marfa // where to stay
need advice on where to stay in marfa? well look no further! for starters, the town of marfa is unbelievably small, so your options are limited, but we’re here to give you some of our very favorites.
is the perfect spot for those who want to forego a hotel for the glamping experience. you have your choice of traditional tent, safari tent, yurt, teepee, or the ever popular airstream trailers. it was a no-brainer for us, tepee or bust. there are a few important things to consider before booking though, to ensure that el cosmico is what you’re looking for:
one // there is no a/c, so the aforementioned tepee turns into a sweat lodge by day, but at night it’s perfect. crisp and cool with lots of thick blankets to keep warm under. there’s also a fire pit for those extra chilly nights.
two // be aware of the weather forecast, because if there’s a downpour, you and your belongings are going to get soaked. the sky was threatening some pretty crazy storms that first night, but luckily it was more thunder and lightning than actual rain. side note: sleeping in a tepee in the middle of a thunderstorm is sort of amazing. and waking up to a quiet desert sky and a hot cup of coffee is even better.
three // outdoor showers. the el cosmico grounds come equipped with a bathhouse, but be warned, if you choose to shower, just accept the fact that people are probably going to catch naked glimpses of you because the entire structure is made of slatted wood. we didn’t care much, because let’s face it, we’re all just travelers minding our own business. if you do choose to shower, don’t be fooled by all of that rambling ivy around the right shower, it’s got gaps for days. i’d recommend the one on the left – although it doesn’t look like it, there’s a lot more privacy.
is an ideal option if you’re traveling to marfa during the week, because you’ll have a kitchen; which is especially important seeing as the majority of dining spots are only open on the weekends (more about that later). we loved our little bungalow and it was walking distance to everything. we also got to know our host cat, kitty, who loved to ham it up for the camera. there’s not a ton to do in the town of marfa, so it’s nice to have a home base (with a/c) where you can just relax in between adventures.
there are a few other places to stay in marfa that are worth mentioning as well. if you’re traveling with a group, i highly recommend corte del norte, which features two perfectly furnished homes on a shared lot. the thunderbird hotel is rustic minimalism at its finest, and they have a pool, so that’s awesome. hotel paisano has its own historical texas charm, and you won’t make it past the front desk without seeing memorabilia from when james dean and elizabeth taylor stayed there while filming ‘giant.’
we’ve absolutely loved every place we’ve stayed in marfa, and as far as location, you really can’t go wrong because almost everything is walking distance. next week we’ll be sharing our favorite marfa explorations as well as places to eat (duh).