The only reason I will not give them a 5 star rating is because the a/c in the room we stayed in was completely inadequate and we roasted at night and the pool could use some improvements. The people are very nice and the animals kept my kids entertained the whole time.
When we arrived we were greeted warmly and told where our room was. We booked it last minute and got it because of a recent cancellation, so it was not a premium room, but it had two beds and a bathroom off the main lodge.
We went on our trail ride almost immediately and it was fun. We all got a chuckle when I had to ride the mule. But, she was so sweet and easy to ride.
After our ride, which was hot, we helped ourselves to the honor pay ice chest for a cool drink and dinner soon followed. I am a vegetarian so I was a little worried about what I would get served, but they were very accommodating and served me a portabello mushroom instead of meat. Tasty. We then went to the pool after dinner. It could have used a bit of sprucing up and more shade with some umbrellas, seeing that it was really hot outside, the water was a bit murky as well. After the pool we sat around the camp fire and visited with the other guests until we couldn't keep our eyes open any longer.
This part is why I didn't give them 5 stars. The room was roasting hot. Our a/c was very inadequate and it made for a fitful, sweaty night's sleep. Fortunately, it didn't make much difference seeing that the next two days were technically a repeat of the first day. Lots of trail rides, sleeping, drinking and eating.
We were there for the 4th of July and they had a small fireworks show for us put on by the owner's son and we set off some of our own and it was fun and just right.
On the last day, my kids were very sad to leave, so I called one of their dogs to come in the room and get into bed with my son. He loved that!
Overall: 5 stars for fun stuff to do, 5 stars for the animals and people, 3 stars for the room with the bad a/c.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dixie Dude Ranch has been showing people all over the world true Texas hospitality for over 75 years. Our all-inclusive package is perfect for people of all ages, solo travelers, couples, and families alike. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dixie Dude Ranch Hotel Bandera
- Dixie Dude Ranch Bandera, Texas