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“Wonderful, Relaxing Run-Out”
Review of Lonesome Dove Inn

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Lonesome Dove Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Archer City B&B and Inns
Arlington, Texas, USA
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Wonderful, Relaxing Run-Out”
Reviewed April 19, 2011

We live nearby (DFW Area) and needed to get away for a night or so. I'd been through Archer City once before and had stopped to see the well-known bookstores but my wife had not. (I am a TCU graduate and my major professor, Dr. Keith Odom, had also been an antiquarian bookstore aficionado. ) We had no idea where to stay but a friend raved about Lonesome Dove so we decided to give it a try in lieu of a nondescript place in Wichita Falls. Oh my am I glad we made that choice. Mary is a delightful and conscientious innkeeper and she did more than was necessary in making our stay memorable. Our accommodations were lovely and very comfortable, and she has decorated her home with a delightful motif (obviously Lonesome Dove, capitalizing on Larry McMurtry's proximity). We have only stayed in a few B & B's, but this was the absolute best. She made what was meant as a quick get-away into a special occasion. Highly recommended!

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Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
4 Thank JohnH013
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Reviewed January 11, 2010

What a delight and blessing to find this adorable B&B tucked away in Archer City. I always feel so at home and safe here at this cozy Inn, and I attribute that to Mary, the owner. Mary goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome and to ensure a great stay with the special touches she adds. She always has delicious treats soon after you arrive, ice water in your room, and her breakfasts are wonderful as well. It's always a treat to visit with her. You'll also get to see Larry McMurtry's Oscar, and if you're lucky, you just might get to meet him as well. There are also plenty of interesting movies and books at the Inn to keep you entertained. Larry McMurtry's book store, Booked Up, is also in town along with the beautifully restored courthouse. Something special always happens when I stay here. The Lonesome Dove Inn is a treasure to find, and I highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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6 Thank AHappyTexan
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Texas, USA
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 1, 2006

We came for a quick one-nighter to visit the bookstore, still all keyed up from our high-pressure jobs. After we adjusted to the hectic pace of the Lonesome Dove Inn - browsing through books, taking a bubble bath, sitting on the back porch sipping wine and chatting - we figured we were in good enough shape to extend our stay for another night. Fortunately there was a vacancy so we got another go at Mary's intelligent hospitality and delightful breakfast.

Comfortable bed, thoughtful amenities, considerate service. I sometimes find B&Bs too intrusive. Not this one. This is a do-as-you-please, respectful, comfortable place. Everything worked.

We came for Larry McMurtry's incredible bookstore Booked Up. We stayed for the serenity of the Lonesome Dove Inn.

4 Thank EZReader
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ridgecrest, california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2006

We went to Archer City, Texas to see the ultimate in book stores. Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, the Last Picture Show and many more, has purchased four buildings in Archer City and has turned them into “Booked Up,” a fantastic collection of used books covering every subject possible. It is truly a Mecca for any book lover. When we got to town, we went to Pat’s Café for an absolutely delightful hamburger. Part of the service included two friendly ladies who told us all about the town, including where Mr. McMurtry lives, the town’s nature walk, and then called both hotels for reservations! Couldn’t ask for nicer folks. The Spur Hotel looks nice but it was closed for reservations that day so we went to the Lonesome Dove Inn.

And we are so glad that we did! The Innkeeper is Mary Webb and she is a long-time Archer City resident. Turns out that when Mr. McMurtry is in town, he often stays with Mary rather than open up his big house. Since he wasn’t there, we opted to stay in “his” Terms of Endearment Suite which is a huge room with a king bed and an equally huge bathroom. The room was delightful and had just the right touch of historic (the B&B is the old hospital) and homey. We spent about three hours wandering around Booked Up, then did the nature walk (a joy after being in the car for a few days), and went back to the Inn.

There is a lovely patio in back where we had a cocktail with Mary and her friend. Then for breakfast she served a hot breakfast with an omelet, fruit and hot biscuits. Yummy.

I guess the worst part of staying at the Lonesome Dove was that we were not able to stay for another day! Was it out of the way? Yes. But worth every minute of getting there!

  • Stayed May 2006
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5 Thank desertrat2
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Additional Information about Lonesome Dove Inn

Property: Lonesome Dove Inn
Address: 225 W. Main, Archer City, TX 76351
Location: United States > Texas > Archer City
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Archer City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lonesome Dove Inn is located in Archer City, Texas, on the edge of the Great Plains. The area, settled in 1878, has historically been known for its rich land, its cattle and oil, its big ranches, and lonesome cowboys and their cattle calls. The Dovecote is adjacent to the Lonesome Dove Inn and guests have the choice of breakfast at the Inn or kitchen priveleges at Dovecote. We're only 25 miles from Wichita Falls. ... more   less 

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