Wharton, Texas: Tee Pee Motel

A classic motel with rooms inside Indian teepee-shaped buildings -- restored and reopened in late 2006.

Tee Pee Motel & RV Park

4098 E Business 59R, Wharton, TX
Tee Pee Motel & RV Park. North of town on Hwy 183 (Old US 59). Take Hwy 59 South from Houston. Look for the first Wharton exit, Business 59. Motel is about a 1/2 mile on the left.
August 2019: Motel closed, teepees still visible. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Tee Pee Motel

It appears that the motel has closed. Its website and phone are not functional.

[Dee Davis, 08/30/2019]

Teepee motel.

Tee Pee Motel

Didn't stay overnight, but drove by the Tee Pee Motel after our routine Buc-ee's stop. Cute, could use a little freshening up though.

[Busted Suitcase, 06/28/2019]

Teepee motel room.

Tee Pee Motel

There isn't much to do in Wharton, but staying in the tee pee motel made it worth the trip! The rooms were surprisingly spacious; ours held a full-sized bed, futon, desk, mini fridge, microwave, and a mounted TV. I don't know what folks were talking about with comments on the bed, but maybe that's because I'm used to sleeping in a full and not a king/queen. There were also picnic tables outside and a large fire pit for group events.

I also found some additional history from a Wharton County Visitors Guide (article author Barry Halvorson). The motel was originally designed in 1942 by George and Toppie Belcher, but construction was delayed until 1942 due to WWII rationing. Byron Woods purchased and refurbished the motel, after its being closed for over twenty years, in 2004 and re-opened on October 30, 2006.

[Laura, 06/22/2010]

Teepee Motel.

Tee Pee Motel & RV Park

Tee Pee Motel built in the 1940's. Restored and re-opened in 2006.

[Tee Pee Motel, 09/28/2009]

Tee Pee Motel.

Tee Pee Motel

After begging my parents in the 1960s to stay here and never succeeding, I took my 15-year old daughter to the Tee-Pee Motel in Wharton. It is a really good deal for the price (~52 dollars).

It was cold, so we built a campfire and did the S'more thing. It was very clean. The beds are the worst as mentioned before. Too soft and too short, but was able to endure just to stay in my beloved tee-pee after all these years.

There are some good local restaurants in the area (Larry's Mexican to name one) and all the usual franchise for those who must have their Subway and McDonald's. The heater worked great in the unit and I have no complaints.

[Barrie Jubert, 12/03/2007]

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