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Chisos Mountains Lodge
261brittanyr from: Greenville, Texas
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
The cabins are really nice. There are basic amenities in the room (no TV). I had LTE service at the cabin but if you want WiFi you have to go to the visitors center. We stayed in cabin A and had a wonderful view of the Windows from the balcony.
princessebird from: Fort Worth, Texas
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Roosevelt Cottage 104
We stayed in Roosevelt Cottage #104 over spring break. To book this room for spring break 2019, we had to call (yes call) at 6am (yes 6am) on January 1, 2018 (yes 2018). We wound up calling 150 times, but by 9am we managed to get through and book a room. Luckily, 104 was still available.
While the park was crowded, the cottage was just enough the beaten path to make it feel isolated. We could sit on the front porch and read and watch people returning from their long hikes. While you couldn't see the Window from the cottage itself, it was a short walk to a great view. The cottage itself was very quaint yet roomy. The beds (three double beds) were a bit of a disappointment. They were loud and rather uncomfortable. The bathroom was a bit rustic but it got the job done. 104 is a duplex, so we could hear our neighbors on occasion. We appreciated the fridge and the microwave, but when a windstorm blew out the power, the microwave just started beeping and we couldn't figure out to make it stop. Overall, we would stay there again.
- Value: 3
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Service: 4
Michael R from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 11, 2019 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Location can't be beat! Plus it has what you need.
Food is nothing amazing but if you order basic stuff it's certainly the fuel you need for the day. It's the location you want and that's what you get, if you are looking for a 5 star fancy experience it's not it. However if you want to be in the heart of the Chisos Mountains inside of Big Bend, have numerous hiking trails from your doorstep, and are sleeping on a basic bed within the park you have no choice. But it's not a bad choice at all! The opportunity to have breakfast, watch the sunrise, and head out directly to the trails each morning was well worth the price!
- Rooms: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
AlisonFromFareham from: Asheville, North Carolina
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Excellent lodging in a stunning place
National Park inns can be hit or miss. This one deserves a big thumbs up for everything they get right.
First of course is the gorgeous setting. Nestled up in the Chisos basin surrounded by scenic craggy mountains, high up in the pine and oak forest above the desert floor, this is one of the most dramatically-sited lodges you could ever wish for. The drive up to it is glorious. The views are breathtaking. We sprang for three nights here and wished we could have stayed longer. It was worth every penny. MUCH nicer than staying outside the park, which we also did.
If you are wondering, is it worth the extra cost to stay here, the answer is a resounding YES. Not just for the convenient central location in this big park, but also the overall experience.
The accommodations in the basic lodge rooms are simple enough, but that’s not why you come. Our room was spotless, pleasantly furnished with rustic wood pieces that felt right, also included a fridge and microwave, and was comfortable. I was happy not to have a tv. The service here was as good as it gets - friendly, knowledgable staff on the desk, lovely kind housekeeping staff, and concerned & involved management. We had the impression that people here take great pride in this place and in their work.
For the food, wow! Way better than expected! Combine a captive audience with a remote location, and every incentive to lean heavily on tired foodservice type offerings is almost a given. But no, the dinners here include daily specials as well as a good choice of regular menu items and the food is high quality with plenty of fresh items (perfect asparagus our first night, delicious home made soups, good size portions, lean tasty meats. We didn’t get the trout but saw it served, it looked tempting too.). The folks here are really trying their best to put out a first rate offering. Wait staff are helpful and the window views amazing.
Note: It’s not easy to seat everyone who comes at the same time for dinner after taking in the sunset views on the terrace, and wait times can get over 30-45 minutes to get seated, so come early or late if you don’t want to wait. Once you get your table, the entree comes promptly; a soup and salad bar fills in while your food is prepared to order.
Breakfast buffet was generous and extensive, the usual offerings of hot cooked items as well as fruit, oatmeal, cereal, yogurts etc - lots of choice. You can also order breakfast items from a menu if you don’t want the buffet.
The gift items in the lobby are thoughtfully chosen and offer a nice choice of taste, prices and useful or souvenir items.
So, overall, STAY HERE! Give yourself that treat. Don’t think a crummy aging motel down in Terlingua is almost as good, because it’s not. Big Bend is an amazing place and the Chisos Mountain Lodge is the jewel in its crown.
Booking note: when I booked online some months out, one night of my desired three was unavailable, fully booked. A helpful staff member told me to keep trying daily as they had regular cancellations. I took that advice and soon had my three nights lined up. Because they were not originally consecutive bookings, I had to pay for each night as I booked it. Had they been consecutive, one night deposit would have been enough. But again, well worth it.
Last note: BRING YOUR PASSPORTS so you can have the fun of popping across the river to Boquillas, Mexico. That’s another story but worth doing.
Published Date: Feb, 27, 2019 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
You can’t beat the location. Within the park this property has amazing views. The restaurant is retro funky and looks like an old camping lodge, but the food was decent. The rooms look like they haven’t been updated since 1971, but they were comfortable and clean. It’s important to just realize when you come here it is to get away from it all. There is virtually no Wi-Fi and no TVs in the room. Quiet and remote. No frills, but very clean, and amazing location!