Katrin Greiling

Hotel Saint George

Marfa, Texas

by: Katrin Greiling

  • Why

    Part vacation and part research into Donald Judd and the Chinati Foundation.

  • When

    March 4-6, 2017

  • Who

    This trip was together with my very special guest Adam Raymont, a Berlin based artist.

Highs + Lows

  • The recently opened Hotel Saint George stands at the site of the original Hotel Saint George built in 1886. The updated architecture echoes Donald Judd’s minimalist aesthetic which defines Marfa style, setting the standard for this world-class contemporary art destination in West Texas.

  • The staff is friendly and local.

  • Upon arrival we were met by a stylish reception area and throughout the hotel you’ll find an excellent collection of paintings, sculpture and photography from world-class artists, both local and international.

  • Our suite, the Highland Suite, on the northwest corner, offered stunning views onto Highland Avenue looking out over the Marfa to the Chinati Mountains.The room was layered with personal touches like arts and objects made by local artists, from hand made wooden tables to the Mark Flood painting on our wall. Amenities include in-suite espresso, king size bed, an entertainment area with a large screen tv, luxurious, spa-like bathroom with walk-in shower and the Aesop bath products, and thick, heavy robes and towels.

  • The lobby hosts the fantastic Marfa Book Co. bookstore, offering a strong assortment of art, design and photography books as well as a selection of fine art editions by local artists or residents of the Chinati artists residency program.

  • The hotel now has a pool and lounge in a former train depot across the street. It wasn’t officially open when we were there, but it promises to be a perfect place to cool off after a day of hot and dusty excursions to Chinati and the various Donald Judd Foundation sites.

  • We were there off-season, but you are sure to spot art world luminaries at the Saint George during Marfa Art Week (September 22 - October 6). The bar is clearly a hot spot in Marfa after hours.

  • The pool wasn’t open yet.

: 48/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Southwestern casual with a crisp European polish.

  • Vibe

    Cowboy creative.

  • Location

    Downtown Marfa, across the street from the Judd Foundation Offices.

  • Rooms

    55

  • Music

    Curated contemporary in the bar.

  • Year Opened

    2016/17

  • Designed By

    HKS

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool was only weeks from opening at the time of our visit, across the street in a former train depot.

  • Restaurant

    L’Aventure features french and italian inspired dishes using quality local ingredients.

  • Bar

    Yes, lounge adjacent to the restaurant is the place-to-be, if you’re not out chasing jackrabbits or the Marfa Lights.

  • Minibar

    Complimentary Illy coffee pods for the in-suite machine and mini-fridge.

  • Wifi

    Yes, throughout, and fast.

  • Children

    Yes but the vibe is pretty grown-up. Marfa may not be the most exciting trip for kids under 16, except for the before-mentioned jackrabbits and Marfa Lights.

  • Price

    High for rural Texas, if you can still really call Marfa ‘rural’, but not NY or LA prices.

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