If you're planning a vacation to the Lone Star State, you will have about a billion hotels to choose from. Texas is a big place. But if you're looking for something more than just a place to lay your head, something a little off the beaten path, look no further than this guide to some of Texas' most unique hotels.
1. El Cosmico
In the hipster haven that is Marfa, Texas, you'll find El Cosmico, a strange conglomeration of trailers and tents set up against the backdrop of the desert. You can choose to stay in a safari tent, teepee, or restored airstream trailer, and wood-fired hot tubs are available for rent 'as the burn ban allows'.
2. Settlers Crossing
Why just visit an old house when you could spend the night? In the Hill Country near Fredericksburg you'll find Settlers Crossing, a unique B&B where each 'room' is a historic house, some dating to the 17th century. The property includes the Kusenberger Log Cabin, one of the oldest homes in Fredericksburg.
3. The Antlers
If old houses and teepees don't move you, at The Antlers hotel in Kingsland, Texas, you can spend the night in an old railroad car.
4. The Hotel St. Cecilia
The Hotel St. Cecilia, in Austin's South Congress district, is based in a old house, and inspired by art and music. This means lots of art throughout, and a super-hip vibe. Suites are available with amenities like a private outdoor shower, private backyard with firepit, or in-room wet bar.
5. The Teepee Motel
The teepee motel in Wharton, Texas has a story as unique as its unusual accommodations. Built in 1942, the motel closed in the 80s as the interstate highway system passed it by. But in 2004, recent lottery winners Barbara and Byron happened to drive by the place, a landmark from Barbara's childhood, and decided they needed to bring it back to life. It re-opened in 2006 so another generation could enjoy its kitschy charm.
6. The Maverick Inn
The Maverick Inn, in Big Bend country near Alpine, Texas, bills itself as 'a roadhouse for wanderers.' Whether or not you have a horse to hitch up outside, you'll find something to love at this desert outpost, which has a Western vibe and a laid-back charm.
7. The Dixie Daisy
Not really a hotel, per se, but a charming little getaway I spotted on AirBnB and couldn't help but share. This renovated Airstream trailer near Wimberley, Texas isn't just super cute — it also has its own hammock, tree house, hot tub, outdoor shower, and grill. Oh, and did I mention it backs up to a stream? Yes, it even has its own stream. Prices are quite reasonable. Book early.
8. The Hotel San Jose
This renovated 30s motor inn, just south of downtown in Austin's South Congress neighborhood, has a beautiful, Texas-y modern feel that carries through the whole property, from the butterfly chairs by the pool to the concrete floors and minimalist furnishings in the guest rooms. Prices are on the affordable side, and there's a 10% discount for musicians.
9. The Kimber Modern
The Kimber Modern looks like one of those delicious, beautifully untouchable modern houses you would see in the pages of Architectural Digest — but you can stay there! For a small fee, of course. There's a courtyard where you can lounge around under a canopy of live oaks, but the rooms are so beautiful that we couldn't blame you if you never wanted to leave.
10. The Hotel Havana
Liz Lambert, the hotelier behind the Hotel St. Cecilia and the San Jose, also owns this San Antonio property, which first opened as a hotel nearly 100 years ago, in 1914. Liz has updated it in a modern style that's respectful of the property's Mediterranean and Spanish style. There's also the colorful Ocho Lounge, where you can sip cocktails and watch people strolling by on the Riverwalk.
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