by Phil Corless
Located in a quiet neighborhood on the edge of Abilene’s main retail district, the Hilton Garden Inn is all about affordable luxury. The rooms are ideal for a large family, with two queen beds, a queen sleeper sofa, and space for a crib or rollaway. Add in a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker, and you have most everything you need for a comfortable stay. Kids will love the large indoor pool, but the entire family will enjoy hanging out around the fire pit on the covered patio. The hotel also features a 24-hour convenience store in the lobby, saving you a trip to the grocery store for last-minute necessities. Other amenities of the hotel include a fitness center, laundry room, and an onsite restaurant. Breakfast is included as part of the hotel’s “Bed and Breakfast” package. Otherwise, there are several restaurants in the same parking lot as the hotel.
The Hilton Garden Inn is in between Abilene’s busy retail district and a quiet residential neighborhood, making it a little more peaceful than most other hotels in the area. You can walk to fast food and casual restaurants, or simply sit down in the hotel’s onsite restaurant for a good meal of American-style food. Their children’s menu is extensive and affordable. Downtown Abilene is a 10-minute drive to the north of your hotel. There, you can begin to explore this unique city through its museums, boutiques, historic buildings, and local eateries. Kids will be thrilled by museums like Frontier Texas, the Grace Museum, and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. A few miles east of downtown is the exciting Abilene Zoo, which boasts exotic animals like giraffes and alligators. Fancy a nice hike, head south of town to Abilene State Park or Buffalo Gap Historic Village, both less than 15 minutes from your hotel. With its affordable and spacious rooms, the Hilton Garden Inn is a good choice for your family vacation to Abilene.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor pool
- Children's menu at the onsite restaurant
- Evenings around the fire pit
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We had a complicated reservation, but it was handled professionally and promptly. The facility was easily accessible, and we had a very pleasant stay. I especially loved the pillows. Just an aside, on the first part of this survey the best recommendation is on the left and on this part it is on the right. I almost mismarked.....
In short, rude management. Lacks reasonable ability to converse with customers. The room was below the standard from what I've become accustomed to with the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Honors member but would not stay here again, even if it meant choosing a different hotel and losing honors points for stays in Abilene.