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“HIstoric old hotel with great character and service, but restaurant needs help.” 4 of 5 stars
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Gage Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   102 W Highway 90, Marathon, TX 79842   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Marathon
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“HIstoric old hotel with great character and service, but restaurant needs help.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

Our family has stayed in the Gage for generations, but this was my first trip personally. We stopped in Marathon on the way back from Big Bend because the restaurant here has a great reputation. The service was very nice, but we were quite disappointed with the quality of the food. Menu items should have included local things like Texas Goat cheese, but most of the offerings were very heavy and not necessarily local. My salad was extremely heavy and salty, and my husband's steak was tender but had an awful smoky taste. Aside from the Gage, there is almost nothing else in Marathon. Although there were about 2 blocks of cute little shops/cafes, most were not open on a Tuesday. Maybe you have to go on a weekend?

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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MIDLAND
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

We have been going to the Gage Hotel for years..........Always a secret escape place in the Davis Mountains: The Big bend part Of Texas. The Gage Hotel is the place to stay when going to Big Bend National Park. The hotel has two sections, the older origonal two story section and the newer patio Las Portilas section. Also it has a wonderful pool area with very plush gardens and grounds all around the hotel. A great restaurant and small spa. The massage at the spa is a reason to go to the Gagr itself. Recently, both the Las Portalis and the rooms in the original hotel have been very nicely updated. If you read review about the trains whistle noise, ignore it. The railroad is about to compete a no whistle crossing and probably complete bu now. this will eliminate the train whistle problem. It never was a problem for us. The new bedding and room appointments are very well done. This is a place to go to relax. The management and staff are ever present to make your visit an enjoyable event.

Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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79 reviews 79 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

This is a beautifully maintained old hotel with spacious lobbies and outdoor spaces. The hotel was mostly empty when we arrived, and as they leave open the doors to unoccupied rooms, I got a pretty good look at several different room types. Our room (a queen w/ en suite shower) was beautiful though not particularly large. A room down the hall had two doubles and was considerably larger. Rooms without bathrooms had sinks, and the shared bathroom down the hall was very tidy.

The building is a little old and the floors creaky, and it gave me the feeling of sneaking around a grandparent's house after everyone else has gone to bed. I can imagine that downstairs the noise may be a bothersome when the place is crowded. We had no trouble with noise, however.

We were a bit disappointed that they would not extend our checkout beyond 11:30, particularly because we didn't arrive until shortly before midnight and because the place was empty.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New orleans
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

What can you say about a hotel with a box of branding irons outside your room? An artist's proof of a Russell painting across the hall ? Well used chaps hanging above the bed? It is a comfortable environment with exotic western appointments and decor. The Gage has a pleasant patio, adjacent gardens, and two blocks away an extraordinary garden for walking and resting. While we were there a fox ran through it. The staff was helpful and gracious. We sayed in the older part of the hotel (1909, designed by Trost), and so the room was small by contemporary standards--one could, however, imagine travelers a century ago finding real comfort. The continental breakfast in the dining room was splendid as was the decor, including paintings, antique guns, and a mountain lion(stuffed). The restaurant , which offered patio dining,was unusually good with game on the menu. And the bar with its white bison offered a full array of beverages. If you stay here, drive over to Alpine for the Museum of the Big Bend on the campus at Sul Ross University.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

The Gage is a unique experience - a resotred hotel from the 1920s. It's decorated in western motif, has gorgeous patios with firepits and a beautiful pool area. Ask for a room away from the front of the hotel. Our room was on the second story at the front above the porch and subject to noise from other patrons sitting on the front porch. The Gage was the jumping-off point for our trip into Big Bend National Park.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

We stayed here while visiting the Big Bend Area. My advice would be to avoid this place if at all possible.
I should have known this would be a problematic experience when the hotel charged my credit card at the time of my reservation, over one month before my actual stay.
This was a disappointing experience from arrival, where we were met by a disinterested to sullen hotel clerk to departure.
The hotel has attractive grounds and I would recommend you walk around and view them, before heading to where you will stay in another town.
The rooms are overpriced, extremely small and lacking any conventional amenities. The restaurant prices are exorbitant (Chicken Fried Steak for $22), probably because it is virtually the "only game" in town.
If visiting Big Bend , I would recommend consideration of Lajitas as a place to stay rather than here. It is much more attractive, has far more amenities and is more reasonably priced. Avoid the Gage Hotel, or pay the (exorbitant) price for a very poor experience.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, TX
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125 reviews 125 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

We stayed at the Gage Hotel after being in Big Bend. We stayed in the older historic part with a bath. It was very nicely furnished. It was fun to walk around the Portalles section ( a coutyard area of rooms) where the rooms were quite a bit more expensive. It was fun to walk up and down the street where the Gage is located. I wish we had had more time for this. We had checked in around four and the shops closed at 6. It would have been nice if the shops were open later.

Our room was small, which we expected. The decor was very authentic. The bathroom was a good size. The lighting could have been better.

Breakfast was included. It was a continental variety.

Our biggest problem was that the pillows were pancake thin. We should have complained and seen whether more pillows or better pillows were available but we didn't. The rooms were furnished so lovely you would have thought that they would have taken better care in making sure that the pillows were comfortable.

I enjoyed staying there once. But I am not sure if I would return.
A good night's sleep was important after just spending the week hiking in Big Bend.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 102 W Highway 90, Marathon, TX 79842
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Location: United States > Texas > Marathon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Marathon
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Hotel Class:3 star — Gage Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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