If you’ve grown tired of average hotels and boring lodging options, then add a bit of quirkiness and excitement to your travel by staying at one of these unique hotels in Texas. From a stay in a tree house oasis to a night in a historic mission, Texas has a number of incredibly creative lodging spots that you will never forget. Ditch your boring motel and experience something different at one of these 8 most unique hotels in the Lone Star State.
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The Antlers, Kingsland (Prices & Photos)
The Antlers, a unique hotel in Kingsland, offers stays in their three remodeled train cars. Although you could choose to stay inside the hotel or in a cabin, try a more unconventional experience by sleeping in a caboose. These vintage train cars, painted red, yellow and green, all come with a queen-sized bed and bunk beds too. Although they no longer work as travel cars, these 1880s coach and caboose train parts have been renovated for an interesting Hill Country getaway.
Presidio La Bahia, Goliad (Prices & Photos)
History buffs looking for an interesting place to stay should consider renting the one room available at the historic site known as Presidio La Bahia. This Spanish mission in Goliad rents out its officer quarters, which come complete with two single beds, a bathroom and even a kitchen. Originally built in 1721, Presidio La Bahia was remodeled in the 1960’s, and this is when the guest quarters were created for the chapel’s priests to reside. Now however, any brave Texan can stay the night here and have full access to the grounds once public hours are over.
El Cosmico, Marfa (Prices & Photos)
Live the eclectic spirit of Marfa, Texas by staying at this unique West Texas lodging option. El Cosmico offers great stargazing opportunities, no matter if you choose to stay in a teepee, tent, vintage travel trailer or yurt. The sleeping options here are just as interesting as the travelers that pass through El Cosmico. This is a great way to experience the Texas desert while also meeting a diverse group of people. Don’t miss out on the wood-fired hot tubs, which make for a relaxing soak after a day exploring the surrounding desert.
Settlers Crossing, Fredericksburg (Prices & Photos)
Fredericksburg, Texas has grown as a popular Hill Country destination, therefore the town is home to a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts. However if you’re looking for something out-of-the-box, choose to stay at Settlers Crossing. This charming B&B offers private guest houses complete with antique furniture and fireplaces. These precious cottages will make you think you just walked into a movie set or magazine feature. Guests enjoy modern amenities with a rustic and country feel.
Teepee Motel, Wharton (Prices & Photos)
Stay in a well-furnished teepee at the Teepee Motel in Wharton, Texas. Although built in 1942, this unique hotel ended up closing in the 80’s due to a highway reroute. However the Teepee Motel is now thriving since it reopened in 2006, when lottery winners Byron and Barbara Woods restored it and brought it back to life. In its heyday, celebrities like Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton stayed a night in one of the spacious teepees found here. Guests now will find modern amenities in all of the teepees, which are also decorated in Native American artwork.
Exotic Zoo Resort, Johnson City (Prices & Photos)
If you ever wanted to spend the night at a zoo, then here is your chance. This hotel is located on an endangered animal preserve where over 500 animals call this Johnson City reserve home. On 137 acres, the Exotic Resort Zoo has five cabins for guests to stay in. Wake up to bison, emus, camels, kangaroos, elk and a wide variety of bird species when you stay at this unique Hill Country lodging option.
Indian Lodge, Fort Davis (Prices & Photos)
Take in the beautiful scenery in Davis Mountains State Park by staying in Indian Lodge, which is actually located in the middle of the park. Indian Lodge was built in the 1930’s but has experienced a number of renovations since then. This historic hotel has a pueblo-style building that houses 39 rooms.
Cypress Valley Canopy Treehouse, Spicewood (Prices & Photos)
Cypress Valley Canopy is a successful zip lining company that also offers overnight stays in their treetop yurts. All of the tree houses at Cypress Valley Canopy have their own charm. The Nest lodging option, perfect for families, has two bedrooms situated high above a running creek and waterfall. Couples looking for romance should consider staying in The Lofthaven, a quaint tree house adorned with a canopy bed and connected bathroom. A stay in one of these tree houses will be something that you will never forget.