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Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?

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Offline Owl

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Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« on: November 04, 2008, 06:39:33 PM »
How is this place?  I'm looking for somewhere reasonably priced (<$100/night) to spend Christmas week near Big Bend. 

It doesn't have many amenities but that's okay as I'm a minimalist.  If it's clean and safe, it'll do.

Any feedback appreciated.

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 07:38:06 PM »
It's not bad and inexpensive.  There should be other reviews here of the place, it is or was also known as the Easter Egg Motel.  At 50 bucks for a single, it is one of the better deals in the area, IMHO.  I've stayed in one of the cabins, 3 beds, kitchen, bath for around $75 as I recall.
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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 11:17:33 PM »
its very basic, but you do get a bed and a shower, the rooms have window units that cools and heats.

Not the most up to date place, but it is a place to stay. You have to remember you are going to remote west texas so for under $100 a night you cant expect much.

Its safe, heck I feel safer in the whole big bend area than I do in my own neighbor hood

if you need morning coffee you can either bring your own pot or pick some of at the Chevron station in Study Butte, they open at 6 am and serve a decent breakfast. Kathys Kosmic Kitchen (the pink bus building thing) is supposed to have a decent breakfast and lunch as well and serves coffee, but she does not open until 6:30 I beleive and she is real close to the Chisos Mining Co hotel

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 06:45:40 AM »
To me it's the best deal on that side of the park.  As the others have said it is basic but just fine.  You have to send them money up front to reserve a room, no credit cards there.  I am spending a night there just before Christmas too.

Moderator note: They were accepting credit cards as of October 2009, although they did run the charge for our full three night stay up front. After we had to cancel the last two nights, they chearfully refunded the balance.
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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008, 07:25:04 AM »
It's a fine place to stay. Not fancy by any means, but clean and comfortable. Kathy's (right out front) is really good and a good internet hangout. It's close enough to the motel that their wireless might work there too, don't know.  Also, Terlingua Springs Market, (natural foods) just down the road towards the ghost town, has the best coffee in the whole region (The only place I've ever seen that puts coffee ice cubes in the iced coffee) and has a hot spot too (just buy something).

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 03:49:14 PM »
All good info as we are staying there New Years week. I do believe the prices have gone up some (surprised?). We're staying in a small cabin (so as to be more "alone") and with tax it's running us about $98/night. The rooms are probably a bit cheaper. We had to pay first and last nights' rent upfront via check. Can finish paying with credit card at check in.
Living so close to paradise, it is unbelievable.

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 07:24:55 PM »
Stayed one night in the motel in Dec. 05. I'm cheap but it sucked. Outside temps got down in the 20s (maybe 30s, can't remember), the room was poorly insulated and the heater couldn't keep up so it was kinda cold in there. I think the bed was crappy too. I prefer cooler temps when I sleep but not quite as cool as that room was.

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 08:12:57 PM »
Kathys Kosmic Kitchen (the pink bus building thing) is supposed to have a decent breakfast and lunch as well and serves coffee, but she does not open until 6:30 I beleive and she is real close to the Chisos Mining Co hotel

James

Is Kathys Kosmic Kitchen the old "Hungry Javelina"?  We ate there back in 2003, but when we returned in 2004, the bus was there, but it was not open for business?


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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008, 09:34:23 AM »
beds are awful, but it is cheap.  i stay there when i need a bed in BB.

Kathy's is located where the old Hungry Javelina once stood, next door to Easter Egg Motel.
she makes killer breakfasts.  eat around the morning campfire out front.  wave to the locals.  pet the stray dogs.
the pink bus has a heater in it.
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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2008, 05:43:36 PM »
I've stayed there, but it's not high on my list of "Favorites".  In particular, don't get caught in the unpaved part of the parking lot after a rain;  the mud gets deep and slick. 

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2008, 08:18:33 PM »
Thanks for the information, y'all.

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2008, 08:43:38 PM »
Thanks for the heads up about the beds and coldness of the rooms. I"ll bring a small ceramic heater just in case and we'll have our sleeping bags that should help cushion any sleep problem.
Living so close to paradise, it is unbelievable.

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2009, 11:23:54 AM »
We enjoyed our stay here this past New Year's week. We stayed in small cabin #13. 2 double beds and 1 twin. All very comfortable. Fully equipped kitchen just bring your groceries. The combo AC/heat unit worked fine in both capacities. You can also choose the "fan only" option which is what we ran at night mostly for the "white noise" effect we are used to. Plenty of hot water for each of us to enjoy a good long shower, one right after the other. Trash was removed daily and new towels put out as well.

Best of all, it is right next door to the best meeting/eating breakfast spot in the area: Kath's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe!

We plan to stay there again next New Year's!
Living so close to paradise, it is unbelievable.

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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2009, 11:29:12 AM »
Very basic accommodations, usually the cheapest in the area. Over the years I have stayed at BBMI, Wildhorse Station and Chisos Mining Company, once each. Just tried CMC during the past couple of weeks.

Generally, without spending a lot more money, they all are about the same level of quality (though I don't know what the situation is at BBMI since Forever Resorts took over) with their individual quirks.

I did not have any problems with temperature in the CMC room...the wall heater worked well. The biggest problem at CMC, in the motel units (long, long, long trailers) are the paper-thin walls. You almost can hear people in the room on the other side of the one next to you.

On the whole, I would go with Wildhorse for convenience...about the same price and they have kitchens, at least in the unit I used and I think most or all of them have such. CMC or BBMI are slightly better located for access to things, though WH is only 5 miles farther up 118.

One thing I noted was a certain number of lodgers I ran into at CMC appeared to have little familiarity with the region and had expectations about lodging quality that clearly weren't being met by CMC. All of these folks were from large urban areas (I asked in conversation), were in SUVs that looked like they'd never been off the pavement, and were trendily dressed for an exciting day in the desert...driving around. Two couples wanted to check out but decided otherwise when they learned no refunds were forthcoming. They probably won't be back. It's just one of those things...you have to go with the flow and accept that things in Big Bend are not going to be anywhere near the quality of Holiday Inn Express and similar places.

One thing that did surprise me at CMC was that all the water is via reverse osmosis. That's a remarkable amenity for such a minimalist place and you can drink the tap water that otherwise would have elevated levels of sulfates. Also, as noted by someone else, hot water was abundant.
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Re: Chisos Mining Company Motel in Terlingua?
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2009, 12:08:06 PM »
Just tried CMC during the past couple of weeks.
So, we should be expecting a trip report with lots of pictures soon? :rolling:

 


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