Downtown’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte opens after long-delayed renovation

After more than three years of a sometimes troubled, multimillion-dollar renovation, the 107-year-old Hotel Paso del Norte has opened.

Hotel Paso del Norte General Manager talks about the historic hotel’s renovation

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The 351-room, Marriott Autograph Collection hotel had been scheduled to reopen in 2018, but the project was delayed by construction problems and COVID-19 business restrictions.

The hotel opened at 11 a.m., Oct. 8.  A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled Oct. 15 at the hotel, located at South El Paso Street and San Antonio Avenue in Downtown.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life. That’s the feeling people (will) experience” at the hotel, Carlos Sarmiento, the hotel general manager, said in a statement.



a traffic light with a building in the background: The dome bar at the Hotel Paso del Norte retained the historic charm with updated, more modern decor.


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The dome bar at the Hotel Paso del Norte retained the historic charm with updated, more modern decor.

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The hotel features the elegant Dome bar, with its 25-foot-wide, 107-year-old, stained-glass dome, a rooftop pool and bar on its 10th floor, the Sabor Mexican restaurant, the 1700º Steak House, and Dulce bakery cafe, according to a hotel press release. It has 33,000 square feet of ballrooms and other meeting spaces. And a virus-killing air-filtration system is installed throughout the hotel.

Room rates range from $204 to $290 per night, according to the Marriott hotel’s website.

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Much of the hotel was designed by the late, iconic El Paso architect Henry Trost, who designed most of Downtown’s historic gems. A large addition was added in the 1980s.

The Meyers Group, a Miami-based development company, announced the project in 2016. The company headed by Stuart Meyers, who has El Paso family ties, formed a partnership with El Paso developer Richard Aguilar, whose company developed the West El Paso Montecillo Smart Growth community, for the renovation, originally estimated to cost $70 million.

The hotel owners are to get $32.6 million in city and state grants and tax abatement to help pay for the renovation if all requirements are met.

The hotel had to open by Dec. 31 under a revised economic development agreement with the city of El Paso to qualify for the incentives.



a group of people standing on a sidewalk: The housekeeping staff's uniforms complete the historic feel of the Hotel Paso del Norte in downtown El Paso. The hotel reopened Thursday.


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The housekeeping staff’s uniforms complete the historic feel of the Hotel Paso del Norte in downtown El Paso. The hotel reopened Thursday.

The hotel’s opening comes about three months after the opening of the nearby 130-room Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park after renovation of the 90-year-old building, also designed by the prolific Trost. 

Vic Kolenc may be reached at 546-6421; vkolenc@elpasotimes.com; @vickolenc on Twitter.

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