Hotel Paso del Norte

Hotel Paso del Norte Reopens in El Paso

El Paso’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte, which first opened in 1912, recently reopened after four years and a multi-million dollar renovation. The 351-room Autograph Collection hotel is once again welcoming visitors to enjoy ultra-modern luxury in a historic setting.

Panoramic views of the Franklin Mountains, with terraces overlooking the Mexican border, offer a distinct sense of place. Birdcage light fixtures and comfortable lounge areas transform the lobby areas.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life,” said Carlos Sarmiento, General Manager of Hotel Paso del Norte, Autograph Collection. “That’s the feeling people experience at Hotel Paso del Norte. Here, everything that is good about life abounds: impeccable architecture, exquisite dining and drinks, friendly people, and the comforts of luxurious amenities. It’s not just an escape, it’s a celebration of living.”

Hotel Paso del Norte Since 1912

El Paso's Historic Hotel Paso del Norte reopens

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When the luxurious hotel first opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1912, it was known as the “Showplace of the Southwest.” Local businessman Zack White hoped to create a first-class hotel, one that would help attract people to the Southwest. Trost & Trost Architects of El Paso and Andrews & Company of New York helped create his vision, building a destination that has stood the test of time.

The hotel’s guests in the early 20th century could drink libations while watching the Mexican Revolution from the hotel’s 10th floor. Today’s travelers and locals instead explore downtown El Paso, or conduct business at the nearby Judson F. Williams Convention Center. The hotel is in easy walking distance to entertainment venues and other attractions. A minor league ballpark, museums, additional restaurants, parks, and the downtown streetcar system are also an easy walk from the hotel.

10th Floor Overlook

El Paso's Historic Hotel Paso del Norte

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The 10th-floor, with its celebrated overlook, boasts such amenities as a rooftop pool, boutique, cigar bar, fitness center, and upcoming spa with a state-of-the-art salt therapy room. Elegant, beautifully preserved features flourish throughout the hotel, like the Tiffany-style, stained-glass dome ceiling with its 25-foot diameter. In a nod to the region’s history, Mexican General Pancho Villa is brought to life in an eight-foot, restored bronze statue. Standing in the hotel’s front plaza, Pancho Villa is shown welcoming U. S General John J. Pershing to town.

The renovated hotel offers a distinct culinary scene, with beverage and dining options that showcase the flavor of El Paso. Pre-prohibition style cocktails are available in the legendary Dome Bar. Sabor features such authentic items as enchiladas rolled with handmade tortillas. At 1700 Steak House, discerning diners enjoy-prime cut steaks and a world-class wine list. Dulce offers a sweet ending with house-made gelato and freshly made baked items. The hotel’s restaurant menus evolve throughout the year, reflecting the best of each season.

Hotel Paso del Norte

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The hotel has 33,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including a private board room and private dining spaces. They offer elegant ballrooms and old-world décor with original chandeliers, carrying the tradition of hospitality into the next century.

The reopened hotel uses a special air filtration system throughout the property. The Plasma Air system has been said to kill 99% of bacteriophage in the air after only ten minutes. Common areas, bars, restaurants, hallways, ballrooms, meeting rooms, spa and fitness rooms, and all guest rooms use the filtration system.

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Written by Jo Ann Holt