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“Texas Elegance and Relaxation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cibolo Creek Ranch

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Cibolo Creek Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
Texas
1 review
“Texas Elegance and Relaxation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2007

Cibolo Creek Ranch is the jewel of West Texas. We spent three days and two nights in the luxurious confines of the Ranch and were pampered beyond belief. The staff are masters at providing excellent care and privacy. Every meal was a taste buds retreat... we are still savoring the delicious quail and incredible desserts. There were a multitude of places to rest and recover... hammocks and quaint patio settings abound, as well as a multitude of activities from the pool and hot tub to horse back riding, hiking and mountain bike riding. The rooms are all styled with Texas elegance and a plethera of amenities and the spa offers its own luxurious escape. We are anxiously awaiting our next retreat to the beauty and amenities offered only at Cibolo Creek Ranch!

Stayed July 2007
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cypress, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2007

We just returned from a 4 night stay at Cibolo Creek Ranch. This was the most relaxing vacation that I have had in a long time. The staff made us feel as if we were the only guests. We were pampered and our wishes we met with a willingness to please.
We were pleasantly surprised with the weather. While August highs in Houston, TX are always above 95 degrees and humidity about 90%, I could not believe we were still in Texas. There was always a breeze blowing and little humidity. I did not realize the temperature was around 90 degrees. At night, I needed a light sweater or jacket.
The chefs employed are the best. The meals and dessers were excellent with a variety prepared daily.
Daily activites included hiking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, mountain trips, touring historic forts and traveling to Mexico (only a short distance away).
It was easy to forget everything with no television or phone service. (Althought there is a sitting room with a television, phone, and internet connection.)
The landscape is beautiful. Stars are visible. Mountains only a short distance away and a lake for fishing. Wildlife (deer, havelina, road runners) roam freely.
I will return, hopefully in the winter so that I can view the mountains covered in snow.

  • Liked — Food, scenery
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2007

Our family stayed at Cibolo Creek Ranch for a much too short 2 days in July. We had the greatest time hanging out, fishing, touring the different parts of the ranch and the meals were the best, even for two 11 year olds. It was very relaxing and we were treated great, anything we needed the staff was there to help out. I think my son said it best, on our last night there around 10pm as we were returning the fishing gear he said, "Dad, I just wish this day would never had to end." That's about as good as it gets for a parent.

Stayed July 2007
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Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2007

My husband and i just spent our ten year anniversary at Cibolo Creek Ranch. We had a remarkable stay. The staff, room, food, and activities are exactly what we had anticipated. One of the best things about Cibolo Creek is the unique feel of it. All at once you are whisked back in time, yet your amenties are at all times available to you.

The staff at Cibolo Creek is unmatched. We never wanted for anything and everything we needed was available. In our particular case, we were congratulated on our anniversary with many surprises. It was nice to feel special.

The meals are divine and you can tell the time and effort for which each meal is prepared. We particularly like the option of the picnic lunches that are available to you if you are out and about on the ranch touring during lunch hours.

We highly recommend Cibolo Creek if you are looking for a serene and relaxing vacation.

  • Liked — exceptionally cozy and comfortable
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Norman, OK
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2007

I loved Cibolo Creek Ranch. I knew before I got there it was in West Texas, it was remote, and it was A Destination. It didn't disappoint. We were there during an especially wet time, although it didn't rain on us (wouldn't have been a bother if it had). The staff was friendly, yet unobtrusive, and the food was delicious and the chef accommodating.

We were there for a relaxing time and thoroughly enjoyed the comfortable steamer chairs by the lake and the cushy chairs and sofas on the porch and the choice of available reading material.

This is a place to go to relax. It is not a dude ranch and it is not an amusement park. It is a wonderful resort and a magnificent setting to regroup.

  • Liked — The view.
  • Disliked — Lack of cell phone/Internet, but the site is REMOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2006

Please see the review titled "Low key luxury retreat in a remote area of Texas". This review is right on the money.

When you arrive, you will have to fill out a full page limit of liability for CCR. It does talk about the hazards and that there is no medical help. CCR does not take responsibility for ANYTHING that happens to its guests. If you stay, you take full responsibility and assume all liability for any mishaps, encounters with snakes/animals, problems with hiking, paddle boating, etc. and you acknowledge the fact that there is no medical help available. I'll have to say that this put me off little bit and was somewhat disconcerrting. If something happens to your child or your family member, the results could be disastrous.

Our family of 4 went July 3rd and 4th. The kids are 11 and 13 and they spent their whole time fishing and enjoying the paddle boats. Kids any younger would be bored--the pool would be the only thing to keep them occupied. There is a TV room, but parents must accompany young ones.

Hiking around the ranch during the summer was almost uncomfortable because of the heat. Early fall or spring would be a better time to visit if you want to spend a lot of time exploring. The hike to the springs was neat because you could see the water source. Don't miss the hike to the top of the hill to see the grave of a prior ranch owner. The views are good and it is best in early evening when the heat is settling down.

We did enjoy the skeet shooting and Bobby the ranch manager is quite a friendly, low-key guy. We enjoyed looking around the facility at the museum and checking out the bikes, workout rooms, pool table, pool, etc.

Our room, the Chinati Suite, was well-appointed, but was not super luxurious. It was large and gave ample space for all our luggage. We had a king bed, a fold out sofa bed, and a rollaway bed.

The food was good, not gourmet, and the service was from local folks doing the best they can. Drinks are extra, but we just brought our own cooler with water and cokes. We could get ice anytime.

The cost for us was $450 per night, not bad at all since the food was included. On the day we checked out, we got lunches to go that were actually very good.

I think this place is best for a family group or group of friends that just want to get away. If you have a group, you have that connection and communication that is your entertainment. Some of the other guests we met were a treat and some were not. You eat family style so you must socialize with others regardless--there is no avoiding anyone unless you rent the private part across the road.

Although it was a peaceful visit, if you are a person that likes a little more action and can't just sit and enjoy, this place may not be for you. Two days for us was enough. We like to go and do more than we thought.

Take note: if you have a medical condition thay MAY need attention, this is not the place for you. There is NO cell phone service and at night there are no CCR workers on site. I do think there was a number to call if you needed something, but it was not for an emergency. If you get sick, you better hope there is a nurse or doctor that is staying as a guest. The location is so remote you could not get an ambulance from Marfa or Presidio there fast enough to save anyone if it was serious. When I realized that, I was very uncomfortable and took extra precaution with the kids and their activities.

Would we stay at the ranch again? Probably so, but more likely in cooler weather and it would be for 2 days only.

  • Liked — Beautiful, quiet
  • Disliked — No medical help available
  • Tips/Secrets — Go in fall or spring, summer is TOO hot
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dallas
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2006

We went to CCR last fall for the wedding of some of our friends and had an amazing time. We have travelled to Mexico (beach) and to Europe this past year, but our trip to CCR remains one of our most memorable.

It was a journey to get there. We flew into Midland and then drove about 4 hours into some of the most rugged yet beautiful terrain I have ever seen. The resort itself is several miles into the property and is very peaceful and somber. The rooms (w/ communal hallways) are nicely decorated and very comfortable. The people were all extremely friendly and the food was delicious. You basically do not have a menu and only eat what they make for the evening, but I was never left disappointed. Guests can enjoy a beautiful pool, bike, fish in the stocked pond, work out in the gym, or sit around the outdoor fireplace at night. They also offer many hunting packages, horse back rides, and other excursions around the property.

But what made the trip memorable was the beauty, wilderness and peace that we experienced out there. For the three days I had no cell phone, no internet, TV... and there were no cars, traffic, smog, etc.etc. The beauty of the area eclipses anything I have seen in Texas. It was utter relaxation and enjoyment with our companions.

If you are looking for true luxory, stay at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. If you are looking for a truly unique experience of escape and beauty, CCR is it.

  • Liked — The Views
  • Stayed October 2005, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Cibolo Creek Ranch

Property: Cibolo Creek Ranch
Address: HCR 67 Box 44, 33.4 miles South of Marfa, Texas, Marfa, TX 79843
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Location: United States > Texas > Marfa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Marfa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cibolo Creek Ranch 4.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 30,000 acre ranch, with the finest luxury boutique resort in West Texas and the Big Bend. Unique accommodations with fireplaces, spectacular views, gourmet food. Three restored adobe forts dating back to 1857. .Located 30 minutes south of Marfa and 30 minutes north of Presidio, Facilities include several museums, fitness center, spa, Media Center with a extensive library of movies and board games, horseback riding, ATV tours, Humvee tours, skeet and target shooting, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and fishing. Near the Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation and art galleries in Marfa. Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis, and McDonald Observatory within one to two hours driving distance. ... more   less 
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