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“Nice, but bring your earplugs”
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Thunderbird Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Marfa
Reviewed 20 November 2005

The Thunderbird Hotel is a truly unique property. Situated in the middle of Marfa, it manages to blend into the environment of the small West Texas town, while simultaneously standing out through the simplicity of its minimalist design. In other words, it's pretty cool!

The rooms feature simple, minimalist decor. Chairs were big on style but not quite as comfortable to actually sit in, but that was offset by a very comfortable bed. The free high-speed internet worked well; it's not wireless so bring a cable with you. You would expect a hip hotel to offer hip toiletries, and the Thunderbird delivers, offering products from Malin+Goetz, a New York-based apothecary; the remainders mangaed to make their way home in my travel bag! The staff was very friendly and helpful, offering good suggestions on local sights and restaurants.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with native Texas plants and shrubs. The pool area looked very atractive and well-maintained, although it was too cold to go swimming during our visit. Several guests appeared to enjoy hanging out next to an outdoor fireplace; it's a good place to sit back with a bottle of wine on a cool evening and visit.

My only complaint is that the hotel is located very close to the main rail line which goes through town. (To be fair, Marfa is such a small town that you can't really go anywhere without being near the rail line). In any case, during our stay, loud freight trains seemed to roll through in the wee hours of the morning, horns blaring. If you're a light sleeper, you may want to bring a pair of earplugs.

It would also be nice if the hotel had a bar or cafe; they appeared to be working on just that during our stay, as there was a sign in an adjacent building indicating they were applying for a liquor license. That will be a welcome addition to the property, although there are plenty of good restaurants in Marfa to tide you over in the meantime.

Aside from that, this is a truly unique property; it's a refreshing alternative to the mostly anonymous rooms at big chain hotels/motels, and it helps make you feel truly at home in West Texas. I'd recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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9  Thank jtaylordfw
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Reviewed 13 September 2005

The Thunderbird Hotel is a renovated motel that was once an old motor inn.
It's decor is unique, sort of a modern art style. Our room had a platform bed,
a painted concrete floor with an animal skin rug and a funky chair. All rooms have a outdoor sitting area. The pool area is very nice with very comfortable seating. There is also an outdoor fireplace area. Overall, the Thunderbird is very charming, although the room was small and not very comfortable due to the funky decor, although the mattress was really nice. The room was very clean with some nice touches with the amenities. This was a fun place to stay and not your ordinary motel. There are two sections to this motel, a one-story and a two-story section. I would suggest asking for a room in the one-story section or a room on the second floor of the two-story section since you can hear every footstep of the people above you if you are on the first floor of the one-story section.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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11  Thank 2together78
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Reviewed 25 April 2005

The Thunderbird was a great place stay, and in the West Texas/Big Bend region its hard to find a better bargain than the Thunderbird. Recently remodeled, the Thunderbird had small but comfortable rooms and a gorgeous exterior. DVD players are in every room, and the front desk has a library of DVDs one can check out during your stay.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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14  Thank ACWilson
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Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2015
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 January 2014
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2009
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  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Beatlespock
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Additional Information about Thunderbird Hotel

Address: 600 West San Antonio, Marfa, TX 79843
Region: United States > Texas > Marfa
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Marfa
Price Range: £57 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Thunderbird Hotel Marfa, Texas

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