Comfortable rooms with spacious balconies, some with ocean views
Huge outdoor swimming pool with two hot tubs and a separate kids' pool
On-site restaurant and fitness center
24-hour business center
12,000 square feet of special-event space
24-hour convenience mart in lobby
On-site laundry facilities
Free parking and resort-wide Wi-Fi
No free breakfast
Some complaints about thin walls
Rooms above ballrooms may be subject to loud noise from events
The 156-room Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island has a scenic, oceanfront location with easy access to gorgeous, sandy beaches via a charming boardwalk. Rooms are comfortable with spacious balconies -- some with ocean views, some with city views -- and flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi (parking is also free). The fitness center and huge outdoor swimming pool with plenty of lounge chairs are also perks. Note that some guests complain about noise due to thin walls and events in the hotel ballroom. For slightly higher rates, Isla Grand Beach Resort down the beach offers more features, like bars, tennis courts, and a nightclub.
Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island occupies a seaside location on the northern end of the South Padre Island hotel sprawl. A beach park sits next to the hotel, but the southern border of the hotel is occupied by the somewhat older and less impressive La Quinta Inn & Suites. The Hilton Garden Inn is set back from the water, and part of the space between the hotel and the beach is taken up by a large swimming pool. A wooden boardwalk leads out to the beach from the pool area. All of these features set the scene for a relaxed island getaway.
On the northern end of the hotel sprawl beside a quiet stretch of beach
The Hilton Garden Inn's location on the northern end of the island makes it feel somewhat quieter than hotels in the middle of the hotel sprawl. It is also close to local restaurants, and one is within walking distance right along the beach. Like everywhere else on South Padre Island, a car is needed to get around. Another hotel sits immediately to the south of the property, with only a narrow alleyway separating the two. Outdoor enthusiasts might appreciate the hotel's convenient location to Andy Bowie County Park and the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center. Hotel guests should be aware that walking to any of the below cited locations within walking distance (beach park excluded) involves walking across and along a busy road without sidewalks. The hotel is an hour-and-10-minute drive from Valley International Airport.
Rooms Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island are big and feature 42-inch flat-screen TVs, desks with ergonomic chairs, and free Wi-Fi. Additional conveniences include mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers with free coffee. All rooms have large private balconies with patio furniture -- some face the ocean and others have city views. They feel fresh and clean, and beds are comfortable. Junior Suites have separate living areas with additional flat-screen TVs. In the good-sized bathrooms are granite countertops, shower/tub combos, and Neutrogena bathroom products.
Beyond comfortable and appealing rooms, the Hilton Garden Inn also offers several great features. A big swimming pool with two hot tubs and a separate kids' pool are located between the hotel and the nearby sandy beach. A small fitness center offers a range of cardio equipment and there are also laundry facilities and a 24-hour business center. The best feature of all is a charming boardwalk leading to a wide, quiet stretch of beach.
There is a large amount (12,000 square feet) of meeting and banquet space, plus a 24-hour lobby sundry shop. The Hilton Garden Inn offers a few dining options, including the Great American Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual atmosphere. Poolside drink service is available seasonally and room service is available until late.
Parking and hotel-wide Wi-Fi are both free.
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