The management team that will run the newly renovated Hotel Paso del Norte has added another member. James A. Perricone has been named the hotel’s new General Manager.
Perricone comes to El Paso from his previous position of Corporate Task Force General Manager for Interstate Hotels and Resorts. In that position, he also served as General Manager of the five-star London NYC hotel, a 562-room resort and luxury hotel.
Under Perricone’s direction, the hotel was voted one of the Top 10 hotels in New York.
Perricon’s previous work includes General Manager and Food and Beverage Director duties at various hotels throughout the U.S., including Albuquerque; Bethesda, Maryland.; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
As the Corporate Program Director of Food and Beverage for the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, he not only oversaw various hotels and resorts for military personnel, he also helped execute President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ball in 2009.
Perricone is no stranger to opening new hotels. As a General Manager for Marriott and Hilton hotels, he opened six new hotels and was nominated for Marriot’s General Manager of the Year award. He was named Manager of the Quarter for Marriott Southeast Region.
The hotel is located at 101 South El Paso St. in Downtown El Paso. Visit HotelPDN.com for more information on the new hotel, and visit www.autographhotels.com, for information on the brand.
“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.
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.
“There is an intense sense of responsibility when it comes to restoring a historic landmark, one that was built in the early 1900s. It requires partnering with an exclusive group of tradespeople with a specific skill set,” said Eli Tene, Managing Partner at InterServ, LP. “We are honored to be a part of this special project and can’t wait to unveil the final product next year.”
InterServ is responsible for the demolition and reconstruction of 344 guest rooms, a new state-of-the-art gym facility, a stunning dome bar, steak house restaurant, the lobby and lounge areas of the property, the outdoor courtyard and more.
“The Hotel Paso Del Norte is a beloved historical landmark in Downtown El Paso, and restoring a property like this requires diligence and commitment.” said Stuart Meyers, Founder and CEO of the Meyers Group. “We look to the expertise of the InterServ team as they breathe new life into the hotel and we can’t wait to reintroduce it to Downtown El Paso next year.”
The Meyers Group will spend $70 million in private investment for the restoration, and the redesign will highlight local materials such as copper, brass and deep burnished leather to create the traditional robust atmosphere of the El Paso historic hotel.
The use of natural materials, such as worn rough wood finishes, will be used to offset the polished metals set alongside the charcoal gray and deep brown colors of the red ochre hues surrounding the Franklin Mountains. Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Designed, an experienced hospitality and historic renovation architectural firm based in Miami, headed the redesign for the hotel.
“The Hotel Paso Del Norte is one of the most important historic buildings in the Southwest. Since opening in 1912, it has served as an iconic landmark welcoming visitors to Downtown El Paso,” said Brian Brooks, CEO of InterServ, LP. “We are thrilled to be a part of this remodel, and look forward to restoring the hotel to its historic glory, while providing a beautiful, high-end venue for locals and tourists to enjoy.”
The Meyers Group purchased the 100-year-old hotel in 2016, and is now committed to bringing it back to life with luxurious design and quality finishes while still maintaining the historical significance and integrity of the property.
Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design was awarded first prize in the “Creative Spark” Competition at the Top Hotel Projects World Tour 2017 for its renovation design of Hotel Paso Del Norte, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, in El Paso.
Kobi Karp’s restoration of the historic property will pay homage to the hotel’s history and will give downtown El Paso a luxurious and iconic landmark. Located in the heart of downtown El Paso, the hotel’s renovation plans include all 356 hotel rooms and suites, as well the second-floor grand ballroom and conference rooms.
“We are honored to be recognized for our vision for this 100-year-old hotel,” said Kobi Karp, founder and principal at Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design. “We were inspired by the striking, historic architecture of the existing structure, which speaks volumes of the hotel’s and El Paso’s rich history.”
Upon arrival, Hotel Paso Del Norte guests will enter a reception area highlighted by the luxurious stained-glass dome, accentuated with ornate plaster details. The restoration of the original 10th-floor rooftop will use the ballroom as a prelude to the pool lounge area surrounded by a luxurious full-service spa, state-of-the-art gym.
The bar room, next to the rooftop terrace, will be expanded to overlook panoramic views of the Franklin Mountains, the historic Rio Grande and the Mexican border.
The redesign will highlight local materials such as copper, brass and deep burnished leathers to create the traditional robust atmosphere of the El Paso historic hotel. The use of local natural materials, such as worn rough wood finishes, will be used to offset the burnished metals set alongside charcoal gray and deep dark brown colors of the red Ochre colors surrounding the Franklin Mountains.
The historic building was originally completed in 1912 with 195 rooms. The architect of the then 10-story Hotel Paso Del Norte was Henry Charles Trost (1860-1933). Built on the site of the city’s famous Happy Hour Vaudeville Theater, Italian artisans were brought to El Paso to assist with creation of the massively ornate interiors in the three lobbies.
The most impressive feature, even more than the elaborate mahogany carvings, was the magnificent 25’ diameter Louis Tiffany-style stain glass dome built in 17 pieces. The hotel earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
In 1986, a 17-story building was built adjacent to the existing “old” hotel increasing its size to 356 rooms.
The hotel is adjacent to the El Paso Convention Center and within walking distance of museums, historic San Jacinto Plaza, downtown entertainment and business districts.
Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design is widely experienced in hospitality and historic renovations, having been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Historic Preservation Award.
For more information about Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, please visit their website.
The Meyers Group and Two Sabes LLC unveiled the finalized renderings for the renovation of Hotel Paso del Norte.
The world-renowned team at Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design has been 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.
“In recognizing the importance of Hotel Paso del Norte, not only in El Paso’s history but in its future as well, we have set out to restore it far beyond its former glory,” said Josh Meyers, Director of Real Estate Development for the Meyers Group. “We want to pay homage to the historical value it possesses, while giving Downtown El Paso one of the most luxurious and iconic hotels in the hospitality business.”
Renovation plans for the hotel include all 356 hotel rooms and suites, as well the second-floor grand ballroom, and conference rooms. Upon arrival, hotel guests will enter a reception area highlighted by the luxurious stained-glass dome, accentuated with ornate plaster details.
The restoration of the original 10th-floor rooftop will use the ballroom as a prelude to the pool lounge area surrounded by a luxurious full-service spa, state-of-the-art gym. The bar room next to the rooftop terrace will be expanded to overlook panoramic views of the Franklin Mountains, the historic Rio Grande and the Mexican border.
“The unique vision of restoring and renovating this storied hotel is inspired by the rich, historic architecture and material details of the 100-year-old hotel,” said Kobi Karp, founder and principal at Kobi Karp Architecture and Design.
“Using the natural materials of white terra-cotta, red brick, natural vein stone marble, and deep three-dimensional plaster reliefs as the inspiration for the cutting-edge interior design of the building. Every detail in the hotel speaks of the rich history and stories of the past through the interior design of the largest building in historic downtown El Paso.”
The redesign will highlight local materials such as copper, brass and deep burnished leathers to create the traditional robust atmosphere of the El Paso historic hotel.
The use of local natural materials, such as worn rough wood finishes, will be used to offset the burnished metals set alongside charcoal gray and deep dark brown colors of the red Ochre colors surrounding the Franklin Mountains.
Widely experienced in hospitality and historic renovations, Kobi Karp and his team have been the recipients of numerous awards including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Historic Preservation Award. The remodeling of the Cadillac Hotel in Miami Beach earned Karp the Florida Builders Association Merit Award, the Dade Heritage Trust Historic Preservation Award and the Miami Design Preservation League Merit Award.
The Strand earned the “Historical Preservation of the Year” award by the Developers and Builders Alliance and Dade Heritage Trust Historic Preservation” recognition. He was also awarded the AIA Miami Sustainable Design/Honor Award of Excellence for 1 Hotel Miami Beach. Other hotel projects include the Astor Hotel, Tampa Le Meridian, The Confidante and Collins Park.
The Meyers Group and Two Sabes LLC finalized the purchase of the hotel in October. The hotel earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Photo Gallery courtesy Meyers Group and Two Sabes LLC