Situated in far West Texas on the Rio Grande where Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico all meet, you’ll find El Paso. Surrounded by the Franklin Mountains and smack dab on the Mexican border, it’s home to a plethora of culture and history, and has a huge Mexican influence. 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 Texas’ most iconic frontier towns.
Thanks to its role in the Mexican Revolution and countless other periods in Texan history, the city is brimming with cultural and historic monuments such as Fort Bliss, the Magoffin Home State Historic Site and El Paso Museum of Archaeology. 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 historic Plaza Theatre built in 1929, to the Camino Real Hotel circa 1912, and the old Mexican Markets, it’s easy to fall for the downtown area’s charm.
It should also come as no surprise that El Paso boasts some of the best, and we mean the best Mexican food in the Lone Star State. Eat your way through the local culture with an afternoon spent at the family run L & J Cafe that’s been serving up delicious Mexican fares since 1927; or how about a few potent margaritas at Los Bandidos de Carlos & Mickey’s? Either way, you’ll never leave El Paso hungry.
El Paso is also an excellent gateway into the White Sands National Monument. At just a half hour away, El Paso’s an ideal base to explore the surrounding beauty of one of the US’ most beloved natural areas.
The historic Camino Real Hotel has been an El Paso icon since first opening 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-story hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, full-service spa and a gym. Rooms have a unique blend of contemporary Mexican, Texas and Native American decor, with views overlooking the Franklin Mountains.
Guests can dine in style at several dining options, including a rooftop terrace bar. There’s even a cigar lounge which features a walk-in humidor, private cigar lockers, and cocktail 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. Once you’ve explored Downtown, you’ll find it easy to relax here. There’s a sleek rooftop pool and bar area on the fifth floor.
There’s a restaurant at the hotel, as well as 24-hour room service if you feel like a midnight snack. Plus, it’s pet friendly!
This charming boutique hotel 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.
There’s also a luxury spa with a floatation room, steam room and Vichy massage showers.
At 17 stories high, The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park has been a key point of the city’s skyline since opening in the 1930s. This iconic building is now renovated into a 131 room boutique hotel, including a Mexican restaurant. There’s also a rooftop bar that overlooks the mountains of Mexico and New Mexico, and is the highest outdoor viewpoint in El Paso.
Rooms 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. The hotel also offers a shuttle to the airport, free fitness center access, and an outdoor pool.
There’s also a coffee shop, restaurant and bar in the hotel.
Aloft El Paso Downtown is an ultra-hip hotel that’s part of the revamped Art Deco O.T. Bassett Tower. This hotel offers a great location for travellers, as it’s close to local restaurants, bars and cultural hotspots. Rooms are spacious and feature ultra-comfortable signature beds, walk-in showers and 55” Smart TVs.
The hotel also has 3 meeting rooms and 2,088 sq ft of total meeting space, so it’s ideal for business travellers. For dining, you can enjoy food and drinks at the onsite restobar 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. Adults will love the spacious rooms, fitness center, tasty breakfast and meeting room facilities. It’s a great mix of work and play here.