El Cosmico

802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX, USA

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Hotel Description

We always liked Liz Lambert’s style, beginning with her first ventures, Austin’s stylish and urbane Hotel San Jose and the luxe, bohemian Saint Cecilia. El Cosmico, however, has left the traditional hotel world behind, trading in rooms and suites for trailers, yurts, tents and tepees, a sort of post-hippie hospitality commune on the outskirts of Marfa, itself something of an oasis of creativity in the vast expanse of west Texas.

Architects Lake/Flato and Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure are responsible for the design, such as it is, and while landscape designers rarely get top billing in hotel projects, this place would be dirt if not for the work of Mark Word and Billy Spencer. But the most immediately noticeable design elements are the vintage Fifties trailers — which, at El Cosmico, are essentially the luxury suites.

Clearly this experience is going to have to involve an expansion of one’s comfort zone. Only one of the trailers, the Imperial Mansion, has an indoor shower, making it the closest equivalent of a presidential suite — the others move their facilities outdoors. Further on down the range are the yurts and tepees, with facilities shared in the central bath house. And for a nominal fee you can pitch a tent on site, making the El Cosmico experience available to pretty much anyone with the wherewithal to get there.

That experience includes not just a supremely mellow communal atmosphere and close access to Marfa, but a few other things besides — wood-fired Dutch hot tubs, for one, and a shared outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. The long-term vision for the place involves music festivals and all manner of countercultural happenings — and of course there’s nothing stopping you from pulling up, pitching a tent, and making your own entertainment.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 34 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Happening

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Off street parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)

Need to Know

• Lobby hours are 8am - midnight daily. Check in starts at 3pm and check out is by noon. If you are not able to check in during these hours it is important that you call the front desk at (432) 729-1950 so we can plan to leave an after-hours check in packet for you on the front door. • If you are bringing your bicycle, tire slime or thorn resistant tubes are a must. These products are not always readily available in Marfa, so plan to come prepared. • Well-behaved dogs are always welcome at El Cosmico. There is a $10 fee. • Quiet hours start at 11pm. • No open fires or outside alcohol are allowed at El Cosmico. • Marfa is located in the high plains desert, at an altitude of 4800 ft. When reserving accommodations between November and March, please keep in mind that evening temperatures may fall below 32 degrees. When temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes at the outdoor bath houses will freeze. • TO BRING: • A flashlight • Closed-toed, hard-soled shoes • In the warm months, a lightweight, light-colored long sleeve shirt is helpful against the high altitude sun • Lip balm – skin gets very dry at high altitudes • Heavy jackets are encouraged for all campers in the winter, and extra blankets are recommended for winter tent, safari tent and tepee campers.

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Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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  • Safari Tent

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 120 ft²/11 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • outdoor shower
  • Standard Trailer

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Double/Full Bed or 1 Queen Bed
    • 160 ft²/14 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • kitchenette
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • outdoor shower
    • patio
  • Grand Trailer

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 200 ft²/18 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • kitchenette
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • outdoor shower
    • patio
  • Yurt

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 380 ft²/35 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • outdoor shower
    • patio
    • sofa
  • Tepee

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 380 ft²/35 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • outdoor shower
    • patio
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • sofa
  • Brite Building

    • Fits 4 people
    • 2 King Beds
    • 3800 ft²/353 m².
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    Views: city.

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • concrete floor
    • flat panel television
    • full kitchen
    • iron
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • soaking tub
    • sofa
    • sofa sleeper
    • stand up shower
  • Super Trailer

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed or 1 Queen Bed
    • 400 ft²/37 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • kitchenette
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • patio
    • separate bedroom
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
  • Studio Trailer

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 Double/Full Bed
    • 70 ft²/6 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • kitchenette
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • outdoor shower
    • patio
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Off street parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)

Need to Know

• Lobby hours are 8am - midnight daily. Check in starts at 3pm and check out is by noon. If you are not able to check in during these hours it is important that you call the front desk at (432) 729-1950 so we can plan to leave an after-hours check in packet for you on the front door. • If you are bringing your bicycle, tire slime or thorn resistant tubes are a must. These products are not always readily available in Marfa, so plan to come prepared. • Well-behaved dogs are always welcome at El Cosmico. There is a $10 fee. • Quiet hours start at 11pm. • No open fires or outside alcohol are allowed at El Cosmico. • Marfa is located in the high plains desert, at an altitude of 4800 ft. When reserving accommodations between November and March, please keep in mind that evening temperatures may fall below 32 degrees. When temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes at the outdoor bath houses will freeze. • TO BRING: • A flashlight • Closed-toed, hard-soled shoes • In the warm months, a lightweight, light-colored long sleeve shirt is helpful against the high altitude sun • Lip balm – skin gets very dry at high altitudes • Heavy jackets are encouraged for all campers in the winter, and extra blankets are recommended for winter tent, safari tent and tepee campers.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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