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The Big Bend Review => Lodging Reviews => Topic started by: Homer Wilson on January 07, 2015, 03:35:05 PM

Title: Hotel reception hours
Post by: Homer Wilson on January 07, 2015, 03:35:05 PM
I'm trying to set up a really quick getaway to bb. The plan would be to leave Friday after work, knock a couple hikes off my list and leave Sunday. Since this is the first time I'm doing a trip like this, I don't want to bother hauling my gear or setting up camp (although the hope is that I can do this again in the future as an overnight backpacking trip).

So since I'd be getting to the park around midnight and want to sleep in a bed, what are my options? Would the chisos lodge or Gage hotel have staff at the lobby that late?. I know the marathon motel closes at 10. Is neither of these would work, I suppose I could spend the first night I sanderson. Anyone have a preferred hotel there?
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: steelfrog on January 07, 2015, 03:41:35 PM
Call and get a room; tell them you are a late check in; they will put your key in a box outside that's accessible.  I think.  Call and ask, but I think I've done this
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: Lance on January 07, 2015, 03:42:12 PM
With Marathon Motel you can pay in advance and they'll leave the key in a box on the porch for you after hours, or you can just camp out at their campsites for way cheaper. Beware of the late night train though..
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: steelfrog on January 07, 2015, 03:49:19 PM
There are no trains through Marathon.  Not that I ever noticed.
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: ds9writer on January 07, 2015, 04:08:37 PM
We heard at least three LOUD trains rumbling by the Marathon motel/campground (we were camping) the one night we stayed there last spring... definitely trains there!  All hours... woke us up every time  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: Homer Wilson on January 07, 2015, 05:10:03 PM
Thanks everyone! I stayed at the marathon motel last year for a wedding. Everyone there said the trains kept waking them up. I didn't hear one train. Wedding reception libations may have played a part. 
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: steelfrog on January 07, 2015, 05:22:43 PM
Someone told me I snore louder than the trains, so maybe that had something to do with it.

But what's weird is if a kangaroo rat jacks with a spoon outside my bivy, making even the tiniest little furtive noise, I wake right up.  Weird...
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: ds9writer on January 07, 2015, 07:24:41 PM
The motel rooms probably have a lot more sound insulation than my tent walls  :icon_lol:

And I know our site was closer to the tracks than most of the rooms...
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: steelfrog on January 07, 2015, 08:19:32 PM
Actually on this particular occasion we were in tents, almost to the road because there was a loud group who came to marathon for a wedding or something. From Austin.  Sober were not far from the tracks
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: Homer Wilson on January 07, 2015, 08:25:16 PM
Actually on this particular occasion we were in tents, almost to the road because there was a loud group who came to marathon for a wedding or something. From Austin.  Sober were not far from the tracks

Uh, that didn't happen to be in September '13 was it?
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: RichardM on January 07, 2015, 10:06:43 PM
Chisos Mining Company Motel will also do late, pre-paid checkins. Reserve over the phone and give them a credit card # and your receipt and key will be in an envelope waiting for you. You can drop off the key on your way out and never actually talk to anyone there, as they don't open until 9 in the morning. They're a lot cheaper than the Lodge. I'd imagine Big Bend Resort and other places will also do late checkins.
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: steelfrog on January 07, 2015, 10:39:18 PM
Actually on this particular occasion we were in tents, almost to the road because there was a loud group who came to marathon for a wedding or something. From Austin.  Sober were not far from the tracks

Uh, that didn't happen to be in September '13 was it?

Could be right around there
Title: Re: Hotel reception hours
Post by: mollyd on January 10, 2015, 09:32:53 PM
Chisos Lodge has an outside glass case that hold keys and directions for late arrivals. Motor Inn will make arrangements if you tell them you will be arriving late; I'd imagine any motel in the area will, if you've prepaid and let them know you'll be arriving late. Lodge will be more expensive, but you won't have a drive in.