The Thunderbird is a delightful mid-century modern motel in a worthwhile destination. The reviewers here who pan the hotel have no idea what it takes to make a resort environment in such a remote place, off the Interstate. (I know because I am from West Texas, and have a home 80 miles away.)
Never mind organizing a skillful remodelling 200 miles from any city, these critics should try hiring a staff in a town that had been since losing younger residents since the decline of the railroad.
And as for the writer who said you can see the art in Marfa in half a day, if they get tired of the Dairy Queen, I've got a Waffle House for them only 500 miles away.
And sure there are bugs in the desert. (But not in that Waffle House.)
Look at the pictures on this site you get a good idea of how nice this place is. The rooms are hip, comfortable, with a nice big bathroom, and thick white towels. (The tube TV seemed a waste of a corner.)
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The staff was friendly and quick. The water in the town was being shut off for water main repairs at 8:00 the next morning, and they gently let us know.
For dinner, we walked down to Cochineal. It was a meal that any restaurant in Santa Fe or San Tropez would be proud of.
So ignore the spoiled grumps on this page, and come on to Marfa. Spend a couple of days with the Judd, Flavin and the galleries.Take a night trip to Ft. Davis to look at the stars through telescopes in the new Rhotenberry Wellen visitor's center at the McDonald Observatory. And stay at the Thunderbird.
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- Thunderbird Hotel Marfa, Texas