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Chisos Mountains Lodge
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Great location, wonderful scenery, ancient room
User: gregaustex from: Austin, Texas
Published Date: May, 27, 2022
Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
The only reasons to book this lodge are the location and the really good food in the restaurant. Know that you are getting a room built in the 1940's and only moderately updated since FDR was in office. However, if you stay here, you save a lot of driving from staying someplace outside the park. We enjoyed our stay, but the bed was only a double size and the mattress might have been original. The restaurant was outstanding. Friendly waitstaff and the pork chops were great.
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Web site for reservations is a joke
User: suzifsu from: Tallahassee, Florida
Published Date: Apr, 4, 2022
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2022
Rating: 1
It is March 4, 2022 and I reserved 2 nights in the Chisos Mountain Lodge for the middle of September 2022. According to the website there were plenty of rooms available so I booked for 2 nights. I then proceeded to set my entire trip around those dates. Airlines, other hotels, entire itinerary. I get an email this afternoon that says what I booked is not available for the dates I've chosen and they graciously suggested I stay in some fleabag motel. I called to see what other rooms where available and was told there was nothing in the entire system for that park. She gave no explanation of why the website is totally worthless and ended up hanging up on me. Granted, I was really mad but didn't use a curse word until after she hung up on me. What is the point of a website with the ability to make a reservation when it so far from accurate it is a joke? It also raised the rate $20 a night from when I looked at availability on Saturday and when I booked on Monday. I figured I'd eat the $40 just to stay in a park facility, but alas, they won't get my money.
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Old Grandfather lodge
User: ChristinaF from: Atlanta, GA
Published Date: Mar, 3, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021
Rating: 2
I believe the only reason to stay Chisos Mountains Lodge is its unbeatable location. Everything is like Western Movies lodging set up besides the A/C. We were very lucky to bump into the thunderstorm late at night which caused whole mountain out of power for 18+ hours. We were stuck in the tiny room without fresh air because you could not even open the windows. The lodging staffs warmed us their window screen couldn’t stop the bugs harassing you all night long. No power also means you could not go to Park gas stations to fill your tank. We decided to check out a day earlier and then driving 3 hours round trip to Marathon to fill our tank to be able to finished our Big Bend trip.
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A glorious view from whatever direction you turn!
User: bathtravel123 from: Bath, Maine
Published Date: Feb, 16, 2022
Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
The staff were very helpful and friendly. The room was basic but very comfortable and offered a microwave and refrigerator which was useful if you just wanted to bring along your own food for a quick meal. The views from the room were especially striking at sunset. And one could not ask for a more convenient location in terms of being in the heart of the Big Bend National Park.
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Continue to Return Year After Year
User: Beachguy43 from: Riviera, Texas
Published Date: Jan, 14, 2022
Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
We have been staying here almost yearly for the past 40 years. We have camped, stayed in the motel, the stone cottages and the lodge. The only thing that has changed over the years is the difficulty in securing a room. When we first started coming you could drive into the Basin in off season and get a room without a reservation. That has changed. Now you must be either flexible or make a reservation as much as a year or more in advance. Being now retired we can be flexible and by checking the reservation calendar almost daily we were lucky to get a room in the Emory Lodge for three nights last week. We had been notified in advance that the restaurant was closed and we would need to bring our own food. There is a small store in Basin but we were told supplies would be limited. We brought all our own food but turns out the store was well provisioned. Not supermarket type selection but one would have had plenty to eat and drink. Better wine selection than I remember from past years. Every room was equipped with a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Beds were very comfortable and if you like the sound of silence this is the place to be. Seems number of visitors to the park has increased by at least ten fold in past few years but it is a big place so you never feel crowded such as might be the case at other national parks. Big Bend is not "on the way" to anywhere so everyone there was there because it was their destination. Super quality service. Over the years we have never met a disgruntled visitor or employee. It is one of my spirit places. Get in line, they are currently taking reservations for 2023.
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