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Big Bend Holiday Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Terlingua B&B and Inns
College Station, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
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“Pretty Much The Most Awesome Place In The History Of...Well, Ever!”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

We (me, hubs, two teenage sons plus one extra teenage boy, and our nine year old son) stayed at the Perry Mansion for a few glorious days during Spring Break. It was, by far, the most awesome and unique place we've ever stayed and we cannot wait to go back. In fact, we've already booked it for this coming Thanksgiving. If it weren't for the 10+ hour drive, we'd be back on a very regular basis. Terlingua and the whole Big Bend region has stolen our hearts. ~sigh~

PS The only thing that could possibly make it any better, would be to add a hot tub over by the outdoor living area. A girl can dream, right??

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Chestertown, Maryland
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

I'm not sure how this place is listed as a B&B. It certainly has Beds as in a regular hotel, but there didn't seem to be any breakfast... unless we had brought our own.

OK - we had the Uh Clem room #5. There's a story to this room that's too long to tell, but ask the clerk at the store where you check-in, if you pick this room.

The room has a very comfy bed and a great bathroom that has a stone shower (no bath tub). There's a porch where you can watch the stars, but the porch of the store and Starlight Theatre are better... and have much more atmosphere.

It's clean, but you're reminded by the hotel that you might have some critters visit you during the night... as there is about a one inch gap under the door to your room. We had no such experience. Nor did any ghosts visit us. And it's quiet.

This is a pure west Texas experience... especially if you spend a few hours next door at the Starlight.

Room Tip: Study the room pix on the website before you choose. The pix run true to form.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights in the Black Bear Suite. The rooms were comfortable and the furnishings were very good as was the bedding.
It was quite surreal staying in this ghost town. A relaxing place and we were able to recharge our batteries after a hectic 4 weeks in the USA.
Was it value for money? In one way no it was not. We had stayed in much superior accommodation across the States and had not paid as much. However it is unique and probably that is what one pays for in Big Bend Holiday Hotel.
I know the ethos of the town is very laid back and to a large extent joined in but we have been away from home for over 4 weeks and do like to keep In touch by email. Internet in the Black Bear Suite was fine for the first 24 hours but then nothing for the next 24. We tried to find out why but were told it was probably busy with all the guests. This morning all the guests had left and still no Internet. It is an issue that should be sorted out. Their Internet speed is fast being over 5Mbs, however the problem lies with connecting to the network.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Asheville, NC
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

I must admit that I was skeptical when I saw Terlingua and the Holiday Hotel. I was with family and we had a two bedroom suite. They failed to tell us that we would only have one bathroom and that we would have to go through one bedroom to get to the bathroom. We made it work fine. The room was clean and the bed slept good. We stayed two nights in rooms 1 and 2. For Terlingua it was a nice place to stay. If going to Big Bend, this is a perfect outpost if you can't stay in the park. No television and little to no internet so bring a book or download a movie before you arrive. Of course the store next door has entertainment from the locals and the sunset and sunrise offer their own entertainment.

Room Tip: Ask about bathroom and room size before selecting. Pictures on internet appear to be pretty accurate...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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La Plata, MD
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We really had no idea what we were getting into when we booked this reservation. We had wanted to spend a week exploring Big Bend National Park but the lodge at the park was full. So we searched around to try and find somewhere close by to stay. The Ghost Town of Terlingua sounded interesting and the reviews of the Holiday Hotel were pretty good so we just jumped in for 5 nights.

When we pulled into town, we just burst out laughing... we really hadn't done much research on the ghost town at all and were, to say the least, shocked. We got our key from the Terlingua Trading Post and headed over to our room.

So the actual motel is just a long building with, perhaps 6 rooms. Our assumption is that each of the rooms/suites is decorated differently. Because we made our reservations just a few weeks before we were arriving, we had 2 nights in the El Patron Suite and 3 nights in the Uh Clem room.

Honestly, the rooms look a lot like the pictures on the website. The El Patron Suite was certainly roomy but I was not a fan of the shower or the bathroom sink that didn't have a plug. I also wasn't a fan of the gap under the door that I was sure was going to allow several killer bugs to crawl into our room at night.

We enjoyed the Uh Clem room much more, even though it was much smaller than the El Patron Suite. The room was cozy and the stone shower was amazing. There was still a gap under the door that all of the bugs who didn't enter the El Patron suite would certainly use but we got around that by putting a towel in front of the gap every night.

Each unit has 1 (or 2 as in the El Patron suite) window unit air conditioners. As a Marylander used to central air conditioning, I was not a fan of the noisy unit. However, its my understanding that central air is not common in this area hence the reason for the window units. They certainly kept the room cool.

In your average city, this motel would be nothing special... however Terlingua isn't your average city by any means, which certainly skews ones perspective on their lodging. The best part of this motel is its proximity to the Starlight Restaurant which, in our opinion, was the best thing in Terlingua. We could go to the Starlight, have dinner and drinks, and then just walk back to our room.

All in all, staying in Terlingua was an experience we will never forget. If we had it to do over, would we stay here for a week again? Hard to say. I'd probably lean towards No... my husband would probably lean towards Yes. If you plan to stay in Terlingua, then certainly the Holiday Hotel is a good choice.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cypress, Texas
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

If you are in Big Bend, you should stay in Terlingua one night. This hotel is cute, but it shouldn't be listed as a B&B as you get no breakfast! The Uh Clem room was cute, had a lovely bathroom, porch, great views of the stars, a fridge, coffee maker and some snacks/juice (no extra charge). You will be charged ahead for the room and pick up your key at the Terlingua Trading Post.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Room was clean and comfortable and walking distance from the few things there are to do in Terlingua. No real complaints about the room. I just didn't like the town. Some have described it as "quirky" but personally I don't find drunks hanging out across from the Family Crisis Center charming. I'd recommend staying in Marathon or in Big Bend itself, but if you're going to Terlingua you should stay here. You'll be satisfied.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Property: Big Bend Holiday Hotel
Address: Ivey Road, Terlingua, TX
Location: United States > Texas > Terlingua
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Terlingua
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Hotel is no franchise resort. It's perfect for raucous revelry or a romantic rendezvous, or both...You'll find many things in the Ghost Town in the exact condition they've been in for centuries, and that's great for exploring, but at the end of the day you'll want air conditioning.Named for the reddish mercury ore that fueled the industry that was the Chisos Mine, this room belies the Ghost Town location and offers a rustic yet elegant experience.The fancy indoor bathroom that we're so proud of is -- ahem... -- a short walk down the scenic porch, marked Room # 1B. It's a Terlingua tradition that has caught on big in Europe. erlingua chic, the Candililla House is great for either couples or families. Perched on a hillside, it offers an everchanging view of sunsets, starlight, and thunderstorms. There is a patio outside the walls and another within.The El Patron Suite is suitable for business meetings, but they're frowned on around the Ghost Town. Instead, have a few amigos/amigas join you for a festive evening. Walk over to the famous Terlingua Cemetery to greet the ghosts, or just watch the sunset with everyone on the porch over at the Trading Post. Bring your guitar (but not the accordion.)The Candelilla House gets its name from the local cactus that was gathered by the locals and used in the manufacture of women's makeup products. The owners' family operated both a trading post and a processing facillity that kept this Mexican tradition alive.Just down the road a piece from the end of the earth is the Rio Grande Rock House. This is not some neo-cowboy fantasy replica. It's real by-God Texas history. Built in the early 19th century as a trading post for trappers and settlers from both sides of the border, it's still in the same family.We're proud to be out on the fringe of Texas. Come on down.Free Parking - Wireless Adjacent* - Indoor Plumbing**If you stand out on the porch and hold your laptop up real high, you may get a signal.*The indoor plumbing is not necessarily "in your room." ... more   less 

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