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Where, oh where, to stay in El Paso
January 8, 2014 8:58 AM   Subscribe

I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for where to stay in El Paso. My colleague and I will be there for work and would like to stay somewhere where we can walk out of the hotel and find some good options.

El Camino Real was recommended to us along with a Holiday Inn Express on I-10. The Doubletree is booked.

Any ideas? Trip advisor suggests that El Camino Real has seen better days. There are some other options on trip advisor like Hampton Inn, but we aren't sure about the area.

Thanks!
posted by superfille to Travel & Transportation around El Paso, TX (4 answers total)
 
What area of town will you be working in? What kind of "good options" do you mean? Clubs? Bars? Cultural attractions? Shopping, theaters, or?? Will you have any access to a vehicle? How long will you be staying?
posted by tilde at 9:00 AM on January 8


I'll actually be working over the border, but staying in El Paso due to safety concerns. I won't have a car at night. I'm guessing I can do taxis, but would prefer to have options near by for food and maybe, post-work drinks. There won't be much time for the other stuff. Only staying 3 nights/4 days.
posted by superfille at 9:04 AM on January 8


It's a bit dated, but I stayed at the Camino Real in 2008 and vividly recall my air conditioner struggling to keep up with the heat. I remember the hotel restaurant being surprisingly good, but my standards are probably pretty low for Tex-Mex.
posted by chocotaco at 9:52 AM on January 8


What time of year? (I lived in the area a while but didn't do a lot of hotelling)

Hampton Inn West is pretty way far the heck away from everywhere you'll likely need to be. The Airport one, from the map, is taxi distance from a couple of malls - Basset has a Target IIRC and Cielo Vista has a movie theater; Cinemark brand, with occasional special broadcast events.

I've not stayed in the Camino Real, but being downtown it's walking distance to a few interesting places. Been a while since I've been downtown, actually. If you're going mid-winter, aka nowish, chocotaco's experience with the AC shouldn't be a problem.

The Holiday Inn Express Central puts you nearby the other places mentioned - Double Tree and El Camino. The HIE brand, in my experience, has good and bad. From what I can see, the building is not new (the Hampton Inn West either is new or really refurbed), and I don't see any pictures of the rooms themselves. Some complaints on their site lead me to believe this is an old rehabbed building.

This place (http://www.gardnerhotel.com/) also looks cute; in the downtown area.

Staying downtown there are a lot of one-way streets, so finding the place may be difficult.

El Paso really isn't very walkable in my limited experience, so downtown is your best bet, especially if your guidelines pointed you downtown (DoubleTree). Aside from what's going on after work, you need to factor in bridge time both ways. Are you going to have time or be interested in running around by foot? Or are your driver and hosts be planning to fete you in Juarez?

As a general rule of thumb in a strange town, stick with your colleague and storm the city as a pair and/or take a taxi when you're out at night.
posted by tilde at 11:25 AM on January 8


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