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Chisos Mining Company Motel
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A great stay . Would love to come back.
User: Stephen M from:
Published Date: May, 31, 2023
Travel Date: May, 1, 2023
Rating: 4
This is a great place to stay if you want fairly easy access to Big Bend National Park although you will drive an hour to get to the other side of the park. The West entrance is about a 10 minute drive. The condo has good facilities and we used the sofa bed for our daughter with no problems. Sunset and Sunrise are awesome from the condo. Check out the Starlight theatre restaurant at nearby Terlingua Ghost Town. A great place to eat, drink and hear some great music. One thing about the condo is that the aircon is effective in the lounge but noisy!! There is no aircon in the bedroom but just a ceiling fan. Please book direct and not through National Park Reservations They are taking a slice for no work and do not acknowledge responsibility as a service provider when things go wrong.

You get a room. That's it
User: WearyTravellery from: Lexington, KY
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 26, 2022
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
People giving this place terrible reviews are used to a Fairfield Inn or the like as their baseline for measuring accomodations. This motel is more like a mom-and-pop operation from the 1960s (of which I stayed in plenty). It is very basic - you get a room for the night, and that's pretty much it. At check-in (which was pleasant, with an informative clerk who had a lot of good local info) you are given a plastic bag containing one each bath, hand and face towels, a tiny bar of soap and a roll of septic-safe toilet paper, plus two purple towels for cleaning makeup off your face or bugs off your car windshield. Those are the only amenities provided. Ice, water, drinks, snacks, etc., can be purchased in the office. There are also a lot of unique souvenirs available, such as rocks, local crafts, etc. We stayed in one of the individual rooms, which had a full-sized bed with well-worn sheets, one thin blanket, two very flat pillows and a comforter. The room and bathroom were both clean - in fact cleaner than the places we stayed at in Alpine. The wall-mounted heating and AC unit worked well. Although it was noisy, it did cool the room down quickly when we got back after a day of exploring. I didn't notice any real noise from adjacent rooms, although the bikers down the row having loud conversations in the parking lot got annoying. There are chairs outside each unit so you can enjoy the sunrise and night skies. The main thing to be aware of is the bathroom - there is a sign above the toilet telling you in no uncertain terms to put used toilet paper in the lidded metal bucket next to the toilet, NOT in the toilet bowl itself before you flush. I get it. They're in the desert; it's hard to make septic systems work properly in that climate; deal with it and move on or don't bother staying here.

Wish we could have stayed longer!
User: Jeff M from: Harrison, Arkansas
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 23, 2022
Travel Date: May, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
Reserved four nights in one of the Santa Fe cabins for our first trip to the Big Bend Country and Terlingua. The room was perfect for our needs: clean, cozy, roomy, close to everything, well equipped. Full kitchen, large living room with recliner and futon, awesome front porch for stargazing and watching the solar eclipse. Kitchen was well stocked with all essentials. And QUIET! No insect issues, internet worked great, Jonathan in the office was excellent. I just cannot think of any negatives.

One Bedroom Unit with Unbearable Smell and Lots of Insects
User: evelynl782 from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: May, 11, 2022
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2022
Rating: 1
We stayed at the one bedroom unit called "Santa Fe" for 3 nights. As soon as we opened the door for the first time, we were "greeted" by a very strong smell that filled the entire unit. We could not sleep that night as we were surrounded by the unpleasant smell that was penetrating everything. When we talked with the owner/manager about it the next day, we were told that it might be from wood treatment and we should just get use to it. Unfortunately there was no other unit available that would fit our family needs so we had to endure the awful smell for the entire stay hoping it's not toxic. Another major issue was that there was a huge amount of insects roaming in the unit from day 1, especially around kitchen/eating area. Although there was a full kitchen, it's very hard to cook & eat in the unit as hundreds of die-hard fruit flies were swarming around all the time. Many of them would dive right into food & drinks like suicide-bombers as we were cooking or eating. We were so disgusted that we had to go eat outside instead. Furniture was old and ceiling & wall were discolored. Shower was dirty. Futon was covered with dust. There was no dish washer and the dish rack could not be used as it had large yellowish brown stains on it. The blind on bedroom window did not provide enough privacy as it didn't cover the window well. On the positive side, the freezer unit in full size refrigerator allowed us to make ice over night to bring to hot hikes the next day. The bed in the bedroom was clean & comfort enough to sleep in although we were kept awake by the terrible smell. Over all, I would NOT recommend this place to any future travelers.

Our stay at the Chisos Mining Company Motel
User: explorerinKS from: Arkansas City, KS
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 17, 2022
Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
We stayed at this motel because there are few options for lodging in the Big Bend area and we wanted to stay in Terlingua. We had made reservations online in November before visiting at the beginning of March. When we checked in, we were told that the amount listed on the website had not been correct so we needed to pay an additional amount. This seemed unfair to me since it was not an error on our part. In spite of this problem, the lady at the front desk was friendly and helpful when we decided to extend our stay. The rooms were disappointing in that there was no refrigerator or microwave in the room. However, the heat/air conditioner unit worked well and the beds were comfortable. The views from the parking lot were fantastic. Fortunately, we had very little noise from our neighbors but if they had been noisy, we definitely would have heard them since I did hear voices at one time. I'm assuming the high price of these basic rooms was due to the proximity of the motel to Big Bend National Park. On the plus side, this motel is only about a mile from a service station and convenience store.

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