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Big Bend Resort And Adventures
nolaluziana from: New Orleans, Louisiana
Published Date: May, 12, 2021 Travel Date: May, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
There are not many places to stay in Terlingua so this was it. What a pleasant surprise to find this comfortable spot. We were in room 1 which was on the end. Thankfully our neighbors were quiet and retired early. It's an old town with old buildings. We were given "keys" to the room. I was very happy with our accommodations. The bathroom was very clean and it had plenty of hot water. No maid service during your stay, which I prefer. The room had a big easy chair and a small round table with chairs. It wasn't a huge room but it worked. Don't expect the Hilton and you won't be disappointed. The man checking us in was very nice and let us check in early. You are in the desert. So because of a power outage from a storm in the distance we also had no water, meaning no toilet. I was very surprised the hotel did not have a generator back up. It lasted 5 hours but fortunately the cool desert air kept the room comfortable and we were able to sleep. There isn't much available in this town for eat and drink, maybe two or 3 places. There is a store/cafe next door that has limited hours for breakfast, then it closes and reopens for lunch only. We packed our food when we left Alpine the day before for our picnic lunches in Big Bend NP. If you wanted to use their WiFi you would have to bring your device to them so they could enter the password. That was odd so i didn't bother and my phone did just fine on the 3G network available. I would definitely stay here again.
screenname9999999 from: Los Angeles, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 22, 2021 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
A Forever Resort?
The staff was 100% uninterested In being helpful. I overheard a customer ask how the phone reception is. The answer “I dunno.” I asked if the sister Forever property, Chisos Mountain Lodge was reopening the next day after a fire. The answer was a shrug. The internet password appears to be secret because they insisted on entering it on my phone. The rooms are clean and basic. But how hard would it be to put a chair outside the rooms? This is the last resort. Avoid if possible.
Randy M from:
Published Date: Apr, 8, 2021 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
Try to Avoid
Stay away if you can, at least from the motel portion. Because of the dearth of other options near Big Bend, we ended up here for two nights in March 2021 after the water system at our AirBnB failed. As the place looked fairly windblown and sad, we asked to view a room before registering. Nope, refused. We took the room anyway. When we checked in, we found the floor covered in sand, evidently blown through the cracks in the door during dust storms. The motel did not perform any housekeeping during our stay, but I informed the desk about the windblown sand. They handed me a broom and dustpan. Everything in the room is quite dated, vintage 1972. That probably goes for the mattress also.
As for positives, the staff at the desk always treated us decently and civilly. We could tell they were harried and busy, coping with computer outages, etc, but they unfailingly seemed pleasant and helpful. And it's not likely you will find a bed closer to the west entrance of Big Bend. This "resort" also included a large RV park, which looked close to full. I can't offer any info on that. Their restaurant was closed to dine in, but sold meals to go. We bough breakfast burritos one morning - adequate.
- Rooms: 1
- Value: 2
- Service: 2
darwinmoore from: Spring, Texas
Published Date: Jan, 11, 2021 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Good RV Camp
I cannot speak to the hotel facilities, but I can definitely recommend the RV camp. I was concerned based on some reviews I had read and expect a scab upon the earth, but it was not. It is no frills, but it is neat and clean with plenty of room to maneuver and full hookups (water pressure is a bit low). There are some picnic tables, so you can probably "relocate" one if your site doesn't have one. More importantly, the staff were very helpful, whether you want to discuss places to eat or hiking options. We arrived very late after a long day of driving and were prepared to just pick-a-site till morning, but a gentleman checked us in quickly and gave us codes and information for the area. And, there's a small store right there, which is unbelievably convenient. Also, Cottonwood Trading Post is amazingly stocked and just down the road. This is no luxury place, but it is very close to the west entrance and a great base for exploring BBNP, which is the reason to be there. Great sunrises and sunsets right out the door, too.
- Value: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
Kerry L from: Chicago, Illinois
Published Date: Mar, 22, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Supply & Demand
Anyone who has tried to find lodging in or near Big Bend National Park knows how difficult that is. The lodge in the park is booked, as best I can tell, for the remainder of the 21st century and there are very, very few places available anywhere near the western park entrance. (There are no places at all near the north entrance to Big Bend.) This property is by far the largest in the Terlingua/Study Butte area, and I stayed here for five nights while photographing at Big Bend in mid-February.
The good news: everything in my room worked: lights, shower, sink, refrigerator, microwave. That's not to be pooh-poohed. And the location is as good as it gets outside the park. It's less than 15 minutes to the park boundary and only about 30 to Panther Junction or the Basin. Wi-Fi performance, all things considered, was decent. Finally, the property's personnel--at least the people I dealt with--were friendly and helpful.
The bad news: the place is in bad shape. Make that VERY bad shape. There was a hole near the bottom of the door frame to the room I was staying in. The blinds covering the window were broken. The sink needs a new drain. Just about everything needed to be replaced or refurbished or repainted. For what it is, this place is badly overpriced. It wouldn't be in any better shape if the room rate was half what was quoted, but it would be easier to take. But given that a room with all of these "amenities" prices out to nearly $150 a night with taxes and fess...as I said, grossly overpriced.
This reminds me of my experience a few yeas ago at Yosemite River Lodge (my review of that is accessible via my profile): the price and the physical plant don't match up at all. Caveat emptor.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Cleanliness: 2
- Service: 3