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“Paradox in Paradise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa

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Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   HC 70, Lajitas, Big Bend National Park, TX 79852   |  
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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16 hotel reviews
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“Paradox in Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

This place is really a Paradox... a gorgeous, wonderful, pricey resort get-away. That's the paradise... the paradox is that I'm not convinced that most people would find this place hospitable... so here's the scoop-
1. The Resort gets #1 for the "Best Resort to disappear and remain anonymous". Nobody in their right mind goes to the edge of Texas (the world) when the temperatures reach over 115 degrees... which is precisely why I was there in June.
2. Sunday until Wednesday don't expect the ONLY convenience store/gasoline station to be open. Restaurant closes at 2:00. Everything else closes at 6:00 in the summer. The Boardwalk shops are closed Sunday to Wednesday also. The golf course is fabulously beautiful, and difficult, and probably the most remote you will ever visit- and under reconstruction, so you have to skip a couple of holes due to day workers improving the site.
3. The restaurant is vastly overpriced, (50.00 for a hamburger with fries and four chicken strips with fries, tea, and chips with salsa)... but the food in the restaurant was good and the wait staff very attentive. The beer at the convenience store was double home pricing- which makes sense for a place on the outer edge of nowhere. (as does the pricing in the restaurant - the nearest grocer is 1.5 hours away...)
4. The entire resort Staff was very helpful, friendly, and casual - the rooms just so slightly neglected although nice. Don't have bell captains, room service, or perfection. Come here to relax, get-away from the hustle and bustle, and leave your stress (and attitudes) at home with your coat and tie.
5. The property is diligently coming back from serious neglect - and I loved being there off-season, at an in-between time. June is hot - 114 plus - but the sunrise and sunsets are spectacular and the minor inconveniences are just that.
6. Best enjoyed if you have planned ahead- bring munchies, your own necessary amenities, and plan to entertain yourself.
7. Final words- a hidden gem. Remember the days long ago at the beach in the summer, sleeping mid-day, reading books, covered in sand, comfortably imperfect accommodations, and finding your own entertainment? Well - this desert retreat is just that. No beach, (except the drought burdened Rio Grande below you) but beautiful mountains, views, and a fabulous oasis of golf course in the middle of nowhere.

Room Tip: best views are from the villas.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Austin, Texas
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Visiting at the start of June was probably the only thing we did wrong on this trip (other than visit the restaraunt - which is why this gets a very good rather than excellent).After memorial weekend it gets hot, really hot and this place enters an almost early stage of reverse hibernation.

We stayed in the quarters in the Cavalry Post, very nicely decorated with a cowboy theme. A California King bed which was very comfortable as were the lounging chairs. Nice bathroom. The wooden decks outside the room do allow noisy clumping neighbors to annoy you but really that's the only gripe with the accomodations. Lovely pool, absolutely perfect views across the Rio Grande and excellent base to explore the State Park which is only 5 mins away. The staff were all very helpful, quick to respond to requests and polite. The big issue was the restaurant, very very disappointed - tiny menu overpriced and quite horrible. Take the trip into Terlingua - it's worth the 17 mile drive to get a decent meal and the view along the way is worth every mile. If the restaurant stepped up its game this would be a really easy sell, the golf couse is spectacular and I enjoyed every minute I was on the course. The surrounding area has a vicious beauty and the simple fact that it's so far from anywhere or anything of any importance forces you to hit the reset button. We will be back, but unless the dining choices improve we'll still be making the trip to Terlingua to eat.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

this place is beautiful! The most breath taking views.. must see. Loved our room, it was decorated cowboy style and had a huge shower.
However, when you go to the border of Mexico... you are thinking you are going to get great Mexican food...NOT!
The beef enchiladas were $16.00 and the meat inside was hamburger patties..yep, that's right... I said it... HAMBURGER PATTIES!!!
No self respecting Texan approved that menu so I am assuming the owners are from up north or from another country.....
want some REAL desert culture? Go to Terlingua to the Frontier Hotel and eat in their grill... much cheaper and WAYYYYY better!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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18 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

First, the Lajitas resort is a bit of an oasis in the desert. In many ways it's completely out of place, with its lush grass and golf course, modern buildings, boulevard and luxury accommodation (which you definitely pay for) - a bit of a 'Disney' resort where you escape the reality that you are in the desert! Not sure why you would want to do that though.....
That's by-the-by, we organised, through the hotel, to do the Cowboy Action Shoot and what an hour of fun that was. Live ammunition, 3 styles of gun (magnum, rifle and shotgun) shooting at various targets set up around the Wild West street mock-up that is quite literally in the middle of nowhere, off the road to Lajitas. Closely supervised, we were shown how to aim and cock the respective guns (and what not to do) and then had at it. So much fun!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Stockton, Texas
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30 hotel reviews
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Cob webs on the lamp. No elevator and no help offered with bags. Front desk called our room 15 minutes after we went to bed to see if we were in our room. If they got off their butts, climbed the steep stairs and looked at the "DO NOT DISTURB SIGN" hanging on our door, they would not known we were in and asleep- AC would not let you set temp below 70, at 106 degrees outside (day) and 85 (night) room never got cool. We asked where Big Bend Hotel is (10 miles down the road). They had no idea at the front desk. They told us the park was 40 minutes away, it was 10 minutes. Stay here if you like being like treated like a patsy, please stay here. If you want to be treated like a person, stay down the road at Big Bend Resort at the TX-170/TX-118.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cedar Creek, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Arrived to this beautiful resort to find ourselves in the Calvary section of the property. It was a beautiful rustic yet feminine room with a nice view of a long fountain in a courtyard setting. The backdrop was the breathtaking mountains! A couple negative comments about Lajitas...1) The restaurant had a very limited and over-priced menu. If you do eat ther, order the Chicken Picatta because it is very good. The service in the morning was so so at best with mediocre breakfast fare. Friday morning and they were out of Orange juice! Not a luxury resort if you run out of O.J.!
2) There was a sign that said childrens museum. It was filled with boxes...:(. So glad my grand-daughter was not with us because she would have been sadley disapointed to think she was about to enter a special place and to find it was just being used for storage.
The bar area looked very wonderful as did the main lobby and reception area. Overall it looks like the place is being neglected a bit. More staff! A couple special touches would make the guests feel much more welcomed. Have someone walk around the property and make sure furniture at the pool area actually belongs there and towels for pool use are not hidden away in a tied up plastic bag in a bin. Pick up glasswear that other guest have set outside etc. There are several stand out employees working there and some hum drum ones that don't even ask how your meal was. Too much inconsistency for a 5 star place. The resort has great potential though and it is very magical and relaxing! Oh yes...one more thing. For 3 days one of the fountains remained dry...that doe not look or feel so good!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Just got back. The place is really nice. Our room was gorgeous. Room 116, King size bed, in the Calvary quarters, had a fireplace...didn't need that; but room was really nice. Great air conditioner! Just had one meal at the restaurant, presented nicely with large portions...but missed medium rare on the steak (closer to well done); they offered to put a new steak on; but, I declined. My wife liked her meal. Pool was pretty nice...very cold this time of year; but, refreshing. The grounds are beautiful, with well maintained landscaping. Restaurant and bar area have beautiful covered patios...the dry air make it a great and comfortable place to sit in the shade. Didn't do any side trips. Spent most of our time in Big Bend National Park. Yes it's about 30miles from resort. Yes...if you just want the park...try to get a room in the park. If you really want a beautiful resort and have the $ to do the cool side things they offer...this is a neat place to stay. They were filming the 3rd season of Ammo and Attitude, a reality show with 6 women in shooting competitions. The entire resort area encompasses 26,000 acres! A huge equestrian center. Everything I saw was very well maintained. It's a very isolated part of texas. Friday through Saturday, no traffic, hardly anyone around. You really have this place to yourself!

Room Tip: Room 116 is a nice King Size Bed, opening on to a great courtyard.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: HC 70, Lajitas, Big Bend National Park, TX 79852
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Location: United States > Texas > Big Bend National Park > Lajitas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Lajitas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa offers a boutique resort setting nestled in the lowland desert between the majestic mountains of the Big Bend National Park and the Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. Featuring resort amenities with a Lanny Wadkins designed golf course, a relaxing spa, an Equestrian Center,and a variety of outdoor adventure activities of ATV and jeep tours, mountain biking, hiking, river rafting or just relaxing poolside soaking up the warmth and beauty of the pristine desert. In the evening visit the Resort's casual restaurant with outdoor seating with incredible vista views of the Big Bend mountains, or sip on a cool drink in the Thirsty Goat Saloon with live local music most nights and enjoy star gazing on the patio. Come and enjoy the "ultimate Big Bend experience!" ... more   less 
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