By Cassandra Key
Offering an idyllic setting for a memorable day, the Hilton Garden Inn, located in Tyler, provides nearly 3200-square-feet of adaptable space across five conference rooms, two ballrooms, and a boardroom.
This state-of-the-art hotel brings to life the richness of East Texas through its attractive facade, comfortable, but elegant indoor spaces, and natural areas like the lily pond that settles under a charming bridge. It’s truly a home away from home and will satisfy local future brides and grooms, as well out-of-town guests.
Crystal Smart, Regional Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, and Homewood Suites says she loves being a part of a couple’s big day. “I love being able to help people feel at home,” she says.
Working at Hilton Garden Inn is even more special for Crystal, as she was there before the doors opened. “I remember one of my first days – we were still setting up the rooms before we even opened. Our elevators were still being installed, so everything had to be brought up on the stairs. We spent an entire day installing alarm clocks, up and down the stairs all day. By the time I got home I could barely walk, but I remember being so proud because we were one step closer.”
It’s that kind of dedication and pride that makes the Hilton Garden Inn and its staff a one-of-a-kind place that strives to give guests a comfortable stay away from home.
The hotel offers a plethora of services and amenities, including a flexible banquet and convention space, the Garden Ballroom that accommodates up to 125 seated guests, complimentary Wi-Fi and business center, complimentary fitness center and indoor pool, and experienced catering staff. Guests can enjoy a hearty cooked-to-order breakfast or healthy dinner at the Great American Grill, the hotel’s stylish on-site restaurant. Need a snack or drink? Guests are always welcome to the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience store.
Other amenities include Keruig coffee makers, refrigerators, and microwaves in guest rooms, Garden Sleep System beds, room service, and same-day valet laundry available Monday-Friday.
“You will always be taken care of here,” Crystal says, which is great for couples who are expecting out-of-town guests and want to make sure they are treated just as well, if not better, than if they were at home.
The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located just five miles south of the city center off highway 69, so guests have a wide variety of nearby attractions. A couple might plan an engagement party at the hotel and then visit the Piney Woods vineyard; the groom and his groomsmen might play a round of golf the day before the wedding; and the bride and her bridesmaids might enjoy lunch and shopping as part of a bridal shower hosted in one of the suites. No matter the event, big or small, the Hilton Garden Inn can provide everything the guests need to make sure their nearest and dearest are taken care of.
For out-of-town couples and/or those expecting out-of-town guests, Crystal recommends booking
a block of rooms as soon as possible. She also suggests purchasing the Romance Package, which is perfect for newlyweds, those celebrating an anniversary, or any couple looking to spend some quality time together. The Romance Package includes a bottle of champagne, a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries, and free breakfast for two the following morning. Couples can even choose a room with a whirlpool tub for optimal relaxation and intimacy.
To make things even easier, the Hilton Garden Inn allows guests to create an event group web page to help everyone stay organized. Guests can use the “Start Planning Your Event” link on the hotel’s website, and in turn, be able to create a complimentary and personalized online page to help make the planning and reservation process easier.
One thing is for sure – the Hilton Garden Inn goes above and beyond hotel service with exceptional amenities and the comfort of home. From boardroom to ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn Tyler will help make your next event a success.