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Published Date: Jan, 17, 2020 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Great Base Camp for Big Bend
We were a party of four adults (two young adults with their middle aged parents), We stayed at one of their rental houses about a mile off site. It proved to be a very convenient location, with large living/family room, spacious kitchenette, three bedrooms, and two full bathrooms: perfect for us! Two rooms had queen beds, the other two twin beds. Big sofa in the family room. Decent closet space. Small refrigerator and coffee maker in the kitchenette. Clean. No bugs. Big covered porch.
Quick drive back to town for breakfast or dinner or to gas up the car. There are two restaurants at the hotel: the 12 Gage and the Bar. We dines at both and both were great. Service was prompt and very friendly. The food was excellent - and the steaks amazing!
The drive from the hotel to the park was about 90 min. It goes by quickly: the road is not too crowded, is wide open, and the scenery is often breath-taking. You can stay in the park, but you must arrange rooms MONTHS in advance, and the amenities are not as nice as with the Gage.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
JayVTexas from: Texas
Published Date: Jan, 6, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Hotel? What hotel? This is a piece of the west.
You cannot go to this area and NOT experience The Gage Hotel. It is truly one of a kind in the world. The first time we visited 25 years ago, it was written up in the NY Times as one of the great hotels in America.
Now that we live in Texas I go to Big Bend a few times. Every time I stay at the Gage. The last time I stayed in the addition section, not the main building. Both are first rate.
The addition section is more of a Spanish hacienda look and feel. The rooms are truly original with furniture made out of local woods, cowhides on the floor.
At the Gage you find an excellent restaurant and bar and about everything you might need for a solo trip or a group event. This place is one of a kind and I could not rate it more highly.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
JudyHawaii from: San Antonio, Texas
Published Date: Dec, 26, 2019 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Family holiday trip
Met my older brother halfway (he lives in Albuquerque, we live in San Antonio). After a couple of days in Ft Davis, we drove to Marathon to stay overnight at the Gage. It is definitely the jewel in Marathon. Beautiful rooms, facilities, and great restaurants, bar. Since it was December, it was nice to see multiple places in the courtyard to light a fire and gather with others (fireplaces, fire pit). Firewood was plentiful. Has a reputation as one of the most haunted places in Texas - ask the desk clerk for a story or two!
144elaines from: Bay Area Houston, Texas
Published Date: Dec, 9, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
12 Gage Restaurant
Thanksgiving 2019 I was in Alpine, Texas visiting my son. We drove to Marathon (about 20 miles and a straight shot east of Alpine) Saturday night for dinner at the 12 Gage Restaurant at the Gage Hotel. Beautiful hotel and restaurant! The food and service was EXCELLENT! It is expensive. There was a great country band playing when we left and quite a few people were there. NOTE: Make a reservation!
2lilly2 from: Houston, Texas
Published Date: Nov, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Nice hotel in the middle of no ware
Very nice historic restored hotel. The hotel restaurant is very good and so is the bar. A great place to visit after a trip to Big Bend. We would buy a bottle of wine and sit outside by the fire pit. I did not go to the spa. Next time. There is a very nice pool.
Before you make the trip make sure you get tickets to the Star Party at the observatory. Its worth the drive and tickets sell out.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 4