What is El Cosmico?
El Cosmico is the latest lodging concept from Liz Lambert and her management company Bunkhouse. Lambert is the creative force behind the renowned Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, as well as the city's landmark coffee houses Jo's on South Congress and Downtown. El Cosmico, opened in the fall of 2009, extends Lambert's vision a few hundred miles west to an 18 acre plot of land in Marfa, Texas. "El Cosmico is part vintage trailer, safari tent and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse and amphitheatre - a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange." Lambert has worked closely with renowned architecture firm Lake/Flato and Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure, as well as with a creative team of artists, builders and students, to create a unique communal outpost in the West Texas desert.
As part of the overall aim to build community in a creative and sustainable space, El Cosmico offers accommodations in several renovated vintage trailers, safari tents, several traditional 22 ft. diameter Sioux teepees, and a number of tent campsites. Visitors are encouraged to explore and use the communal spaces on the land including an elm grove full of hammocks, a community lounge and mercantile, and an outdoor kitchen and dining space. El Cosmico offers wood fired Dutch hot tubs seasonally and, eventually a large pool and pavilion will lie at the Bedouin heart of the village to offer an oasis for guests and Marfans alike.
Make Hay While the Sun Shines
More than just a place to spend the night, El Cosmico offers opportunities for creativity and play. Our evolving program of workshops and retreats ranges from sewing to cooking to art classes to writing workshops and more. Over time, we will add a series of art shacks - a silk screen workshop, a pottery studio, a darkroom, and others - places for both guests and locals to get their hands dirty. In addition to the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love held annually onsite, our program of events and festivals is expanding to include film, music and cultural events. Check out the Happenings page to find out more about upcoming events and workshops.
El Cosmico is located on Highway 67, just
outside of the main center of Marfa.