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“Great Location,Very Basic”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Riata Inn Marfa

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Riata Inn Marfa
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Marfa
The Colony, Texas
1 review
“Great Location,Very Basic”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Marfa hotels were really full for the week we visited there, and we were lucky to get a nice room at the Riata by callng ahead the previous day. The manager and his staff were extremely friendly and helpful and made our stay really enjoyable. Unfortunately the "fabled mysterious lights" were not so accommodating!
The rates were very reasonable in comparison with the other hotels in town and it was also in a great location, being close to town and also the nearest to the lights "viewing area". However , we found the rooms to be very basic and are definitely in need of upgrading. As frequent travellers and after staying in many different hotels/motels around the US we have come to expect certain basic facilities. At Riata some basic needs were not evident eg hair dryer, facial tissues.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

For an older place, the hotel was rather clean, though it did show some signs of its age via work out furnishings and threadbare carpets. The shower, sink, and toilet had been very obviously freshly cleaned. The bed was comfortable. There were extra pillows and blankets. The one thing I realized is that, in coming to a small town like Marfa, with limited options, set your expectations low and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

The rooms at the Riata are older but very large. The rooms have newer flat screen tv's and the couch was comfortable. The walls are pretty thin so if there are kids or a party next door, you will need ear plugs. The motel manager was very nice as was the maintenance man. The housekeeping left a bit to be desired. This was the cheapest place to stay in Marfa and overall a good value considering the prices at the other places in town.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Dallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Marfa's Riata Inn was a nice quiet place with amazing service. It was extremely clean, there were spacious rooms, and overall my experience there was exceptional. I was able to make reservations in short notice and I was not disappointed. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. It is also close to many of the must see sites in Marfa. Also it is reasonably priced. If you are ever in the area, you must stay at Riata Inn.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Staying at the Riata Inn was a pleasant surprise from the moment I made the phone reservation two days before my arrival in Marfa until I checked out following my stay. Randy, who took my reservation over the phone, also was there when I checked in late afternoon, and greeted me as an old friend. He was totally professional, polite and helpful with information about places to eat and obtain needed supplies. The Inn was well maintained and appeared to be well managed, and the room was exceptional for the price: spacious, well-appointed, clean, quiet and comfortable. The bed was firm, and made for a good night's sleep. The heating/AC unit was functional and quiet. I travel a fair amount, all for pleasure, averaging perhaps a half dozen hotel rooms or more per month, and have stayed at my share of "name brand" hotels as well as "independents" like the RIata Inn. The Riata compare favorably with the best of them, and I will definitely stay there the next time I'm passing through Marfa. Great job Riata Inn!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Bluffton,Tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Riata staff was very friendly the time I was there.
The rooms were very clean with nice decor.
The outside was very clean.
There's a lot room for semi parking.
There are restaurants not to for from the motel.
The price was right for the area.
The Marfa lights where great.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

If you've checked the hotels in Marfa, you know how overpriced they are. The Riata Inn is about half the price of those. It's something like half a mile away from the city center so it's very close to everything you want to do. The Marfa lights viewing area is about 7 miles straight down the road so this is really convenient for that.

The lady at the front desk was kind of offish but not rude. Once we made it to the room, the manager stopped by and explained that they hadn't had time to finish cleaning the room (that we had just entered) so we said we'd go check out the courthouse (you need to go to the top floor for the great view). I was put off a little by being checked into a room that still needed cleaning but upon returning, the room was clean and nothing else negative happened so it was really a non-issue. The pool is was clean and we enjoyed that. The A/C was quite robust.

The maids were nice and we had occasion to talk to the manager a few times after the initial snafu. He recommended Mando's in town to eat and he did not steer us wrong. Great inexpensive place. You also must eat at the Food Shark. Do not miss it.

This place doesn't have the history of the big name hotel in town so if that's important to you, book there. This place was a good value and we would return.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Riata Inn Marfa
Address: 1500 E. Highway 90, Marfa, TX 79843
Location: United States > Texas > Marfa
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Marfa
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come join us at the Riata Inn where we offer the biggest rooms from a hotel in Marfa TX! Being the closest property to the Marfa Lights observation and viewing area, (less than 7 miles away) we are minutes away from much of the fun excitement Marfa Texas has to offer. The hotel is also advantageously located near Marfa's McDonald Observatory, Chinati Foundation, and the Fort Davis State Park. Also, stay with us to enjoy the largest rooms around when you visit Big Bend State Park and Big Bend National Park!. "Great product, Great Price, and a put the Customer first style of service." We are confident that your stay at the Riata Inn Hotel Marfa Texas will be a pleasant one! ... more   less 
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