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802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX 79843
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 7 Specialty lodging in Marfa
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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.
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Susan L wrote a review Jun 2020
Santa Fe, United States159 contributions28 helpful votes
We stayed at one of the teepees, and despite it being over 100 outside during most of the day, with the assistance of the fan provided (and another purchased at the local dollar store) we were quite comfy overnight. We felt safe, with the venues mask mandates, distancing mandates and insistence that guests practice safe hygiene and prevent spreading Covid-19. The beds were comfy, clean and inviting after a long day on the road. We'd love to visit again and stay at one of the trailers.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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SusanC wrote a review Jun 2020
287 contributions94 helpful votes
Made a reservation in April for one night in late June. Due to ongoing Covid issues, we canceled in late May. Received an email stating we could get credit toward a future stay or a refund of our one night deposit. Emailed again and asked for refund of our deposit. It took 20 days to get our one night deposit credited back to our account. That is a very long time. So beware when you make a reservation and then must cancel that the deposit charge will be on your account for several weeks. It should not take that long. I understand the travel industry is having cash flow issues but using someone else's credit does not create a positive image for this business. Deposits should be refunded in a few days - not a few weeks.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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JOVILLARREAL wrote a review Mar 2020
98 contributions21 helpful votes
❤️this place. We stayed in one of the tepees. There was three adults in our group and we had plenty of space. The bed comfortably sleeps two people. The extra bed was fine for one person. There’s a couch for sitting area. It was a chilly night but the fire pit kept us warm. There’s a small gift shop there but it didn’t have much as far as food and drinks. The restrooms were clean. Looks like a fun place to enjoy a weekend unfortunately we only stayed for one night. They offer bicycle rentals. Looks like they have an outdoor bar but it wasn’t open. There were hammocks and outdoor hot tubs also.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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almostperfect10 wrote a review Dec 2019
Dayton, Ohio256 contributions10 helpful votes
I've been wanting to stay at El Cosmico since I first heard about it almost 10 years ago, and my one night stay in the Amigo trailer did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded expectations! The tiny Barbie pink camper was roomier, quieter, and had more amenities than I would have imagined. The bed was incredibly comfortable, and there was an outlet in the closet that allowed you to charge your phone while lying in bed (we found two additional outlets as well). A Vornado heater kept the place nice and toasty. The Amigo shares a deck, toilet, and outdoor shower with another small trailer. The bathrobes are adorable, and I wish I could have justified spending $180 to purchase one. One detail that I wish I had known ahead of time is that the Amigo has a two burner inductive stove, cooking utensils, a sink, and a tiny minibar/refrigerator (and there is a bigger communal fridge nearby). Everyone I encountered in the office was friendly and helpful. The office is open pretty late, and snacks, drinks, and alcoholic beverages available for purchase. There are also two full bathrooms with showers in the office if showering outside isn't appealing to you. If you'd like to reserve a hot tub, you'll need to do so well in advance of your stay. Also be sure to check the website or Facebook page to see if any events will be happening while you're there. Sure El Cosmico is a little pricey, but it's a unique and relaxing place that makes for a great stop on the way to or from Big Bend National Park.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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A R wrote a review Nov 2019
4 contributions2 helpful votes
After a long day of traveling & trying to rest for more travels the next day, I stopped in Marfa & was really excited to stay in El Cosmico. I was able to get a tent quickly. Unfortunately, as I was trying to relax & unwind, I can hear the people in the tent less than 10 feet from me having FULL ON MOANING/SPANKING SEX. Hey, sex is great, but this was just obnoxious & obscene. It was incredible uncomfortable. Really, you can't keep it down or turn on some music? We're in canvas tents, OK. I called the office to make a complaint because this had been going on AWHILE. They offered me no assistance other than making ME move all my stuff to a new tent or to bring me ear plugs so I can just sit in my tent I paid over $100 with ear plugs. I had to go to their tent myself & ask them to keep it down or at least play some damn music. They were SO LOUD I probably would have STILL heard them from the next tent I would have had to pack & drag all my stuff too. Hey El Cosmico, how about you treat a noise complaint as such & ask the the people making the noise to keep it down & be respectful to your other paying customers instead of asking your respectful, quiet neighbors to inconviently move. That would have been the simpler, respectable solution. I didn't pay $100 to take care of the noise complaints FOR YOU. I have wanted to come to El Cosmico for years & often talked about it how great it is supposed to be. But, I am sadly disappointed & ready to get out of here. I won't be returning or recommending this place to friends when they ask how my experience here was. Such a waste of my money, I should have gone to one of the nicer hotels down the road. So unprofessional that the staff would rather accommodate & not disturb the people who are DISTURBING the other paying customers who are TRYING to be respectful of their neighbors (families, children, everyone). STEP UP YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE, EL COSMICO & TREAT YOUR CUSTOMERS LIKE THEY OVERPAID FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY because that's exactly what I did.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Relax61696193293, General Manager at El Cosmico
Responded Nov 19, 2019
Hey there! Appreciate your feedback. We did send someone to check on your noise complaint but things must have quieted down. I'd love to talk to you more about your recent stay. Please give me a call at (432)729-1950 -Monika
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Cosmico
Which popular attractions are close to El Cosmico?
Nearby attractions include Judd Foundation (0.5 miles), Marfa Book Company (0.6 miles), and Marfa and Presidio County Museum (0.5 miles).
Is parking available at El Cosmico?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Cosmico?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stellina, Food Shark, and Cochineal.
Is El Cosmico located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Marfa.
Are there any historical sites close to El Cosmico?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Marfa Visitor Center (0.4 miles).