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On the border of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

Being greeted with an icy cold glass of lemonade and a freshly baked oat square when we entered the lobby was just what we needed when we checked into the Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head, just outside Bluffton, South Carolina.

Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head Island Front Desk
We were a bit sad having just finished a one-week Caribbean cruise that very morning and were tired from the early disembarkation and 8-hour drive from Miami Florida so it was a nice welcome to be warmly greeted with cool beverages and a smile from the clerk at the reception area of the hotel.

Little did we know that the words “friendly” and “welcoming” were going to be the trend for our next week in the area…

hilton garden inn hilton head breakfast

What we loved about Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head

The lobby is lovely. Bright, airy, and welcoming — the perfect place to enjoy breakfast in the morning with its cheerful colors and decor.

hilton garden inn hilton head lobby
Parking is on the main level of the hotel. Brightly lit at night and safe. I did not personally witness security guards walking the area, but I did not worry about our car at all.

The location is ideal. Sure you aren’t on the beach, but you are close to super quaint Bluffton, the outlet mall, and just over the bridge is Hilton Head Island.

hilton garden inn hilton head
hilton garden inn hilton head
Our room was very spacious and comfortable.

  • King size bed
  • 32-inch flat screen TV
  • Desk area with great lighting and lots of electrical outlets
  • In-room Keurig coffee maker, mini-refrigerator, microwave
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fitness centre and outdoor pool
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access
  • Complimentary business centre
  • 24-hour pantry
  • Self-laundry is available

Even though the hotel is located on the main highway of US Route 278 (also known as Fording Island Road), our room, which faced the road, was incredibly quiet.

What we didn’t like about Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head

  • The hotel is difficult to locate as it is hidden slightly behind trees. Also, US Route 278 is a major highway so as a result, you have to go past the hotel and do a U-turn so that you can access the driveway to the hotel. It was more confusing navigating with a GPS, so I do recommend using a paper map.
  • The pool is not readily available – you have to walk through the parking garage to the rear of the hotel. We generally don’t visit hotel pools when there is an ocean and beach nearby, but this may be an issue for some people.
  • There is nothing within walking distance of the hotel.


Would we stay here again?


The free parking, friendly staff, comfortable accommodations, and location were fabulous. A steal of a deal at $120US per night especially for this busy tourist area.

We are already planning our return.

Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head Exterior

Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head

1575 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29926, USA
TEL: 1-843-837-8111 FAX: 1-843-837-8112

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We were guests of the Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head. This had no bearing on our review. As always, our opinions are our own.