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Hotel Paso Del Norte: Share Your Memorable Photos With Us

Opening soon, Downtown’s beautiful Hotel Paso Del Norte will point the way to the future of El Paso’s hospitality, by giving guests a glimpse of its past.

The Hotel Paso Del Norte wants people from the El Paso area, former guests and visitors to be part of the hotel’s future and celebrating its past by submitting photos of historic events, receptions, parties and other happenings from the hotel’s 106-year history.

Selected photos will be a part of celebrating the hotel’s history and writing its future by becoming part of the Hotel Paso Del Norte’s newly updated and renovated décor.

People whose photos are selected and used for display in the hotel will win a one-night stay at the Hotel Paso Del Norte after it opens later this year.

Submissions may be made online at the Hotel Paso Del Norte’s website.

By submitting a photo, residents must certify that thay are the sole owner of the submission and any copyright contained therein; and that the Hotel Paso Del Norte has the right to use your submitted photo to display in any way they see fit.

The Hotel Paso del Norte’s original building was designed by architect Henry C. Trost and built by Zachary T. White.

When it opened in 1912, construction cost about $1 million. The hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and features a 25-foot-diameter stained glass dome.

Guests reported to have stayed at the hotel include U.S. Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, Mexican Gen. Álvaro Obregón Salido, famed aviator Amelia Earhart, and then-Vice President Richard Nixon.

Hotel Paso del Norte will be part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, which celebrates boutique hotels that are unique in their design and thoughtful in their spirit. Part of that commitment includes allowing them to keep their unique names.

Greenwood owns or manages other hotels in Marriott’s Autograph Collection including The Henry in Dearborn, Michigan and The Watermark in Baton Rouge, Louisana.

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Meyers Group, City Bank of Texas Close on Loan for Paso Del Norte Restoration

On Tuesday, the Meyers Group led by Stewart Myers, announced the closing of a construction loan with City Bank of Texas for the restoration of the historic Camino Real Hotel.

“Securing the loan for the Hotel El Paso Norte restoration is a major milestone in the progress of this project,” says Stewart Myers, Chairman and CEO of Meyers Group. “We are thrilled to have the support of City Bank of Texas to aid in the current revitalization of El Paso. These restorations will not only awaken the rich history of El Paso, but also fill the void in the city for a convention hotel downtown.”

The City Bank of Texas, under the guidance of Ann Herkenhoff, provided financing for the restorations of Camino Real Hotel, which will be renamed to Hotel El Paso Norte once the project is complete.

The City Bank of Texas provided the fixed-rate mortgage to Stewart Meyers of the Myers Group team.

Renovation plans for the hotel include all 356 hotel rooms and suites, as well the second-floor Grand Ball room, and meeting and conference rooms. The entire lobby level, including all food and beverage operations and especially the famous dome bar and restaurant, will be completely restored.

Rendering of the Paso Del Norte’s rooftop patio and pool area | Courtesy Meyers Group

Further, the historic 10th floor ballroom and terrace, currently being used for mechanical purposes, will be restored to their original grandeur and feature a luxurious full-service spa, state-of-the-art gym, pool and pool deck, along with dining and beverage on the terraces overlooking the city.

“City Bank is proud of our financial commitment to be a part of the revitalization of such an iconic downtown El Paso landmark,” says Ann Herkenhoff of City Bank Texas.

“It is exciting to see one of the Southwest’s great hotels of the 20th century become one of the greatest of the 21st. This project would not have happened without a lot of hard work from the Meyers Group, the Aguilar Family and the City of El Paso. It was a complicated transaction. City Bank led a group of ten banks from Texas and New Mexico to finance the project. It was great to work with other banks in the region, most notably Citizens Bank, to structure the financing package,” Herkenhoff added.

The world-renowned team at Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design was selected to design the restoration of the historic hotel. The El Paso architect firm of in’situ Architecture, led by William C. Helm, is the collaborating team for the project.

The restoration of the Hotel Paso del Norte will be the second project for the Meyers Group in El Paso.

The firm recently closed on the purchase of a four-acre vacant lot at 201 Shadow Mountain Drive. A mixed-use development is planned for this desirable property in west El Paso including 300 units of condominiums, 50,000 square feet of supporting retail development which includes food, retail, entertainment and the possibility of a hotel.

Click here for Herald-Post’s previous coverage of the Hotel Paso Del Norte

City Approves Agreement that will Help Revitalize Historic Paso del Norte Hotel

The revitalization efforts in downtown continue as the El Paso City Council today approved an incentive agreement that will revitalize one of downtown’s most significant historic structures, the Hotel Paso del Norte (formerly known as the Camino Real).

The development was made possible by the City’s effort to work with our state delegation to obtain legislation that created state tax rebate worth $24.3 million.

Camino Real (lf) Paso del Norte ca 1970 (rt)
Camino Real (lf) Paso del Norte ca 1970 (rt)

The building, which sits at 101 S. El Paso Street will now undergo a renovation that will transform the space into a 4-star convention center hotel that will provide 300 guestrooms, a full service restaurant, function/meeting space, spa, fitness center, swimming pool, business center, airport shuttle, and upscale interior finishes.

The $70 million private investment from Meyers Group Acquisitions, LLC will qualify the property owners for an incentive package of more than $32 million:

  • State incentive of $24,364,727
  • $3,045,590.88 per year for a period up to 8 years
  • City to provide a maximum of $6,000,000 in redevelopment grants
  • Payments to occur at 50%, 75% and 100% construction completion
  • 100% Rebate or abatement of incremental Real/Personal Property
  • Incentive period limited to 8 years
  • Not to exceed $2,240,322.00
  • City to waive all building and development permit/inspection fees

Check out the previous stories below:

Meyers Group Closes on Purchase for Historic Camino Real Hotel; Renovations to take 18 Months, Will Reopen as Hotel Paso del Norte

Gallery+Story: Renderings for Restored Hotel Paso del Norte Revealed

Story in Many Pics: Renovation Begins – Camino Real Hotel Sign Removed

Just over two months after the Meyers Group announced their purchase of the Camino Real Hotel complex, which includes the historic Paso del Norte Hotel, crews were on hand Wednesday morning to being the renovation process – starting at the top.

Crews working for the Meyers Group and  Two Sabes removed the sign “Camino Real Hotel” sign from the rooftop of the downtown skyscraper. Our very own Andres Acosta was on hand and has his view of the work in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

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Meyers Group Closes on Purchase for Historic Camino Real Hotel; Renovations to take 18 Months, Will Reopen as Hotel Paso del Norte

The Meyers Group announced Tuesday the acquisition of the historic Camino Real Hotel in El Paso, Texas. The 356-room property is located on 101 South El Paso Street in the heart of the city’s downtown district.

“The current revitalization occurring around the Camino Real Hotel has positioned El Paso as one of the most up-and-coming American cities,” said Josh Meyers, Director of Real Estate Development for the Meyers Group. “Originally built in 1912, the hotel was for many years the crown jewel of the Southwest. Our vision is to restore it beyond its former glory and to finally fulfill the pressing need for a convention hotel in downtown El Paso.”

After many months of negotiations, the Meyers Group finalized the purchase transaction of the hotel on Monday, October 17. The acquisition allows the developer to move forward with plans to completely renovate the property. The hotel earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

After renovations are completed, which are expected to take up to 18 months, the Meyers Group plans to reopen under the hotel’s historic name, Hotel Paso del Norte.

Renovation plans for the hotel include all 356 hotel rooms and suites, as well the second-floor Grand Ball room, and meeting and conference rooms. The entire lobby level, including all food and beverage operations, and especially the famous dome bar and restaurant, will be completely restored.

Further, the historic 10th floor ballroom and terrace, currently being used for mechanical purposes, will be restored to their original grandeur and feature a luxurious full-service spa, state-of-the-art gym, pool and pool deck, along with dining and beverage on the terraces overlooking the city.

“In renovating the hotel we want to capture a sophisticated, contemporary and upscale American Western theme capitalizing on the hotel’s rich history that also includes both Mexican and Native American elements,” added Meyers. “Our plan is to create a unique hotel experience for our guests that highlights the history of the hotel’s El Paso location.”

The restoration of the Hotel Paso del Norte will be the second project for the Meyers Group in El Paso. The firm recently closed on the purchase of a four-acre vacant lot at 201 Shadow Mountain Drive. A mixed-use development is planned for this desirable property in west El Paso including 300 units of condominiums, 50,000 square feet of supporting retail development which includes food, retail, entertainment and the possibility of a hotel.

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