The Hotel Settles — and Big Spring — are getting some more statewide publicity.
The “Postcard” section of Texas Highways' August edition contains a feature on the Settles with an invitation to visit other local attractions.
“It’s natural to take a historical view of Big Spring when you check in to the Hotel Settles. The 83-year-old hotel, which opened in December after a meticulous restoration, conjures local history throughout. From the lobby’s original terrazzo floor to the 1930s photos in the guest rooms, the Settles breathes new life into Big Spring, past and present. For travelers, the resurrection of the landmark provides comfortable lodging steeped in local character and a port for exploring this remote West Texas town, where a northern outcrop of the Edwards Plateau meets the southern High Plains,” writes Matt Joyce.
The article tells the history of the grand hotel, it's demise, and its resurrection by Big Spring native Brint Ryan.
“We restored it as close as possible to the original as you can imagine,” Joyce quotes Ryan as saying. “W.R. Settles, if he walked in the lobby today, he’d recognize the place.”