The Vibe: Artistic.
The Area: Set within the broad West Texas landscape, Marfa has become renowned in the art world since the New York-based Donald Judd started moving his collection there from the 1970’s. Now an iconic Prada building stands alone at the midpoint of the most popular route into town, serving as a welcome arrow to the alternative interpretation of Texan isolationism.
The DNA: With internet only available in the lobby, this is a back-to-basics place which values quality time and traditional pursuits over mod-cons. Star-gazing, bike riding or relaxing in the hammock grove are the order of the day — and there’s a nod to ‘happenings’ like Colorado’s ’70s art experiment Drop City, with a participatory programme of artistic and creative workshops; crafts; live music and communal cooking to get involved with. Austin hotelier Liz Lambert (behind places like Hotel San José in Austin) is behind the venue, and has collaborated on El Cosmico with architecture firm Lake | Flato to assemble this eclectic mix of accommodation.
Suite-Me-Up: Whether you prefer sleeping under the stars in a tent, yurt or teepee, or prefer something more solid over your heads such as a reconditioned trailer, this retreat in Marfa has you covered — just make sure to leave your e-life at home. It’s important to note that most accommodations do not include a private indoor bathroom. Some trailers have an indoor toilet or shower, but most accommodation offers communal showers and toilets as shared bathroom facilities (towels are provided). Camping is also available for those who would like to bring their own tents.
✅ free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby (can be slow) • size matters: casita, vintage trailers, yurts, tepees, safari tents, an apartment and self camping available • architecture: Lake | Flato • interior design: Liz Lambert ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed