The Tyler-University Area
Just ten miles from the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, the La Quinta Inn and Suites Tyler - University Area, is located on easily accessible Loop 323, and is less than two miles from the University of Texas at Tyler and the UT Tyler Cowan Center.
Tyler became an official city in 1846 at the inception of Smith County. Tyler, TX is named after John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States; who supported the annexation of Texas to the United States. Tyler is located near the geographic center of the county. In 1847, the town layout began with the purchase of a hundred acres of land, and twenty-eight blocks of town site around a central square, which included a courthouse, that also served as the meeting hall and church. A Methodist church was established in 1846, followed by the First Baptist Church in 1848. Masonic lodge, Odd Fellows lodge, and the first newspaper were also formed at that time.
The rich soil of the surrounding area attracted many Old South planters to the area, which stimulated a population spurt and would be the origin of Tyler as the largest producer of rose bushes. Tyler is the home of the largest rose garden in America earning it the title, “Rose Capital of the World”. The Texas Rose Festival draws is tourists attraction that brings thousands to the area each year. The festival is further commemorated with the Rose Museum. The East Texas State Fair is another annual event the Tyler locals look forward to every year .
Tyler has four hospitals including two billion dollar hospital systems. Tyler consists of two public high schools as well as several private schools; and is home to four local colleges and universities. It is surrounded by an extensive network of major highways making transportation very efficient for the Tyler area. Highways include highway 20, U.S. highway 69, highway 64, U.S. highway 271, state highway 31, highway 155, highway 110, loop 323, and loop 49.
Hotel Services & Amenities
Sink into a comfortable pillowtop bed and wake up in our UT area hotel to a hot Free Bright Side Breakfast -TM and enjoy the East Texas fresh air. All of our rooms are 100% smoke-free, so you can breathe smoke-free.
Who’s hungry? For a quick snack visit our on-site Bright Side Market; available in the lobby at this university area hotel. If you are craving a hearty meal, head over to the onsite restaurant and bar with a variety of delicious menu options. Don't hesitate to bring leftovers back to your room to preserve in the mini refrigerator and heat up later in the microwave.
Take care of business quickly and efficiently in Our Business Center offers a printer, Fax and copy service. In addition, we provide free high-speed wireless Internet, free local calls with voicemail and in-room coffee maker.
When you are done with business, unwind in our university area hotel’s outdoor pool (seasonal), keep your wellness routine in our fitness center, or catch up on the latest movies or your favorite shows with 10 premium and 2 movie channels on a flat screen television.
Attractions near Tyler, Texas
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Within six miles from our university area hotel, you can observe the habitats of wildlife around the world at the Caldwell Zoo (open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day).
Our smoke-free hotel is within minutes of a fantastic live event venue. Less than 2 miles away, you can attend an intimate concert or live performance at the UT Tyler Cowan Center. Where famous and up-and-coming actors, comedians, bands and singers perform every season!
Tour the 19th century Tyler Historic Landmark the McClendon House or enjoy the smell of the largest rose garden in the United States, the Tyler Municipal Rose Gardens.
Attention shoppers! Only three miles away, Broadway Square Mall offers fantastic retail stores like Sears, Dillard’s, JC Penny, Foot Locker, GameStop, Old Navy, Men’s Warehouse, Zale’s and more!
If the outdoors calls to you, hit the links at Pine Springs Golf Course (7.5 mi.) or head to Tyler State Park, less than 13 miles away from this smoke-free hotel. Tyler State park offers boating, fishing, swimming in the lake, mountain biking, or you can just unwind on the campgrounds with a picnic or bird watching.
For those traveling in the medical profession or in town visiting a patient, our hotel is just two miles from Trinity Mother Frances Health System and from East Texas Medical Center, and eight miles from UT Tyler Medical Center. Community Colleges near our UT area hotel include Tyler Junior College (1.5 mi.) Tyler Junior College – West Campus (7 mi.) and Texas College is only six miles away.