Upon arriving at Beaumont Ranch it appeared to be a nicely laid out Texas-style ranch that would be fun to explore. Well, I was wrong.
We stayed in their one bedroom cabin. It had rained quite a bit a few days before our arrival so we had to be very careful where we stepped when we got out of our car. Needless to say, our shoes got VERY muddy. We walked into the cabin to be greeted by a strong smell of lavender, as in your Grandma's house probably never smelled that strong of lavender. The room was decorated very nicely, the bedding seemed to be premium, nice little accents around the room. The bathroom was very clean. However the floor was PAINFULLY cold. As in, it felt like it burned your feet (weird, I know) from the cold. When we left for the evening we noticed our cabin lacked 'skirting', the plastic stuff you put around buildings that are mobile. So, that allowed all of the bitter cold to hang out underneath the marble floor in the bathroom. The claw-style tub only had a handheld sprayer for bathing. Which made it awkward to shower 'normally'.
That evening we joined family for dinner and dancing at a barn-style venue on property. The food was decent, the Texas-style BBQ didn't offer very premium cuts of brisket (very fatty) and the sides seemed pretty basic. While everything was edible, nothing stood out. There wasn't any dessert available which seemed strange for a BBQ buffet. The band was quite entertaining and played lots of current and vintage hits along with some great Christmas music. A+ for the entertainment. The bar seemed a little lifeless. The bartender didn't seem very entusiastic to be there and the 'margarita on the rocks' was incredibly watered down.
Our nights rest? Pretty good. The bed was quite comfortable. The run to the bathroom in the morning was uncomfortably shocking, as the floor seemed to be even COLDER.
Breakfast? Well, the food was just okay. Sausage, an omelete station, biscuits and gravy and some pretty tasty breakfast potatoes. The problem? We had to ask for drinks and the coffee was not out yet (it was 830-ish AM)....they finally put out the coffee after I requested it, but no creamer or stirrers were to be found. Sugar was on our table. The HUGE problem? The air was COLD! The breakfast buffet was in the same 'barn-style' building as the entertainment the night before was.....and they didn't feel inclined to turn on the heater.....it was in the 20s outside.....you had to scarf down your breakfast to keep it from getting ICE COLD in a few minutes once you got back to your table. Unacceptable.
The REAL fun came at checkout. The final bill? North of $450 for one night. Itemized out....for 2 people.....$185/per person, $21.50/per person for the lunch buffet, a resort fee that totaled out to be $60, and tax. The buffet was not supposed to be on there, as we attended the lunch buffet on the day of arrival, not the one on the day of departure....management quickly took that charge off.....the price of $185/per person did include an activity....we were not able to partake in an activity because of our own time constraints, so I didn't take that into consideration in this review. When I asked management why the one night charge was so heavy, they told me that we were given a discounted rate and that the $60 resort fee was for tips and other stuff.....well, we weren't informed that the $60 was for tips, as we tipped the people who served us.
I have stayed at 5-Star resorts before and NEVER paid over $450/night. The price at the end of our stay was SHOCKING to say the least. Beaumont Ranch you have A LOT to improve before you can demand $450/night. Did we know it would be this expensive before our stay? No. We were expecting $185/per person per night.....after we arrived we felt like that would be a stretch, but the mistake on charging us for a buffet and the resort fee put it over the TOP. I have never been so 'put out' in my life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This guest ranch includes several different configurations of rooms. It is very unique and cannot be compared to a hotel or a regular dude ranch. It is best to arrange your activities before you arrive, because the activities book weeks in advance. This is a Texas experience. Each Friday and Saturday night we have public meals that include music suitable for dancing. Locals and ranch guests attend. The meals are comfort food served buffet style. We offer ATV tours, Zip lines, Archery, Sporting Clays, Trail Rides, Cattle herding and Roping Lessons. Most of the staff has worked for the ranch for many years. Cowboys are an exception. They like to move around. All of the staff loves the ranch and wants you as a guest to feel the same. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beaumont Ranch Hotel Grandview