Reviewed 4 October, 2021
Lobby was supposed to be open until 10:00. I called to say we were running late and woman told me to look for a silver truck out front, who would be "Mark" the security guard, if after 10.. We got there around 9:00. No silver truck. 9:15. 9:30...9:45...10:00. Just as we were thinking we'd have to sleep in our car, Mark pulled up. He knew nothing about us but let us into the lobby and gave us our key. Room was cleaner than we expected from reviews... old and needs updating. Can't believe they call it a "resort ". Maybe 50 years ago! Too expensive but you're captive since not much to choose from.
Reviewed 12 May, 2021
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.
A Forever Resort?
Reviewed 22 April, 2021
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.
Try to Avoid
Reviewed 8 April, 2021
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.
Good RV Camp
Reviewed 11 January, 2021
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.