The Thunderbird Hotel or the T-Bird, as it is affectionately known by locals, combines a rich history with modern styling and amenities.
Located in Marfa, this iconic roadside hotel has been locally run since 1959 and was renovated to its’ original splendor in 2005 by the internationally recognized Lake/Flato Architects.
Sleek and contemporary furnishings make the Thunderbird Hotel one of the hippest lodging options around.
Cosmopolitan Guest Rooms
The Thunderbird Hotel features 24 guest rooms with two different room configurations. One option includes a single queen bed and the other offers a queen bed and a twin size day bed. Rates start at $120.00 per night and are adjusted according to the time of year.
Guests can expect to find a flat screen TV/DVD player, Malin + Goetz bath and hair products, a mini-bar and 100% Indian cotton bedding in each room. Select works by both local and internationally recognized photographers and artists like Terry Allen and James Evans adorn the walls.
Furnishings have been described by guests as sparse, but comfortable.
The Thunderbird also offers several package options for guests who have clear intentions for their visit. One such package is designed for a romantic visit and includes a chilled bottle of Caprene Malvolti Prosecco, spicy chocolate and Mexican votive candles.
Another is perfect for guests who want to rest and relax. This package, called the T-Bird Retreat, offers unlimited sessions with a vintage typewriter, bottomless supplies of paper, a Lomolito camera, a turntable, bicycle rentals and daily coffee delivery to your door.
Guests that book one of these packages will receive 10% off their stay.
While other hotels might consider a business center and a gym to be customary amenities, the Thunderbird prefers to offer guests a few more unique services. Bicycles, record players, an impressive vinyl collection, vintage typewriters, a Zen-like pool and an outdoor fireplace are just a few of the eclectic offerings at the hotel.
The pool area is surrounded by lattices made of pipe salvaged from nearby oil fields, native desert plants and ultra-modern wire pool chairs.
What to Expect at the Thunderbird Hotel
The horseshoe shape of the Thunderbird Hotel means that each room opens up to the pool and courtyard area. It must be said that while this is a huge draw for the social visitor who enjoys a communal atmosphere, guests that desire extreme serenity might find party goers disruptive.
The Thunderbird is truly a hotel for those that appreciate the minimalist aesthetic. Starting in the guest lounge and continuing throughout the property, concrete is a main component of the hotel. While this material may create a semi-cold ambiance, the warmth of the property can be found in the vintage details of the architecture.
Overall, guests should expect to stay at a hotel that mimics the dusty, artistic vibe of the city itself.