El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT THIS PROPERTY
As fellow wanderers and Chic Nomads, we like it when we find kindred spirits whose vision, spirit and sense of adventure closely mirror our own. An imaginative patchwork of cool vintage and alternative lodgings, this installation forms an expansive, free spirited destination for those of us who like life on the move and a loose definition of where we’re headed.
Less a small hotel than the coolest collection of temporary lodgings for artists, wanderers, and Chic Nomads everywhere, El Cosmico is located on twenty one acres of wild and expansive scrub in the heart of tiny Marfa, Texas. Conceived by hotelier (and hometown Marfa resident) Liz Lambert, whose affection for the wide open Texas landscape and influence and inspiration derives from nomadic cultures, the concept was in response to the intrepid explorer in all of us. Having developed several other properties in Texas (Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin and Hotel Havana in San Antonio), the idea was a departure and an invitation to let it happen and see who responded. Turns out, lots of people “got it.”
The collection includes authentic Sioux teepees, Yurts, camp tents and five beautifully restored vintage trailers including a 1956 Imperial Mansion (45 feet), 1953 Vagabond (35 feet), 1951 Royal Mansion (35 feet), 1951 Kozy Coach (27 feet), and 1950 Branstrator (27 feet). Guests can also bring their own tents, and the camp has many more tents available for what amounts to a kind of infinite capacity. Each trailer has a stove, small refrigerator, fan, floor heating and hot water, unique light fixtures, and furnishings and the hotel also provides bedding, bath towels, and cooking utensils. A communal kitchen, lounge and mercantile, reading room and hammock grove create community and a sense of connection with fellow travelers. An outdoor stage was designed to host the annual Trans-Pecos Festival as well as concerts and various workshops, retreats and cultural “happenings” held throughout the year.
El Cosmico invites you to slow down, tune in, hang loose and see where the road takes you.
Wireless internet is available in the lobby. The shared outdoor kitchen has a fridge, BBQs, and picnic tables and there is a communal bath house with showers, tub, toilets, sinks, and electric outlets. Dutch tubs (a woodfired hot tub) are available for rent by the hour.
This is a one stop light town that somehow became a unique crossroads of rural Southwest culture and international art Mecca. The town is equally influenced by its cowboy/cattle ranching legacy, as its proximity to Mexico and the vibrant migration of artists from big cities who have been drawn to Marfa since the early 1970’s for its zen serenity and mystic quality of life. Marfa sits amidst some of the Southwest’s most amazing natural wonders, including Big Bend State and National Parks, McDonald Observatory, Chinati Hot Springs, the Davis Mountains and Balmorhea.
Marfa, Texas. Neareast Airport: El Paso (3 hrs). Local: Marfa Municipal Airport