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What Do You Love?

We all respond to different things and seek out different sights and experiences when we travel. Some are drawn to history and some to natural beauty. Some flock to music or art, and others look for an oasis far away from the crowds. 

The choice of lodging can enhance any journey, and the right selection will harmonize beautifully with the reasons you travel in the first place. Alpine and Marfa provide visitors to Far West Texas’s Big Bend region with options to delight each specific taste: from historic elegance to funky charm to luxurious relaxation.

While the following brief list is by no means exhaustive, it will give dedicated travel planners many joyful hours of dreaming and scheming.

Holland Hotel Lobby.Photo by Michael Howard

An Ode to Years Gone By

A historic gem and the heart of downtown Alpine, the Holland Hotel was founded in 1912. Visitors today can enjoy the “new” building which opened in 1928, designed by El Paso’s landmark architects, Trost & Trost. Guests can lounge in the Holland’s elegant, spacious lobby or dine at the Century Bar & Grill with its well-appointed bar and courtyard shaded by red oak trees.

The Hotel Paisano is one of 183 Marfa buildings on the National Historic Registry. The Paisano opened in 1930 and is best known for hosting Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Dennis Hopper during filming of the 1956 classic, Giant. Whether you make it your home base or not, don’t miss their amazing gift shop.  

El Cosmico.Photo by Nick Simonite

A Step Outside of the Mainstream

El Cosmico invented glamping. With beautifully designed trailers, teepees, yurts, and safari tents, you can be off-grid without sleeping on the ground. Shower under the stars, sing karaoke with like-minded explorers, or take a disco nap in a shady hammock. Like Marfa itself, it’s cool without being exclusive. Everyone, including pets, are welcome. 

Alpine offers two takes on classic Americana at revived and renovated motor courts. The Maverick Inn was built in the 1930s as the Grandview Courts and renovated in the early 2000s into the current “roadhouse for wanderers.” Antelope Lodge’s vintage cabins around a welcoming open-air common space date from 1949, catering to eager post-war travelers.

Hotel Saint George.Photo by Casey Dunn

My End is the High End

The Hotel Saint George brought modern comfort to far West Texas. Designed by architect Carlos Jiménez and opened in 2016, the hotel resides in the footprint of its historic namesake, which burned down in the 1920s. The Saint George is quintessentially Marfa, marrying modern and eclectic, storied and contemporary, minimal design and full service.  

Hotel Parker, at the gradually developing Quarter Circle 7 resort, is operated by a fourth-generation ranching family, touting “cattleman’s hospitality” with modern touches like a full-service spa, jogging paths, an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, and a patio with fire pits to enjoy the cool desert nights. The nearby Spicewood restaurant is one of Alpine’s most popular spots.

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