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.

With the design process now underway, the City and its project partners anticipate breaking ground on the 206-room hotel located in the 500 block of Cypress and Cedar Streets in the summer of 2020.


  • 206 Rooms
  • 2nd Story Pool & Patio Bar
  • 38,700 Square Feet of Meeting Space
  • 12,000 Square Foot Ballroom
  • Three Meal Restaurant
Downtown Convention Center Hotel Specs

Click on the side menu options for more detailed look at hotel funding, event planning, and a direct link to the Abilene Convention Center. 

Hotel & Convention Space Funding

$66,635,000 Total Cost

Hotel FundingConvention Space Funding
$43,535,000Abilene Convention Center Hotel Development Corporation$8,000,000State Revenue


$4,000,000Cash on Hand

$3,600,000Convention & Hotel Revenue
$43,535,000Hotel Total$23,100,000Convention Space Total

How the Hotel Occupancy Tax Works

Hotel Visitors Help Fund Hotels

  • The $8,000,000 in State Revenue is funded when visitors pay to stay at our Downtown Hotel
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is collected
  • State & Local HOT Revenue is used to fund the Downtown Hotel

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