Indian Lodge presents me with a problem. In some ways it is magnificent -- the Pueblo-style architecture, the way it nestles each room in the natural setting, the magnificent 1930s-era handcrafted furniture, the serene period decor of the room. In other ways, it is maddeningly inadequate -- NO alcohol of any kind served at the restaurant and none allowed to be seen in public anywhere, a lovely kiva-style fireplace that has been SEALED UP, floors so thin that the contractor should have been sued, and maintenance standards so low that the heater vent grill was nearly 100% clogged. Concerning alcohol, Jeff Davis County is "dry" but a restaurant in town has a liquor license. I believe the no-alcohol policy is a State Park policy, which means we had to drive in to town every night to get a decent meal. This was New Year's Eve and the lndian Lodge restaurant was serving bubbly grape juice. Really??? As for the forbidden fireplaces, I've stayed at a number of other adobe-style lodgings that have managed to keep their fireplaces in working order and managed proper sustainability practices. Why can't Indian Lodge do the same, instead of bricking up the fireplace? We stayed in January, and a fire would have been so romantic and functional. I was prepared for bad flooring, as many others have complained. But these floors squeak with every step and are so porous that we heard our downstairs neighbors speak as if they were in a tent next to us. We felt guilty walking around or speaking in a normal voice, knowing we'd be disturbing people. Overall, the room seemed clean but when we tried to get more heat, my husband noticed the ceiling vent was thoroughly clogged. He said he can't imagine why the heating system hasn't shut down, and this is neither safe nor hygienic practice. Bottom line: The state of TX has a lovely, unique resource in the Indian Lodge but they need to get a more professional operator in there and need to accept the reality that people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and that doesn't make us residents of Sodom and Gomorrah!
- Also Known As:
- Indian Hotel Fort Davis
- Indian Lodge Fort Davis, Texas