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Chisos Mining Company Motel
bb1769 from: Apple Valley, California
Published Date: May, 7, 2021 Travel Date: May, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Works if you are OK with the basics
This not a fancy place--if you're looking for a 3 or 4 star hotel, look elsewhere (though not much in Terlingua along those lines). But it's fine as a basic motel, the kind you might have typically found a few decades ago in rural areas. It was priced considerably below any other place I found in the area, so if you understand the situation it's an OK place to stay. We stayed four nights and used it as a base to explore the Big Bend area.
Just be aware that it lacks what a lot of people have come to expect these days. No TV, fridge, or microwave. In fact, my room had no soap, shampoo, lotion or tissues (had to go to the local general store and buy a bar of soap). Furniture and bed are basic but were OK.
The room did have a decently-working A/C unit in the wall--a bit noisy, and it shut off and on during the night unless just on fan-only. The noise actually helped block sound from nearby units, as the walls are pretty thin. Wi-Fi worked pretty well, though I didn't use it heavily.
Another person said there was no smoke alarm. Now that I think about it, I don't recall seeing one. If not, that's definitely a concern as the building could burn quickly.
So if you're OK with very basic accommodations, bring your soap and shampoo and enjoy simple things.
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 3
Dkshafer from: Starkville, Mississippi
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 17, 2021 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
The people at check-in were very nice, but it is the worst place we have ever stayed. Very run down & shabby. Bathrooms/septic system request to guests was ridiculous. Tub was old & stained, carpet iffy, towels very thin, & no hair dryer. They did give us a fun & delicious recommendation for dinner. All in all it was a terrible place to stay!
43nevillem from: Brisbane, Australia
Published Date: Apr, 14, 2021 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021 Rating: 2
Safety is a real concern
Our trip to Big Bend was a last minute decision so we were grateful to find a place that could accommodate us. We had read the bad reviews but we were only there two nights and it is only a bed and shower stop after the day in Big Bend so expectations weren't high. The room was everything the other reviews had mentioned, Very basic, the walls are wafer thin, no toilet paper in the toilet etc.
But my big concern was safety. The place is a tinder box and would burn so quickly, so you would think the basic safety requirements would be in place.
I had four main safety concnerns with our room.
1) The smoke detector was missing. I get that it could have been stolen, (I doubt this because the mounting bracket looked very old) but the owner has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for guests. The cleaning crew should have a check list that they follow for every room clean and checking the safety devises should be high priority, which would include the smoke detector was still in place.
Second and third safety issues are related to the room entrance door.
2) The entrance door doesn't automatically unlock when turned from the inside. If the smoke detector is activated and the room is filling with smoke you need to get out quickly being able to turn the door handle and escape is a high priority. The last thing you need to be doing is trying to unlock the door and the lock mechanism is so small it is a little challenging to turn.
3) Is the secondary door lock on the entrance door. As you can see in the attached photos it is mounted very high up. If the room was filling with smoke and assuming you are following all your training recommendations (Stay low and Go, Go, Go) and you have managed to navigate issue #2 with the lock now you have to stand up to release the safety latch.
Safety issue 4 is the floor. There is a hole in the floor at the bathroom entrance. It has been covered with carpet and it is that carpet that is the only thing preventing you possible falling though hole. The only thing stopping this happen is the screws through the metal strip on edge between the bedroom carpeted floor and the bathroom floor.
I hope that our room is an isolated case but given the age of the entire complex I suspect not.
- Rooms: 1
- Sleep Quality: 2
- Service: 3
Lisa W from: Ellinwood
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 16, 2021 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
Waste of time and money
We rented a cabin and were really disappointed. Nothing to do in Terlingua and only a few places to eat out. The cabin had furniture that needs to be replaced and is very uncomfortable. A very small TV with poor quality and only a couple of channels. Could not flush toilet paper down the toilet due to the Septic tank. Would have been nice to know before we paid all the money to stay there. Will never go back!
Published Date: Jan, 23, 2021 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
Filthy & Inadequate
We stayed in a "large cabin." Large is a vast overstatement - it was tiny with the beds taking up all the space available. The website says the large and small cabins have "separate living and sleeping space," however the beds were right up against the tiny outdoor plastic table they provided in the kitchen, and there was no "living space," only cooking and sleeping in the same room. The place was not clean. The dishes had to be washed before we could use them. Trash from previous people had been left on the stove. The floors were filthy with dust (if we walked around with socks on, our socks were filthy with dust and could no longer be worn), and there were goldfish crackers and pizza crust under some of the beds (who knows how long they had been there), so they clearly didn't even bother to sweep the floors. There was no outlet in the bathroom, and few outlets in the cabin to use to even charge a phone. When we got there, the lady at the office said she "hadn't been up to turn our heat on yet" (it was in the 30's) and when we got to the cabin the only heat available was 2 tiny decrepit space heaters. They did not even kind of keep the cabin warm. The breaker continually tripped throughout our 4 night stay and all we were using were the 2 provided space heaters and our phone chargers. One night, we couldn't get the breaker to stay back on so we called the office. The maintenance man came and while he did get the breaker to stay on, he also said "just be grateful you have a roof over your head and bundle up." WE PAID FOR THIS ROOF OVER OUR HEADS!!!!! They also had signs on the toilets, expecting you to not flush even toilet paper and provided a tiny trash can instead. The only good thing I have to say is they had hot water. I do not recommend this place at all.