I will try and break down by category of what I thought of the Holland Hotel.
LOBBY: 5 STARS!!!
Gorgeous lobby, beautifully restored, great details from the artwork to the furniture. It beats any modern hotel hands down! Loved sitting there and taking in all that was going on.
FRONT DESK: 3 to 3.5 STARS
Friendly and efficient, but not too helpful. I had a 21 month old toddler with me. Would have liked a little assistance to my room tugging a suitcase, stroller and portable crib (hotel did not have cribs), but I realize a smaller hotel might have a limited staff.
ROOM: 3 STARS...(another room location might have given it 4 STARS)
I had a junior suite, with king bed, sofa and slightly larger bathroom. Nice details on decor, bottled water, nice eco soaps, etc. (although soap, shampoo, etc. made in china, uggghhh). The bed was comfy enough too. Unfortunately, I had a rooftop view of the a/c units. And the very loud music, although charming, was DIRECTLY below my room in the dining area. The music did stop promptly at 10:00 p.m., which is normally not a problem for me at all, but with a toddler, I wished they would have advised me on a quieter room, perhaps on other side of hallway.
BREAKFAST: ONE STAR, MAYBE TWO... This was the one true disappointment for me. I felt it was not up to par with the hotel at all. Comparable to what you would find at a La Quinta. Coffee, tea, cereal, milk, bottled juices, apples, oranges, some stale croissants, blueberry muffins (store bought and not very good), and some bread with butter and jam options. I was hoping they might offer some type of protein (boiled eggs, yogurt, sausage). It doesn't have to be much, but TRY sometime maybe a little different with a regional twist.. Perhaps a regional sausage from Texas or homemade muffins? (mix batter night before and pop in oven early a.m.) A local, historic hotel should not mimic the cheap chain hotel for continental breakfast. In my opinion if you do not do breakfast to at least at a Hampton Inn level, don't bother. No one likes stale, blahhh food.
Overal, this is a wonderful historic hotel with a fabulous lobby and outdoor eating area, that lacks some fine tuning. Staff for the most part are very friendly (minus the aloof bartender). If I traveled without my toddler I might have given the overall rating on the hotel 4 stars instead of 3 stars. But witnessing the lack of assistance with my little guy in tow, I realized they need to do a little more fine tuning...
- 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