The quintessential neon "Hotel" sign, vintage lounge chairs around the pool, cacti in the zen yard. The rugged exterior of Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, Texas is a brilliant contrast to the rustic and modern interiors.
Z and I stayed here during our Western Texas roadtrip, after our initial night in a teepee. It was nice to move somewhere with indoor plumbing, and Thunderbird Hotel was definitely the right choice for us.
After checking in across the street at the newly opened Capri (the hotel's check in and store mainstay), we made our way through the garden and up to our second floor corner suite. The room was cozy and the cowhide rug and leather butterfly chair made us feel right at home, considering we have both in our DC abode. White tiling flanked the bathroom where we found fluffy white towels and the most amazing smelling bath necessities by local Texas company Dear Clark.
After venturing out to explore Marfa we came back for an after dinner drink at Capri, which is just about the coolest hotel bar I've been in outside of Manhattan. I found that the owners are from New York City and had the whole staff trained by NYers, which explains the unique taste and the care in the crafting of everything from their interiors to the cocktails. We ran into a shop owner we'd seen earlier in the day (in a town of 2,000 it's hard not to keep seeing the same people) and chatted the night away about all things Texas.
Now, Thunderbird Hotel isn't for everyone. It lacks a television, telephone, mini fridge, and other "amenities" like that; probably under the guise that you're visiting a new place to explore and not lounge around with TV. But for us adventurers it was the perfect place to lay our heads and spend lazy mornings in each others company.