Hilton Garden Inn Austin NW/Arboretum

11617 Research Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78759, United States

Lauren Modery

Business travelers and some short-term leisure travelers patronize this five-story hotel in suburban, shopaholic Northwest Austin. Set just off I-35’s access road, the hotel is surprisingly quiet, with ample parking. Contemporary rooms were updated this year and have a mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, flat-panel TV, and Sleep Number mattresses. Hearty breakfasts, with made-to-order omelets and eggs benedict, are served in the lobby lounge and outdoor patio. A full bar and dinner service was recently introduced. The Domain shopping center (featuring fabulous dining options) is a short drive away.


Spacious standard or premium rooms offer deluxe king or double beds, kitchen appliances, desks with ergonomic chairs and free Wi-Fi and HBO. Very clean, modern look with wooden fixtures. Get a good night’s sleep with the hotel’s Garden Sleep System beds which provide pressure point elimination and spinal support.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Sorry, folks. Pets aren’t allowed here.


Nice sized bathrooms with good lighting, clean look and marble countertops. Neutrogena bath products are included in each.


Nature is the theme here with lots of dark wood millwork, lime green décor and live plants, and the style comes across as 60s modern. There is plenty of seating to hang and relax.

The hotel has a moderate size gym and indoor pool.


The Garden Grille & Bar preps breakfast every morning Monday-Friday 6:30-10 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday 7-11 a.m. For snacks on the go, the Pavilion Pantry is open 24/7.


Affixed to the lobby is the small Pavillon Lounge which serves up a limited menu of wine and spirits.


Getting Around

This hotel is located in the suburbs, so getting anywhere central requires renting a car or taxing a taxi or Uber. Though its near a bunch of chain shops and restaurants, it’s also off a freeway, so walking isn’t recommended.


Even though this hotel is located in the ‘burbs, it doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of local Texan fare. There is a Rudy’s (2-minute drive) and Chuy’s (2-minute drive) outpost nearby—the former being a tasty and kitschy BBQ convenient store chain and the latter being a popular Tex-Mex chain. Make sure to grab some of Rudy's moist or lean brisket and delicious cream corn and butter-lathered new potatoes. As for Chuy’s, you can’t leave without trying their Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken and Chile Con Queso.


If you like sports bars, Brick House (2-minute drive) takes it a step further with recliners to watch the game. They also have a large beer selection and tavern menu that classes it up a bit. Mega restaurant NXNW (6-minute drive), which features an upscale bar menu, also doubles as a brewery with seasonal and specialty beers.


Not worth going out of your way for, but if work or leisure brings you to the Arboretum area of Austin, this chain is always reliable. We particularly like Hilton’s custom beds that help make the weary traveler a little more comfortable. The location won’t give you a taste of true Austin, but there are plenty of strip malls nearby to keep you busy.


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