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The Hotel Paisano
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Marfa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 15, 2011

I wanted to stay in this hotel after our first visit to Marfa. Our room was beautifully decorated and had large wood french doors that opened onto a charming, private patio with a fireplace. Unfortunately, it was too cold to utilize. I can see that the patio fireplace would be wonderful in the spring or fall on the cooler nights. The bathroom was charming and clean, but extremely small because of the age of the hotel.

There was a lovely room off the lobby where we all congregated in front of a large fireplace with a cozy fire going. There was another such room across the hall from our rooms which overlooked the pool area. We would have liked to use this area for our group to congregate in, but it was not usable because the hotel doesn't keep it warm during the winter months.

We stayed on a Sunday night, which I would highly recommend against due to the limited dining options available in the Marfa on Sundays and Mondays.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

A spectacular example of pre-WWII Texas Mission-style architecture by Henry Trost. The lobby alone is worth the trip. It's tiled, with beamed ceilings, original (or reproduction) oak and leather furniture, with French windows looking out into the courtyard, with its 4-tier cast iron reticulated fountain. Our room on the 2nd floor looked onto the courtyard, with French windows opening onto a tiny balcony, about 2 feet deep, with wrought-iron rail. The bathroom was, for the most part, original. Sadly, the rooms have been redecorated in American Standard Motel. We had a few issues with the plumbing, but were assured that they were working on it. We both slept well; there was no noise from the courtyard, so I don't know what other reviewers were talking about. The major drawback is the lack of an elevator. There don't appear to be any rooms on the ground floor, so unless there is an elevator they didn't tell us about, it is not handicap accessible. No complaints about the staff, but since we had to wait for them to finish personal conversations at both check in and check out, can't say they were excellent, either.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dr_QBatonRouge
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

we stayed at the hotel paisano for two nights in early november. the only room available was the two bedroom/ two bath suite. we paid $220 a night. it was very clean & had a full kitchen, dining room, living room & 3 small balconies. the staff was friendly & helpful.

i think this hotel has gotten a few bad reviews b/c people go there not really knowing what to expect from a small west texas town. what some may call rundown or outdated is really just a gracefully aging landmark. and what those same people might say is an unfriendly or disinterested staff is really just local folks doing their jobs & minding their business. west texas has a slightly different personality than the rest of the state. they're a bit more subdued, but they're no less friendly. the paisano was clean, comfortable & conveniently located. the staff was accommodating & pleasant.

i really enjoyed my stay in marfa. it's a strange little town with a very unique personality, and the paisano is an easy place to stay while you enjoy it.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank dearholly
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

Okay, listen- If hotels like Hampton Inn, etc, are your favorites, you won't like it here or the town of Marfa, TX for that matter. Some people just don't get it. Earlier reviews have the Hotel Paisano looking like a crumbling wreck out of a Stephen King novel but this is far from the truth. My room was painted recently, no cracks in the plaster to speak of, clean, good a/c, dated but clean and adequate bathroom, awesome balcony overlooking courtyard, and bed was very comfortable with soft sheets. Rooms are small but its a historic 1930's hotel, almost all have small rooms. What are you going to do? Hang out in the room the whole time anyway? Make sure you get a courtyard room unless you don't care about the view. The large fountain makes this nice, constant sound that you can hear in your room with the patio doors open. I slept with these open and the cool desert air and water sound had me sleeping like a baby. One downside is the train tracks are two blocks away. Since I knew this from another visitor's review, I brought earplugs and a small portable fan for white noise. Locals and visitors gather each night in the courtyard for drinks and food from the dining room and makes for a nice atmosphere under the big desert sky. Staff is nice but no overly so and stay out of your business. There is no elevator or bellhops although the front desk offered help if needed in carrying bags to my room. Nice shops, galleries, and fitness room. Architecture of this place is amazing if you like that sort of thing. Walking distance to everything. Recommend Tacos Del Norte out on the main highway for a cheap Mexican meal. Carmen's Cafe for breakfast if you want to eat with the local businessmen and ranchers. I overheard some great conversations there. Hotel Paisano- If it was good enough for Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean then it should be good enough for the rest of us. Wouldn't consider any other place in Marfa. Drive out to the Marfa Mystery Lights Viewing Area and even if you don't see the lights, check out the night sky. You can see the Milky Way from horizon to horizon. Amazing. Go there, slow down, read a book, walk, look at some art, think, rest, return renewed. That was my experience and I'll be back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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5  Thank YourManInHavana1
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

Monday night in tiny Marfa & nowhere to eat but the hotel restaurant and the pizza-place that used to be a gas station. Hotel restrnt is great!! Ate in the courtyard next to a gorgeous fountain (theres and indoor option). About dark the scene got lively with visitors &locals having drinks: good people-watching. So if you want an early night dont get a room overlooking the courtyard.The Hotel Paisano has definitely seen better days, but its worth a one-night visit to stay in this historic place - just don't set your sights very high. We got a Mezzanine Patio room. The A/C worked well, the fireplace on the private patio was very nice (fake log included!! - made a good little fun fire). Forget about a phone or TV - pretend its the 1950s. (,the tv is very tiny). The "retro" bathroom is super small - if you are a large person, try asking for a large bathroom. Room options include rooms w/o bath. We enjoyed the ambiance and sucessfully overlooked a handful of minor problems you won't see in a more updated place. This is a taste of what hotels were like in the 1930's and 40's: the place really is historic & architecturally significant. The front desk service checking in was very good, as was the checkout. Our minor complaints were handled well, along with assurances that an overall upgrade is coming soon. If you are a picky traveller and like everything modern & perfect, try the new Hampton Inn at Alpine, TX 25 miles east. If you like an old-style Southwest flavor, this is a good spot.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

Dear Snobbish, Uninformed, Clueless knotheads who think that Marfa is supposed to be like the suburban stripmall nightmares you people come from.

Did anyone ever tell you how provincial and boorish you sound?

Marfa is Marfa. It is a small, far-removed West Texas town that has an elusive charm that really cannot be defined. Either you get it, or as is demonstrated by most of the people who have written negative reviews, many clearly do not.

It is not a town that is there for your convenience. The galleries are open when they want to be. It is also not a place to find paintings of bluebonnets or Thomas Kinkade horrors. It is an arts community wrapped within a western tradition of isolation.

Reading so many of the reviews makes me so angry I would like to thump many of the people on the head with a wooden spoon.

Granted, the hotel is old and funky and a tad worn in spots. it is also 7 hours from any large metropolitan cities. It is exactly as it should be. The staff is friendly and were all courteous, save one (you know who you are and you should really be nicer in your management capacity.) The rooms are as you would expect them to be. I have never had a problem with my accommodations at all. Nor have I ever experienced the litany of complaints that many of the other people had. As often as I have gone there, I am certain if things were as grim as reported, I would have seen it. Make no mistake, i am completely picky and rather hard to please. However, Marfa and the hotel and the galleries and the amazing local restaurants are what they are. If you go there with your expectations of it being something other than what it is, you will be disappointed. It is a place to be savored, a place to be grateful for in all its permutations. One must remember that they are merely visitors here, visiting a way of life that is vastly different from the city. That is exactly what makes it so desirable and unique. Do your research before you go. it is not a place you can bend to suit your tastes or wants. it is a place where one must adapt to the rhythms that exist there and have existed since long before you were born. Lighten up on the Hotel Paisano. It is a dear, ancient, slightly grotty West Texas place to stay. it also happens to be designed by one of the foremost southwestern architects. Try watching the film Giant prior to your trip here. That will almost just about kind of open your mind enough to maybe beginning to understand.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank palcarl
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

My college-aged son and I came to Marfa for a weekend getaway before he returns to school...we were told about the fabulous art galleries (what a joke!!) in Marfa and of course, all of them were closed (on a Saturday!)....front desk ladies were incredibly rude; hotel shop attendant, rude; waitress at resturant, unbelievably slow, nice, but slow and did a lousy job filling water glasses, brought our appetizer out and it was cold (probably because she forgot to go get it and bring to us!), the food wasn't bad but the service was not acceptable! Our suite smelled musky (found out why, there was mold in the shower!), the tv was ridiculously small, yet housed in a huge entertainment cabinet! Our room overlooked the courtyard, and of course, while the attendants go home at 10:00, the party lasts all night, screaming kids included! Swimming pool was closed, the sign said due to maintenance, the desk clerk was overheard saying 'it's open, go ahead and swim!'....right, great swimming if you like green water....Best part of it all?? The GIGANTIC BUG crawling through my son's clothes this morning as we were packing to leave this hell-hole! Seriously, unless you just want to blow $200 on a night of misery, RUN, don't walk, as fast as you can away from this terrible hotel and desolate run-down town!!

  • Stayed: July 2010
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Additional Information about The Hotel Paisano

Address: 207 N. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX 79843
Location: United States > Texas > Marfa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Marfa
Price Range: $79 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
Paisano Hotel Marfa
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