El Cosmico is in the remote West Texas desert town of Marfa, at an altitude of 4,800 feet, and offers accommodation in the form of renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt and tent campsites.
While you won't find an onsite bar or restaurant here, the property does offers various communal spaces for guests including a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, an outdoor stage and a reading room.
The Madonna Inn is has no single draw or final trump card. Each of the 110 rooms in the Madonna Inn (named after the original proprietor, not the singer) is dramatically decorated according to certain themes or motifs.
The result is a zany explosion for the eyes, starting with a (relatively) demure faux-Swiss Alps exterior and quickly reaching the heights of the outlandish with designer urinals, flooring that looks like it could easily induce fits of epilepsy, en-suite rock showers, whacked-out color schemes and way too many waterfalls. Many of the other rooms content themselves with exciting wallpapers and lurid murals.
In the "Helicopter" cottage you share space with a restored Sikorsky Coast Guard helicopter.
While it may seem irrational to pay for admittance into a carriage that doesn't move, a peek at the interiors might reverse this train of thought.
The Liberty Hotel is no tacky themed establishment living on its past fame.
Sure, it has a past, but the past is not "who we are now," according to Sean Reardon, director of sales and marketing."We are a luxury hotel in the heart of Boston, and while there is a reference to the past throughout the structure, it is tasteful and serves as a mere reference to our past as opposed to the focal point of a visit," says Reardon.
The breakfast is as lovely as the bedrooms -- the website promises "a decadent seven-course breakfast" -- but epicurean feasts in pretty cottages by the sea, while perhaps scarce, aren't particularly unusual.
The school auditorium is now a movie theater and the school cafeteria (now a restaurant) actually serves palatable food.
Perhaps the best change that the pub-school alliance has wrought, however, is that the girl's room is now a brewery, and guests can sip locally brewed beer in the Detention Bar.
The cavernous ceilings, walls of rock and a natural waterfall in the center of the main room let you feel close to nature without being uncomfortable, while guaranteeing stunning acoustics for movies on TV.
The hotel is structured more like a house -- hence "lodge" -- with a kitchen, main room, five full bedrooms (with their own baths) and a recreation room.