Spend an Epic Night Stargazing at the Nation’s First Bubble Hotel
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Spend an Epic Night Stargazing at the Nation’s First Bubble Hotel

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By Lauren Jones
Set in the Chihuahuan Desert, Basecamp Terlingua offers visitors a unique, off-the-grid escape.

There’s nothing better than sleeping under the stars, and this West Texas hotel allows you to do exactly that—from the comfort of your very own bubble. Basecamp Terlingua invites guests to stay in inflatable, UV-resistant bubble rooms that make the most of the region’s stunning views and Wild West vibes.

Get wrapped up stargazing from inside your bubble.

Get wrapped up stargazing from inside your bubble.

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The rooms are designed by French company BubbleTree, and guests can book one of two bubble suites for a luxury camping experience with unobstructed views of the Chisos Mountains and prime stargazing. Each 250-square-foot bubble has a queen-size bed, a private bathroom with a shower, a refrigerator, a Keurig coffee maker, and an outdoor seating area with a fire pit.

"Everyone is happy staying in the bubbles," says Basecamp Terlingua operations manager Heidi Bertels. "It’s such a novelty for people."

Each bubble room features locally sourced pieces, including vintage Turkish rugs.

Each bubble room features locally sourced pieces, including vintage Turkish rugs.

Basecamp Terlingua's in-house crew conducted all of the construction and interior design work—and they pride themselves on sourcing local materials and products.

"The art is all framed by a woman who operates out of her home in Alpine," says Bertels. "All of our mirrors are hand cut, and our beds and pillows come from this mom-and-pop shop. It’s been amazing for life here and how many people’s livelihoods we’ve affected."

Concrete walls provide privacy.

Concrete walls provide privacy.

The private bubble rooms are set apart from the rest of the lodgings at Basecamp Terlingua.

The private bubble rooms are set apart from the rest of the lodgings at Basecamp Terlingua.

While there are currently only two bubbles available at Basecamp Terlingua, Bertels predicts that more will be popping up soon—as nearly every weekend until 2020 is already booked.

"People are booking an experience and not just somewhere to sleep," says Bertels. "People haven’t seen anything like this before."   

Basecamp TerTerlingua's bubble rooms are available starting at $199 per night.

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Project Credits:

Bubble Designer: BubbleTree

Builder/General Contractor: Jeff Leach

Electrical: Flack Electrical Services / @flack_electrical_services