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Chisos Mountains Lodge
Linda Y from: Frisco, Texas
Published Date: Apr, 18, 2021 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Location, Location, Location
Nestled in the Chisos Basin, the Chisos Mountains Lodge is in the heart of Big Bend National Park. It is the only lodging located inside the park, and there are only 72 rooms total classified as the Casa Grande Lodge, Rio Grande Motel, Emory Peak Lodge and Roosevelt Stone Cottages. We stayed in Room 217 (Rio Grande Motel). It was a plain room with painted concrete block walls and a small bathroom (with sink separate). Overall, based on previous reviews, it was not as bad as I anticipated. The room was clean and comfortable enough for a two-night stay. It is easy to overlook a few things when you are just steps away from the park’s best hiking trails and surrounded by the stunning Chisos Mountains! I must give the Lodge 5 stars for location, location, location. You can stay outside the park, but you will waste valuable time driving when you could be hiking (and road closures present another timing challenge). Due to covid-19 restrictions, the Lodge Restaurant was closed for dining in. Our group pre-ordered meals that were delivered on time; we ate outside at picnic tables. Quality was lacking but the staff did their best to accommodate our requests. There is a microwave and small fridge in the room which provides some flexibility, as well as a small convenience store onsite. Bring what you can, including your favorite beverages. Ice is readily available (which comes in handy when hiking too). Would I return here? Yes!
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3
jamiemT4211IT from: Charlotte, North Carolina
Published Date: Apr, 13, 2021 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Excellent location for Big Bend hiking
Chisos Mountains Lodge is the only place to stay in the park if you don't have an RV/camper or want to camp in a tent. We stated in a Casa Grande room. The room has 2 double beds that are comfortable enough. The bathroom is tiny, but it is nice that the sink is outside the actual bathroom so that someone can shower while someone else uses the sink. Location cannot be beat as it is very close to many of the popular hikes. It is clean, but certainly not luxurious. I don't think anyone who is visiting Big Bend is expecting luxurious, so that didn't really matter to us. We had a small balcony with a nice view. I would stay here again, and I would like to try a cottage next time for a little bit more space.
- Rooms: 3
- Value: 5
- Service: 5
Randy M from:
Published Date: Apr, 8, 2021 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
We scored one night at the lodge after a cancellation, with two days notice. We felt extremely fortunate, as options outside the park are hard to get, and sketchy. We loved the room. We got a second floor with a king bed for $176, and a balcony with an outstanding view of the sunset at the Window. We found the room very clean, and have no complaints on the bed. Big Bend is a long way from anywhere, and the park is vast. Expect to do lots of driving to get there, and lots of driving within the park. So the central location of the lodge is a great benefit. Yes, the bathroom fixtures are circa 1975, but everything worked great, and looked to be in tiptop shape. The room came with a mini-fridge and microwave. Thje lodge is part of the park service area for Chisos Basin, with visitor center, general store within a stone's throw of the room. Staying here was a huge plus for our trip.
- Value: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
angjtexas from: Houston, Texas
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 21, 2021 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Unbeatable location with decent food options
We were in Emory Peak room 107 with 1 double and 1 single bed. It was a fun, retro room - see photos.
These rooms are not air conditioned, but maintained the cool night air. The wall heater worked well. I loved the bathroom heater. The hand wash, lotion, shampoo, and body wash smelled nice and were from dispensers on the wall.
The mattresses and bedding could use updating.
The fridge was good sized with a separate freezer section strong enough to freeze water bottles overnight.
The dinner service was reasonable and worked well. We placed our orders before 7 pm for delivery to our room at a specified time or ASAP (~30 minutes later). See photo of menu.
These first level rooms do not have balconies, but were only a few steps away from a view of the “window” and the pinnacles trailhead.
Cocoreb from: Terry, Mississippi
Published Date: Mar, 6, 2021 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Second visit didn't disappoint
This visit was during Covid. We were lucky to be able to stay as there had been a cancellation for one of the stone cottages. By the way, Cottage 102 and 103 have the best views of The Window at sunset. We loved the cottage even though it was only for one night. The restaurant was closed but you cold order breakfast, lunch (you pick up) and supper (it was delivered). I would recommend staying here while visiting Big Bend; just remember, you cannot grill or cook in the cottage (only a small microwave) and small refrigerator.