The Best Hotels to Book in El Paso, Texas

Youll love the city views of El Paso from the rooftop bar at the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park
You'll love the city views of El Paso from the rooftop bar at the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park | Courtesy of The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park / Expedia
Nione Meakin

This dusty West Texan town on the US-Mexico border has a colorful past – from its Wild West days, through to being a battleground during the Mexican Revolution and its Prohibition-era notoriety. While modern-day El Paso is a far cry from the lawless frontier town of old, there’s more than a whiff of nostalgia with its vintage streetcars, saloons-turned-craft-beer-bars and annual Billy the Kid Festival. If you’re looking for somewhere to hang your hat, here’s our list of the best hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown, an IHG Hotel, for cocktails and cool interiors

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Hotel Indigo El Paso Downtown
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The past and present come together in style at this hip hotel in the heart of downtown El Paso. Once home to the Downtowner Motor Inn, the facade hints at a half century of history – while inside, classic design and contemporary interiors position it firmly in the 21st century. Cool off from the desert heat in its fifth-floor pool before heading to the Circa 1963 bar, where you’ll mingle with locals enjoying expertly mixed cocktails against a backdrop of the Franklin Mountains.

2. Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collection, for VIP vibes

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Hotel Paso Del Norte
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Look skyward when you step into this chic hotel – the lobby’s stained-glass dome has been wowing guests for more than 100 years. There’s plenty to admire on ground level, too. From classical Doric columns to the sweeping staircase, it’s not hard to see why it’s long been a favored address for the presidents, film stars and rock bands whose names now make up its Wall of Fame. Enjoy cocktails and cigars in Black Jacks bar – you’ll be in good company.

3. Courtyard by Marriott El Paso Downtown/Convention Center, for zoo visits and vineyards

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Courtyard by Marriott El Paso Downtown/Convention Center
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From the art museum to the zoo, the best of El Paso is at your fingertips when you stay on North Santa Fe Street. Head out to the Rio Grande valley and discover the Tuscan-meets-Texan Zin Valle Vineyards or catch a baseball game at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas. End the day with a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool before retiring to the chill of the spacious bedrooms, whose cool colors and natural furnishings will revitalize you for another busy day.

4. DoubleTree by Hilton El Paso Downtown, for cowboy kicks

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DoubleTree by Hilton El Paso Downtown
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You won’t need to travel far for a good time at this popular hotel in the heart of El Paso’s entertainment district. Stop by historic Rocketbuster Boots for a pair of their unique cowboy boots – all custom-made on site – then take them out dancing at Lowbrow Palace, where touring musicians and local talent keep this bijou venue jumping. If you prefer to keep things uber-local, you’ll find dishes including ceviche and chicken tortilla soup at the hotel’s Fire Bar and Restaurant.

5. Aloft El Paso Downtown, for art deco extravagance

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Aloft El Paso Downtown
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The art deco OT Bassett Tower has been an El Paso city landmark for almost 100 years – and now you can stay there. Designed in 1929 by Henry Trost – believed to be depicted in the bust over the front entrance – this 15-story skyscraper was originally an office block, but has been transformed into a seriously stylish boutique hotel that boasts some of the best views in town. Geometric prints and angular furniture nod to the building’s heritage, while smart TVs and plug & play stations cater to the needs of its switched-on clientele.

6. Hilton Garden Inn El Paso/University, for college convenience

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Hilton Garden Inn El Paso/University
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With famous alumni including Laura Bush, Renee Zellweger, Wes Anderson and Janis Joplin, the University of Texas has a reputation for attracting talent. Join a well-connected crowd by booking into this smart hotel on the university’s El Paso campus. Standard rooms include Keurig coffee makers and ergonomic desk chairs, while suites come with two queen-size beds and two TVs. A free airport shuttle operates daily.

7. Holiday Inn Express El Paso – Sunland Park Area, an IHG Hotel, for a penny-pinching pitstop

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Holiday Inn Express El Paso
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On the move and need a place to recharge? This cheap and cheerful hotel on Doniphan Park Circle is ideally situated whether traveling for business or pleasure. Most of El Paso’s major firms are based nearby while the range of malls, outlet shops, parks and restaurants offer plenty to do with your downtime. Plush duvets, a choice of pillows and plentiful power outlets make it easy to feel at home, and the free breakfasts mean you’ll start the day with a spring in your step.

8. The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, for Hollywood history

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The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park
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However long or short your stay at this decadent property, the memories are guaranteed to last a lifetime. The hotel, built in 1930, was the first in Conrad Hilton’s empire – but had stood empty for years until an ambitious revamp moved it back under the limelight. Garlanded with awards for its art deco-esque design and opulent finishings, you’ll feel like a star from the moment you step inside. Indulge the fantasy at rooftop bar La Perla, once a penthouse suite belonging to Elizabeth Taylor.

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