Our family of four used Alpine as our base for a week long trip that included Big Bend National Park, McDonald Observatory, Marfa lights, and Balmorhea State Park. The location is perfect is you're planning to visit sites outside Big Bend. We picked Antelope Lodge because they offered a suite with a kitchenette at a reasonable price.
The desk staff checked us in quickly and offered restaurant suggestions when asked. We stayed in suite #1. The buildings are arranged in two half-circles around an open courtyard that has several picnic tables, large trees, and a huge grill.
Our suite had two main rooms separated by the bathroom. The bathroom had a pink tile floor while the main rooms had stained concrete floors with no rugs. The parking was right next to our door. However, the stone sidewalk from our car to the door was blocked by an overgrown bush. This meant we had to walk through dirt to get to our door. Maybe that's why our suite's welcome mat was so dirty. Since it was impossible to keep from tracking dirt inside, we wore shoes at all times to avoid the gritty floor.
The living/kitchenette room had a desk, armless chair, sofa sleeper, coffee table, tv, sink, small bar with two bar stools, microwave, two-burner stove, mini-fridge, and cabinets. Kitchen supplies including toasters, plates, flatware, cups, etc. are available from the community kitchen behind the office. You are responsible for washing your own dishes and returning the items at the end of your stay. The mini-fridge worked well and kept our milk cold. If you require an oven or dishwasher, this isn't your place. The couch sagged quite a bit in the middle. The sofa bed felt like you were sleeping on a towel stretched over metal springs. Since there were four of us, It would have been nice to have another chair in the room.
The bedroom had two double beds, an arm chair, open hutch, small closet, two small tables, and another tv. The beds were reasonably comfortable. We brought our own pillows. If you bring your own hangers, you can use the small closet. There were a few 'hotel' hangers over one of the small tables.
The bathroom had a small-seated toilet behind its own door. The sink and shower fixtures were old, but worked fine. Hot water was in abundance. They replaced the light fixture over the sink one day while we were out. The old one was shorting out and lacked a switch. The handy man left the sink and floor quite dirty. When we asked for a mop to clean up after him, the staff responded quickly and cleaned the floor.
One of the owners, Terri, leads rock hunts. We took a half-day hunt with her. She has an interesting little museum at one end of the office building and certainly knows her rocks.
In general, the suite was clean. However, the mini-blinds were grimy and in disrepair. A freak hail storm flooded our porch and littered it with tree debris. No one swept the porch off for two days. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On our last day, we wanted to leave before 9 a.m. We could get no one to answer the door to room six, the room where you're asked to go for after-hours requests. We noticed a phone number on the office door and called it. The man who answered seemed surprised that we weren't willing to wait until he opened the office and instructed us to leave our key in our room and leave.
While we may stay at the Antelope again, if Alpine ever gets a newer hotel that has kitchen suites, we'll be booking there.
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- Also Known As:
- Antelope Hotel Alpine
- Antelope Motel Alpine