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El Dorado Hotel
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Terlingua
Reviewed May 19, 2014

Presented as a "Ghost" town, Terlingua is however more a "growth" town. From the depths of despair the town is gradually rebuilding itself and attracting artists and entertainers that are bringing new life to an previously abandoned town. The Eldorado offers basic accommodation, clean & comfortable but NO frills!

Room Tip: Ask for an upper room so no one walks over you during the night. There's not much sound insulat...
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4  Thank dugdalep
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

we can do rustic and quirky ... but it has to be clean, which this place wasn't ..... and the nerve to charge $120 a night for filth .... we left immediately and checked in to lajitas down the road --- only $20 more for clean, safe, comfortable and mold-free ....

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank joisey-joe
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Room was clean and the bed was comfortable. We didn't come to sit in the room and watch TV and it is a good thing because it was not working. The staff was wonderful and the people we met in the bar were interesting and easy going. Great sunsets from the balcony of our room and the bar.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have a nice balcony where you can watch sunsets.
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Ron W
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is like being in Taos in the late 60's or early 70's. Full of nutty folks enjoying their lives.

Nothing works well. The TV only got 1 channel a day, often in Spanish. Rooms are somewhat strange and the beds are terrible. BUT, get in the mood and some of you will have a ball. Those who like structure and a Hilton type experience will hate it.

A place for old hippies, bikers and kids who may or may not be under the influence. Not for the under 12 set or those with a 50-plus attitude.

Room Tip: Don't stay under the suite level. Stay in the more expensive suites on the 2nd level or in the 1...
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank martinibill7777
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

We paid $108, with taxes the total was around $120. Because it was the beginning of Spring break, rooms were hard to come by, my first two choices were booked and I booked in early January.

Its all location, location, location.
Close to the Terlingua/Study Butte entrance to the park, which the prices reflect but the entire place was run down.

PROS
Friendly, helpful staff
On site restaurant (but not open until noon)
Rooms clean
Sheets were good

CONS
The mattresses were really old and not comfortable.
Pillows were low quality and lumpy
Low quality towels
Drapes did not pull back
There are no options for breakfast, just the in room basic coffeemaker. You have to drive down the road to the gas station which has a cafe
Tile floor in the room, many of which were cracked
Cracked tiles around tub
You had to step up on a wooden platform to get to the hand basins. This would have been a problem for elderly guests.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Sharon D
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

The El Dorado has a wonderful staff - friendly, caring and taking care of all needs.

The restaurant is great and the views from the balcony are wonderful

The rooms themselves are very basic and old. Hot water is limitted. Beds not especially comfortable.

You can find better places to stay in the area for the same price

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank david G
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

I stayed here on a recent trip to big bend national park. The rooms we're clean but not much else good to say about the place. When we first arrived were given keys to our room only to find that someone else was in that room. We were given keys to a different room. The tv and wifi did not work. While I don't particularly care about having tv and wifi, if you advertise something I expect you to have it.

The rooms were clean and it is one of the closest hotels to the park at low rates, so I gave it three stars although if it was located anyplace but in the middle of the desert I would have given it one.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
1  Thank Alison W
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Additional Information about El Dorado Hotel

Address: Historic Terlingua Highway 170, 5 miles east of the junction of Texas 118, Terlingua, TX 79852
Location: United States > Texas > Terlingua
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Terlingua
Price Range: $122 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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