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“Candililla House” 3 of 5 stars
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Big Bend Holiday Hotel
Ivey Road, Terlingua, TX   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Terlingua B&B and Inns
Abilene, Texas
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16 hotel reviews
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“Candililla House”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This house has two bedrooms, kitchen (microwave, small fridge, sink, a few dishes),, dining area and a futon next to the dining area, desk, fireplace, outdoor grill, outdoor seating area, window unit air conditioners. It does not have a television. The toilet is located next to the house but it is private. It was very hot in there in the month of May. The shower is located a few steps up from the house. It is also private but very hot in May. The bedding was excellent with nice bed linens and comfortable mattress. This house will not work for anyone with mobility issues as there are a lot of uneven surfaces. Because I "like" them on Facebook, I was able to get a special deal.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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42 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed in Yates room, and loved it. However you should be aware that this establishment is NOT a hotel - what you get is a room, there are no other facilities you would normally associate with the word hotel, not even a reception. So what you get is a funkily designed room and bathroom, which you can park right outside. Everything is spotlessly clean (no mean feat in such a dusty place), and the there are lots of pleasing touches in the room. Could do with some hanging space though (clothes).
Terlingua itself is fairly indescribable, but the much vaunted Starlight Theater (aka restaurant with live Americana music) is 100 yards away, next to the general store. It gets surprisingly busy round here, but everyone who stays should wait until the visitors bugger off, then lay in the dust outside, however bloody cold it is, and look at the stars. As someone else said - magical.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This gem of a place was 2 weeks into our 4 week road trip from San Francisco to Miami and it didn't disappoint. We had wanted to see some of Big Bend National park and this was the ideal stop over. I only wish we had been able to stay more nights.
Had originally booked The Cinnabar but when we got there, the owner had very kindly put us in the larger Candelillia House. It was beautiful in a rustic way. If you like peace and quiet, far reaching views and sheer chilling out, this is the place to be.
It is exactly as described on their website and the reason we booked it was the tongue in cheek description and yes you do have to go outside along the stepping stone path to the facilities and shower, but so quaint and really no effort. Lovely toiletries and fluffy robes were provided.
After watching the sunset over the mountains in the distance, we walked along to the Starlight Theatre, thinking it would be quiet on a Monday night. Wrong! I reckon all the locals and some from further afield were in there. It was packed. We didn't know it was two for one burger night. Well, we couldn't pass up an offer like that. They were delicious and the entertainment was a local guitar player. What an evening.

Later, we sat on our porch drinking coffee and soaking up the night air, the quiet and listening to crickets. It was magical. We left next morning having watched sunrise and taken loads of photos and went for drive into the park to reach Rio Grande. Saw turkey vulture, cayote, loads of road runners and humming birds on our visit. Truly an amazing experience and made my Best Birthday ever.

  • Stayed October 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed December 29- Jan 2nd and we did not want to leave. The place is cute, has lots of character, and is at a great location. The beds were soft, and although the shower is outside, it was nice. It was fun to sit on the porch, drink wine, and watch the sunset.

Room Tip: Walking distance to Starlight Theater. Big Bend National Park easy 20 minute drive.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

You would think that the Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande would be destination enough! But after staying at the Holiday Hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town, the townspeople proved to be an attraction of their own.
As we approached the store to pick up our key, the long porch was lined with locals sitting around talking, laughing, drinking beer, and enjoying an impromptu band made up of a couple of guitars, banjo and fiddle! And they were darned good. They welcomed us like they had known us all their lives. That started a four-day party for us that we reminisce about frequently.
Ah, the room: The website said that our private indoor plumbing may not necessarily be in our room, which was accurate. We stayed in Room 1 (Cinnabar Room) and 1B (bathroom) was a couple of doors down along a covered porch. It sounds awkward, but it really wasn't that much of an inconvenience. The room was very rustic west-Texas in furnishings and was pleasant to retire to. We hiked and enjoyed the Park every day, but looked forward to coming "home" to share our exploits with our new friends on the porch.
The Starlight Restaurant is at the end of the porch and was an old movie theater, The menu is surprisingly varied and good for its location in a desert ghost town, and they have a nice selection of wines and beers. There are other good restaurants around, but the Starlight is the best.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Well, when you drive up to the general store to register for the room, it is a bit off putting and as you drive up to the building your sense of dread builds. Open the door and you see the room is very nicely furnished and the bathroom is great. WiFi works well. No TV but that is as advertised. The general store doesn't open until 10am, so if you depart early, leave your key in the room. The hotel is literally right in the middle of the ghost town, which is a re-creation but a small town of miner's shacks that were just abandoned when the miners left town. One of the more interesting places to wander to is the graveyard just down the road. The hotel is convenient to Big Bend Park, which is why we stayed there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Austin, Texas
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15 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The Candelillia was just wonderful with a matching sun-raise . The fire pit was a great plus for long talks and watching the nightlight at the Starlight each night. Hot water and soft beds for after Big Bend or drinks at the Starlight.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Big Bend Holiday Hotel

Address: Ivey Road, Terlingua, TX
Location: United States > Texas > Terlingua
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Terlingua
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Hotel is no franchise resort. It's perfect for raucous revelry or a romantic rendezvous, or both...You'll find many things in the Ghost Town in the exact condition they've been in for centuries, and that's great for exploring, but at the end of the day you'll want air conditioning.Named for the reddish mercury ore that fueled the industry that was the Chisos Mine, this room belies the Ghost Town location and offers a rustic yet elegant experience.The fancy indoor bathroom that we're so proud of is -- ahem... -- a short walk down the scenic porch, marked Room # 1B. It's a Terlingua tradition that has caught on big in Europe. erlingua chic, the Candililla House is great for either couples or families. Perched on a hillside, it offers an everchanging view of sunsets, starlight, and thunderstorms. There is a patio outside the walls and another within.The El Patron Suite is suitable for business meetings, but they're frowned on around the Ghost Town. Instead, have a few amigos/amigas join you for a festive evening. Walk over to the famous Terlingua Cemetery to greet the ghosts, or just watch the sunset with everyone on the porch over at the Trading Post. Bring your guitar (but not the accordion.)The Candelilla House gets its name from the local cactus that was gathered by the locals and used in the manufacture of women's makeup products. The owners' family operated both a trading post and a processing facillity that kept this Mexican tradition alive.Just down the road a piece from the end of the earth is the Rio Grande Rock House. This is not some neo-cowboy fantasy replica. It's real by-God Texas history. Built in the early 19th century as a trading post for trappers and settlers from both sides of the border, it's still in the same family.We're proud to be out on the fringe of Texas. Come on down.Free Parking - Wireless Adjacent* - Indoor Plumbing**If you stand out on the porch and hold your laptop up real high, you may get a signal.*The indoor plumbing is not necessarily "in your room." ... more   less 

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