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Residence Inn Waco

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

have stayed here twice, basic service was fine, not much in the way of amenities but full kitchen, nicely decorated, sofa etc, up to date and clean. Close to Baylor and the restaurant center. Excellent value.

Residence inn - great location and space for a 5 women to celebrate a birthday weekend. Two bedrooms and a living room with pull out sofa. Walking distance to Magnolia Silos and other Waco shops and restaurants. Easy access to I35. Super friendly staff and a nice little breakfast. The living area is a bit small if you are planning to spend lots of time there with many people, but not an issue for us. You can hear the train at night, which bothered some people in our group

Very nice, comfortable, clean hotel . Perfect location if staying for a Waco visit...very close to shopping, restaurants, Magnolia Silos, Dr Pepper Museum and other touristy spots. The staff here were all very friendly and made an effort to acknowledge us as guests. Complimentary breakfast very good, has a little of everything. Great stay overall!

I have nothing but compliments for all the staff here. They will usually greet you with a smile and do what they can to make your stay as good as they can. Special compliments go to Terry, Marquisha and Jasmine on front desk, as well as Jasmine who runs the evening mix. The whole team is lead by Brittany, who is one of the most friendly and accommodating ladies you will meet. The property is ideally located for most things that Waco has to offer.

We stayed at three Residence Inn's during a trip the week after Christmas. Of the three (the others were Texarkana and Little Rock), this one was ranks number three, and it was the most expensive by a few dollars. It is an older property, and while it was clean, it could use a little sprucing up. Most of the staff were quite friendly, but the front desk people while not unfriendly, were more business-like. We had a problem with one of the bed reading lamps, and the night person was not able to help. In the morning, the front desk person told us that there was a second switch that needed to be flipped. Why didn't the night person know this? All this said, we would certainly stay here again. It had a great location (near Magnolia and the Dr. Pepper Museum), large room with kitchen, and in general, Marriott Residence Inn's are a cut above other chains.

Like many, we came to Waco to look at Baylor and visit Magnolia Markets. Both are close nearby and within walking distance. The hotel is also located near the river with its beautiful trees and nice walking trails. There are many restaurants located within walking distance). We were upgraded to a two-bedroom suite with a fireplace by a very gracious and friendly woman who worked at the front desk. She could not have been more helpful in offering info about the local activities and area. The beds were super comfortable, the suite was clean and the breakfast was very good. Yes, you will hear a train horn now and again, but that will happen anywhere in downtown Waco as the track runs through the center of town. We felt very at home here and wished we could have stayed longer. Excellent stay.

This location is ideal for tourists visiting Waco for the Magnolia Markets. The staff are friendly and helpful, and are engaged in making the stay a good experience. The property is old and fraying a bit at the edges.

The university, downtown and all other touristic attractions are around the corner from this hotel. How could you say no to a 2nd tv in your room? Do you care about a nice hot breakfast? How about lovely employees, smiling at all times and offering help even when you did not have chance to ask about that? Wow! Hard to describe. Amazing place. Thank you Brittany Walker and all other people who made this real!

Our flight was very delayed so we arrived at the property about midnight, and were locked out of the facility and no one was at the desk to let us in or answer the phone. We waited more than 15 minutes for the night clerk to return to the front desk and let us in, and then asked if we were there to check in (really??? why else would we be there at midnight???). Once we did get to our room, it was Freezing cold, the air conditioning was on full blast. We had to heat the room up just so we could get out of our clothes and get into bed without shivering. We searched for an extra blanket because the room was so cold, but only found an extra sheet. For some reason Residence Inn does not provide luggage racks, so you suitcase has to be opened on the floor (or the couch) which is terribly inconvenient. There is only one small elevator, and it is not centrally located, so it does not serve the majority of the room. The layout of the property is odd in that there are very long hallways, and limited access points. We thought it odd that our room did not have an ice bucket until we realized that the three story property only had one ice maker, located on the first floor. Our room did have a frig that had an ice make, but it was super, super slow in making ice. Overall, the decor is totally outdated, the hallway carpet is old and stained. Housekeeping could use a refresher in how to service a room, as after our first night the bed was not made and the bathroom not thoroughly cleaned. The breakfast service was decent, and they did offer a good selection of coffee flavorings (syrups). The morning staff was pleasant. The location of this property is great - a short walk to Baylor / McLean Stadium, as well as Magnolia Market (Silo's), but beware it is also very close to the railroad and when the train comes through town in the middle of the night you will be awakened by it, as it blows the horn at every street crossing (which is pretty much all the way through town). Overall, we had an ok stay.

My daughters are touring a couple of days at Baylor. I booked here based on positive reviews I read here. I am not very happy with my choice. The location is fabulous. About a mile from Baylor and just a few blocks from magnolia market so for location it gets 5 stars. The hotel property gets 2. It’s a tired, tired hotel in need of renovation. Carpet stains, this teeny tiny elevator, paper thin walls and while I do think it’s sanitary, housekeeping is sloppy. Like smudges on bathroom mirror not cleaned from previous guests. I am here right now and it’s dreary enough I am not interested in reading a magazine and relaxing with downtime. It’s just bleh and dreary. I don’t think I will try breakfast tomorrow. Service has been nice. It’s just too bad with such a great location that Marriott wouldn’t step up and renovate.

501 S University Parks Dr Waco TX

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Indoor pool

Located within a 5-minute walk of Fort House Museum, Residence Inn Waco is within a 15-minute stroll of Texas Sports Hall of Fame. This 78-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Dr. Pepper Museum are a short walk away.


Start your day off right with a free hot/cold buffet breakfast.


All 78 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchens and space to spread out with sitting areas. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Sofa beds, coffee makers, and free newspapers are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Residence Inn Waco, guests enjoy features like an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a spa tub. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 200 reviews