Abilene Downtown Convention Center Hotel

Full-Service Conference Hotel

Project Details

During the fall of 2019, the City of Abilene entered into a Master Development Agreement with the Abilene Convention Center Hotel Development Corporation and Garfield Public/Private LLC for the design and construction of a full-service, convention center hotel in the heart of Downtown Abilene.

The City and its project partners will break ground on this 200 full key service room hotel located in the 500 block of Cypress and Cedar Streets October 15, 2021. 

Construction is anticipated to take 18 months, with a projected spring 2023 opening date.

DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Center Hotel Features:

  • 200 Rooms
  • 2nd Story Pool & Patio Bar
  • Approximately 17,654 square feet of public conference rooms and meeting space
  • 12,151 total square feet of ballroom space that includes 3 breakout rooms and a 723 square foot board room
  • Full-service 3 meal restaurant with private dining, lobby bar and lounge, and library lounge
  • Business center
  • Made market
  • Fitness center
Artist rendering of front view of future Abilene Downtown Convention Center Hotel
Artist rendering of southeast elevation future Abilene Downtown Convention Center Hotel
Artist rendering of east elevation of future Abilene Downtown Convention Center Hotel
Artist rendering of north elevation future Abilene Downtown Convention Center Hotel

Hotel & Convention Space Funding

Hotel FundingConvention Space Funding
$41,970,000Abilene Convention Center Hotel Development Corporation$5,000,000Intergovernmental
$11,050,000Abilene Improvement Corporation$5,120,000Predevelopment expenditures

$8,000,000Cash on Hand

$5,030,000Abilene Improvement Corporation

Convention & Hotel Revenue
$53,020,000Hotel Total$28,135,000Convention Space Total

$82,986,174 Total Cost (including cost of issuance of debt)

Why Tourism & Conventions are Important

Abilene is ready for a full-service convention hotel

  • In FY 2018-2019, 380 meetings were hosted in Abilene ($27.5 Million in revenue)
  • 425 Groups are booked at existing hotels through 2022 ($32.8 Million in expected revenue)
  • In 2018
    • $498 Million was generated by traveler spending in Abilene
    • $27.5 Million was generated from traveler lodging in Abilene
    • 4047 local jobs were created
    • $44.2 Million in taxes were generated
    • Tourism offered $690 per year of average taxpayer savings

Sources: Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development, Travel & Tourism