The Amarillo Marriott, a Great Family Stayover on a Cross America Trip


While we didn’t plan to stay and explore Amarillo, Texas, we did use it as a stay over on our cross America trip, which we heavily hashtagged #WBTWxAmerica if you want to check out some of our social media posts (Twitter and Instagram). Amarillo is a known stop over when driving through the center of the country because it’s a major city between Oklahoma and New Mexico.

In downtown Amarillo, the old Fisk Building has been renovated into a Marriott and still retains its historic Gothic Revival exterior. Inside, of course, all the modern amenities have been added that you’d expect from a Marriott. We opted for the Marriott because was told by a long time local that it’s a great downtown location and also has safe and secure parking off-site. It also appeared to be a popular hotel for professional athletes as we could assess from signs in the lobby.

The rooms themselves are fairly standard although you can get rooms with views and/or balconies, which we did, despite it being a bit too cool in the evening to sit outside in January.

All contemporary in style, their 107 rooms and suites are brightly lit and decorated in vibrant colors. Because they have suites as well, it makes for a good option for family travel as well. Included are 42 inch TV’s, free wifi, a hotel fitness center and The Bistro, a restaurant on the ground floor, where you can grab a bite in the evening or breakfast in the morning.

The main lobby area is also incredibly modern and I’d say, “happily decorated.” Nearby the hotel, you can access some of Amarillo’s local attractions like the Amarillo Civic Center and Cadillac Ranch just moments away from the hotel. Family attraction options include the Ross Rogers Golf Course and the Wonderland Amusement Park.


 Marriott Courtyard Amarillo Downtown

 724 South Polk Street

Amarillo, TX 79101



Note: we were hosted by the hotel but all opinions expressed are entirely our own.







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