The Taylor Motel is a small, quaint motel on the main drag in Van Horn. The hotel is a remodeled "motor court", very reasonably priced and very clean. Each unit has a small garage which separates it from the next unit. The hotel offers a continental breakfast, a guest laundry, and a community kitchen. It was perfect for our trip. The hotel's phone number is 432-284-9691. You may have to leave a voicemail, but your call will be returned.
Recently, our small group planned a hiking trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and reserved two rooms for two nights at the Taylor Motel in Van Horn, TX. I was somewhat hesitant because the price quoted to me was approximately $38-$40 per room. However, tripadvisor reviews were favorable, so we went with it. We could not have asked for better accommodations for the price and our planned activities. I asked for a room with 2 double beds for my husband, son and I, and a room with 1 double bed for the couple traveling with us. My family was sent to unit 1, which was a double unit. It had two separate sleeping areas with three beds - a queen in one room, and a double and twin in the other. Our unit was compact yet comfortable, very neat and clean. The bathroom had a shower with lots of very hot water and plenty of towels, and a sink/vanity combination was outside the bathroom. Unit 1 included 2 televisions (which we didn't need), a microwave, a small fridge, and an air conditioning/heating unit in the wall. The beds were nice and firm - we've definitely paid much more for far worse beds. I was surprised to discover we had 4 windows in our unit. I don't think I've ever stayed in a hotel room that had 4 windows. Our friends' room was approximately half the size of ours - they had one double bed and a bathroom. Their room was also very compact, yet very clean.
We took advantage of the continental breakfast on our first morning. This was very simple and included coffee, orange juice, hot cocoa, bananas and store-bought pastries and muffins in the main office. The owners were very attentive and brought out fresh juice and made more coffee when they saw us wander in for breakfast. The hotel also has a "community kitchen" in a separate building. On our first morning, we walked over to check out the kitchen which was very large and well-stocked. It included a large commercial sink, countertop space, an oven/stovetop, an electric griddle, coffee maker, toaster, fridge and two full-size dining tables with chairs as well as some staples (oil, seasonings, paper towels, styrofoam plates). Some other guests were finishing up breakfast which they had made that morning. We decided for our second morning we would make our own breakfast in the kitchen. We made breakfast burritos and coffee, and had some of our leftover trail food as well. We shopped the day before and stored our refrigerated items in the fridge that was in the hotel room. Personally, I enjoyed visiting with the other guests in the kitchen. It felt less like a hotel and more like a bed-and-breakfast.
The owners of the Taylor Motel were very kind and helpful. I learned that the hotel will be 100 years old in 2015. The owners have been remodeling units gradually; 10 units are available and others are in the process of being remodeled.
So, you must be wondering...for $40, what will you be missing? Well, this is not a fancy hotel. The decor and furnishings in our room were very simple. The bathroom was somewhat dated - ours had pink and maroon tile, but again, very clean and everything was in good working order. There is a train track behind the hotel with an occasional train. However, we ran the heater throughout the night (the heater was a bit loud) and if a train came through while I was asleep, I slept through it completely. Also, you will not run into rude employees that you may encounter in those large chain hotels. I sensed the owners' pride about the work they've put into their hotel. They were attentive, kind and humble. Finally, we weren't in town to see an opera - we were there to hike to the tallest peak in Texas. We had backbacks and hydration packs and hiking boots. After a long day on the trail, it felt so good to come back to our little home away from home. We will definitely stay again when in the area. (I marked the hotel as "very good" in sleep quality because there is a train track so close by. As near as I can tell, that train track is close to everything in Van Horn, TX.)
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