After more than three years of a sometimes troubled, multimillion-dollar renovation, the 107-year-old Hotel Paso del Norte has opened.
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.
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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.
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.
This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Downtown’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte opens after long-delayed renovation