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“Glamping at it finest!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Cosmico

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El Cosmico
Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Glamping at it finest!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

I went to Marfa on a yoga retreat with a small group of yogis from Austin. The organizers selected El Cosmico for our accommodations based on it's reviews and uniqueness. We all loved our experience there! I was in a Safari tent for three of the four nights and shared a tepee the other night. The staff were awesome, the office was clean and comfortable to just hang out in drinking coffee or reading a book, and the hammock area was wonderful for just lazing away. The main bathhouse was clean and well lit, even for late night trips. Keeping in mind that this is still a campground be prepared to hear people walking about at night; dealing with non-ideal sleeping temperatures depending on the time of year you go (they provided two extra heavy wool blankets for colder evenings); and ambient sounds of cows and trains while trying to doze off to sleep. El Cosmico was one of the many unique treasures we discovered on our journey to Marfa. What a great glamping experience!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

i went to marfa over labor day weekend to finally check out this quirky town in person. there was no question that i would be staying at el cosmico as it seemed to be a unique experience. it truly lived up to standards. i was in a teepee and also a safari tent and both were great. granted, the first night i was in the teepee, there was a rather large tarantula in there with me.... caused me to do some minor freaking out but this is to be expected with glamping, yes? the staff members were great, the facilities were clean and maintained (the semi-outdoor shower/toilet were fine), and the little front office area was great for lounging.

the only mistake i made was booking this camping trip in the middle of summer, meaning that it was impossible to hang out in my teepee or safari tent in the daytime hours without sweating to death. i'd generally trot into town to a coffee shop or hang out in the front office. in the future, when i head back to marfa, i might stay at the thunderbird if it's a summer trip, but in other seasons, i'd definitely go back to el cosmico.

Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

Very nice & friendly service ! Wonderful place to stay ! Cool place to escape from a daily routine and forget about everything .So cozy and beautiful.The weather was great too .
We will be back - we love Texas !

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013 via mobile

The people that work at El Cosmico genuinely care about their patrons good times. Friendly service, Great coffee in the morning and a pretty great outdoor shower. This is camping though so know that going in!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Tallahassee, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

We had a wonderful time sleeping in one of the teepees they have on site. It was quite large with comfortable seating and a bed like any hotel room. The outdoor showers were great. The staff is friendly and they made the stay enjoyable. The site is convenient to town and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

This was a great place. The staff was super friendly and have us many recommendations of what to do and where to eat. We stayed in a safari rent one night. That night it rained very hard and we did not have one drop of rain inside. The bed and pillows were very comfy. The restrooms and showers are outside which I thought was very cool. Also the night we were here there was live music and it was so nice and relaxing. Live music and beer, nothing better. I'd definitely stay here again we really enjoyed it.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

For three nights I stayed at the El Cosmico campground in Marfa, TX. It is a quite, easy-going campground close to Marfa's nr 1 attraction, the Chinati foundation (and to Marfa Burritos!). You can choose between bring-your-own-tent-camping, scout tents, Tipis or wonderful Trailers. I picked the "Little Pinky", perfect choice for one Person, great for a couple (if they like eachother a lot!). Small kitchen, Espresso maker, fridge, tuner, candles and a van. No A/C, but since it gets colder during the nights that was ok. Shower and toilet right next to the trailer, but that was okay for me, everything very clean and simple.
So, if you decide to come all the way to this wonderful city and you like it a bit different (you can ALWAYS stay in a Hotel/Motel) - go for it! Buy some food and beer, listen to Marfa public Radio (93.5) and just watch the stars in the sky.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Property: El Cosmico
Address: 802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX 79843
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Region: United States > Texas > Marfa
Amenities:
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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