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“Discriminating...and not in a good way.”
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El Cosmico
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

We planned to stay here during a cross-country trip by tandem. Were told a campsite for our tiny backpack tent and tandem would be $50 for the night because a concert was happening the next night and were pointed to a site at the far end of the compound. Investigated the primitive shower and loo and headed for a mom and pop motel at the edge of town. Next morning, eating breakfast, an attractive young couple came in and I asked them if they were staying at the El. They replied yes, asked about the setup, was told they were charged $45 for a campsite for up to four tents. We're semi Woodstock types and were thinking of staying over for the concert, but the poor reception by the "front desk" and the $$ camp fee leads us to believe we did not meet their "standards." Marfa is an intriguing place, but we'll never consider El Cosmico The Place to stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

This place is definitely not for everyone, but it redefines lodging in the modern age. You are part of the community the second you check in and it is wonderful. We camped out. There is a wonderful outdoor shower there that is the best and it's very cool showering outdoors in the dessert. It's walking distance from Padre's and The Chinati Foundation. What more could a person want?

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 April 2011

We couldn't be more pleased with the facilities and staff at El Cosmico. During unprecedented high winds our Tepee blew out. The staff quickly notified us and made alternate arrangements to ensure our satisfaction. They truly went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and enjoyable. I was not surprised to read in the papers that they facilitated shelter and hospitable services to those families displaced by the Fort Davis fire. Way to go El Cosmico. Two Thumbs Way Up!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

We were in the area to visit Big Bend, and ran across the website for El Cosmico while researching the area. Being fans of all things 50s, we thought that a night in a restored vintage trailer would be like stepping back in time. What a disappointment! Sadly, the trailers are not restored; they are simply made habitable. One might say "renovated," at best. A distressed wooden table of the yard sale variety and two mismatched captain's chairs, a bit worse for wear, replaced the original -- what? probably a table with padded benches -- an electric cook top set into a hot pink stand in place of a stove; no oven, not even a microwave; a modern mini-fridge; the sofa is now a vinyl padded bench with no back cushions; the bed was a futon on the floor. No rod in the clothes closet, but we were only there for one night. A small shrine had been set up on a counter, with an Indian-style print and candles.
The kitchen was "full equipped" only if a cast iron kettle with a broken spout and a stock pot qualify as "full equipment." No skillet, so no eggs for breakfast. There were plates, bowls, glasses, and flatware. Dishsoap, but no sponge or drainer.
You do have to park at the office and walk back, but they provide sturdy garden carts for hauling your luggage.
All that being said, if you are one of the crowd it caters to, you'll love it.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX 79843
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Region: United States > Texas > Marfa
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Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Marfa
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Cosmico is an 21 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness we offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert. From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet. Accommodations at El Cosmico include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces for guests - a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, a reading room. We rent wood-fired hot tubs as the burn ban allows, and bikes for exploring Marfa. ... more   less 
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El Cosmico Marfa, Texas

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