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Chisos Mountains Lodge
San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews
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“Basic but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

Our room in the Emory Peak section was nice and removed from the main parts of the lodge. The food in the restaurant was surprisingly good. The sweet potato pancakes are yummy! We also enjoyed the appetizer pizza, which took a little longer,but was fresh and very good. The elk chili was also a nice surprise. The views, of course can not be beat. Although it is the only accommodations in the park, the Chisos Lodge is worth the price. The park itself was as spectacular as usual and although the lodge was full some of the days we were there, no where do you see crowds! If you have not been, take a trip to this magical, mystical place!

Room Tip: The Roosevelt Cottages and Emory Peak Lodge are up on the hill, a bit removed from the rest of the l...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

I was part of a group of seven women to stay here last weekend. We were pleasantly suprised to find the location so perfect for our group. We ate at the restaurant and stayed in 4 individual rooms and everything was excellent. You couldn't get a better location at Big Bend National Park

Room Tip: The rooms in the A section have a super view. The D rooms are closer to the restaurant.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed for four nights in October in the Casa Grande section of the lodge. The room was clean, but basic and comfortable. We appreciated the large fridge to keep our packed lunch stuff in each day. There was also coffee machine and microwave. The bed was smaller than I thought (just 4 ft across) but my husband and myself snuggled up happily. There is no TV in the room although I remember reading in the room handbook that you can hire or borrow a portable one from the main office. We were there to hike and enjoy the scenery and that is what this stay was about. The lodge is right in the heart of Big Bend (which is awesomely beautiful) and the sunsets and setting is breathtaking. There is a shop which sticks the basics on site and a restaurant which provides great (and healthy) food of an evening. The restaurant also serves breakfast and can provide packed lunches if required although we didn't try these, but preferred to make kurt own in our room using food bought from the shop. I would recommend that anyone staying a couple of days brings food with them as the shop is quite expensive and the choices are a little limited. We were excited to be up close to nature and saw lots of great wildlife including a grey fox on our little terrace (loitering and hoping for titbits - but he was disappointed by us) roadrunners, jays as well as sleepy looking tarantulas and the evidence of mountain lions (footprints in the sand) as well as bear scat. Whilst we were hiking, there were reports of a bear sighting in the lodge area during one day, but we weren't there to see it. There are plenty of signs around advising what to do if you see either a mountain lion or bear - but sightings are quite rare. Even so, I would not recommend bring young children to this park unless they are under very close supervision. The hiking and views rival the more famous National Parks in the US and I think Big Bend is nothing short of a 'best kept secret'. Luckily there had been rainfall a couple of weeks before we arrived and so the whole park was green, colourful and full of butterflies and flowers. Stunning.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

As with many other lodges in US national parks the lodge is located in a wonderful spot in the Chisos Basin with beautiful sunsets and sunrises. A perfect place to start a hike into the mountains.

Rooms are simple but clean and have all the creature comforts you need. Noise insulation of the rooms is very limited which means you will know about your neighbor's activities. The service at the lodge reception and in the restaurant is moderate; it seemingly relies on seasonal employees who receive limited training.

Overall certainly the best place to stay in Big Bend NP unless you are prepared for a longer dive in/out of the park.

Room Tip: If you can insist on getting a room in the upper floor of the two-storey buildings. It avoids hearin...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

We stayed here two nights on the first floor of building A. The rooms are 1950's style but we knew that when we made the reservation. They are clean and freshly painted. This is not the type of room you hang out in, its the type you use as a base while touring the park. The location is ideal and the views from the room and the nearby restaurant are fantastic! It's right in the middle of the Chisos Mountains with a "window" out to Big Bend Park. We had a super all day tour with "Big Don". It's the only place to stay in the park unless you are camping. We would definitely stay again on our next visit.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Staunton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

We stayed on the second floor of Building A in the Casa Grande section of the Lodge. What an awesome balcony for morning coffee or evening wine! Great for bird-watching too. We saw a gorgeous gray fox in the parking light two nights in a row. I fear he was already too habituated to humans though. The rooms have a fridge and microwave and feature Seattle's Best Coffee--the best in-room coffee I have ever had at a hotel. I left a note in the room that I'd like extra packs and they were supplied each day.

The only restaurant within over an hour's drive is on the hill above the lodging buildings and I was very impressed with it. The food was average but reasonably priced, especially considering there was no other restaurant around and they could have charged exorbitant prices. The view from every table is spectacular. I do not recommend the breakfast buffett as we found it rather lukewarm, not hot. BUT, if you order from the menu, it will take a LONG time! Did not find it took long for food to arrive at dinner time though. The bar serves beer and wine only.

One more thing---I really got the impression that regardless of whether your room is ready if you arrive early for check-in, the front desk tells EVERYONE that their room is not ready and to come back at 4:00. Not positive, but I really, really got that impression. Folks who approached the desk even at 3:30 were told the same thing.

Loved this place~!

Room Tip: Casa Grande Lodge section A although B and C buildings had good views too--Must have Second Floor!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

My purpose in going to Big Bend is to hike and enjoy the scenery. With that in mind, the Chisos Mountain Lodge is perfectly suited for the location. There's nothing fancy about it - you get a basic room that's very clean and likely has a good view of the surrounding mountains. As the Chisos Mountains are in the middle of the park, you're well situated to hike the south rim, drive to the hot springs, or get to either Boquillas or Santa Elena canyons. At about $140/night, it's a good bargain.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Chisos Mountains Lodge
Address: Basin Rural Station, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Location: United States > Texas > Big Bend National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Big Bend National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Chisos Mountains Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known as the last frontier of Texas, Big Bend National Park encompasses over 800,000 acres of breathtaking desert landscape. Here you'll find the uniquely located Chisos Mountains Lodge, offering comfortable accommodations and friendly Texas hospitality. ... more   less 
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Chisos Mountain Hotel Big Bend National Park
Chisos Mountain Lodge
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