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Big Bend Holiday Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Terlingua B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

My husband and I were in the area for a 2nd time for some amazing Big Bend hiking and wanted to spend more time getting to know Terlingua as well. We definitely picked the right place. We stayed in Uh Clem which was a charming, rustic room with a grotto bath attached. As other reviews mentioned, it was very clean and very comfortable. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat! But the best part was being so near the big porch outside of the Starlight. We kept thinking we should investigate some other spots in town, but after a long day of hiking we just never managed to want to do more than sit on the porch, cold beer in hand, and watch the sun set while listening to the excellent live music inside. We're looking forward to our next trip and will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

This house has two bedrooms, kitchen (microwave, small fridge, sink, a few dishes),, dining area and a futon next to the dining area, desk, fireplace, outdoor grill, outdoor seating area, window unit air conditioners. It does not have a television. The toilet is located next to the house but it is private. It was very hot in there in the month of May. The shower is located a few steps up from the house. It is also private but very hot in May. The bedding was excellent with nice bed linens and comfortable mattress. This house will not work for anyone with mobility issues as there are a lot of uneven surfaces. Because I "like" them on Facebook, I was able to get a special deal.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

We stayed in Yates room, and loved it. However you should be aware that this establishment is NOT a hotel - what you get is a room, there are no other facilities you would normally associate with the word hotel, not even a reception. So what you get is a funkily designed room and bathroom, which you can park right outside. Everything is spotlessly clean (no mean feat in such a dusty place), and the there are lots of pleasing touches in the room. Could do with some hanging space though (clothes).
Terlingua itself is fairly indescribable, but the much vaunted Starlight Theater (aka restaurant with live Americana music) is 100 yards away, next to the general store. It gets surprisingly busy round here, but everyone who stays should wait until the visitors bugger off, then lay in the dust outside, however bloody cold it is, and look at the stars. As someone else said - magical.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

This gem of a place was 2 weeks into our 4 week road trip from San Francisco to Miami and it didn't disappoint. We had wanted to see some of Big Bend National park and this was the ideal stop over. I only wish we had been able to stay more nights.
Had originally booked The Cinnabar but when we got there, the owner had very kindly put us in the larger Candelillia House. It was beautiful in a rustic way. If you like peace and quiet, far reaching views and sheer chilling out, this is the place to be.
It is exactly as described on their website and the reason we booked it was the tongue in cheek description and yes you do have to go outside along the stepping stone path to the facilities and shower, but so quaint and really no effort. Lovely toiletries and fluffy robes were provided.
After watching the sunset over the mountains in the distance, we walked along to the Starlight Theatre, thinking it would be quiet on a Monday night. Wrong! I reckon all the locals and some from further afield were in there. It was packed. We didn't know it was two for one burger night. Well, we couldn't pass up an offer like that. They were delicious and the entertainment was a local guitar player. What an evening.

Later, we sat on our porch drinking coffee and soaking up the night air, the quiet and listening to crickets. It was magical. We left next morning having watched sunrise and taken loads of photos and went for drive into the park to reach Rio Grande. Saw turkey vulture, cayote, loads of road runners and humming birds on our visit. Truly an amazing experience and made my Best Birthday ever.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We stayed December 29- Jan 2nd and we did not want to leave. The place is cute, has lots of character, and is at a great location. The beds were soft, and although the shower is outside, it was nice. It was fun to sit on the porch, drink wine, and watch the sunset.

Room Tip: Walking distance to Starlight Theater. Big Bend National Park easy 20 minute drive.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

You would think that the Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande would be destination enough! But after staying at the Holiday Hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town, the townspeople proved to be an attraction of their own.
As we approached the store to pick up our key, the long porch was lined with locals sitting around talking, laughing, drinking beer, and enjoying an impromptu band made up of a couple of guitars, banjo and fiddle! And they were darned good. They welcomed us like they had known us all their lives. That started a four-day party for us that we reminisce about frequently.
Ah, the room: The website said that our private indoor plumbing may not necessarily be in our room, which was accurate. We stayed in Room 1 (Cinnabar Room) and 1B (bathroom) was a couple of doors down along a covered porch. It sounds awkward, but it really wasn't that much of an inconvenience. The room was very rustic west-Texas in furnishings and was pleasant to retire to. We hiked and enjoyed the Park every day, but looked forward to coming "home" to share our exploits with our new friends on the porch.
The Starlight Restaurant is at the end of the porch and was an old movie theater, The menu is surprisingly varied and good for its location in a desert ghost town, and they have a nice selection of wines and beers. There are other good restaurants around, but the Starlight is the best.

Room Tip: These rooms are usually booked well in advance. If you book at the last minute, just take what they...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Ivey Road, Terlingua, TX
Region: United States > Texas > Terlingua
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Terlingua
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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