Stretching for 2,460 miles – meandering along the southern U.S. and Gulf Coast states from Jacksonville, Fla. to Los Angeles – Interstate 10 is a well-worn path for truckers. Respite for the road-weary is required along the way, but finding trucker-friendly hotels and restaurants on I-10 can be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with the area. Here are some suggestions:
In Las Cruces, N.M., truckers rave about the Teakwood Inn & Suites at 2600 South Valley Drive, located off I-10 and I-25 within walking distance of restaurants, just one block from New Mexico State University. The spacious rooms are reasonably priced between $39 to $109, with free hot breakfast, high-speed wireless Internet and a 24-hour business center. With ample truck parking, an indoor heated pool and guest laundry on site, the place seems tailor-made for truckers.
In Houston, similar amenities can be found at the Interstate Motor Lodge at 13213 East Freeway. Truckers at rest have enjoyed regional attractions such as Battleship Texas and nearby Minute Maid Park. Their spa tub is a particularly appealing amenity to the road-weary trucker.
The aptly titled Rest Inn at 5530 Interstate 10 East in San Antonio is also among the trucker-friendly. Close to Splashtown, hotel staff provides irons, ironing boards, hair dryers and extra towels/bedding – particularly appealing to the trucking segment.
Among hotel chains, La Quinta Inn & Suites have built their properties with the trucking audience in mind. The Beaumont site at 5820 Walden Rd. is a prototypical hotel, with heated spa, pool and fitness center among the amenities. Guest laundry facilities, a complimentary USA Today, and free breakfast further make you feel at home before hitting the road again.
Oft-mentioned hotel chains among truckers as being particularly attentive to their needs include Best Western, Budget Inn, Comfort Inn Days Inn & Suites, and Drury Inn & Suites.
To be sure, the trucking segment is a demographic hotel chains dare not neglect in their marketing efforts. An abundance of restaurants surrounding such lodging further targets the trucker market.
But off the beaten path, dining is often more hit-and-miss. In Arizona, Sunmart No. 605 in San Simon and the Tucson Truck Terminal scored positive reviews, with good eats among its offerings. In traversing Texas, truckers have gushed over the buffet at King’s, off Exit 43 in San Antonio. Rice City at Exit 80 also earned rave reviews for its food, along with Frog City at Exit 86.
Given the availability of choices, both for trucker-friendly hotels and restaurants on I-10, a handful of web sites have begun amassing this information, including I10Trucking.com and truckstopreport.com. Handy and exhaustively-researched travel guides catering to truckers can also be ordered at truckdog.com.