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doublemdoublet from: Clifton, Virginia
Published Date: May, 29, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 4
H O U S E .. V I E W
You'll get AC but no Color TV. Instead, there are old historic pictures, tin ceilings, a few saddles and a stuffed cougar. Pool is small but discreet. The famed landscape courtyard – or the rooms along the Los Portales - are connected, highly appointed with a covered porch. TIP: for privacy and even more personalized space, ask for the Captain Shepard House. Rooms here have access to all hotel amenities plus wide covered balconies, a seating parlor, (shared) 1/2 fridge and ice machine. Fridge is great option to chill everything if you're headed to BBNP.
- Value: 4
- Location: 4
- Service: 5
sissomi from: Arlington, Texas
Published Date: May, 25, 2023 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2023 Rating: 4
We'd heard and read good things about the Gage Hotel so we had reservations for 2 of our 3 nights in Marathon. And the Gage didn't disappoint. I've stayed in hotels costing much more in much larger cities that were far inferior.
The hotel has a lot of history and is quite old. But a lot has been spent and done to restore it and modernize it where appropriate without destroying that historical look and feel. The rooms were beautifully done and not overly large, but large enough for two. The bathroom had been completely redone and modernized which was where that amount of change should be focused in an old building. The bed was plush and comfortable and, while our room didn't have much of a view (actually no view), other than that we loved it.
The hotel doesn't have a restaurant in it, per se, but the 12 Gage Restaurant and the White Buffalo Bar are right next door and just down from those is the V6 Coffee Bar where you can also get a good breakfast. (Breakfast is not included with the room rate.)
The hotel also has a lovely outdoor pool and deck area and next to that, about a block away is a very nice gym and workout facility with access included as part of your room rate.
The only issue "we" had was that when coming back from one day in Big Bend, the other couple with us found the door to their room wide open. We think housekeeping must have not latched it after cleaning. Nothing was missing but it was disconcerting. The hotel comped them a 10% discount on their stay, Other than that, we loved out stay and this is a place I'd go back to in a heartbeat and recommend to others without hesitation. It's not what you'd expect to find in an old West Texas town like Marathon...but in the best way possible.
- Value: 4
- Location: 4
- Service: 4
nancy h from:
Published Date: May, 25, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 3
Gateway to Big Bend
Sad to report - not up to par with previous stays. Pillows like rocks. Sheets like burlap. Restaurant food not nearly as good as times past. Sad!!! Manager offered compensation but then didn’t follow through. 🤷♀️
- Value: 2
- Location: 4
- Service: 3
Donna T from: New York City, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 21, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
A Very Special Hotel
This was our second visit to the Gage Hotel - our first was 10 years ago - and YES it was as special as the first visit and we will go back again! This beautiful oasis in the middle of the Texas desert is worth a visit and stay for a few days and relax and unwind (unfortunately we stayed for only one night). The Gage is a beautifully arranged hotel with a flowered courtyard complete with hundreds of happy signing birds, a relaxing pool, spa, workout room and a great bar (The White Buffalo) and restaurant (The 12 Gage). The rooms are large and decorated in cool Texan fashion with terracotta floors, comfortable beds and soft linens - each room complete with a fireplace. Be sure to have your coffee in the courtyard with the sun rising and birds fluttering around, it’s the perfect way to start your day’s adventure!
Published Date: May, 15, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
This place is so much fun. I hope management takes this as the complement it is intended to be, it reminds me of a high-end Disney property. It made us feel like we had gone back in time but still had all the modern comforts. The staff was very helpful and were obviously proud of the place. Just so you know, there are no TVs in the rooms, but the Wi-Fi is very strong. Do yourself and favor and stay here if you are anywhere close.