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“Great diner - smelly hotel”

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Oak Tree Inn Alpine
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Alpine
Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great diner - smelly hotel”
Reviewed 1 September 2011

I have booked Oak Tree Inn in Alpine, TX after reading favorable reviews here and on Hotels.com. I did not expect a 5 star luxury accommodations. However, the hotel gives description of being newly renovated. It was renovated all right - cosmetically, maybe. To check in we had to go to Penny's Diner that was right on the property (same parking lot). The first big sign that we saw printed in huge red letters was "Leave it. Loose it" - a warning for leaving your stuff in the car. Then we had to walk back across the parking lot to the hotel itself. Our room was an average size. Refrigerator did not work. Microwave had obvious nasty food stains splattered all over. The worst thing though was the smell of mildew. We tried opening doors and windows and could not shake it at all. We arrived late and were exhausted after a long drive. No one had the strength to go back to the diner and try to change the room in the middle of the night. Plus the parking lot was getting busy with tipsy local youths that were hooping and hollering, and vomiting right at the entrance to the diner. There is a Best Western right next to this hotel, and a brand new Holidays Inn is going up right across the street. So for your visit to Big Bend choose these instead.
The diner was the brightest spot during our stay. Service was great and food was well prepared.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2010

We liked the location in Alpine for the ease of driving to tourist locations within 50 miles.
Penny's Diner is good and we enjoyed the flexibility of the breakfast/ meal voucher.
The first room we were given had some faults but the handyman attended and gave us a satisfactory room. The hotel was easy to find and parking no problem.
On our tour, we even recommended it to other tourists that we met.
A tip though, if you want a quiet room, take one well back from the road.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Leander, Texas
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

Planned 3 nights to tour area of Big Bend and environs, stayed 4.
Beds were comfortable, service was friendly and helpful (had minor car problems).
Food at the dinner had great serving sizes and was tasty. Would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

We stayed here for one night in summer 2009 on our way crossing the US. We looked for something affordable and safe.
There's not many options in town. Other Motels charged more for their stay (next door Holiday Inn asked 99$), so we chose this place. The first floor is reserved only for employees of the train company. But because of that fact, it is a really quiet place. So we got a ground floor room... but they are all inside rooms, so no access from outside, which made us feel safe.
The room itself came at a very basic standard. King-sized bed, comfy.... and a TV. Some small table, chair and an extra seat. No fridge, no microwave...It really was basic. But clean enough and was ok for one night. And it costed us almost 40$ less than the Hotel next door (we did have a coupon). So if you don't expect much and just need a bed.....this place is ok, and it safes some money.

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  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 January 2008

This is one in a chain of hotels located at crew change points on the Union Pacific Railroad. Because train crews sleep at all times, these hotels have special sound insulation and are known to be quiet. Top floor is reserved for train crews. We never heard a peep out of any of the other guests.

But, it is a bare-bones hotel that was $10/night more ($89 w/taxes) than the very, very excellent Best Western next door. Nothing to write home about here: The only amenities are a weight room and big-screen TV room. Worst of all, the wireless Internet was out of service during our stay, causing us to cruise town twice a day to find wireless hotspots (tip: you can get free wifi at the library at Sul Ross State University).

Other than the quiet, the best part of this hotel is the fact that you get $7.75/person in breakfast credit at the adjacent diner. They did a good job on breakfast eggs, and offered reasonable service.

Our suggestion is to go with the Best Western Alpine next door.

  • Liked — Quiet, free hot breakfast
  • Disliked — No wireless internet, pricing
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled on business
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San Antonio
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Reviewed 9 October 2006

Marginal hotel, we checked in at the fridge had old food in it. We stayed for two nites and did not recieve any housekeeping service.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Travellers are raving about these Alpine hotels

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Reviewed 10 May 2005

Pleasant surprise to stay at affordable($54 Fri./Sat.) hotel in Touristy Alpine.
There was abosolutely quiet and it seemed if hotel was empty of any other guests. Rooms were loaded with amenities plus the cleanliness was incredible. $5.50 Breakfast voucher is given to each guest that can be redeemed at the nice diner next door. If you are looking for quiet setting and want to save $20 compared to the Best Western or Ramada then this is the place.
Lee San Antonio

Stayed May 2005
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Property: Oak Tree Inn Alpine
Address: 2407 East Holland Ave., Alpine, TX 79830
Region: United States > Texas > Alpine
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Alpine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Oak Tree Inn Alpine 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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