Welcome to Hotel Settles

Originally opened in 1930, Hotel Settles has been restored to reclaim its place as the social center of West Texas. This historical art deco oasis serves as the towering centerpiece of downtown Big Spring, approximately 30 miles from Midland. Extensive renovations using the building’s original blueprints have brought back the stylish details that evoke the charm, craftsmanship and architectural details of a bygone era.


Hotel Settles welcomes guests with true Texas hospitality and a touch of relaxed elegance, from the opulently restored Grand Ballroom and Lobby to its 65 comfortably appointed guest rooms.


The Settles Grill offers delicious Texan comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a private dining room for up to 20. Pharmacy Bar & Parlor mixes classic cocktails and extensive beer and wine offerings with both a lively bar area and a quieter, more relaxed parlor section.


An outdoor retreat with swimming pool and a fitness studio round out the choices for true relaxation.

Originally opened in 1930, Hotel Settles has been restored to reclaim its place as the social center of West Texas. This historical art deco oasis serves as the towering centerpiece of downtown Big Spring, approximately 30 miles from Midland. Extensive renovations using the building’s original blueprints have brought back the stylish details that evoke the charm, craftsmanship and architectural details of a bygone era.

Guest Rooms & Suites

Hotel Settles offers 65 elegant guestrooms and suites, each featuring exquisite hardwood furniture, crisp 100% cotton bedding, luxurious interior fabrics and marble surfaces that create a singular boutique hotel experience. Leisure travelers will delight in our availability of spacious living areas, bubbler tubs and spa showers. Business travelers will have no trouble staying connected with complimentary wired and wireless Internet, 24-hour business center, and our daily delivery of USA Today.


All accommodations include:

  • Wireless Internet access
  • 42-inch flat-screen television
  • Satellite television
  • Plush bathrobes
  • Desk with halogen lamp
  • Convenient high-speed Internet jacks
  • Two telephones
  • Bathroom amenities
  • European-style shower head
  • Hair dryer
  • Room safe
  • Lighted magnified make-up mirror
  • Plush cotton towels

Hotel Settles offers 65 elegant guestrooms and suites, each featuring exquisite hardwood furniture, crisp 100% cotton bedding, luxurious interior fabrics and marble surfaces that create a singular boutique hotel experience.

Historic Floor

Located on the third level of the hotel, the Historic Floor has been completely restored to the hotel’s original floor plan from the 1930s. Rooms on this floor feature a quiet elegance and are steeped in the history of West Texas.


Historic Rooms

Historic Rooms feature a queen or king bed, and are decorated with traditional classic furnishings and pedestal-style fixtures in the bathroom.


Historic Suites

Historic Suites feature an elegant parlor area with separate queen bedroom. Bathrooms are compact and feature Art Deco tiled showers.


Extended Stay Accommodations

Extended Stay Rooms feature an additional kitchenette space with a microwave and mini-refrigerator for longer stays.

Located on the third level of the hotel, the Historic Floor has been completely restored to the hotel’s original floor plan from the 1930s. Rooms on this floor feature a quiet elegance and are steeped in the history of West Texas.

Historic Rooms

Historic Rooms feature a queen or king bed, and are decorated with traditional classic furnishings and pedestal-style fixtures in the bathroom.

Historic Suites

Historic Suites feature an elegant parlor area with separate queen bedroom. Bathrooms are compact and feature Art Deco tiled showers.

Tower Rooms
Tower Rooms

Located on the hotel’s higher floors, the Tower Rooms offer our most spacious accommodations with separate seating and dressing areas. Each Tower Room features a walk-in shower with thick glass shower enclosures.


Superior Tower Rooms

Superior Tower Rooms are available with a single king bed or two queen beds. These comfortable accommodations are perfect for guests traveling with a family or guests who just require a little extra space.


Deluxe Tower Rooms

Our Deluxe Rooms are the largest of our guest rooms, and are available with one king bed or two queen beds. Deluxe Rooms feature bubbler tubs or multi-head spa showers. These rooms are a favorite of our corporate travelers and those seeking a romantic getaway.

Located on the hotel’s higher floors, the Tower Rooms offer our most spacious accommodations with separate seating and dressing areas. Each Tower Room features a walk-in shower with thick glass shower enclosures.

Superior Tower Rooms

Superior Tower Rooms are available with a single king bed or two queen beds. These comfortable accommodations are perfect for guests traveling with a family or guests who just require a little extra space.

Deluxe Tower Rooms

Specialty Suites
Specialty Suites

Located on the hotel’s uppermost floors, our Specialty Suites feature additional space for special events and gatherings.


Sunrise Suite

The Sunrise Suite features a spacious layout with a king bed, separate seating area and balcony decorated with outdoor furnishings.


Sunset Suite

The Sunset Suite is a wonderful hospitality suite that is perfect for entertaining. It features elegant interior furnishings and a beautiful outdoor balcony decorated with outdoor furnishings (maximum capacity of 30 persons).


Ryan Suite

Located on the penthouse level, the Ryan Suite overlooks the pool and lush landscaped courtyard below. This suite features a king bed, spacious bathroom with bubbler tub and spa shower, and a separate dressing area.


Penthouse Suite

With more than 1,200 square feet of well-appointed space, this suite features two beautifully decorated rooms, each reflecting the hotel’s original elegant style. One bedroom includes a king bed, while the other offers two queen beds. This suite features a huge bathroom with a spa tub and multi-head shower. It also includes a wet bar and refrigerator.


Presidential Suite

Our finest and most elegant suite, the Presidential Suite features more than 1,400 square feet of luxurious living area and beautifully decorated space. The bedroom offers custom furniture with elegant finishes. The adjoining marbled bath offers an oversized bubbler tub, separate spa shower, dual sinks and huge walk-in closet.

Located on the hotel’s uppermost floors, our Specialty Suites feature additional space for special events and gatherings.

Sunrise Suite

The Sunrise Suite features a spacious layout with a king bed, separate seating area and balcony decorated with outdoor furnishings.

Sunset Suite

The Sunset Suite is a wonderful hospitality suite that is perfect for entertaining. It features elegant interior furnishings and a beautiful outdoor balcony decorated with outdoor furnishings (maximum capacity of 30 persons).

Ryan Suite

Packages
Packages

Return To Romance

Includes a night in one of our Tower Rooms, bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate truffles, rose petals and continental breakfast.


Spa Package

Includes a night in one of our Tower Rooms, manicure, pedicure and body massage.


Golf Package

Includes a night in one of our beautiful Tower Deluxe Rooms and a round of golf at the Big Spring Municipal Golf Course.

Return To Romance

Includes a night in one of our Tower Rooms, bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate truffles, rose petals and continental breakfast.


Spa Package

Includes a night in one of our Tower Rooms, manicure, pedicure and body massage.


Golf Package

Includes a night in one of our beautiful Tower Deluxe Rooms and a round of golf at the Big Spring Municipal Golf Course.

Historic Floor

Located on the third level of the hotel, the Historic Floor has been completely restored to the hotel’s original floor plan from the 1930s. Rooms on this floor feature a quiet elegance and are steeped in the history of West Texas.


Historic Rooms

Historic Rooms feature a queen or king bed, and are decorated with traditional classic furnishings and pedestal-style fixtures in the bathroom.


Historic Suites

Historic Suites feature an elegant parlor area with separate queen bedroom. Bathrooms are compact and feature Art Deco tiled showers.


Extended Stay Accommodations

Extended Stay Rooms feature an additional kitchenette space with a microwave and mini-refrigerator for longer stays.

Tower Rooms
Tower Rooms

Located on the hotel’s higher floors, the Tower Rooms offer our most spacious accommodations with separate seating and dressing areas. Each Tower Room features a walk-in shower with thick glass shower enclosures.


Superior Tower Rooms

Superior Tower Rooms are available with a single king bed or two queen beds. These comfortable accommodations are perfect for guests traveling with a family or guests who just require a little extra space.


Deluxe Tower Rooms

Our Deluxe Rooms are the largest of our guest rooms, and are available with one king bed or two queen beds. Deluxe Rooms feature bubbler tubs or multi-head spa showers. These rooms are a favorite of our corporate travelers and those seeking a romantic getaway.

Specialty Suites
Specialty Suites

Located on the hotel’s uppermost floors, our Specialty Suites feature additional space for special events and gatherings.


Sunrise Suite

The Sunrise Suite features a spacious layout with a king bed, separate seating area and balcony decorated with outdoor furnishings.


Sunset Suite

The Sunset Suite is a wonderful hospitality suite that is perfect for entertaining. It features elegant interior furnishings and a beautiful outdoor balcony decorated with outdoor furnishings (maximum capacity of 30 persons).


Ryan Suite

Located on the penthouse level, the Ryan Suite overlooks the pool and lush landscaped courtyard below. This suite features a king bed, spacious bathroom with bubbler tub and spa shower, and a separate dressing area.


Penthouse Suite

With more than 1,200 square feet of well-appointed space, this suite features two beautifully decorated rooms, each reflecting the hotel’s original elegant style. One bedroom includes a king bed, while the other offers two queen beds. This suite features a huge bathroom with a spa tub and multi-head shower. It also includes a wet bar and refrigerator.


Presidential Suite

Our finest and most elegant suite, the Presidential Suite features more than 1,400 square feet of luxurious living area and beautifully decorated space. The bedroom offers custom furniture with elegant finishes. The adjoining marbled bath offers an oversized bubbler tub, separate spa shower, dual sinks and huge walk-in closet.

Packages
Packages

Return To Romance

Includes a night in one of our Tower Rooms, bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate truffles, rose petals and continental breakfast.


Spa Package

Includes a night in one of our Tower Rooms, manicure, pedicure and body massage.


Golf Package

Includes a night in one of our beautiful Tower Deluxe Rooms and a round of golf at the Big Spring Municipal Golf Course.

Services & Amenities

Casual Texas charm permeates Hotel Settles, from the old-time luxury of the lobby to the 65 comfortable, well-furnished guestrooms.


An outdoor retreat with a pool and Jacuzzi give guests a chance to unwind in style, while the Settles Day Spa and on-site Fitness Center bring health and relaxation to the forefront. Weekly activities include stargazing, history walks, poker games and more.


And if you're looking for a gift that’s sure to make someone smile, Hotel Settles gift cards are available in denominations of $20 and above. Recipients can choose how to enjoy their gifts. Gift cards are redeemable towards overnight stays, dining experiences, spa treatments and more.

Casual Texas charm permeates Hotel Settles, from the old-time luxury of the lobby to the 65 comfortable, well-furnished guestrooms.

An outdoor retreat with a pool and Jacuzzi give guests a chance to unwind in style, while the Settles Day Spa and on-site Fitness Center bring health and relaxation to the forefront. Weekly activities include stargazing, history walks, poker games and more.

Business Center
Business Center

Located on the lower level of the Hotel, the business center offers a wide array of services to guests including access to computers, copying, faxing and printing. Access to secretarial services can be arranged through the front desk. Open 24 hours.

Located on the lower level of the Hotel, the business center offers a wide array of services to guests including access to computers, copying, faxing and printing. Access to secretarial services can be arranged through the front desk. Open 24 hours.

Relax & Rejuvenate
Relax & Rejuvenate

Spa – Opening Summer 2014

The Spa at Hotel Settles is a full service salon and day spa focused on delivering renowned service, exceptional value, and customized applications for each client.


We create life-long relationships by understanding and catering to our client’s hair, skin, and nail-care needs, while melting stress away through hands-on professional massage, body treatments, and hydro therapy.


Relax, Refresh, and Rejuvenate in our world of luxury at The Spa at Hotel Settles.


Pool

Located on the ground level of the hotel, our outdoor pool is nestled amongst our beautifully landscaped courtyard. Guests can access the pool via a private entrance on the lower level 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Parents are required to be present at all times when children are in the pool area, as there is no lifeguard on duty.


Fitness Studio

All overnight guests have free access to our Fitness Studio during their stay. The Fitness Studio features cardio and strength-training equipment including treadmills, elliptical gliders and a recumbent bicycle, as well as multiple weight-training machines and free-weights. Located on the lower level, the Fitness Studio is open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.


Gift Cards

Give someone a gift that’s sure to make them smile. With a Hotel Settles gift card, available in denominations of $20 and above, recipients can choose how to enjoy their gifts. Gift cards are redeemable towards overnight stays, dining experiences, spa treatments and more.

Spa – Opening Summer 2014

The Spa at Hotel Settles is a full service salon and day spa focused on delivering renowned service, exceptional value, and customized applications for each client.

We create life-long relationships by understanding and catering to our client’s hair, skin, and nail-care needs, while melting stress away through hands-on professional massage, body treatments, and hydro therapy.

Relax, Refresh, and Rejuvenate in our world of luxury at The Spa at Hotel Settles.

Pool

Business Center
Business Center

Located on the lower level of the Hotel, the business center offers a wide array of services to guests including access to computers, copying, faxing and printing. Access to secretarial services can be arranged through the front desk. Open 24 hours.

Relax & Rejuvenate
Relax & Rejuvenate

Spa – Opening Summer 2014

The Spa at Hotel Settles is a full service salon and day spa focused on delivering renowned service, exceptional value, and customized applications for each client.


We create life-long relationships by understanding and catering to our client’s hair, skin, and nail-care needs, while melting stress away through hands-on professional massage, body treatments, and hydro therapy.


Relax, Refresh, and Rejuvenate in our world of luxury at The Spa at Hotel Settles.


Pool

Located on the ground level of the hotel, our outdoor pool is nestled amongst our beautifully landscaped courtyard. Guests can access the pool via a private entrance on the lower level 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Parents are required to be present at all times when children are in the pool area, as there is no lifeguard on duty.


Fitness Studio

All overnight guests have free access to our Fitness Studio during their stay. The Fitness Studio features cardio and strength-training equipment including treadmills, elliptical gliders and a recumbent bicycle, as well as multiple weight-training machines and free-weights. Located on the lower level, the Fitness Studio is open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.


Gift Cards

Give someone a gift that’s sure to make them smile. With a Hotel Settles gift card, available in denominations of $20 and above, recipients can choose how to enjoy their gifts. Gift cards are redeemable towards overnight stays, dining experiences, spa treatments and more.

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Meetings & Events

The historic Hotel Settles is the premier West Texas location for retreats, corporate meetings, weddings, receptions, galas, reunions, quinceañeras and special events. The fully renovated property features more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space with wired and wireless Internet access, audio/visual capabilities and more.


Eight dedicated function spaces can accommodate groups from 14 to 300+ and include the Grand Ballroom and Mezzanine Lobby, restored to the hotel’s original 1930s opulence; the Birdwell Conference Room, with seating for up to 14 at an executive conference table; the Judge’s Chamber, featuring soft seating, a poker/game table, shuffleboard and a cigar smoke evacuation system; and the Pavilion, an enclosable open-air setting overlooking the pool, spa, fountains and gardens.


Hotel Settles catering services specializes in receptions, formal dinners, business meetings and cocktail parties.


For more information, please call Andrea Barr, catering and events manager, at (432) 267-7500 ext. 108 or send her an email.

The historic Hotel Settles is the premier West Texas location for retreats, corporate meetings, weddings, receptions, galas, reunions, quinceañeras and special events. The fully renovated property features more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space with wired and wireless Internet access, audio/visual capabilities and more.

Plans & Capacities
Plans & Capacities

Number of meeting rooms/spaces: 8

Total square footage: more than 15,000

Theater capacity: 50 to 300

Reception capacity: 50 to 310

Banquet capacity: 40 to 225

Number of meeting rooms/spaces: 8

Total square footage: more than 15,000

Theater capacity: 50 to 300

Reception capacity: 50 to 310

Banquet capacity: 40 to 225

Weddings
Weddings

Hotel Settles is the premier West Texas destination for weddings. Whether you are looking to host your rehearsal dinner, reception, ceremony or all of the above, Hotel Settles has the perfect accommodations to make your event unique and memorable.


From our Grand Ballroom to our Outdoor Park, our reception areas provide a charm and elegance unparalleled in West Texas. Our certified wedding planner and award-winning chef will oversee each wedding and ensure that your special day goes off without a hitch. A wedding at Hotel Settles will be an affair for all to remember.


For more information, please call our Andrea Barr, catering and events manager, at (432) 267-7500 ext. 108 or send her an email.

Hotel Settles is the premier West Texas destination for weddings. Whether you are looking to host your rehearsal dinner, reception, ceremony or all of the above, Hotel Settles has the perfect accommodations to make your event unique and memorable.

From our Grand Ballroom to our Outdoor Park, our reception areas provide a charm and elegance unparalleled in West Texas. Our certified wedding planner and award-winning chef will oversee each wedding and ensure that your special day goes off without a hitch. A wedding at Hotel Settles will be an affair for all to remember.

Plans & Capacities
Plans & Capacities

Number of meeting rooms/spaces: 8

Total square footage: more than 15,000

Theater capacity: 50 to 300

Reception capacity: 50 to 310

Banquet capacity: 40 to 225

Weddings
Weddings

Hotel Settles is the premier West Texas destination for weddings. Whether you are looking to host your rehearsal dinner, reception, ceremony or all of the above, Hotel Settles has the perfect accommodations to make your event unique and memorable.


From our Grand Ballroom to our Outdoor Park, our reception areas provide a charm and elegance unparalleled in West Texas. Our certified wedding planner and award-winning chef will oversee each wedding and ensure that your special day goes off without a hitch. A wedding at Hotel Settles will be an affair for all to remember.


For more information, please call our Andrea Barr, catering and events manager, at (432) 267-7500 ext. 108 or send her an email.

Pharmacy Bar & Parlor
Pharmacy Bar & Parlor

Pharmacy Bar & Parlor is the choice for both classic comfort and more active enjoyment. It offers two distinct yet complementary spaces: the vibrant bar area and the more relaxed parlor, with a distinct living room feel. Pharmacy Bar & Parlor brings back the handshake, the pint and the place to belong – mixing classic cocktails and extensive beer and wine offerings with an inviting Texas lounge atmosphere.

Pharmacy Bar & Parlor is the choice for both classic comfort and more active enjoyment. It offers two distinct yet complementary spaces: the vibrant bar area and the more relaxed parlor, with a distinct living room feel. Pharmacy Bar & Parlor brings back the handshake, the pint and the place to belong – mixing classic cocktails and extensive beer and wine offerings with an inviting Texas lounge atmosphere.

Dining

Settles Grill offers delicious Texan comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a private dining room for up to 20.


Pharmacy Bar & Parlor mixes classic cocktails and offers extensive beer and wine offerings with both a lively bar area and a quieter, more relaxed parlor section.

Settles Grill offers delicious Texan comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a private dining room for up to 20.


Pharmacy Bar & Parlor mixes classic cocktails and offers extensive beer and wine offerings with both a lively bar area and a quieter, more relaxed parlor section.

Settles Grill
Settles Grill

Settles Grill is devoted to the highest-quality Texas comfort food in a relaxed yet refined setting. Preparing food with passion and care, we offer guests from Big Spring and beyond a casual, comfortable dining experience full of Texas tradition, attentive service and an authentic sense of place.


Settles Grill seats 130 diners and also offers a private dining room for guests looking to entertain an intimate party of up to 20. A meal at Settles Grill offers an experience that will satisfy and exceed expectations with thoughtful service, warm surroundings and sensible Texas cuisine.

Settles Grill is devoted to the highest-quality Texas comfort food in a relaxed yet refined setting. Preparing food with passion and care, we offer guests from Big Spring and beyond a casual, comfortable dining experience full of Texas tradition, attentive service and an authentic sense of place.

Dining

Settles Grill offers delicious Texan comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a private dining room for up to 20.


Pharmacy Bar & Parlor mixes classic cocktails and offers extensive beer and wine offerings with both a lively bar area and a quieter, more relaxed parlor section.

Settles Grill
Settles Grill

Settles Grill is devoted to the highest-quality Texas comfort food in a relaxed yet refined setting. Preparing food with passion and care, we offer guests from Big Spring and beyond a casual, comfortable dining experience full of Texas tradition, attentive service and an authentic sense of place.


Settles Grill seats 130 diners and also offers a private dining room for guests looking to entertain an intimate party of up to 20. A meal at Settles Grill offers an experience that will satisfy and exceed expectations with thoughtful service, warm surroundings and sensible Texas cuisine.

About Us

Address: 200 East Third Street, Big Spring, Texas 79720


Phone: (432) 267-7500


Email: info@hotelsettles.com


Like us on Facebook to get updates and view our Historical Photos.


Historical Fun Fact

Hotel Settles can be seen briefly in the opening scenes of the 1969 Academy Award-winning movie “Midnight Cowboy,” starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.


Address: 200 East Third Street, Big Spring, Texas 79720

Phone: (432) 267-7500

Email: info@hotelsettles.com

Like us on Facebook to get updates and view our Historical Photos.

Historical Fun Fact

Hotel Settles can be seen briefly in the opening scenes of the 1969 Academy Award-winning movie “Midnight Cowboy,” starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

About Big Spring
About Big Spring

Hotel Settles is the focal point of historic downtown Big Spring, located approximately 30 miles east of Midland, on I-20. The hotel is close to the courthouse, city hall, municipal auditorium, museums, shopping, golf and other attractions. McMahon-Wrinkle Airport is only minutes away, and Midland International Airport is only about 30 minutes from our front door.

Hotel Settles is the focal point of historic downtown Big Spring, located approximately 30 miles east of Midland, on I-20. The hotel is close to the courthouse, city hall, municipal auditorium, museums, shopping, golf and other attractions. McMahon-Wrinkle Airport is only minutes away, and Midland International Airport is only about 30 minutes from our front door.

History
History

The historic Hotel Settles is the namesake of Mr. W. R. Settles and his wife, Lillian. With an original cost of $550,000, it was built with oil money after the Settles family discovered the natural resource on their property. Originally opened on October 1, 1930, the building was constructed as a solid concrete, 15-story, 150-room hotel with a restaurant and a pharmacy. At the time, it was the tallest building between El Paso and Ft. Worth.


The Settles family owned the hotel for two years after its initial opening. However, once the Great Depression gripped the nation, they saw their royalties from oil revenue diminish. The hotel was sold several times throughout the ensuing years until it finally closed its doors in the early 1980s.


The Historic Hotel Settles served as a central hub for gatherings in the area, both social and business. The Grand Ballroom was a favorite meeting place for all members of West Texas society and culture, hosting a variety of weddings, galas and dances. The Cosden and T & P Meeting Rooms played host to various social clubs and businesses in the area. For those more intimate business gatherings, the Birdwell Conference Room serviced the local community.


Citizens of the area utilized The Settles Pharmacy as a community water cooler both literally and figuratively. It was attractive to the community as a place to get a glass of free ice water or possibly to purchase a drink from the soda fountain. Patrons would sit and visit about the weather, crops, politics or the topic of the day. It was a place to heal the body with medications or just soothe the soul with a cool drink and some casual conversation. Currently re-opening as Pharmacy Bar & Parlor, it no longer offers its services as an apothecary, but still offers engaging conversations and refreshing beverages.


The Settles Grill restaurant served the patrons of the hotel, as well as the guests in The Grand Ballroom, The Cosden Room and The T & P Room. Famous guests such as Elvis Presley, Lawrence Welk, and President Herbert Hoover dined at The Settles Grill, as well as Jerry Allison, Big Spring native and drummer for Buddy Holly and The Crickets.


As the energy crisis of the 1970s came to an end, West Texas suffered from a very large oil bust. As prices dropped, work in the area began to diminish. The effect on the local economy was staggering as business after business shut down throughout the 1980s. The historic Hotel Settles was unable to sustain operations as well as repairs to a building that was now more than 50 years old and, sadly, closed its doors in 1982.


Throughout the next 30 years, the property fell into further decline. Much of the original interior stone, wood, and metal was removed by the various owners and was inhabited by pigeons. Fortunately, the hotel garnered much in the way of admiration and attention from the local community, and in the 1990s, a program was funded to purchase and replace most of the broken windows in the building. With each window costing more than $130, it was an astounding show of support for the hotel.


The current design of the hotel was done with the rich history of the area in mind. The Grand Ballroom was the original name of the hotel’s most elegant meeting space and its restoration was done with meticulous detail given to this historic context. The two meeting rooms and the conference room have been named in memoriam to regional history as well. The T & P Meeting Room harkens back to the Texas & Pacific Railroad, which was critical to the growth of the community in its formative years. It offers a service kitchen to more readily accommodate fine dining needs during guest events. The Cosden Meeting Room recalls the importance of our local oil industry. And our Birdwell Conference Room honors John Birdwell, early Big Spring settler, community leader and Texas Ranger.


Mr. Birdwell has also been noted in our hotel as being the man who nicknamed historical resident Joseph Heneage Finch, the 7th Earl of Aylesford in Great Britain. After a rather scathing scandal in the royal court, the Earl decided to retire to the ends of the earth to drown his sorrows until his final days. Big Spring, in his mind, qualified as just the right place for that endeavor. So he arrived on the T & P and strolled into the local hotel owned by Mr. John Birdwell. As he proclaimed his royalty, and described the greatness of his royal friends, Mr. Birdwell interjected with, “You know, that just ain’t gonna fly around here. We’ll just call you ‘The Judge’.”


“The Judge” became quick friends with the locals, with whom he spent many hours playing cards and drinking libations. Noted poet, journalist and literary critic, James Fenton, writing about Finch’s significance to history as an example of the remittance men of the Old West, wrote, “On the United States frontier, where men were expected to be rugged individualists, these outcasts were generally not admired. Finch was an exception.”


Hotel Settles has paid homage to its historic royal resident with the Judge’s Chambers. Located directly beneath Pharmacy Bar & Parlor on the lower level, the Judge’s Chambers offers a warm and luxurious environment in which to play cards, shuffleboard or just catch a game on the big screen television.


In 2012, the historic Hotel Settles reopened. Having undergone a $30 million renovation by owner G. Brint Ryan, it is once again poised to be the crown jewel of West Texas. Boasting a full-service restaurant, bar and banquet service, as well as a salon and spa, Hotel Settles is the ideal destination location for any gathering, whether business or social.


To view a photo album of historic photos, please visit the Hotel Settles facebook page.

The historic Hotel Settles is the namesake of Mr. W. R. Settles and his wife, Lillian. With an original cost of $550,000, it was built with oil money after the Settles family discovered the natural resource on their property. Originally opened on October 1, 1930, the building was constructed as a solid concrete, 15-story, 150-room hotel with a restaurant and a pharmacy. At the time, it was the tallest building between El Paso and Ft. Worth.

About Big Spring
About Big Spring

Hotel Settles is the focal point of historic downtown Big Spring, located approximately 30 miles east of Midland, on I-20. The hotel is close to the courthouse, city hall, municipal auditorium, museums, shopping, golf and other attractions. McMahon-Wrinkle Airport is only minutes away, and Midland International Airport is only about 30 minutes from our front door.

History
History

The historic Hotel Settles is the namesake of Mr. W. R. Settles and his wife, Lillian. With an original cost of $550,000, it was built with oil money after the Settles family discovered the natural resource on their property. Originally opened on October 1, 1930, the building was constructed as a solid concrete, 15-story, 150-room hotel with a restaurant and a pharmacy. At the time, it was the tallest building between El Paso and Ft. Worth.


The Settles family owned the hotel for two years after its initial opening. However, once the Great Depression gripped the nation, they saw their royalties from oil revenue diminish. The hotel was sold several times throughout the ensuing years until it finally closed its doors in the early 1980s.


The Historic Hotel Settles served as a central hub for gatherings in the area, both social and business. The Grand Ballroom was a favorite meeting place for all members of West Texas society and culture, hosting a variety of weddings, galas and dances. The Cosden and T & P Meeting Rooms played host to various social clubs and businesses in the area. For those more intimate business gatherings, the Birdwell Conference Room serviced the local community.


Citizens of the area utilized The Settles Pharmacy as a community water cooler both literally and figuratively. It was attractive to the community as a place to get a glass of free ice water or possibly to purchase a drink from the soda fountain. Patrons would sit and visit about the weather, crops, politics or the topic of the day. It was a place to heal the body with medications or just soothe the soul with a cool drink and some casual conversation. Currently re-opening as Pharmacy Bar & Parlor, it no longer offers its services as an apothecary, but still offers engaging conversations and refreshing beverages.


The Settles Grill restaurant served the patrons of the hotel, as well as the guests in The Grand Ballroom, The Cosden Room and The T & P Room. Famous guests such as Elvis Presley, Lawrence Welk, and President Herbert Hoover dined at The Settles Grill, as well as Jerry Allison, Big Spring native and drummer for Buddy Holly and The Crickets.


As the energy crisis of the 1970s came to an end, West Texas suffered from a very large oil bust. As prices dropped, work in the area began to diminish. The effect on the local economy was staggering as business after business shut down throughout the 1980s. The historic Hotel Settles was unable to sustain operations as well as repairs to a building that was now more than 50 years old and, sadly, closed its doors in 1982.


Throughout the next 30 years, the property fell into further decline. Much of the original interior stone, wood, and metal was removed by the various owners and was inhabited by pigeons. Fortunately, the hotel garnered much in the way of admiration and attention from the local community, and in the 1990s, a program was funded to purchase and replace most of the broken windows in the building. With each window costing more than $130, it was an astounding show of support for the hotel.


The current design of the hotel was done with the rich history of the area in mind. The Grand Ballroom was the original name of the hotel’s most elegant meeting space and its restoration was done with meticulous detail given to this historic context. The two meeting rooms and the conference room have been named in memoriam to regional history as well. The T & P Meeting Room harkens back to the Texas & Pacific Railroad, which was critical to the growth of the community in its formative years. It offers a service kitchen to more readily accommodate fine dining needs during guest events. The Cosden Meeting Room recalls the importance of our local oil industry. And our Birdwell Conference Room honors John Birdwell, early Big Spring settler, community leader and Texas Ranger.


Mr. Birdwell has also been noted in our hotel as being the man who nicknamed historical resident Joseph Heneage Finch, the 7th Earl of Aylesford in Great Britain. After a rather scathing scandal in the royal court, the Earl decided to retire to the ends of the earth to drown his sorrows until his final days. Big Spring, in his mind, qualified as just the right place for that endeavor. So he arrived on the T & P and strolled into the local hotel owned by Mr. John Birdwell. As he proclaimed his royalty, and described the greatness of his royal friends, Mr. Birdwell interjected with, “You know, that just ain’t gonna fly around here. We’ll just call you ‘The Judge’.”


“The Judge” became quick friends with the locals, with whom he spent many hours playing cards and drinking libations. Noted poet, journalist and literary critic, James Fenton, writing about Finch’s significance to history as an example of the remittance men of the Old West, wrote, “On the United States frontier, where men were expected to be rugged individualists, these outcasts were generally not admired. Finch was an exception.”


Hotel Settles has paid homage to its historic royal resident with the Judge’s Chambers. Located directly beneath Pharmacy Bar & Parlor on the lower level, the Judge’s Chambers offers a warm and luxurious environment in which to play cards, shuffleboard or just catch a game on the big screen television.


In 2012, the historic Hotel Settles reopened. Having undergone a $30 million renovation by owner G. Brint Ryan, it is once again poised to be the crown jewel of West Texas. Boasting a full-service restaurant, bar and banquet service, as well as a salon and spa, Hotel Settles is the ideal destination location for any gathering, whether business or social.


To view a photo album of historic photos, please visit the Hotel Settles facebook page.

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