As another contributor stated, this is not really a hotel. Or at least, not a CONVENTIONAL hotel. But if you wanted conventional you wouldn't be in Terlingua. We stayed in the Uh Clem room, which is a pleasant room with a striking stone bathroom. Interesting that there was no wardrobe, but there was a big chair. Ditto no phone or TV but it has wi-fi connectivity!
The ghost town is a collection of homes and tourist-related businesses built on the ruins of an old cinnabar mine. The hub (and effectively the hotel reception) is the store (Terlingua Trading Company) behind which are the hotel rooms. Devastating view of the Chisos mountains from the doors of the rooms and the stars in the night sky are like nothing you've seen. The Starlight Theatre is a surprisingly busy restaurant (where has everyone come from?) and is next to the store. The room was cleaned and well-stocked with supplies (water, juice, good coffee - much appreciated) every day.
Terlingua proper is 5 miles down the road from the ghost town and is where the 2 main tour companies are based. We booked a few tours, all of which are good and enable you to see the Big Bend National Park in all its glory.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Hotel is no franchise resort. It's perfect for raucous revelry or a romantic rendezvous, or both...You'll find many things in the Ghost Town in the exact condition they've been in for centuries, and that's great for exploring, but at the end of the day you'll want air conditioning.Named for the reddish mercury ore that fueled the industry that was the Chisos Mine, this room belies the Ghost Town location and offers a rustic yet elegant experience.The fancy indoor bathroom that we're so proud of is -- ahem... -- a short walk down the scenic porch, marked Room # 1B. It's a Terlingua tradition that has caught on big in Europe. erlingua chic, the Candililla House is great for either couples or families. Perched on a hillside, it offers an everchanging view of sunsets, starlight, and thunderstorms. There is a patio outside the walls and another within.The El Patron Suite is suitable for business meetings, but they're frowned on around the Ghost Town. Instead, have a few amigos/amigas join you for a festive evening. Walk over to the famous Terlingua Cemetery to greet the ghosts, or just watch the sunset with everyone on the porch over at the Trading Post. Bring your guitar (but not the accordion.)The Candelilla House gets its name from the local cactus that was gathered by the locals and used in the manufacture of women's makeup products. The owners' family operated both a trading post and a processing facillity that kept this Mexican tradition alive.Just down the road a piece from the end of the earth is the Rio Grande Rock House. This is not some neo-cowboy fantasy replica. It's real by-God Texas history. Built in the early 19th century as a trading post for trappers and settlers from both sides of the border, it's still in the same family.We're proud to be out on the fringe of Texas. Come on down.Free Parking - Wireless Adjacent* - Indoor Plumbing**If you stand out on the porch and hold your laptop up real high, you may get a signal.*The indoor plumbing is not necessarily "in your room." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Big Bend Holiday Hotel Terlingua, Texas