through most of the 20th century.  Today McAllen’s economy is primarily dominated by manufacturing trade and and tourism.

The Miller International Airport serves the McAllen area.  McAllen is only minutes from the U.S./Mexico border.  Reynosa, Mexico is only about 8 miles away, where you can immerse yourself in the culture and food of Mexico itself. And you'll definitely want to par take in the food and culture of the Rio Grande Valley, because you will find plenty to do, eat, and see while you’re here. And it’s all just minutes, and often only walking distance, from the hotel! 

Hotel Services & Amenities

Whether you are coming to McAllen for business or pleasure, you will love our spacious rooms and comfortable pillow-top beds. Our rooms also come with complementary Wi-Fi, TV with cable, a coffee maker, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and complementary local calls.

We have a fitness center on site, a guest laundry, and a Sundry Shop for guests. And be sure to take advantage of our Free Bright Side Breakfast™ each and every morning. You will find yourself well taken care of and well fed here at La Quinta Inn & Suites McAllen Convention Center. 

Attractions Near McAllen

Because of McAllen’s location on the migratory path between North and South America and its proximity to Mexico, there is a very diverse wildlife population, meaning there are many opportunities to see a wide variety of animals and to engage in some very exciting birdwatching. Be sure to visit the Quinta Mazatlan, a historical Spanish colonial mansion that is McAllen’s wing of the World Birding Center, and the McAllen Nature Center. The Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge will let you see animals ranging from peccaries to whistling ducks, so do be sure you visit it!

You can also find art in the McAllen Arts District, and you will no doubt enjoy the International Museum of Art and Science. Or enjoy a fun night out at the historic Cine El Rey Theatre. And of course enjoy everything happening at the McAllen Convention Center nearby. You will also find the campuses of UT-Pan Am, Oral Roberts University, and Texas State Technical Institute close by. And there is of course plenty of great shopping at El Centro Mall, La Plaza Mall, or Las Tiendas Shopping Center, among the many shopping opportunities in the McAllen area.