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“Not our cup of tea...” 3 of 5 stars
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77 Lower Sabinal River Rd, Vanderpool, TX 78885   |  
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“Not our cup of tea...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

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!

Room Tip: If you have knee or hip problems, you will struggle at this Cabin.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stayed three nights in the Tree House. It was very nice and roomy. Had a nice view of the hills from the upstairs porch. The cabin was clean, comfortable, and spacious. Fully equipped kitchen. There is nothing close to the Lodge, but that is good. Just made it a little inconvenient, but not a real problem. We like the isolation, ourselves. There is a bird feeder on the porch and lots of birds to watch.
The cabin is close to the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum, Lost Maples Natural Area, Garner State Park, as well as several scenic drives.
Jeralyn, the owner, was super nice.
We highly recommend the Lodge at Lost Maples.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I can't say enough great things about this place. Cabins were clean, well equipped, and totally secluded. The owner's dog greeted us before we even saw another person. I loved that. My wife really liked the dog and critters living across the street. The owner came by the first evening and brought us a fresh loaf of banana bread. In Louisiana the word Lagniappe is often used as a term describing "something extra". This place has it. Quite, secluded, clean, and easy access to 2 beautiful state parks. If you are looking for something off the grid, this is the place. Gotta go play a round at Utopia Golf course. Film location of Robert Duvall movie. Fun. We came all the way from Alaska to stay and might do it again with the kids next time. Good luck!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Houston, Texas, United States
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

My family and I stayed in the Red Rooster cabin for 2 nights during Spring Break 2014. I was pleasantly surprised at the nice décor and roominess in this cabin! This cabin was fully stocked and clean! We have absolutely no complaints ! I highly recommend this place while vacationing in the area.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I'm a writer and this was a terrific getaway that inspired me and nourished me. Enjoyed writing on the front porch in my "treehouse" and taking a wonderful walk down Lower Sabinal Road. Just heavenly.

Room Tip: The Treehouse was my favorite because you are upstairs amongst the trees and birds. Perfect porch s...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

We just got back from a wonderful weekend in Vanderpool! My husband and I stayed in the cabin "Firefly" while we were here watching leaves at the Lost Maples Natural area. The cabin was maybe ten minutes from the park. The cabin had every amenity covered with a few unexpected ones. As we drove up, we were welcomed to our cabin with names outside the door. Also, our first night we were greeted by the owner with a fresh baked loaf of pumpkin bread! Wow! I have never felt so appreciated in one of the big hotels in this way. The cabin was very clean and oh so cute! Great stay with great owners!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

We absolutely loved the Red Rooster cabin. My son loved the bunk beds and Remy, the friendly dog that comes by to visit. The back porch is so nice to hang out for morning cofee and an evening barbecue. It was very clean and homey. No cell phone service and no office on sight will make it difficult to get a hold of management if you have a problem. Luckily we didn't have any. The details of our name on the front welcoming us and delicous bread on the table waiting for us made our stay even more special. We enjoyed that it is close to both Marble Falls and Garner. We loved It so much we plan to go back in November.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 77 Lower Sabinal River Rd, Vanderpool, TX 78885
Location: United States > Texas > Vanderpool
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Vanderpool
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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