ISSUE 7  |  Equine Accents

Hotels & Lodging: El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas

February 18, 2011 11:30 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Hotelier Liz Lambert, proprietress of the achingly hip San Jose and Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas, quietly opened El Cosmico 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.

Photography courtesy of El Cosmico.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: The sprawling 18 acres of land is near the Judd Foundation in Marfa.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: A permanent deck for the trailer bedroom is complete with a pair of Acapulco chairs.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

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

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: A bookable yurt measures 22 feet in diameter.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: Inside the yurt.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: The caravan-style Little Pinky trailer.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: A mini Smeg Refrigerator matches the attitude of the retro trailer. See more at 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Refrigerators.

El Cosmico Outdoor Sleeping Tent

Above: Accommodations in a safari-style tent are available at El Cosmico. See more at Steal This Look: Tent Bedroom at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: The Royal Mansion and Spartan Mansion Airstream trailers.

El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Above: You can book at 22-foot tepee with a fully-designed interior.