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Dike, Iowa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at the Holiday Hotel in Terlingua ghost town, TX. The owner helped us select a cabin appropriate for our 50th. Walking distance to the Starlight for one of the best meals we had on our trip. Ivey also gave us a recommendation for the breakfast and noon meals. Good stay.

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Columbus, Ohio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I stayed at the Casa Buena Vista for two nights. I picked it because it was out of the way and thought it would be a great place to get away for a few days. Unfortunately, the place has some major downsides that I think travelers will want to know about before considering staying at this place....

Thank KCK123456
Reviewed December 13, 2016

I called explaining I was bringing my sister for a birthday "stargazing" trip and wanted something nice. The person taking the call recommended a house called Buena Vista with a full kitchen, a deck and screened in porch. The photos looked basic, but ok. However, when we got there,we found parts of the place were dusty and the carpets needed...

4Thank Barbara E
Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

The Holiday hotel is a separate building up behind the Starlight and Trading Post. This means you are walking distance to the center of the ghost town action, yet the rooms and front porch of the hotel was quiet and peaceful. We stayed in Uh Clem room, #5, which is the last room on the end. It suited us perfect....

2Thank Bhampster
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Very cozy, great rustic chic decor. Bed very comfortable nice linens. Loved the full size coffee pot with ample supplies, even a few snacks and juice were provided, nice touch! Cool open shower, plenty of hot water. I only wish I could leave a window open for a all night breeze. Nice porch to sit on, I noticed a very...

Thank Centine
Reviewed October 9, 2016

OK, this place isn't for everyone. There were 3 of us, 2 loved it and one hated it but it's my review and I loved it. We stayed in a restored ruin (Candelilla House) with 3 aircon units (man it was hot there) and 2 beds. The beds were comfortable, the aircon units were loud (best take earplugs if you're...

1Thank BaronMcTeeth
Bill I, Owner at Big Bend Holiday Hotel, responded to this review

Baron - Thanks for your review. We're sure glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Holiday Hotel in Terlingua. It sounds like your traveling companion was having a little trouble adjusting to the rugged West Texas lifestyle, but hopefully the great food and the scenery made up for any short comings. Sorry for the critter that you found in...

Austin, Texas
Reviewed September 25, 2016

We stayed in Casa Buena Vista one night, and in the Candelilla House one night. There were 4 of us - two couples. Casa Buena Vista was perfect for the four of us. It's a large house with a full kitchen and a great deck that looks out over Terlingua and a beautiful view of the mountains in the distance....

Thank June520
Bill I, Owner at Big Bend Holiday Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for your review on Trip Advisor. We are so glad that you had a memorable experience in the Terlingua Ghost Town, and we look forward to your return visit someday. You picked such a nice time to come to the Big Bend. The rains have truly transformed our desert into an even more picturesque place to visit and you...

Brownsville, Texas
Reviewed September 22, 2016

My wife and I stayed in the Clem room and I must admit we were not ready for what we experienced. We arrived around 8:30pm and found our keys taped to the Holiday Store and were assisted by gentlemen. We were directed to our room and once inside, the room was great but!!!!! Once inside we showered and went to...

Thank Qeew
Bill I, Owner at Big Bend Holiday Hotel, responded to this review

Although we realize that we live in an area where theft and crime is practically non-existent, thank you for bringing it to our attention that many of our guests visit from areas that are more concerned. Your suggestion has resulted in us ordering slide bolts to be installed inside all of the guest units of the Holiday Hotel. We are...

Reviewed September 7, 2016

Don’t book here! No customer service at all – this is a virtual hotel only We stayed in the Candelilla House for 3 nights in August 2016. While the area is great, the “hotel” isn’t. The main issue is that it is a virtual hotel only: No front desk (you’re picking up the keys at the local convenience store), you...

3Thank harrietjuh
Bill I, Owner at Big Bend Holiday Hotel, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations and apparently was not representative of the service nor experience that we pride ourselves with. I do understand your complaints about the power outages. The entire region, including Big Bend National Park, was without power for extended periods of time. The cell phone service is also...

Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

My family and I stayed in their rental cottage up on the hill. It was beautiful with plenty of room to spread out and amazing views looking out over the mountains of Big Bend. Everyone in Terlingua was so welcoming and we enjoyed evenings sitting on the front porch of the Trading Post which we could walk to. Can't wait...

Thank Sbmcclintock
Bill I, Owner at Big Bend Holiday Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. You picked a wonderful time to visit the Big Bend and see what rain does for the desert. This is a special time indeed to enjoy the splendor. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to your return.

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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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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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Address: Ivey Road, Terlingua, TX
Location: United States > Texas > Terlingua
Number of rooms: 4
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“Tell Ivey you situation, and he will help you choose the best room.”
 of 5 bubbles donmR926HM, 1 week ago | Read review
“Choose a real hotel, with staff and power generator (specially in Summer)”
 of 5 bubbles harrietjuh, Sep 7, 2016 | Read review
“see their website”
 of 5 bubbles cgilheany, Jul 26, 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the Uh Clem room which was on the end and quiet”
 of 5 bubbles omabluebird, May 4, 2016 | Read review
“Candelilla House has outdoor bathroom and shower but a great view and small patio.”
 of 5 bubbles ericAtlanta, Feb 12, 2016 | Read review
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