During a recent trip to the Big Bend area of Texas, my wife and I stayed one night at The Holland Hotel in Alpine, TX. My wife and I loved it! As of April 1, 2012 there is no restaurant in the hotel but we met the people working on building the one which will adjoin the front of the hotel and share the common outdoor area behind it, and after eating at the "nicest" restaurant in Alpine (Reata), we are looking forward with hope to this one being an improvement and easily taking over that spot on the list of recommendations :-). There are many types of hotels around, and many expectations of what customers find to their liking. In our case we would always prefer to stay at a locally-owned place as opposed to a chain, a place with history or character as opposed to cookie-cutter, and a place with friendly employees that doesn't treat you anonymously. This was all that and more. The lobby and main floor are very well preserved according to the original style, and when you walk in the door there is a sense that someone cared enough about to save and maintain it. The rooms are the same, except they have completely modern standards for the beds, baths, decor, amenities, etc. The bed and linens were extremely comfortable. As we were one of the very few folks staying there that night, they upgraded us from the cheapest King room (which we booked online), to one of their best Suites (the one in front, on the 2nd floor, with a huge outdoor balcony over the main entrance) where we sat outside the night we arrived and the morning of our departure, taking in the clear desert air and the sounds of Alpine, including church bells ringing nearby. The young man behind the counter recommended places for us to eat dinner the night we arrived, and the young woman who was there the next morning did us the favor of taking our photo outside while we stood on the balcony above to preserve the memory. Another kind woman recommended some area scenic drives for us (the Pinto Canyon Rd. from Marfa to Ruidosa), and gave us her opinions (based on her experience) about the wisdom of crossing the border in Presidio to Ojinanga for lunch (we did not). We enjoyed the stay, the place, and the people, and the extremely reasonable price and will definitely stay there again in the future.
- Also Known As:
- Historic Holland Alpine
- Hotel Historic Holland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holland Hotel is a beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture property with beam ceilings that was constructed in 1928. It is recognized by the state of Texas as a historical destination. Recently renovated, the Holland Hotel boasts expected amenities while keeping its historic character and charm. Let the Holland Hotel make your next visit the Big Bend region a historic one! ... more less
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