I recently spent the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center prior to speaking at the Travel & Adventure show. Believe it or not, it was my first time ever stay at a Hilton Garden Inn. My verdict? Perfectly fine for a limited-service hotel.
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center Review
My hotel room was paid for by Frequent Traveler University, but ran $99/night. I arrived late into Dallas Love and called the hotel to check on the location of the shuttle. The front desk informed me it was not running…due to COVID-19.
How convenient…even in Texas. Speaking of Texas, Hilton may have a corporate mask policy, but this was Dallas after all and it was not all enforced. The employees did were masks. The guests? Just me. Let’s not drag this into a debate in masks, but whatever your view on masks we can certainly agree that a company has a right to require them, if they so choose. But when they do, the will have to deal with enforcement and this hotel chose not to enforce them.
The lobby and common areas inviting, with large wicker chairs with oversized cushions and pillows, plus a seating area with a fireplace.
I was assigned Room 613, a king room on the sixth floor. The blue painted wall, diamond carpeting, and floral prints on the wall were an interesting juxtaposition, but the room was functional with a chair and end table that tucked over as well as a desk.
The room also included a microwave oven and refrigerator, plus a Keurig coffee machine.
The bathroom included Neutrogena toiletries, which I quite like.
The shower/tub combo was not fancy, but functioned well with good pressure and plenty of hot water.
Most importantly, the room appeared clean.
Fitness Center + Pool
On the ground floor, an outdoor pool and jacuzzi (the hotel calls it a “spa”) is available. A note referenced that the hot tub was closed for COVID-19 reasons, but it was filled with water…the heat was simply not turned on. It sounded like cost-cutting masquerading as hygiene theatre to me.
The fitness center was in large room with wooden convex ceiling adjacent to the pool. It featured Free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines, and a couple resistance machines.
A business center included computers and a printer. I wonder how much longer this will last?
Parking is $12/night.
By virtue of my Hilton Gold status (I didn’t know it was still worth anything in 2021), I received a free buffet breakfast. Quite frankly, I found the breakfast surprisingly satisfying. Selection was limited and I did not touch the cold cereal, pastries, oatmeal. However, I enjoyed an omelette with veggies, ham, mushrooms, and cheese along with a bowl of ripe fruit: a very acceptable breakfast.
The coffee, though…see-through swill.
You never go out of your way to stay at a Hilton Garden Inn, but it was perfectly satisfactory for the night: the room was clean, breakfast decent, and it was right across the street from my event.