Sneak Peek Inside Big Spring's Hotel Settles

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - It's still months away from opening but there is already a ton of hype surrounding Hotel Settles in Big Spring.

The hotel sign just went up earlier this week.

First class service and originality. Those are the goals of the West Texas famous Hotel Settles.

The decades old building is in the middle of a huge facelift, and developers aren't holding back.

"This project is well over $26 million already," General Manager Juan Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the 65-room hotel will be top of the line.

"It brings the only full service property in Big Spring," he said. "Banquet space, we have a grand ballroom. It's got plenty of meeting space. The rooms are really nice."

Workers are busy restoring some of the hotel's original features and upgrading rooms.

"Part of our plaster work that has been done has been recreated to the old way that it used to be and that's what were trying to achieve," Rodriguez said. "It's taken a lot of time but it's worthwhile."

Hotel and city officials said Big Spring's location is an advantage.

"We are at the crossroads of West Texas so we're hoping more conferences, more workshops will take place at the Hotel Settles," Debbye Valverde, with the Chamber of Commerce, said.

She said they're hoping it will bring more tourists and business to town.

It's also bringing in jobs.

"There could be 20 to 60 people working (at any time,)" Rodriguez said.

And that's just right now. Once it opens it could have around 50 jobs to fill inside the hotel.

Valverde said the hotel is a historic event for Big Spring natives, herself included.

"I've had family members that have worked there as elevator boys at one point," she said.

There's still a lot of work to do but they're hoping to open the hotel on the same day it opened nearly 82 years ago: October 1st, 1930.

"Now all we're starting to do is paint, put carpet, we'll be putting furniture in sometime July," Rodriguez said. "This property used to be the jewel of West Texas and it will become again the jewel of West Texas."