El Paso is the oldest city in Texas. It is situated in the far western part of the Lone Star State in the Chihuahuan Desert along the Rio Grande. Surrounded by the Franklin Mountains, it is at the intersection where Texas, New Mexico and the Mexican state of Chihuahua all meet.
Sharing an international border with Ciudad Juarez in Mexico means that El Paso has a huge Mexican influence and rich history and culture.
El Paso got its start as a humble mountain pass trade town in the late 1600s and in the centuries since, has become one of the most iconic frontier towns in Texas and one of the largest USA-Mexico border cities.
Thanks to its role in the Mexican Revolution and countless other periods in Texan history, the city is brimming with historic hotspots and monuments such as Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, the Ysleta Mission and the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. There’s also plenty of places preserving and celebrating the city’s culture including El Paso Museum of Archaeology, the El Paso County Historical Society and Pershing House.
Not only that but Historic Downtown is loaded with charm and beautiful architecture that tells a story of El Paso at the turn of the 20th century. From the splendid Plaza Theatre constructed in 1929 to the Camino Real Hotel circa 1912 and the old Mexican Markets, the city is like an outdoor museum. With so much regard for its roots, it’s easy to fall for the city’s charms, especially in the downtown area.
Being smack dab on the Mexican border, it should also come as no surprise to learn that El Paso has some of the best, and we mean the best Mexican food in the Lone Star State. The city isn’t short of restaurants serving up authentic south of the border cuisine.
A great way to get a taste of Mexico in El Paso is to spend the day eating your way through the city. Start with breakfast and grab a table at the family-run L & J Cafe that’s been serving up delicious Mexican dishes and drinks since 1927. Order up some huevos rancheros or molletes. For lunch, pop into Julio’s Mexican Food and tuck into tacos, flautas and tostadas. Looking to quench your thirst? How about a few potent margaritas at Los Bandidos de Carlos & Mickey’s? Either way, you’ll never go hungry in El Paso.
El Paso is a vibrant oasis in the Chihuahuan Desert and has everything you could need for a great city break and vacation. However, if you do want to go beyond the city limits and explore more, El Paso is an ideal base for venturing out to the outstanding beauty of the White Sands National Park. This is one of the most beloved natural areas in the United States, and being just a half-hour drive away, El Paso is an excellent gateway. When you are ready to hit the road, just pop on a great driving playlist, and settle in for a scenic adventure through the West Texas desert. You’ll be there in no time and refreshed ready to roam the otherworldly white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals.
Like to party? El Paso is famed for its many fiestas and events. Once the summer season starts the city comes alive with festivals, with something fun and fabulous taking place almost every week. At the Chamizal National Memorial, free outdoor concerts play every Sunday during the sunny summer months. Time your trip to El Paso with the following events to get a real flavour of the city’s love of fiestas: Ysleta Mission Festival, Fiesta de San Elsario, Fiesta de San Miguel, Fiesta de Las Flores and the El Paso Downtown Festival.
With so much to see and do, eat and drink, you are going to want somewhere comfortable and relaxing to stay. El Paso has a wide variety of accommodations ranging from luxurious hotels in the downtown area to comfortable guesthouses across the city as well as the biggest names in the hotel business. No matter what your preference and budget, you’ll find a suitable place to rest for the duration of your stay.
The historic Camino Real Hotel has been an El Paso icon since it first opened in the early 1900s. It was renovated in 2017 to join part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and is now a real hotel gem of the Southwest. The 17-storey hotel is one of the most ornate buildings in the city and has a stunning stained glass ceiling.
Rooms have a unique blend of contemporary Mexican, Texas and Native American decor, with views overlooking the Franklin Mountains. If you can tear yourself away from the big, comfortable bed, the hotel has lots of facilities to keep you busy. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool followed by a pampering session and treatment in the full-service spa. You can also keep up your fitness routine in the gym, which is open 24 hours a day.
Guests can dine in style at several restaurants and cafes. Take your pick from the rooftop terrace bar, The Dome Bar, a Mexican restaurant and a steakhouse. There’s even a cigar lounge that features a walk-in humidor, private cigar lockers and cocktail service. Of course, you can always just lounge in your beautiful room and order room service.
Mid-century architecture meets contemporary design at this sleek hotel in El Paso’s thriving Downtown area. The 119-room hotel was once home to the 1960s-era Downtowner Motor Inn; now, rooms have funky artwork by local artists and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for uninterrupted views of the colourful desert sunsets.
Once you’ve explored Downtown, head back to the hotel for some relaxation and to enjoy the facilities. You’ll have no problem unwinding in the sleek rooftop pool and the fitness centre. If you have to work, the hotel is well set up for business guests with a business centre and all the facilities needed to get work done.
There’s two restaurants at the hotel, as well as 24-hour room service if you feel like a midnight snack. Plus, it’s pet friendly, so you can bring your furry family member to stay with you.
This charming boutique hotel has just 42 suites and individually curated rooms. It is a design dream, with artwork by Mexican, European and local artists everywhere you look. A mezzanine above the ground floor even features an art gallery! At the heart of the hotel is a four-story Light-Well; a moving light sculpture that illuminates the restaurant at night. Rooms are bright and sleek with marble bathrooms, and some have cosy reading corners.
For a tantalizing mix of Mexican flavour, American influence and five-star service book a table at the hotel’s Taft-Diaz restaurant. You can dine here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For light bites, order something from the tasty bar menu and make sure you toast the day at happy hour.
For a bit of pampering, there’s a luxury spa. Book yourself in for a renewing treatment, for instance, a facial, massage or couples’ experience and relax in the floatation tank, steam room and under the Vichy massage showers.
The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park is steeped in history and heritage and the hotel celebrates its past as well as the culture of El Paso. Located in downtown El Paso’s vibrant arts district, called Las Plazas, the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park has been a key point of the city’s skyline since its opening in the 1930s. This iconic building is now a beautiful boutique hotel with 130 rooms.
The luxurious hotel has two upscale food and beverage options. The Ámbar Restaurante serves wood-fired Mexican cuisine. La Perla is the rooftop bar and restaurant which serves small seafood-driven plates and has sweeping views of the mountains of Mexico and New Mexico. At 17 stories high, this is the highest outdoor viewpoint in El Paso.
The hotel’s bedrooms are in a glamorous Art Deco style with luxury linens and marble – you’ll feel like a modern-day Elizabeth Taylor (a former guest) when staying here.
Need a handy place to stay in El Paso as a family? The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel El Paso Downtown is near the museum district and is a great option for families. It’s also close to Wet n Wild Water World and Western Playland Amusement Park. The suites are expansive and big enough for most families with additional living room spaces complete with sofa beds.
It’s located just 10 minutes from the airport and the hotel offers a shuttle to the airport. Other facilities include free fitness center access, a 24-hour business center and an outdoor terrace pool.
There’s also a coffee shop, restaurant, bar and sunset terrace in the hotel.
Aloft El Paso Downtown is a centrally located, family-friendly hotel located in the 90-year-old Bassett Tower. But even though it is in a historic building, the hotel is ultra-modern with a contemporary design and plenty of amenities.
Located in Downtown El Paso on Texas Avenue, the hotel is just a 15-minute walk to the El Paso train station. It is also within walking distance of the El Paso Museum of Art. The 89 guest rooms are spacious and feature ultra-comfortable signature platform beds, large walk-in showers and 55-inch Smart TVs. There’s also tea and coffee making facilities and a mini-refrigerator to make your stay as convenient as possible.
The hotel also has three meeting rooms and 2,088 sq ft of total meeting space, so it’s ideal for business travellers. You can also work up a sweat in the hotel fitness centre. For dining, you can enjoy food and drinks at the onsite restaurant and bar which has live music, signature drinks and a full menu.
This well-designed hotel is conveniently located off of I-10, five miles from El Paso International Airport (ELP) – and yes, they provide free shuttles from the airport to the hotel! You’re also close to some of the best attractions in El Paso.
The hotel is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, as kids can enjoy themselves at the hotel’s water park which includes El Paso’s largest pool. It is also a great choice for travellers who need plenty of accessible services and amenities.
The bright and spacious rooms have all you need for a holiday or business stay, for instance, Wi-fi, coffee making facilities and a large desk. There’s also a fitness center and meeting room facilities. It’s a great mix of work and play here. In the morning, you can tuck into a tasty breakfast and fill up on Texas-shaped waffles.