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The Big Bend Review => Lodging Reviews => Topic started by: trtlrock on January 18, 2011, 10:27:17 PM

Title: La Casitas
Post by: trtlrock 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!

Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: Al 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
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: leigh 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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: chisos_muse on January 19, 2011, 06:32:44 AM
No pictures from the accursed IPhone?  :icon_wink:
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: RichardM 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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: Frau 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!
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: RichardM 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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: FatPacker 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
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: trtlrock 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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: trtlrock 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
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: PacingTheCage 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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: RichardM 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.

Quote from: http://ffoc.net/cmspages.php?id=7
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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: Ray52 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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: jim2 on January 21, 2011, 05:40:05 PM
for 101 a night you can rent a cabin with a kitchen, from chisos mining company.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: FatPacker 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.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: Schooler on January 24, 2011, 09:33:20 PM
Just wanted to mention 2 things, La Casitas are individual cabins, not motel rooms so (hopefully) you will not hear the neighbors next door through the walls.

Also at some point they will finish the landscaping and install hummingbird feeders and the bird people are going to come catch the birds and band them.
Title: Re: Las Casitas
Post by: chisos_muse on April 06, 2011, 07:33:09 PM
I stayed here for 2 nights with my son last week. Everything was exceptional!  :eusa_clap:  Greg and Valynda really paid a lot of attention to detail and chose high quality fixtures, linens, appliances. Again, the service is wonderful. Whatever they can do for you, they will. They will be building 6 more in the near future!  :icon_biggrin: We had a wonderful experience there and I took advantage of the gas grill to make fajitas for dinner one night. All the comforts of home and it was great to have the dishes & cutlery available.
The bird feeders are up and a pleasure to watch from the back porch. The a/c and ceiling fan weren't a problem for us. I slept 10 hours the first night there, lol. Some folks were having a nice time in the common area one night and asked if they kept us up. We heard nothing....

I won't stay anywhere else for my future Big Bend visits!  :eusa_clap: Everybody loves photos, so here goes!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Big%20Bend%202011/LC1.jpg)

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(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Big%20Bend%202011/LC3.jpg)

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Big%20Bend%202011/grill.jpg)

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(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Big%20Bend%202011/dinlc.jpg)

Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: WayneR on April 06, 2011, 08:18:37 PM
Thanks Muse for the update.  Looks like they are making these cabins very accommodating.  Your fajitas look yummy!  We will look forward to a full trip report forthcoming...

Wayne
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: bjbriggs on April 07, 2011, 09:46:23 AM
Look like you had a fun trip...... :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: trtlrock on April 07, 2011, 11:25:02 AM
Muse -- were you in #6? Looks real familiar... :icon_smile:
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: chisos_muse on April 27, 2011, 10:04:16 PM
LOL, no, #1.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: El Diablo on April 28, 2011, 02:58:42 AM
Those look bad-ass. Thanks for the post!
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: Jim on May 08, 2011, 11:39:30 AM
I wanted to add my agreement with everyone else that has stayed at Las Casitas - very, very pleasant.  I liked chilling on the back porch, rocking in the newly acquired STURDY rocking chairs, enjoying the shade and the breeze, watching the birds flock in to the feeders each morning and evening.  And the room was spacious, clean, new, and you could tell Greg and Valynda paid a lot of attention to the details.

Three thumbs up.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: TexasWedge on June 02, 2011, 12:37:39 AM
AWESOME place to stay.  We came in at the last minute and Valynda and Greg were so kind to accomodate us!!   This place is first class! We will definitely be back.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: blubear on October 11, 2012, 06:29:53 PM
We are thinking about staying at Las Casitas in december.

How noisy are the a/c / heating units? I'm assuming they have electric heat.

Thanks.
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: trtlrock on October 11, 2012, 07:49:24 PM
We are thinking about staying at Las Casitas in december.

How noisy are the a/c / heating units? I'm assuming they have electric heat.

Thanks.

We stayed there a couple of nights this past February. If I recall, we needed the heat for a few minutes here & there. It's the same wall unit as the AC; and it's not too noisy.

Current Las Casitas grade:  9.9/10
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: txsweetlady1 on October 12, 2012, 10:43:32 PM
Hubby & I have stayed at Las Casitas and they are the best place we have found in the Big Bend area.  We sometimes stay at the cabins @ Chisos Mountain Lodge when we want to be in the middle of the park (& can snag a cabiin) but Las Casitas is the winner as to amenities by far.  Very dog friendly as well :-)
Title: Re: La Casitas
Post by: trtlrock on December 10, 2012, 02:03:25 PM
So 6 cottages is now 12 cottages. The additional 6 have the same interior footprint & layout, but are cedar-log construction. They block the view towards Tule etc from the rear decks of the original back-three cottages, but the view from the rear deck on the new rear-most row (away from the road) should be even better, as they're higher, and not looking directly at the parked canoe-loaders (they have been moved elsewhere, I believe).

Looked like the rear decks aren't as deep as the original 6 cottages. Also, 4 of the 6 new cottages are 'joined' in a duplex-type arrangement (each row has 1 separate cottage, and a pair of joined cottages). The duplex cottages have separate front & rear decks (as before), but with shared walkways and deck-access.

[edit -- clarification: the duplex-units do not share a wall; the shared walkway divides them. The deck-roofs, main roofs, and deck-access is shared/contiguous.]

Didn't stay there over Thanksgiving [I was there 11/17-11/26], but the two nights I wanted to, all 12 units were booked.

With taxes I believe it's about $150 a night or thereabouts.