ISSUE 7  |  Equine Accents

Hotels & Lodging: El Cosmico in Texas

February 18, 2011 11:30 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Hotelier Liz Lambert, proprietress of the achingly hip San Jose and Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas, quietly opened El Cosmico a while back in Marfa—the high-desert West Texas town that sculptor Donald Judd put on the map. Lambert describes her new venture as "a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange; part vintage trailer, yurt, and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse, and amphitheater."

Working with Lake/Flato architects and Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure, Lambert has created a bohemian compound consisting of several refurbished vintage trailers and a scattering of teepees, with outdoor showers, wood-fired outdoor bath tubs, an open communal kitchen, and a grove of hammocks spread across 18 acres on the edge of Marfa. For booking information, go to El Cosmico.

Above: A 1950s Branstrator trailer with tented outdoor shower.

Above: An Acapulco chair provides outdoor seating.

Above: Paneled plywood walls and ceiling add warmth to the trailer interiors.

Above: A simple globe pendant illuminates the trailer interior.

Above: Dressing and bath areas.

Above: A communal kitchen area.

Above two photos: The hammock grove and tent accommodations.

Photographs via El Cosmico, Readymade, 12 Legs Travel, and Scout.