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photos collage astronomers lodgeThe Astronomers Lodge accommodates astronomers and staff on official business at McDonald Observatory.

The Astronomers Lodge hosts modest, and reasonably priced, private rooms, a group meeting room, and a dining room. Private rooms include private bath, a King Size bed or two twin beds. Occupancy is for adult guests only (children must be 12 or older).

Rates include a continental breakfast and two freshly prepared meals per day. (Rates are not discounted for guests who do not eat at the Lodge.) Please make us aware of any special dietary needs at the time the reservation is made.

Because the Astronomers Lodge accommodates researchers who are working at night, we ask all guests to cooperate with our lighting and noise policies so that both astronomers and guests have an enjoyable and productive stay

Check-in time is any time after 3 PM. Checkout time for guests is 11:00 AM, with exceptions for astronomers and staff on official business.

Rooms may also be reserved by participants in Special ProgramsFriends of McDonald Observatory, and members of the Board of Visitors, as space permits, by making arrangements directly with the Lodge. First priority is given to observers.

Cancellation policy – Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours prior to reservation date. A service fee of $50.00 per night will be charged for all no-shows.

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Specific room assignments may be moved to accommodate researchers.

For non-astronomer rates and reservations - (432) 426-4139

Contact information: a.lodge@astro<dot>as<dot>utexas<dot>edu

For astronomers and engineers - Go to https://mcdonald.utexas.edu/resources/official-travel/rta-rfs