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Fun night with the grandkids
Opinión escrita el 14 de Julio de 2021
Just want to say this place was fun. My grandchildren had a great time at the pool and the playgrounds. They enjoyed the wagon ride and the campfire. It’s the best deal in South Texas that I’ve found. We stayed in a villa and it was more than adequate for my daughters and the 4 littles. Barbie was so helpful and everyone was very accommodating. We plan to make this an annual stop on the camp grandma tour.
great family fun with a few rough edges
Opinión escrita el 4 de Julio de 2021
My husband, grandson (age 14) and I spent three nights here. We were looking for a place in the Bandera area that allowed pets, and with a pre-approval from management and $200 (refundable) deposit we brought our little dog. The property is beautiful and I found the history fascinating. We stayed in a two bedroom historic villa and it was more than enough room for all of us. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom very large with plenty of towels. For a place built in the 1940s, it was in pretty good shape and had microwave, TV, refrigerator. The historic aspect of the villas was interesting and I loved looking at the photos of how they originally looked. The rooms were not cleaned daily but housekeeping came and picked up our trash anytime we needed it.
On the negative side, we had window unit air conditioners that we never quite got the settings right on. The bathtub had cracks in the bottom - good thing we only took showers. The sink in bedroom next to coffee pot was out of order. However, I would stay there again. It's a bit worn, but it was clean and roomy. Just don't expect The Ritz.
The staff was very nice and helpful, especially Barbie and Bonnie, and of course, Cowboy Buck. We thoroughly enjoyed the wagon rides to Ghost Town and to feed the wildlife, which was abundant and so much fun to see up close. The evening campfire and s'mores were a great way to end the evening. Buck is really entertaining and has so many interesting stories about Flying L. We even got to look around the historic Pilots Lounge, which has its own history regarding Frank Lloyd Wright - did he or didn't he?
We took advantage of ping pong and putt putt, took lots of walks on the property, and even though the Branding Iron restaurant wasn't open until the day before we left, the food there is delicious. The pool looked good from the outside but we didn't swim because it was raining a lot while there so I cannot attest to the pool quality. The overall atmosphere of the resort is very relaxing and laid back, and it's only about a mile or so into Bandera for shops, restaurants, groceries, etc.
A couple of not-so-great things about it: the water park is closed indefinitely and it looks like it would be a blast for the kids. The golf course is also closed, but when the renovation is complete I'm sure it will be top notch - it's a beautiful course. There were times the staff was confused about the restaurant opening dates and times, along with other available amenities, and we wondered if management relays info to the staff? Overall, Flying L is a bit rundown but the evening entertainment, the friendly staff, and the history of the place made up for it.
I can only imagine the expense to keep a facility of this size up and running, and with a year of COVID it is likely funds are shorter than expected. Hopefully business will pick up and needed renovations will be done to keep this historic resort around for many years to come. We definitely hope to go back.
Family fun with room for improvement
Opinión escrita el 28 de Junio de 2021
We stayed at the Flying L in midJune 2021. Let me start by saying that I loved this property and think it is definitely worthy of your stay! So fun, and it would be a great place for a family reunion. Hard to say how much of our experience was “normal” like it would have been before COVID. It was clear that some things were different. And there was room for improvement. Here’s my honest feedback:
*Friendly staff at the front desk and they worked with us for a late check in and super early checkout.
*Lots of choices of activities for all members and ages of the family. Pool, mini golf, tennis, basketball, etc. Equipment is available to be checked out at the front desk.
*Fun evening programming with the wagon ride, Cowboy Buck, and songs and smores!
*WiFi signal was adequate
*Proximity to Bandera and events was great
*Adequate kitchen in our Western Place suite allowed us to make our own breakfast
*Great water pressure!
*The facilities are admittedly more rundown than I expected. The sports equipment was pretty worn, and pool decking was chipping. Mini gold needed some repairs.
*The apartment we were in was also worse than expected. We thought we had gotten one of the nicer lodging options, but it was still showing some serious signs of age and wear. Missing molding, discoloration in grout and paint, etc. The appliances were functional but older. Several items of furniture were damaged (though the leather sofa seemed brand new!)
*The bathroom was the low point. Not only was it very dark, but there weren’t enough towel rods for the six of us to use, the toilet was old/low/small, and the sinks were chipped and stained. But the worst part was the shower. It was tiny! (Right next to a giant garden tub, but who is going to time to use that when there are six people using a space!) I could have dealt with the size if it had not been for the daily strings of mold/mildew falling from the shower door that I had to clean off every day. We would have called housekeeping to come take care of it, but we didn’t want anyone coming back in the space due to COVID. So I did it. NOT my favorite morning activity. It was pretty gross, and there was mildew/mold on some of the grout lines in the shower too. I would like to think it was just because the room had not been used recently – occupancy has of course been lower due to COVID. But I couldn’t not mention it here.
*It gets HOT during the summer days, so get out early for activities in the morning, stay in during the afternoon, and go back out in the evening. Check out equipment the day before since the front desk may not be open yet for early morning sports.
*The Chuck Wagon dinner is fun! Maybe not for the price that’s charged, but do it anyway. It will give you a fun, convenient taste of cowboy country.
*Ask about the Friday night rodeo in Bandera. It’s not the intense high-energy experience that the larger rodeos will give you, but it’s a fun, lower key option that lets the kids see what a rodeo is all about. Without the crowds and traffic!
*Definitely take a horseback ride with Outlaw Outfitters! They stable their horses at Flying L and will meet you at a lot just a few minutes away in Bandera. So worth it! It’s a shame that Flying L doesn’t include rides in their daily activity fees like some of the other places do, but the price probably evens out for all the other options you will have. Tauny (the owner) is great, and the horses were fabulous! A beautiful one-hour ride along the river is a great way to start out!
Bottom line, go to the Flying L. It’s not five star by any means, but the people are friendly and kind, the facility is memorable, and the activities are fun. You won’t regret it! And maybe once occupancy is up, they’ll have more funds on hand to deal with the issues I mentioned above. Just don’t let this tradition die!
Not a great stay
Opinión escrita el 18 de Junio de 2021
My husband, daughter and I planned a stay at this ranch so that we could explore the hill country. We originally planned a three night stay but left a night early for many reasons. We stayed in the main lodge, where the walls were so paper thin that we could easily hear our neighbors conversations and every step taken upstairs. The sofa bed mattress was nothing but protruding coils and unusable, despite advance reassurance that it would be a comfortable place for our daughter to sleep. When we addressed both of these concerns to the front desk, we found the receptionist to be defensive and flippant, and tbh, condescending. We requested a credit or refund for our third night, and she refused, and flatly retorted, “The rules are the rules.” Then she lightly commented she could run it by management. They sent a mattress pad for the sofa bed which made it bearable for one night and the other night our daughter slept with us.) On the morning we were departing, the shower handle broke off and there was no way to turn the water off. We had to walk to the front desk for help since there are no phones in the room. An hour and a half ( with the shower running the whole time) a very nice maintenance worker showed up as we were leaving.
Regarding other aspects of the ranch, the staff was very friendly at the pro shop, and the ladies at the grill were friendly and accommodating. However, the golf course was in rough shape, the greens not well maintained, and they charged us for tees. The back nine was closed with no accommodations for this.
In closing, our biggest overall complaint ( and we are not complainers!) was how we were overal treated. When we drove up we saw a sign that exclaimed something like “A resort by Texans for Texans.” They we’re not kidding! Even at the grill where they were nicer, and especially at the front desk, we did not feel completely welcome, being from the West Coast. When I lived in North Texas many years ago, I had explored much of the hill country and other parts of TX and never experienced a vibe like this. We spent the third night we were supposed to spend at Flying L in San Antonio instead, at the Menger, where we felt welcomed and accepted. It was less expensive and the hospitality was far superior.
Review carefully before reserving
Opinión escrita el 13 de Junio de 2021
We have stayed in the Historic Villas but this weekend they were all full. The only thing left were the Ft Apache Cabins. They were very clean and neat. They were fine for my husband and myself. I do not know how four people could fit in one. It was difficult for the two of us to walk around the cabin plus there was little space to place items. Perfect for a single or a couple who planned on being in the cabin only to sleep, shower and dress. I can't imagine having children of any age with two adults. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful as were our neighbors in the cabins. We all had a good laugh about not realizing what we had reserved and how very tiny they were. As I reread their description, perhaps we should have known that but, again, it is hard to imagine the size!