Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa
We were leaving Texas to move to Calif. and decided to visit Big Bend National Park as part of our trip. We decided to stay at Lajitas through a promotional card we had received in the mail. We are so glad we did. We had a great time. My husband loved the golf course, we both enjoyed the restaurants (yes, the Ocotillo was overpriced), the room at the Badlands was very comfortable and the staff was friendly and helpful. Will visit again if we ever get to that part of the country.
We spent 3 nights at Lajitas in March 2004 and loved every minute. Yes, it is a little pricey, but the rooms in La Cuesta were very plush, even if a little dimly lit. The room amenities include bathrobes, slippers, bottled water, special coffee and exquisite toiletries. The daily activities at the resort make it truly special. After a river rafting trip one morning, we attended a culinary class with the chef and then a wine tasting with a wonderful young sommelier. What a delightful escape! Lajitas has to be a destination in itself since it is not on the way to anything........and once you arrive, it is definitely worth it!
New Lajitas Resort
I have stayed at the Lajitas Resort 4x. It has always been something that reminded me of Gunsmoke. The rooms were overpriced, not of very high quality but it was the only decent hotel in the area and the friendliness left a bit to be desired but I loved it there anyway.
There is nothing in the area except the Gage Hotel up in Marathon.Last time in 2002, I was there they were in the midst of rebuilding, the place did need refurbishing. I just went to the redone website. It looks like it turned out great. However, I just checked the prices for an upcoming stay and I simply can't afford to pay $195 a night to stay in the cheapest rooms in the Badlands Hotel area. $310 in the Officer's Quarters where I stayed last time when I couldn't stay in the Badlands because of building noise. So basically, unless a new hotel has sprung up somewhere, there are 1 star hotels in the area and now a 4 star resort and no inbetween. Sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place.
We have stayed at Lajitas many times for $ 70.00 a night and have never had a complante, however, since Mr. Smith took over I called for a reversion in the same room that I had stayed before, they told me it would be $240.00+tax + a $1500 recrecation fee???? I am not going back the place I loved so much.......John Dillard-Mateos
What happened? Used to be great now overpriced
What a shocker - the place has changed from five years ago! It used to be like staying in the Old West Texas of the past, but now it's more like Palm Springs wannabe. The atmosphere has been lost - replaced by a bigger, water-hungry golf course with pine trees. The rooms have been redone in the Cavalry Post and elsewhere, but are not that much nicer than before and the price has shot WAY up. Service not too great, either, and the Starlight in Terlingua has better food and service for a fraction of the price. If you want upscale dining and lodging in the Big Bend area, stay at the Gage in Marathon - a much better deal.
Lajitas, Worth EVERY penny!!
I fell in love with Lajitas the moment I arrived. The views were amazing and the service was spectacular. The golf course was amazing and the staff was very attentive. After golf, my husband and I both had massages at the newly opened Agavita Spa. Again, the staff was very attentive and our massages were very relaxing. We stayed in the Cavalry Post- and slept better than we ever had in a hotel. The bed was comfortable and we loved the nightly turndown service and letter. We dined on delicious cuisine both in the Candelilla Cafe and the Ocotillo. The staff was very knowlegable about the menu and wine selection. I have already booked us for another visit and we are investigating membership at Lajitas. I would highly recommend Lajitas to anyone.
A suprise Oasis
My family recently took a driving trip to the Big Bend area and found a suprise oasis in Lajitas! The Big Bend area is beautiful, rugged, and unspoiled- it felt like we were really in the Wild West. We stopped in for gas and found a lush golf course, a spa, beautiful rooms, and a sparkling pool! The place is right on the Rio Grande River and sported a old fashioned boardwalk where there was a few horses tied up in front of the ice cream store. The mayor of the town is a beer drinking goat- there were so many suprises we decided to stay there and skip our next planned stop- some of us went horseback riding while others spent their time on the golf course- it was just what we needed and everyone was happy!
To much for so Little
Lajitas is a place of stark beauty. The hotel I stayed at and paid $140 per night for had no electricity or water for half the time there. The rooms were nice and the service was friendly but poor. The restaurant was very nice and reasonably priced..
Never Paid So Much for So Little
Quality of room justified a price of about $60 a night, not $200+. We did stay in the old part of the hotel, maybe the newer part is better. Plusses - Lajitas Resort has a nice golf course, great views, and service from staff was excellent. Just not worth anywhere near the price paid. The same applied to the restaurant, Octillo. Although service and ambience aren't in the same league, Starlight Theater and La Kiva are better buys for the money, and arguably the food is as good. If you're looking for a great restaurant in the area, Reata in Alpine is the ticket.
Loved the view
The views were spectacular from the hiking trails and the restaurant at the property. They have a LONG way to go before they can claim being a "five star" resort. The food was ok and the service was terrible. We booked the upscale Calvary Post but when we arrived they put us in the Badlands Hotel and tried to charge the same rate. (which I found out later they were selling out the Calvary Post for twice the rate I originally booked at). There were burns in the carpet and it smelled old and it was very very noisy. I was very disappointed after reading spectacular reviews regarding the resort and spa (which was not open).
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Explored the park all day, animals galore - Javelinas, mule deer, jack rabbits, rabbits. The amazing road runner bird. Drove east and walked into Boquillas Canyon. Mexicans on the other side of the Rio Grande played guitar and sang to us. Also tried to sell nick-nacks we had been told would be confiscated by U.S. Border Control. Asked for donations for "the singing Mexican, Jesus!" ...
Our first real rest day since leaving Aus. on 9th March.
Late start, then drove to the ranger station to get our entry pass. Some internet at the restaurant, planned for dinner later. John then spent the day doing Boomer chores and downloading photos, while I had a snooze. No problem to spend the day surrounded by ...
... came to halt. More recently, a phone-company executive from Austin bought the town at an Auction and began renovations. He added a wine and espresso bar and other niceties as part of an overhaul of the Lajitas into a retreat for the rich.
Unfortunately, it would be fair to say that the Mayor of Lajitas is lazy and that all he does is stand around and drink beer. It would not be slander to say that he is a murderer who killed his father in a fight over a ...
... side. Huge boulders lie along the trail route and the kids enjoyed rock climbing, rock skipping and the boys even threw rocks across the river and hit the cliffs on the Mexican side. After 3 hours of adventure in the canyon we rode on to the Mule Ears Spring trail. We didn't have time for the trail but the boys needed a workout so Sean, Derek and Clark went up an off-trail mountain about ...
... split into two canoes - Megan, Derek and Darby in one and Sean and Clark in the other. It was cold and windy my friend. Like an old man ordering soup in a deli. We were heading downstream with the current but the wind was in our face making it a real workout to progress down river. The Rio Grande is shallow for the most part and fairly calm but the winds made it real difficult. ...