If you’re looking for a home away from home on your next vacation, chances are you don’t have something like these 15 unique Texas hotels in mind. Across the Lone Star State, you can find some really off-the-wall accommodations. In Wharton, you can spend the night in a teepee and not worry about coyotes. In the Texas Hill Country, you can bunk down in an 1894 Pullman rail car and never leave Fredericksburg. Check out the rest of these undeniably different Texas hotels.
Located in Fredericksburg, Settlers Crossing comprises seven houses spread across 35 acres. Each house is an historic Texas home outfitted with traditional decor as well as modern amenities.
In Terlingua’s legendary ghost town sits the crumbling ruins of the Perry Mansion. Or is it? Two rooms have been painstakingly restored and are available accommodations for travelers. Situated in the area known as the “Beverly Hills of Terlingua”, the Perry Mansion was originally built for a mine owner’s young wife and is reputedly haunted.
If you’re headed to the Big Bend area of Texas, check out the historic Gage Hotel. Built in 1927, this luxurious hotel has been carefully restored and was named the number one small hotel in Texas by Texas Highways Magazine. The bar at the hotel was also named Best Bar in Texas by Texas Monthly.
On South Congress Avenue, surrounded by hip restaurants and eclectic shops, the Austin Motel is nestled in amongst wandering vines and wandering tourists. Built in the 1930’s during the advent of motor inns nationwide, the Austin Motel is a little remnant of history complete with a kidney bean shaped pool. The motel underwent an extensive renovation in 1993 and has continued to be an Austin landmark since.
Located in the west Texas arts community of Marfa, El Cosmico is an eclectic conglomeration of tents and trailers for wandering souls to find rest. You can choose from one of several accommodations and see just how big and bright the stars at night can get deep in the heart of Texas.
The Teepee Motel was simply languishing in Wharton, Texas until 2006, when lotto winners Byron and Barbara Woods bought and restored it to its current glory. Back before the restoration the Teepee Motel had a storied history, hosting such names as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and even Elvis Presley in its heyday.
Comprising several cabins and four cabooses, the Antlers hotel in Kingsland is most certainly a unique Texas hotel. Pick from red, yellow or green cabooses (there are two red ones) or hunker down in a cozy cabin for your Hill Country getaway!
You read that right – you can actually rent the officers quarters in the famous Spanish mission in Goliad. Guests of the mission are allowed full access to the interior of the fortress during their stay, should they have the nerve to venture into the dark, cold, stone hallways in their pajamas. The quarters, as the accommodations are known, contain two single beds, a full bathroom and a small kitchen for guest use.
You’ve never gone glamping like this. Sonya on Lone Man Creek is a hill country retreat situated in an African safari tent. Built for two, you and your lover can settle into this treetop hideaway and just soak in the beauty of nature without getting any mud on your boots.
If you’ve ever wanted to live in a zoo, this is your chance. The Exotic Resort Zoo is just that, a zoo where you can rent a cabin and stay with the animals all night. Located in Johnson City, the resort is a preserve for endangered animals. You can also simply visit the zoo if you don’t want to sleep amidst the wild animals.
The Cell Block could be the most palatial jail cell in all the world, or possibly the most austere hotel accommodations, depending on your point of view. Either way , the vibe is undeniably unique. Built in an actual (former) jail in Clifton, Texas, the Cell Block Hotel was used fairly often as a holding cell for rowdy Clifton residents sleeping off a bender. A luddite’s dream, the Cell Block does not offer a television, but it does offer a functioning record player stocked with prison-themed music, including certain recognizable selections from Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.
Another incredible hotel in the Big Bend area of Texas is the Indian Lodge in Fort Davis. Being nestled within the boundaries of the Davis Mountains State Park makes this adobe lodge a beautiful Texas vacation spot. The hotel was built in the 1930’s and renovated in 1967, and, in 1992 it was voted the number one accommodation in Texas by the readers of Texas Highways Magazine.
The days of traveling the nation in a Pullman car may be gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have the experience. This is an original 1894 Pullman car that was restored and converted into a tiny hotel. Teddy Roosevelt traveled on it once, and though it won’t be pulling into anymore stations, you can still get the same experience our 26th president did, so bully for you!
Silo House at the Gruene Homestead Inn Built in a 1940’s grain silo, the Silo House in Gruene, Texas is an interesting hotel experience. Located in the enchanting small town of Gruene, the Silo House offers pretty much anything you could want in a hill country hotel: country charm, a wet bar and a king-sized bed.
A different kind of B&B, for the more nautically inclined, you can rent one of several different vessels from South Coast Sailing and spend the night in Kemah harbor, near the famous Kemah boardwalk. South Coast Sailing provides guests with a continental breakfast, and also offers moonlight cruises or longer cruises during the daytime hours to complement your romantic getaway.