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802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX 79843
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What you can expect during your stay
  • 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
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 04/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 04/08/21 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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3.8
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3.5
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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Free parking
Snack bar
Bicycles available
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Open-air bath
Gift shop
Wine / champagne
Patio
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
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Tim R wrote a review May 2022
Fort Worth1015 contributions353 helpful votes
This is a fun place to stay - a little off-beat and quirky but that is the idea. Upon arrival on a very dusty, windy day I decided against staying in the tepee originally reserved. Instead I opted for a vintage trailer. Nicely restored it was comfortable and snug. The area is open to breeze and dust but the authentic experience makes it worth a little dust. There can be some very interesting neighbors to visit with - cross country bikers; musicians, magicians and more on any given day.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: All trailers are a good distance apart as are the tepees. Some tents are closer together.
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Matthew S wrote a review Mar 2022
Upper West Side, New York335 contributions122 helpful votes
We took three large trailers for six family members ages 16 to 81 for three nights while exploring Big Bend, Marfa, and Fort Davis. Fun alternative place with good coffee in the lobby in the morning and convenient to town. The trailers are plenty spacious for two people and we enjoyed the outdoor showers and having a fridge. Downsides are maybe not top notch service: multiple light bulbs out (trying to tighten one caused the entire circuit for the trailer to blow, leaving us in the dark until we walked to the lobby and requested maintenance at night), no water on last morning (front desk told me "the pipes probably froze" and when I said "seems unlikely since it didn't go below 40F last night" I got the response "Yeah, probably froze" then later at check-out "sorry, it turns out a pump went out last night"), housekeeping never put two robes in one trailer and parents didn't even know there were supposed to be robes so unpleasant surprise of $360 charge for two robes on e-invoice that arrived after check-out requiring phone exchange with manager to clear up. But, again, fun place.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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kevingodfrey wrote a review Dec 2021
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Marfa îs a gem in the middle of no where. It is THE destination for an amazing road trip. My 10 year old daughter did a tour of the Hill Country, West Texas and South East New Mexico. The absolute highlight of our trip was staying at El Cosmico. When I asked my daughter what her favorite part of the trip was, she resoundingly said staying in Lil Pinky at El Cosmico. Despite it being 25 degrees and the bathrooms being outside it was the highlight of a trip full of highlights. The staff is amazing, the accommodations are perfect and the setting could not be more perfect. Our time bonding on the road was solidified here. Every family should "rough" it to become more solid.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Jbirdy68 wrote a review Nov 2021
Austin, Texas60 contributions27 helpful votes
I really like what El Cosmico... a cool vibe glamping/campground type experience with teepee trailers and tents. The place is laid out great and the common areas are functional and neat . The onsite staff is friendly and welcoming.. At night, the landscape lighting adds to the atmosphere. Our group of 2 couples stayed in a teepee and a large trailer. The teepee has a communal bathroom which is well outfitted and close by. The trailer has a toilet and an adjacent private but outdoor shower. The teepee is open to the elements and comes with an inside propane campfire which produces some heat and a heating blanket to provide extra comfort in cold Marfa nights. The night we stayed it was 32°F. The teepee heating blanket did not work. The trailer heating unit did not work and we tried turning the stove on for warmth but it was inoperable as well. The next morning, we notified the office and the staff apologized and said they were confident that management would apply a credit for the inoperable heating, which they did after a couple of more emails. This place is cool and would be solid 5 stars with an operable heater so this is a 4.5 star review rounded up to 5.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Amanda A wrote a review Nov 2021
New York City, New York71 contributions75 helpful votes
I have visited Marfa a few times in the past and always wanted to stay at El Cosmico. It's one-of-a-kind, and I really enjoyed my stay! I arrived after dark following a long day of driving on a solo trip through New Mexico, and I was so glad to be met at the front desk by Angie. She was cheerful, helpful, answered all my questions and gave me a little tour to help orient me in the darkness, and it made all the difference to be met in such a way! I can't wait to come back and bring some people along with me next time.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Robert C wrote a review Sep 2021
Austin, Texas16 contributions5 helpful votes
No indoor shower or bathroom lavatory in our $ 200 per night trailer - very inconvenient. On arrival we had to open all the doors and the few working windows to let the stale hot air out of our trailer. That allowed all the flies and mosquitoes to move in as our roommates for the night. We loved Marfa, but not this hostel that poses as a trendy, nice hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: If you want a hotel in Marfa there are several fine options downtown. If you want a natural...
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Wayne O wrote a review Jun 2021
Arlington, Texas2 contributions
Spent Memorial Day weekend there. Used the campsite as a base camp. I loved it! Met a lot of super cool people. Self camping was easy & inexpensive. The outdoor showers are wonderful. The main office is a cool place to drink coffee in the morning. They have communal kitchen cabana for cooking and hanging. Not a luxury resort where everything is perfect. But a delightful place to have a little adventure by day, and relaxation in the early mornings and late nights.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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San wrote a review May 2021
Erie, Colorado1 contribution
Maybe because i have 'camped' on glacier covered moutains (Denali, Cotopaxi in Ecuador, Shasta) and have had to really rough it and the toilet on most mts was a trashbag linning a dug hole in the snow...well, i found the outdoor facilities charming. It's camping people. Lovely! And, I'll be back!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Rhea E wrote a review Mar 2021
Austin, Texas9 contributions2 helpful votes
This place is a huge rip-off. If you think it would be cool to sleep in a tent, then go camping and pick your spot in nature. This is right next to a noisy highway, with trucks whizzing by all night long. There is also the train whistle (which wouldn't be so bad, if you were actually in a rural area) and a barking dog that you have to wonder why someone would leave outside in 32 degree weather. And for $152.50, you get a sort of unclean space that feels nothing like camping and a lot like stepping into a homeless person's lean-to on the side of I-35 in Austin. Plus, you get to walk to the community bathroom in the middle of the cold night. The owners or managers barely want to look at you or talk to you because like everyone in a town that aspires to be Bohemian, are clearly overly terrified of people, even after the Covid numbers have gone down in Texas. There is no coffee. And there is no one in charge to speak to until 10:00 a.m. Like homeless people, you are on your own, in case you need a little help. There is nothing Texan, nothing friendly about this place. I know the managers and owners have to be splitting their sides laughing so hard when you drive away and leave your money in their pockets. Do not fall for this trick.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Rico’s mom wrote a review Feb 2021
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When I first heard of Marfa and El Cosmico a few years back, I was immediately interested in the artistic desert fantasy. I followed them on Instagram and, based on their pictures, I knew I HAD to go. My boyfriend and I got a teepee for two nights, his brother got the safari tent for one night. I’ll start with the positives. The funky desert vibe of the place was consistent throughout. They had an outdoor kitchen to cook in, which we took advantage of. The teepee had a fire pit, which was REALLY neat. There were hammocks throughout. The location is next to downtown Marfa and it’s easy to get around. Now for the negatives. It is worth noting that all the appliances are outside. You have to shower, use the toilet, brush your teeth- you’re in for a long, cold journey to the communal bathrooms. The appliances were leaky and hard to turn on. In regards to the teepee, our heated blankets worked only intermittently, leaving us cold and uncomfortable. We told the front desk about it and they essentially told us to “try again.” It worked, albeit spotty, and we should have pressed harder for a new heated blanket. The teepee itself gets very cold in the winter night, so it is essential to have the warm blanket. I applaud them for them for the creativity in their marketing, but their final product is not worth the price at all. It is just too uncomfortable with the bathroom situation and the primitive rooms. I’d recommend considering other hotels in town before you choose this one,
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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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 Ballroom Marfa (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Cosmico?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and bicycles available for guest use.
What food & drink options are available at El Cosmico?
Guests can enjoy a snack bar during their stay.
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 Food Shark, Marfa Burrito, and Cochineal.
Is El Cosmico located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Marfa.
Are pets allowed at El Cosmico?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to El Cosmico?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Marfa Visitor Center (0.4 miles).