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03/2011
rating [ 1/10 ]
Probably one of the dumpiest campgrounds I have every stayed in during our 5 years on the road. The sites are VERY close with lots of poles, trees and low hanging wires making it very big-rig un-friendly (we drive a 37' Dolphin). The roads are in terrible shape and are badly organized, two of them just ending for no apparent reason. It is clear the park hasn't had anything spent on it in years. Worst of all is the electric. We have a Progressive Industries unit which showed an 'Open Ground' fault on the first site (potentially very dangerous), and then regularly cut us out due to low voltage if we pulled anything more than 20 amps on the next. DO NOT stay here if you are in a motorhome, you could do serious damage to your rig if you are not protected. Finally, they charged us $2 extra for each of our children (why I have no idea as the pool was empty) and then $2 extra for the a/c, even though we could rarely use it due to the poor power. The only plus side is the other residents who were very friendly.
01/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects a deluxe site in the week with a 10% Good Sam discount (rates are more expensive at the weekend). On all our travels through every state in the US this is one of the few 'RV Resorts' that is truly like a resort. The pool area is gorgeous with lots of wonderful palm trees, making you feel as if you're staying in an upmarket hotel. The adult pool was warm enough to swim around comfortably and the hot tub was great - we made some good friends sitting in their chatting! The deluxe site we had was a good sized pull through with a table and benches (you don't get a table in the standard sites), plus the deluxe sites are closer to the amenities. There are also premium sites but they don't really give you any advantage over the deluxe, they might over look the mini golf course but you have to back in. The security is excellent, both at the gate and with guards driving round all the time. They have a number of activities going on, we went to the Saturday night karaoke which was very good to watch and dance, even if you don't sing (there was some excellent talent there). On your first night you're given a coupon for two free drinks at the bar, they have some nice tables and chairs outside with in-table fires. The Silverton casino next door offers a free shuttle and their buffet is supposed to be good. Otherwise you need to get your own transport down to the strip but it isn't far. The only real downsides to this park is that firstly they have no free wi-fi, based on the prices they charge and the fact that everyone wants wi-fi these days I feel this is very stingy. Secondly there are no discounts for weekly stays, prices are either for daily rates or monthly. Lastly the staff on reception aren't as hospitable as you'd expect from a resort of this caliber. Despite these small things it's a great place to stay and we'll definitely be going back.
02/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This rate was for one night with Good Sam Discount. The staff here were really friendly and very helpful, showing us to our site and giving us information on the best places to eat, and things to do, in Bandera. The site we had was a nice large pull through with plenty of room on each side for our slide-outs, the only down side was that the dump was too far back so we ended up having to unhook our tow vehicle and park it in front of our motorhome. This campground is very peaceful, there is a lovely walk down to the river where they've put tables and chairs for you to be able to sit and enjoy the view. Deer come into the park around sunset and there's a field with Texas Longhorns and donkey's which our children loved. There were a lot of friendly snow-birders at this campground and they obviously get very busy. We will definitely stay here again next time we're in the area.
02/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
This price was for a back-in site at a weekly rate. The best thing about this campground is the size of the sites, they're long so there's no problem getting large RV's in with tow vehicles, plus there's also plenty of room between the sites for slide-outs. La Hacienda has been greatly expanded in the last couple of years so the facilities are all new and the roads around the campground are all tarmac'd and smooth. Unfortunately for a newer campground it looks scruffy. There are no sprinklers on the grass so it looks old and dead. The sites are gravel and the grass has over grown onto them so they look unkempt. The pads themselves have been done cheaply and not graded properly so as most of the sites are on a slight gradient you have to jack the RV right up - causing our door and shower-door not to close properly! There is a nice pool and hot tub area and it's one of the main reasons we came here but unfortunately the hot tub doesn't heat up properly, it only gets into the 90's. Apparently it's never worked properly! The owners state a policy of only allowing RV's under 10 years old but don't be put off, they don't seem to adhere to it, there's plenty of long timer's here that are much older. Finally be aware of their cancellation policies and don't book in for too long until you've checked it out, they won't do any refunding, even if you're paying the highest rate. The people in the office are really nice but they have absolutely no authority to resolve any issues and the owners don't allow them to call them on the weekends! For this time of year this campground is very empty, at the other places we've stayed in Southern Texas they've all been really full with snow-birders, I think this place is just too expensive for what you get. We'll find somewhere else to go next time we're in Austin.
01/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground has a great location with the lovely fishing lakes, right by the Rio Grande and very close to the I-25 and the casino. The sites are nice big pull throughs (although the dump was too far back for us to leave our tow vehicle hooked up), with a table and benches under a shelter. There is an extra charge for fishing but our son caught some big trout that made a delicious dinner (there is no catch and release). The only downside is that there are a lot of people that come in to fish so it does get quite busy, especially at the weekend. The casino operates a bus that you can call to transport you there and back which is nice. There's lots to do at the casino in addition to the gambling, lots of restaurants, a bowling alley and a laser quest center. Plus the campground is only 10 minutes up the I-25 into downtown Albuquerque (or you could take the roadrunner train that goes right from the campground) so it's really convenient. The only draw backs are the noise from the train, and as someone else mentioned, the untrained, somewhat grumpy staff. We've stayed in quite a few of the campgrounds in and around Albuquerque and I would definitely recommend this one above most of the others if you want to visit Albuquerque.
02/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This rate was for Camp Club USA (50% discount). This campground is in a lovely quiet location, surrounded by fields, the river and lots of deer. We actually got the last available site. Most of the guests were snowbirders who obviously come regularly for the winter. We had a pull-through site that was long enough (and had the dump in the right place) that we could leave our tow vehicle attached, which was great as we were only here for one night. There was a nice club house (it used to be someones home) that all the facilities. The only downside was that the laundry room only had two washers and dryers, but they were only $1 each so I didn't mind having to wait. Outside from the club house there's a lovely patio area with chairs over looking the river. There's also a pool but it was closed when we were there. In addition there was a nice playground for the kids and in the office you could check out DVD's at no charge which was really nice. Overall a great value campground in a lovely location. We wouldn't hesitate to go back if we're in the area.
02/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
This price is just for the campground, you also have to pay the park entrance fee per person, per day. It actually worked out cheaper for us to buy a Texas State Park pass to cover the entrance fees. We've stayed here before and love it. It's about 5 miles from the I-10 so very convenient but far enough away that it's absolutely quiet and peaceful. The biggest draw back is that the sites don't have a dump but the showers were close and they were clean, but old. Each site has a table and benches under a shelter, plus a fire pit. The ranger lives on site so we didn't worry about security. The very best thing about this State Park is the huge, spring fed swimming pool. It is supposed to be the largest fresh water swimming pool in the world. When we were there at the end of January the water was 75 degrees and we loved swimming around with the catfish, turtles and numerous other water life. There are also a couple of diving boards that our children loved. If you happen to be passing this way make sure you spend a couple of nights here. We'll definitely be back.
03/2007
rating [ 2/10 ]
I just wish I'd read people's previous comments before we booked in here for 10 nights. The main slogan on their website is "The best campground in the worlds", this couldn't be more from the truth and highlights my biggest annoyance - they market heavily using very false or deceiving information. Even though we're KOA members I don't think we'll ever stay in another KOA after this experience. The list of negative things I could say about this site is huge so I'll just mention the main ones. Firstly I was attracted by the fact that they have a free shuttle to Disney, on their website you would think that they ran their own coach, but it's actually another company that they use so I'm not sure how many other hotels etc you'd have to go by before arriving at Disney and even then they only have one pick up and drop off time for either Magic Kingdom or Epcot. We didn't even end up using the service. Next they specify a PO address of Lake Buena Vista which is very misleading as they're miles away in Davenport. In addition, in all the time we were there we never saw any staff around the campsite, only those that were in the shop. Just across from us a camper had about 20 puppies and there seemed to be dogs barking all the time but no one ever regulated the park. There's old trailers just dumped and rotting as you drive up the main road and everything generally is old, un-kept, and dirty. Don't make my mistake, avoid this site at all costs.
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