On our way home after having "done" Big Bend National Park, we thought this would be a good place to refuel and then spend the night. The refuel part was a shock: 56 cents a gallon more than we've been accustomed to paying. With that editorial comment behind me, the hotel was another interesting property constructed by the Trost Brothers in the late 1920s. It's well appointed, clean, and comfortable. However, my aging knees weren't ready for the climb up the stairs to our room on the second floor. But, once there, we were pleased with it, and the rate. My main gripe was the New York prices in the bar and on the dinner menu. I've traveled the world over but don't ever recall having paid 11 bucks for glass of red table wine. And $40 for a lamb chop might've been OK if it could have been proven that it was flown in from New Zealand. Bottom line: we were surprised, but when you're the only place in town, well.... A couple of local residents we talked with said they make the 23 miles drive west to Alpine to eat and buy gas. While the Gage is a historic building with pleasant accommodations, I think we'd probably do what the locals suggested. By the way, Marathon calls itself the gateway to Big Bend, but it's a full 70 miles to the Park Headquarters at Panther Junction. So, given that we spent the preceding night at Chisos Mountain Lodge in the Park, the Gage comes off a distant second---and we didn't have to listen to the Union Pacific's five-mile-long train at 3 a.m.
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- Located in the Texas Mountain Region, the Gage Hotel offers elegant accommodations to those wishing to escape the mundane. ... more less
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- Gage Hotel Marathon, Texas