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El Cosmico Hotel Marfa, Texas, United States

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Rustic and romantic accommodations in the Texan desert
Relaxed moments in the communal hammock grove
Ongoing curated list of cultural events

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The textbook definition has nomad defined as "a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer." Here in a sprawling 21-acre hub at the foot of the Marfa desert, that same intrepid spirit has been translated into a more tangible form of El Cosmico, where weary travelers swap stories over s'mores and, come nightfall, rest under the dazzling Texan sky.

Queen rooms start at $85

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Fire up your bubbles—Dutch tubs are available to rent and enjoy alfresco on Wednesday through Sunday evenings.

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  • Vibe and atmosphere

    Guests check in at the bustling lobby—the sole spot in the entire property with wifi access—and load up on artisanal snacks and brewskis before heading to their selected rooms. There's a sense of unity both with the land and with others, as guests opt to explore the grounds on two-wheelers rather than watch TV, and a communal kitchen fosters impromptu social interactions.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    This isn't your typical stay. Rooms range from Sioux-style tepees to vintage trailers, with an authentic yurt thrown in for good measure. Creatures of comfort needn't fret, however; unless you're packing your own tent (which, in fact, you're welcome to do), amenities like heated beds and electrical outlets are standard.
  • Service style

    Staffers are easygoing, though uniformly passionate about the area and El Cosmico's communal ethos—ask for directions to the reading room or pop by the lounge for a nightcap.
  • Preferred room type

    For those to whom "roughing it" has a distinct limit, the 1956 Imperial Mansion boasts a king-sized bed, plus a full-service kitchen and indoor bathroom.
  • Unique property features

    Marfa has a longstanding history of serving as both shelter and muse to curious artists, and El Cosmico pays apt homage to this legacy. The site is host to Trans-Peco, an annual festival of "Music + Love," and also runs an ongoing bevy of cultural events ranging from writing retreats to building workshops.