My husband and I stayed at the Holland Hotel for two nights while visiting Big Bend National Park. As others have said, the owners have done a wonderful job of renovating the public areas of the hotel and it's great to see a landmark building like this brought back to life. The free tickets guests are given at check in for a drink in the bar are a nice welcoming touch and we enjoyed the beer on draft from the local brewery. The hotel is a one-of-kind place and, if a few details were addressed, it could be a truly great hotel again.
There are many different room types and the experience in each of them is likely to be different. We stayed in Loft #4, which we picked rather than one of the other lofts partly because the pictures on the website showed a large window in the living area. What we could not tell from the pictures was that the window is painted over (and may in any case face the wall of a building immediately behind the lofts). That's not from our perspective a fatal problem--there is a skylight in the room and a small window at the front, as well as a window in the door--but might be more of an issue for others. On the first night we were there, the person next door in Loft #3 was watching television and as the walls between the two are fairly thin, we could not avoid hearing the sound. I'm a fairly light sleeper and ended up wearing the earplugs the hotel provides to get to sleep. There was no one in Loft #3 the second night and our room was very quiet. The trains that pass through town did not bother us.
The hotel housekeeping left a bit to be desired. The shower curtain liner in our room was mildewed; from my perspective, there is really no excuse for that. The curtain also wasn't weighted down at the bottom, so had a tendency to wrap itself around you while you were showering. The fabric back on one of the chairs in our room had become detached, so was not really usable. The housekeeping staff came to our room after our first night there, but did not clear away the empty soda cans we had left on the counter, replace the plastic cups in the bathroom, or replace the ceramic coffee cups we had taken to the dining room at breakfast (admittedly partly our fault for not bringing them back). We also noticed that the trash can in the courtyard was not emptied during our stay.
The breakfast included in our room rate was adequate but not more. The menu included coffee and tea, juice, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns (from frozen), toast (nice bread) and croissants (not flaky, cool from the fridge). The granola in a jar on the serving counter did not appear to be crunchy and thus wasn't very appealing. That was the only cold cereal option. There were also oatmeal packages to be prepared with hot water. There was yogurt the first morning but not the second. The only fruit on offer was whole oranges and whole Red Delicious apples, which I did not observe anyone eating; some cut up fruit or bananas would have been nice. All in all, a bit more variety and a notch up in quality could have made the breakfast a more enjoyable experience. Oddly, the only cups provided for coffee at breakfast were disposable; ceramic cups would have been nicer.
Reading back through this review, it sounds a bit more negative than I perhaps really intend. I do think, though, that better attention to details would make the Holland Hotel a place I could be much more enthusiastic about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holland Hotel is a beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture property with beam ceilings that was constructed in 1928. It is recognized by the state of Texas as a historical destination. Recently renovated, the Holland Hotel boasts expected amenities while keeping its historic character and charm. Let the Holland Hotel make your next visit the Big Bend region a historic one! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Holland Alpine
- Hotel Historic Holland
- Holland Hotel Alpine, Texas