The Hilton Garden Inn on SPI is good, but not great. We had a room with a "partial" view of the Gulf of Mexico on the 4th floor. The room was a non-smoking room, but had a faint smell of cigarettes. The blackout curtains did not completely keep the morning sun out in the early morning. Otherwise, the room itself was fine. Nothing special, but met our basic needs. (If you're a coffee drinker like me, you'll probably find the coffee provided in the room to be of poor quality, but such is the case in many hotels).
The staff was very friendly, but strangely, consistently lacking in follow through. The safe in our room didn't work, so we called down to the desk and they said they would send someone right up. After a few hours, we called again and they sent someone (who did a nice job fixing it and initially refused a tip, but accepted when I insisted). We asked for towels for the pool and were told that they were out, but that some would be ready in 30 minutes. They offered to bring some out to the pool for us, but never did. We had a few more examples like this-- friendly and offering to help, but no follow through.
Pool was large and clean, with two hot tubs (over the course of our 3-night stay, one hot tub stopped working). Hotel has it's own short boardwalk to the beach, which was nice. Restaurant looks mediocre, so we didn't try it. Frozen drinks from the bar were pretty good, and about $8 each.
Fitness room: small, limited, and smelled of cat urine.
Note: we pre-paid for our rooms with a no-cancellation clause, which gave us a little bit of a price break. Would probably stay there again, given the great location and adequate room for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hilton Garden Inn hotel is set among the dunes of the Gulf of Mexico beachfront and offers contemporary convenience on the north side of the island. We place you in the heart of the beach action where you can enjoy a gulf sunset, beach horseback riding, parasailing and more. We offer complimentary WiFi throughout our hotel along with a full-service bar and restaurant at the pool and deck. Check out what all our South Padre hotel has to offer! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Hotel South Padre Island