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Where to Stay in Fort Worth → 5 Areas & TOP Hotels

Visitors on horseback explore the historic Fort Worth Stockyards under a large sign that reads 'Fort Worth Stock Yards', with classic brick buildings, various storefronts, and parked cars lining the street.Visitors on horseback explore the historic Fort Worth Stockyards under a large sign that reads 'Fort Worth Stock Yards', with classic brick buildings, various storefronts, and parked cars lining the street.

Fort Worth is one of the few US cities that allow you to dive into the heart of cowboy culture. Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by cowboys and the Wild West, so naturally, Fort Worth is high on my to-visit list. After years of planning and hours of research, I discovered the best areas and hotels, and I’m more than happy to advise you on where to stay in Fort Worth.

The best area to stay is Downtown Fort Worth hosting the best Fort Worth hotels and restaurants and offering easy access to all the major landmarks. Yet, I listed 4 more areas so that you have more options.

When planning your Fort Worth trip, book your accommodation in advance; the city is a popular tourist destination, and you don’t want to miss a stay in one of the amazing hotels!

If you are in a hurry

Check out the best hotels in the downtown area of Fort Worth, the best place to stay on your first trip to the city.

Use the map I’ve created to help you navigate Fort Worth without any difficulties. 

1. Downtown – where to stay in Fort Worth for the first time

Aerial view of Downtown Forth Worth with a winding river, green spaces, and a modern bridge against a backdrop of high-rise buildings under a clear blue sky.Aerial view of Downtown Forth Worth with a winding river, green spaces, and a modern bridge against a backdrop of high-rise buildings under a clear blue sky.

The downtown area of Fort Worth offers ideal spots for business and leisure. People visiting the city on business visit one of the area’s offices or head to an event at the Fort Worth Convention Center. As for leisure, there are plenty of opportunities for that as well.

Sundance Square Plaza is the heart of downtown Fort Worth and acts as a gathering hub for locals and tourists alike, providing vibrant pops of color to the city. You can spend the day at the Sundance Square shopping center, attend an art class at the Sundance Square Pavilion, get a coffee at Starbucks, or stop to admire the Chisholm Trail Mural.

Stepping away from Sundance Square and walking down Houston Street, you will stumble upon the Hells Half Acre and the Fort Worth Water Gardens, both must-see sights when visiting Fort Worth.

While you’re downtown, savor the city’s culinary delights nearby, grab a steak at Bob’s Steak & Chop House, or enjoy seafood at The Capital Grille. And if Fort Worth seems appealing, look into the ultimate spots for staying in the neighboring Dallas, too. 

Now, let’s check out the accommodation in Downtown.

Luxury hotel

The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel has a prime downtown location, a rooftop cinema, and as many as 4 on-site restaurants. Guests are granted access to The Worthington Athletic Club, which consists of a gym and a massage parlor, and are also welcome to use the indoor pool and the hot tub.

Other accommodation options in Downtown Fort Worth

Mid-Range

The Kimpton-Harper Hotel offers its guests free bikes, a fitness center, and access to a shared lounge

Budget

Enjoy city views and air-conditioned rooms. The front desk is open 24/7, and there’s an on-site currency exchange

Airbnb

One-bedroom apartment with a king bed, functional kitchen, smart TV, and plenty of light. Guests can self-check-in at the property


There is an abundance of hotels in Downtown Fort Worth, particularly luxury hotels. So, don’t miss my additional recommendations if you want to treat yourself to a little luxury on your Fort Worth trip. 

Evening scene of the riverfront in Downtown Forth Worth, showing a bridge with city buildings in the background, and people enjoying the riverside park at sunset.Evening scene of the riverfront in Downtown Forth Worth, showing a bridge with city buildings in the background, and people enjoying the riverside park at sunset.
  • Luxury: The Sinclair, Autograph Collection – 24-hour front desk, express check-in, and complimentary American breakfast are some perks offered at this hotel. The beautiful rooms offer extra comfort, and the rooftop bar provides incredible city views.
  • Mid-range: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown – the Hampton downtown hotel boasts an indoor pool, fitness center, a modern lounge, and a business center. A delicious breakfast is included, and Sundance Square is within walking distance. 
  • Budget: Omni Fort Worth Hotel – with 6 on-site restaurants, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel offers an unforgettable culinary experience. The hotel also has the only rooftop bar in Fort Worth that boasts an outdoor pool. 
  • Airbnb: Texas-themed luxury loft – a spacious and comfortable loft only a block from Sundance Square. Recently renovated, with a fully equipped kitchen, smart TV, and high-speed internet. 

Things to do in Downtown Fort Worth

  • Spend time admiring the Fort Worth Water Gardens
  • Go on a walking tour around Sundance Square
  • See the permanent collection at the Sid Richardson Museum
  • Pay your respects at the JFK Memorial
  • Look for upcoming events at the Bass Performance Hall (calendar)
  • Stop to admire the Fort Worth’s Flatiron Building
  • Book a table and experience Turkish cuisine at the Istanbul Grill & Bar
  • Treat yourself to a specialty coffee at Pax & Beneficia Coffee Fort Worth

2. Cultural District – where to stay for art & architecture

Modern architectural design of a glass building reflecting the sky and surrounded by still water, showcasing mid-century modern aesthetics in the Cultural District of Forth Worth.Modern architectural design of a glass building reflecting the sky and surrounded by still water, showcasing mid-century modern aesthetics in the Cultural District of Forth Worth.

Fort Worth’s Cultural District does an amazing job of capturing Fort Worth’s dynamic spirit. In this part of the city, you will discover the most attractive museums. If you are an art lover, you mustn’t miss the Modern Art Museum, but if you’re looking for something unusual, you must add the National Cowgirl Museum to your itinerary.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the perfect destination to explore green spaces and gardens close by. While you’re here, stop by the Japanese garden, and if you’re on a family trip, be sure to take your kids to the Dream Park Playground.

The cultural district is also the best place to discover Fort Worth’s musical soul. Check the concert schedule at Dickies Arena or catch a music show at Will Rogers Auditorium. It should go without saying, but the Cultural District offers locations perfect for festival-goers! And, if you wish to tap into local arts and theater scenes, then Casa Mañana is the place to be.

Looking for something to eat? Well, the district has plenty to offer. You can grab a burger at the Rodeo Goat or enjoy first-class sushi at Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar — whatever you prefer!

Luxury hotel

Reside steps from world-class museums by booking your stay at the Crescent Hotel and bask in the luxury offered on the premises. The hotel’s interior is recognizable for its contemporary design, 14,000 square feet (1,300 m²) of event space, and a wellness center. Emilia’s, the on-site restaurant, is renowned for its upscale Mediterranean cuisine.

Other accommodation options in the Cultural District

Mid-Range

Guests can spend time on the terrace, the bar, or the lounge. A concierge desk and luggage storage are available

Budget

Outdoor pool, fitness center, free parking, and 3 breakfast options are some of the perks offered at the hotel,

Airbnb

The apartment with a spacious bedroom, numerous couches, and a balcony with a city view. Parking is available on the property

Things to do in the Cultural District

  • Dedicate some time to the Kimbell Art Museum Pavilion
  • Pay a visit to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Spend some time at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Book a bouldering session at Movement Fort Worth
  • Go and see the ducks at the Trinity Park Duck Pond

3. North Side – where to stay in Fort Worth on a family trip

A traditional cattle drive procession with cowboys on horseback herding longhorn cattle down a city street, celebrating historical culture.A traditional cattle drive procession with cowboys on horseback herding longhorn cattle down a city street, celebrating historical culture.

The North Side of the city borders the Stockyards National Historic District, which used to be the center of the Texas cattle industry. Once the largest livestock market, the Fort Worth Stockyards is now one of the historic places on the National Register. It’s also a tourist attraction, offering mini-cattle drives and weekend rodeos, making it the perfect place to immerse in vibrant Stockyards energy.

If you decide to visit the historic Stockyards and stay amid the rhythm of rodeos, you will find family-friendly options for all ages, like attending the Herd Experience with The Fort Worth Herd and visiting the Stockyards Museum. Besides the historic stockyards, go down East Exchange Avenue to the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze or the Fort Worth Petting Zoo.

The Fort Worth Stockyards Station is a shopping center in the style of the Old West, and it’s the ultimate place to experience the blend of old and new. Discover interesting flavors at the Spice & Tea Exchange of Fort Worth, or get authentic jerky from the Beef Jerky Experience.

Stepping away from the historic Stockyards and further into the North Side, you will find the Fort Worth Aviation Museum or, in the opposite direction, the Marine Park.

Luxury hotel

The Hotel Drover allows you to enjoy modern comforts in a rustic setting. The decor lets you revel in the spirit of the old West, while the amenities, such as the outdoor pool with private cabanas, fitness center, and on-site restaurant, will ensure your stay is extremely pleasant. You are welcome to enjoy the picnic area and the outdoor fireplace.

Other accommodation options in the Fort Worth North Side

Mid-Range

The Hyatt Place has a lively atmosphere, comfy beds, private bathrooms with free toiletries, and an outdoor pool

Airbnb

The one-bedroom apartment offers a queen bed, a kitchenette, and a living room with a flat-screen TV with streaming services

Things to do in the Fort Worth North Side

  • Embark on a Cow Town ghost tour
  • Visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • See local artists perform at the Billy Bob’s Texas (event schedule)
  • Get tickets for the exhibit John Wayne: An American Experience
  • Grab a drink at the Second Rodeo Brewing
  • Take the Fort Worth Stockyards River Walk
  • Try some great food in the restaurants along Mule Alley (map)

4. Southside Historic District – where to stay for local culture

A group of people engaging in a social pedal tavern experience on a multi-person bike, highlighting a fun urban outdoor activity in Forth Worth.A group of people engaging in a social pedal tavern experience on a multi-person bike, highlighting a fun urban outdoor activity in Forth Worth.

To fully experience historic districts’ allure, you must spend at least a day in the Forth Worth Southside. Dive into neighborhoods rich in stories, chat with the locals, and learn the town’s oral history. While you’re in Southside, you’ll be able to experience true Texan hospitality as you explore the many bars and restaurants along South Main Street.

Whether you stop for a drink at the Funky Picnic Brewery & Café or have a hearty lunch at Panther City BBQ, the staff and the local people will make you feel like you fit right in. Even though the Southside Historic District doesn’t house the best hotels in the city, you will find retreats offering a peaceful city escape and an authentic local experience.

The Southside is one of Fort Worth’s best neighborhoods for performing arts venues, so make sure you see at least one show at Tulips! If you’re more into art galleries, Gallery 440 is just off Main Street, and if you’re interested in antiques, the Old Home Supply House will be plenty of fun!

Luxury hotel

Get a taste of Southern charm and warmth during your stay at the Courtyard. At this hotel, all rooms are air-conditioned and provide access to free Wi-Fi. The hotel residents can use the free parking, fitness center, and outdoor pool or spend a day at the golf club (2 mi/3 km away) for an extra cost.

Other accommodation options in the Historic Southside

Mid-Range

Reside where tradition meets trend, enjoy the Texas sun on the terrace, or relax in the comfy inn rooms

Budget

Guests can enjoy city views from their room, have a full breakfast every morning, or dive into the pool

Airbnb

The living area of the guest house has a sofa and a TV, and the bedroom holds a king-sized bed

Things to do in the Historic Southside

  • Book your place on the Bikes and BBQ tour
  • Plan your visit to the Log Cabin Village (see map)
  • Go on a Cowtown Cycle Party
  • Take half a day to explore Fort Worth Zoo
  • Taste some local beers at the Rahr & Sons Brewing
  • Grab some seafood from Coco Shrimp Restaurant
  • Have a cocktail at The Lazy Moose wet bar on Magnolia Avenue

5. West Side – where to stay in Fort Worth on a budget

A serene military cemetery in Fort Worth, with uniform white headstones neatly arranged in rows, under a clear blue sky. The meticulously maintained green lawn stretches towards a distant industrial backdrop, symbolizing a peaceful resting place for veteransA serene military cemetery in Fort Worth, with uniform white headstones neatly arranged in rows, under a clear blue sky. The meticulously maintained green lawn stretches towards a distant industrial backdrop, symbolizing a peaceful resting place for veterans

If you’re looking for budget options with a touch of charm, the west side of the city provides an excellent choice of hotels in Fort Worth. If you decide to stay in this area, you will encounter lower prices and save a good sum of money but don’t expect to walk to trendy boutiques and shops or feel the beat of Fort Worth’s nightlife on the west side.

While you won’t be close to major attractions when staying on the west side, there are still a few museums, like the White Settlement Museum and the Texas Civil War Museum, that will provide a slice of Texas culture. Even though you won’t stay near iconic Texan landmarks, you can use your car or public transportation to get easy access to the attractions.

If you’re visiting in summer, you can take a day trip up to Burger’s Lake and explore the surrounding Marion Sansom Park, or go on an adventure to the Hidden Waterfalls and hike one of the trails around the Trinity River.

Luxury hotel

At the Staybridge Suites, you can stay connected with tech-savvy amenities, like high-speed Wi-Fi and premium TV channels. On the hotel premises, you’ll find a library, a 24-hour gym, and a pool. Plus, you get a to-go breakfast daily! Guests will witness the fusion of urban and cowboy in the hotel’s interior, where indoor fire pits meet marble countertops.

Other accommodation options in the Fort Worth West Side

Mid-Range

A pet-friendly hotel offering free breakfast, clean and comfy rooms, and an indoor pool and spa tub

Budget

The Holiday Inn West Hotel is an IHG hotel offering dry cleaning and laundry services and a free to-go breakfast

Airbnb

A bedroom with a queen bed and access to a shared kitchen, living room, and a bathroom

Things to do in the West Side

  • Venture to the White Settlement Museum
  • Book The Train Heist Adventure Escape Room
  • Pay a visit to the Texas Civil War Museum
  • Connect with sea animals at the SeaQuest Fort Worth
  • Spend time in nature at Veterans Park
  • Try the fried catfish at Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe

FAQs about where to stay in Fort Worth

A cascading urban water feature in a public space, surrounded by trees and modern buildings, providing a tranquil setting in the city.A cascading urban water feature in a public space, surrounded by trees and modern buildings, providing a tranquil setting in the city.

📍 What part of Fort Worth should I stay in?

🤔 Is it better to stay in Downtown Dallas or Fort Worth?

Fort Worth is a smaller city than Dallas, and getting around on foot is easier. Also, the hotels in Fort Worth are usually more affordable, but some amazing Dallas areas and hotels are worth visiting. 

🏨 What is the nicest area of Fort Worth?

Downtown is one of the nicer areas of the city in terms of cultural attractions and music venues. Still, the Southside Historic District is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods, with a rich history and a lively local culture. 

😊 Is Fort Worth a friendly city?

Yes, Fort Worth is a very friendly city! In fact, it’s one of the friendliest cities in the US, so that’s another reason why you should add it to your list of destinations. 

Conclusion

A dazzling ice sculpture of a cowboy hat creates a striking focal point in the vibrant nightlife of Fort Worth, surrounded by glowing lights and historical buildings, evoking the city's rich cultural tapestry and luxury accommodationsA dazzling ice sculpture of a cowboy hat creates a striking focal point in the vibrant nightlife of Fort Worth, surrounded by glowing lights and historical buildings, evoking the city's rich cultural tapestry and luxury accommodations

If you’re with me so far, you’ll already have a list of the top areas and the best hotels in Fort Worth. However, you may have some trouble deciding which of these amazing hotels is the right choice for you. To give you a leg up, I’m sharing my top 2 choices:

  • The Worthington Renaissance – a beautifully designed interior and a great location, within walking distance of all major attractions.
  • Kimpton – Harper Hotel – the hotel offers three breakfast options: Italian, American, and vegetarian, and an ATM on the premises.

I hope my advice has brought you closer to deciding where to stay in Fort Worth. Just make sure you book your accommodation before you go so you can start planning your itinerary as soon as possible.

Leave me a comment and share your own Fort Worth impressions.

Have a fun trip,

Hristina


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