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Hotel Saint George is a 55-room boutique hotel characterized by minimalist design gestures. Opened since spring 2016, it is located on the site of an original 1880s-era hotel, in the heart of Marfa’s thriving arts community and is walking distance to many of the town’s galleries, quirky shops and historic landmarks, including the Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation and Ballroom Marfa.
The Vision and Design
The remote West Texas town of Marfa – characterized by austere beauty and minimalist vistas – inspired the interior design and overall vision. Utilizing some of the site’s existing structure, a simple and unpretentious language was created to articulate and define the hotel’s interior spaces that are characterized by concrete floors, industrial materials such as cold rolled steel and reclaimed materials including brick, marble and wood from local sites. The hotel’s simple yet sophisticated spaces are punctuated by vintage and custom furniture pieces from both high and humble origins, along with a world-class art collection that evokes the special spirit of Marfa.
Located within the site’s original columns and dark, lustrous steel-clad core, the lobby pairs vintage furnishings with centerpiece industrial pieces, including a custom mahogany and steel reception desk by local fabricator SILLA, stretching the length of the lobby space and interpreted from the designs of HKS Hospitality Group’s Adele Cuartelon. Classic Alvar Aalto lounge chairs arranged in conversational groups encourage a casual and comfortable living room atmosphere, where guests and locals can connect and while away the hours.
Marfa Book Company, a nationally-celebrated independent bookstore offering a wide variety of art, literature and design tomes as well as highly-curated retail products, has returned to its original 1996 space inside the lobby. Serving as Marfa’s beloved cultural anchor, the unconventional shop and gift space features reused raw, industrial materials, austere design furnishings and fixtures from local artisans – including book shelving.
The 55 guestrooms and suites are fashioned in a minimalistic industrial style, featuring distressed leather and soft-lustered steel elements paired with soft design touches, including lush sheepskin rugs and white cotton bedding, all accented by contemporary paintings from Texas artist Mark Flood. Large mirrored sliding barn doors, hard-surface flooring, vintage blankets and a classic chair, unique to each guest room, help create an effortlessly relaxed, residential feel. A felted wall accentuates the platform bed and softens the headboard, while a recessed mirror spanning the length of the wall offers the perception of the space extending beyond its four walls. Guestrooms also include custom open closets comprised of metal frames and wood shelves that house amenities and personal items. The expansive windows overlook Marfa’s surrounding plateau and mountain, including the breathtaking Chinati Peak, jutting from the landscape at over 7,700 feet in elevation.
LaVenture is the hotel’s eclectic destination restaurant featuring rustic American-style cuisine, with French and Italian influences. Driven by versatility, the dining area and bar space embody an aesthetic resonating with Marfa’s artistic culture, a destination that has attracted the creative spirit for many decades. LaVenture pays homage to years past, with the use of repurposed brick and wood from dismantled local buildings and marble from the hotel’s former facade. A wine room and private dining area provide exclusive culinary experiences for smaller, more intimate parties. Additional design details include vintage rugs and Mies van der Rohe chairs, conveying classic sophistication, while recalling the personal furniture tastes of renowned artist, Donald Judd, and his appreciation of modernist Bauhaus designs.