The rooms and location are all great, for the most part. The outdoor fireplace and seating area is especially beautiful.
I personally enjoy the sound of trains passing at speed just across the highway. Earplugs are provided for those who don't. One thing that makes it a little more intense, for good or ill, is that eastbound trains are required to sound their whistle before reaching the Marathon road crossing east of the motel, which means that the whistle is blown right when they are even with the motel. With westbound trains the whistle is sounded at the far end of town and all you hear is the engine and rumbling track noise. I loved it.
The doors of our room and the bathroom both didn't close very tightly and the latches didn't work right. However I was able to lock the outside door with deadbolt. I could keep the bathroom door from opening by sort of jamming the latch mechanism.
We turned down the heat when we went to bed and slept nicely under the cozy covers. When I arose the room temperature was probably around 50 and the outdoor temp was in the low 20s. The doors are a little drafty. When I turned up the heat the gas furnace made a little "boom" and stopped functioning. I phoned the office but got no answer. We hurried our packing and stopped at the office as we were leaving, and told the attendant of the situation. She thanked me for the information.
I went for a walk down the highway before going to bed, and the west Texas stars were GLORIOUS!
- Also Known As:
- Marathon Hotel Marathon