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La Casitas

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Offline trtlrock

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La Casitas
« on: January 18, 2011, 10:27:17 PM »
Six new cottages at Far Flung. Two dbl-beds, kitchenette, nice bathroom & shower, small front porch & large rear one w/rocking chairs @ table, 32" tv w/Dish Network, closet with hangars. Lots of room to walk around. 3 big windows that all open, w/good blinds. Ceiling fan. Fairly big fridge. Good locks on both doors. Table & 2 chairs inside too. Heat & AC.

Suh-weet!

Am chillin' on the back of #6 right now, tapping this out on the accursed iPhone.

$99/night.

9.8/10 -- docked 0.2 due to noisy ceiling fan.

No more moldy dingy hellholes w/indifferent service like BBMI...

Definitely the new standard in affordable non-boutique lodging in BiBe!

« Last Edit: January 18, 2011, 10:48:02 PM by trtlrock »
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Offline Al

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 10:58:42 PM »
John, thank you!  Although I much prefer to sleep under the stars, there has been rare occasion over the years when we decided to check into a motel, the BBMI, after getting soaked by a sudden storm that came upon us before we could erect cover.  The BBMI is a motel I would recommend to friends only as a last alternative. 

Looks wonderful!

Al
« Last Edit: January 18, 2011, 11:13:20 PM by Al »

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Offline leigh

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 05:49:14 AM »
Good to know, thanks for sharing.  I have plans to go out in the heat of summer, for photo reasons (storms) and even the basin campground, which I loathe, but at that time of year probably would be close to empty, may be too warm to sleep.

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 06:32:44 AM »
No pictures from the accursed IPhone?  :icon_wink:

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Offline RichardM

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2011, 11:25:18 AM »
I assume these are the ones right next door to the Rio Bravo restaurant? I was wondering when they would open and who was running them.

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2011, 12:10:28 PM »
I assume these are the ones right next door to the Rio Bravo restaurant? I was wondering when they would open and who was running them.
their Website sucks, just tried to check it out!

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2011, 12:51:31 PM »
I assume these are the ones right next door to the Rio Bravo restaurant? I was wondering when they would open and who was running them.
their Website sucks, just tried to check it out!
Their website (http://ffoc.net/) currently says it has been hacked.

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Offline FatPacker

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 02:48:46 PM »
I just booked one for Sunday night.
Yes, the website is not good.
I called and talked to Rose.
$99/night, two night minimum
but they must be slow because I was able to talk her into just one night
I will take some pictures and port a report on the place next week when we get back
Are we there yet?

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Offline trtlrock

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2011, 04:08:24 PM »
Whoa!

This is Terlingua -- we're gonna judge them based on their website?
 :icon_rolleyes:

Still finishing odds & ends here -- finished up some of the deck railings etc while I've been staying here. Landscaping in progress, etc. I believe they have been open 3 weeks. Kitchenette means no stove/oven/range, btw.

Yep, a 1-minute walk to Rio Bravo.

Don't lean back too far on the rocking chair, or you might break one of the curved rocker doohickeys. Ask me how I know.   :evil:

Anyway, still obvious signs of construction out back  -- anyone who complains about this should just go stay at BBMI. Context is everything...

Since I've been here 3 of the 6 units have been taken.
« Last Edit: January 19, 2011, 04:14:03 PM by trtlrock »
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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2011, 10:09:00 AM »
I still give LC a solid 9.3/10.

The AC is pretty loud, which might be a problem if one was staying in the unit all day long during the dead of summer. Same on-wall style as a Hampton Inn (for ex), but noisier. Also more effective though, only takes a few minutes to bring the room to a nice temp, then you can shut it off.

The rocking chairs are nice, but not quite capable of that extra inch of recline needed to put your feet up on the beckoning deck railing. My bad on that one. Plenty capable for putting your feet on the table though -- which is what I should have been doing.

Microwave, toaster, coffee machine -- all you're going to get in a kitchenette anyway. Full set of non-cooking related utensils: plates, wine glasses, corkscrew, etc.

Excellent service -- they seemed glad to know of my nitpicks & are quick to address things. Asked about an ashtray for the outdoor table yesterday morning (couldn't find any concave rocks lying around). When I got back from hiking yesterday afternoon, each unit had a nice big stone ashtray on the deck table.

No dresser drawers for clothing yet -- but they are aware & are sourcing/building ones to fit the room without sabotaging the excellent walk-around space.

The TV is wall-mounted, & is actually hooked up via HDMI, meaning you are actually seeing a HD picture. 99% of hotels hook up composite video, which looks like crap. Not a TV-hound myself, but this is excellent attention to detail, & speaks loudly that they want to see it done right.

High 'cathedral' ceiling, with nice large exposed beam. Room is light & airy -- no claustrophobic stuck-in-a-closet feeling.

Large nightstand table & good lighting.

I imagine in a few weeks all final work will be done, and the storage unit for tools & cedar posts for deck-railings etc will disappear from the rear area, along with the intermittent sounds of the circular saw & hammering, which are still a daily feature as they finish up.

I can't stress enough that these units are WELL-BUILT!

And you could almost fit 1/2 of a main room in BBMI or Easter Egg inside the bathroom here. No tape measure, but I estimate the total footprint of the inside space at about 400 sq ft. Nice faux-wood floors with throw-rugs.

I'll rate 'em this way:

LC: 9.0 for the room & 9.9 for the service.

BBMI: 4.0 room & 1.0 service.

Easter Egg: 5.0 room & 7.5 service (been a while since I stayed there)

Dorado: n/a, never stayed there
John & Tess

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Offline PacingTheCage

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2011, 02:16:37 PM »
This looks nice.  Stayed at Chisos Mining Motel this past weekend.  Not bad but this looks much better.

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2011, 02:21:54 PM »
Looks like the $99/night plus tax rate is the introductory rate, good through the end of this month.

Nightly Casita Rate:  $125+tax

Good through January 31: $99+tax per night

Offer based on availability and is good for stays occurring through January 31, 2011.  Rate does not reflect pet fee.  Offer may end without notice.

P.S. I know everybody loves to rag on Big Bend Resort & Adventures (formerly Big Bend Motor Inn), but the three Forever Resorts employees I dealt with during our stay over Christmas break could not have been more helpful and courteous.

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Ray52

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2011, 05:59:36 PM »
I've had similar good experiences there too Richard.  Both this year with my popup camper and 2 years ago staying in the motel.  The food in the cafe isn't anything special, but there are several options within a few miles.

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 05:40:05 PM »
for 101 a night you can rent a cabin with a kitchen, from chisos mining company.

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Re: La Casitas
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 08:30:10 PM »
Thanks trtlrock for the post about the Casitas.
We are there now, watching the NFL playoff games.
Excellent room, plus they have WiFi.
It is even better than you described it.
We will definitely stay here again!
will post some photos when we get home.
Are we there yet?

 


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