The cabin was as indicated, but it wasn't the right place for us.
There were several things that probably should be pointed out for anyone staying in Solomon's Den cabin. The cabin is on the second floor...we are not elderly but we are in our late 50s. The stairs were pretty steep to the cabin and getting luggage up and down the stairs wasn't easy. Inside the room, the bed is on a second level...the stairs to the second level again are steep and not an easy step up or step down. So, if you get up to go to the bathroom at night, well, you have to really watch your step.
There is no shower, we were prepared for that as the cabin's amenities clearly state that, however, stepping down into the tub is again, not an easy step down...there are no stairs to the tub, so imagine that you are on a flat surface and the jacuzzi tub is set all the way down in the floor...big step down with no hand rails to help.
If you are looking to stay in Solomon's Den be aware that if you have hip or knee problems, you may have some difficulties.
The room was clean and beautiful, but there was no deadbolt on the door which is french doors with glass...while it may feel secluded and safe, the reality is we had absolutely no means to communicate with anyone. Our phone carrier is Verizon and there is literally NO service in that area with Verizon. AT&T seems to be okay. However, if someone were to want to break in, you would be extremely vulnerable.
We had paid for two nights, but we stayed only one. The location of the cabins is in the middle of RR 337 which means that either direction Utopia or Leakey, the roads are complicated, twisty, steep grade roads...and don't be fooled into believing that an evening meal somewhere other than your own cabin is easy. The one "gourmet" restaurant that was on the list of eateries was closed the day that we were there (it's hours are only Saturday to begin with and it was closed the Saturday we were there). Because of the location, 337, it is also part of the famous 3 Sisters roads which means Harleys galore all day. Now we can't complain much about that, because the reason we were there was to ride our motorcycles and 337 IS one of the roads you would want to ride with your bike. However, after a long day of wrangling twisty turning steep roads, you have to navigate those roads to get back home...
This is personal preference but the king bed was extremely firm and I was uncomfortable.
The place is not a bad place.just be aware of the items noted above as these led to our dissatisfaction with Solomon's Den. If you are looking for isolation this place is perfect. Bring your own food and be prepared to settle in for the weekend with no wi-fi or TV and you will be happy.
NOTE: The stairs and getting into the tub are not just a complaint of a couple of old people...we play tennis, ride motorcycles and are very active. They are just steep stairs and you need to know that.
Also, I think the security should be beefed up with a deadbolt. That was a little unnerving.
Finally, the lack of convenient places to eat was a little frustrating for us. We didn't want to drive all the way to Leakey and/or Utopia to eat, we were exhausted from a day of riding and yet in order to get to Leakey or Utopia you had to drive a fair distance on tough roads.
Again, I think this probably is a perfect place for some, but it wasn't our cup of tea and there were things that would have made the trip more enjoyable if we had known about!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private cabins located between Lost Maples and Garner state parks offering private porches with mountain views, fully-equipped kitchens and central air/heat. Linens provided. Close to Utopia, Vanderpool, Leakey, Medina and Bandera. Nearby activities include horseback riding, river tubing, and hiking. On-site activities include stargazing, wildlife viewing, birding, campfire rings and BBQ grills. Spa,romance and birthday packages available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Lodges At Lost Maples Hotel Vanderpool