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The Summit At Big Bend
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5 reviews
Cool accommodations, but over priced. Star gazing equally impressive in many other rural zip codes.
User: PatH77494 from: Katy, Texas
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 3, 2022
Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
Very clean & new; rough path at night to toilets/showers, just stones not paved; 100% self-serve, no staff on-sight. Lotus tents nighttime sky visibility very cool. Few food options around. Biosphere status over-hyped, as I’ve seen more stars in many other rural places in USA. Beautiful mountains in area.

User: madrehoodandoils from: El Paso, Texas
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 10, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
Booked a night in one of their caves and it was amazing. It really was a “luxury” stay. The bed was comfy, the rain shower so refreshing, and the mini fridge had a few drinks waiting for us upon arrival. Each cave has its own grill which we put to use and grilled steaks for dinner. Night skies by the campfire were beautiful. We brought our telescope to take advantage and view the sky full of stars. Yes, the area is hot during the summer but the cave came equipped with a mini split which kept the cave cool. Wifi in the cave was not an issue, we had perfect signal. Would definitely recommend and would go again! Tip: take your own food if you can and grill. Location is quite a ways from town and I think it’s too far to venture out and return for the evening (unless you’re comfortable driving in complete darkness on an unpaved road).

Overall OK (but not when it’s hot)
User: Footprints405003 from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 24, 2022
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
Positive - fun vibe and concept, but I would not say “luxury.” The king bed was comfy and the linens were quality. The bathhouse is kept clean, fixtures are nice and new and the soaps provided smelled nice and were appreciated. The night skies are gorgeous, even inside the dome. I’d say a mini fridge is a standard amenity in pretty much any hotel you stay at these days. Cons - and it’s a big one. It’s HOT. So hot in the dome you literally can’t be in the thing in for a good 8 hours during the day. They cover the dome at 10am and take the cover off at 7pm. We were exhausted from hiking but couldn’t rest inside bc it was so hot (the air conditioning is not capable of cooling it). We tried to find things to do when we finished hiking and didn’t return to the dome until about 7:30. Only then was it cool enough inside to tolerate. I just felt like it was a lot of money to spend on accommodation to not be able to rest when we needed to or to come back and comfortably be able to get ready to go to dinner. Neutral - the wind can crank there. The first night it felt like the dome was going to lift off. It it’s very noisy and shaky at times. They kindly leave ear plugs if you’re bothered by the wind noise. This didn’t bother me. Slept fine once it was cool inside the dome. And the winds did calm in the middle of the night.

User: mariakF3383OO from: Houston, Texas
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 7, 2022
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2022
Rating: 3
Pros The location is in a remote area with great views of the mountains and good for star gazing. The concept of the domes open in the top is nice, the bed is very comfortable. Cons The area doesn’t have cellular signal and the Wi-Fi is totally absent. The hosts should not say the the place has Wi-Fi because it doesn’t. We payed 3 nights and ended up staying only 2, and lost the money for our 3 night, we simply couldn’t tolerate the extreme heat inside the tent during the day (we stayed from April 4-6), we couldn’t even take a nap. The area is very dusty. No dishes or cutlery, so if you have some groceries you need to buy plates, etc.

Awesome Concept
User: WhiskEClear from: Columbus, Georgia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Mar, 20, 2022
Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
My family spent 4 nights in two tents in the Lotus Valley of The Summit at Big Bend. In the Lotus Valley are 10 Lotus tents. Each tent is equipped with a king sized bed (very comfy), a pull out couch, and a 2x4 table that has a sink, coffee maker, and a dorm sized fridge. Each tent also has an ac/heater mounted as the head board to the bed, and two lamps. Each tent has an assigned parking spot, a fire pit with 2 Adirondack chairs, and well lit paths. In the middle of the ten tents is a common bathroom with 4 toilets, 4 showers, and 2 sinks. To be fair, I was hesitant/skeptical going in about having a common bathroom situation, but it worked out reasonably well. My short recommendation is give this place a shot. It was a very different setup for my family, but we didn’t come to West Texas to experience what we already knew. Random thoughts/suggestions: 1) Each tent had two sets of ear plugs. This is for the wind noise at night. 3 of the 4 nights the wind noise was significant. 2) Marriott wishes it had beds as comfortable as ours was. My wife appreciated the heated blanket. 3) I wish the tents had a dresser or something to store cloths. 4) While the shared showers are well built/nice, the hot water ran out pretty quick. The only hot shower we had was when we came back from Big Bend in the middle of the afternoon. 5) If you need WiFi connectivity, this place is not for you. In fact, Terlingua / Big Bend is not for you. It would have been nice to be able to get a text or two out in the evening. I could only get enough bandwidth at 6 am to text, let alone check weather.

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