Katrin Greiling

Hotel Saint George

  • Where:
  • 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.
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Hotel Saint George The lobby with timeless Alvar Aalto armchair 400.

The lobby with timeless Alvar Aalto armchair 400.

Hotel Saint George The cozy breakfast room and bar area.

The cozy breakfast room and bar area.

Hotel Saint George The hotel’s restaurant, LaVenture.

The hotel’s restaurant, LaVenture.

Hotel Saint George One of the local sourced signature pieces in front of the restaurant LaVenture.

One of the local sourced signature pieces in front of the restaurant LaVenture.

Hotel Saint George Hotel Saint George.

Hotel Saint George.

Hotel Saint George That's me in front of the hotel, the day after I’ve seen the Marfa lights for the first time!

That's me in front of the hotel, the day after I’ve seen the Marfa lights for the first time!

Hotel Saint George Lounge area with cozy Saint George blanket, in the back the kitchenette.

Lounge area with cozy Saint George blanket, in the back the kitchenette.

Hotel Saint George Breakfast selection.

Breakfast selection.

Hotel Saint George Wish this would have been my ride, parked outside the hotel.

Wish this would have been my ride, parked outside the hotel.

Hotel Saint George
Hotel Saint George Love the local news paper, The Big Bend Sentinel.

Love the local news paper, The Big Bend Sentinel.

Hotel Saint George Easy chairs with a view.

Easy chairs with a view.

Hotel Saint George Can’t get enough of this sky! Our view from the suite.

Can’t get enough of this sky! Our view from the suite.

Hotel Saint George Pool view.

Pool view.

Hotel Saint George The view from this bed was mind-blowing.

The view from this bed was mind-blowing.

Hotel Saint George This is the entrance to the hotel’s pool.

This is the entrance to the hotel’s pool.

Hotel Saint George We loved making our own coffee in the room.

We loved making our own coffee in the room.

Hotel Saint George The light in Maria is fascinating, so are the shadows… sign to the Ice Plant, a exhibition location part of the Chianti foundation, showcasing two large stainless steel sculpture by Donald Judd's.

The light in Maria is fascinating, so are the shadows… sign to the Ice Plant, a exhibition location part of the Chianti foundation, showcasing two large stainless steel sculpture by Donald Judd's.

Hotel Saint George Just a local Texan cowboy...

Just a local Texan cowboy...

Hotel Saint George Postcard writing before we leave...

Postcard writing before we leave...

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

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

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • 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.

  • Website

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A camera! I love my Fuji X100F

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