Los Angeles firm to lead $70 million Downtown El Paso hotel remake

The Camino Real Hotel will be renovated to update the hotel and fix issues.

Sarah Ann Dueñas / El Paso Times

A Los Angeles hotel renovation company has been hired to lead the $70 million renovation of the former Camino Real Hotel in Downtown El Paso.

InterServe will lead the renovation, said officials with the Meyers Group, a Miami real estate development company with El Paso family ties that purchased the 105-year-old hotel in October.

The $70 million renovation actually began in mid-June, and is expected to be completed in May.

The renamed Hotel Paso Del Norte will be franchised as a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel. The Autograph Collection is made up of about 100 luxury, iconic landmark hotels in 30 countries, according to a Marriott news release.

The hotel, located at 101 S. El Paso St., was designed by iconic El Paso architect Henry Trost. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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The hotel "is one of the most important historic buildings in the Southwest, " Brian Brooks, InterServ CEO, said in a statement. "Since opening in 1912, it has served as an iconic landmark welcoming visitors to Downtown El Paso."

No financial details of InterServe’s contract with the Meyers Group were disclosed.

Rendering of the iconic dome bar, which is part of the renovation of the Hotel Paso Del Norte.

Richard Aguilar’s Two Sabes LLC is a minority partner with Meyers Group in the renovation. Aguilar’s EPT Land Communities is developing the huge Montecillo Smart Growth community in West El Paso.

The project is to get $32 million in city and state tax subsidies, as well as city grants.

The project will reconstruct 344 guest rooms, add a state-of-the-art gym, redo the iconic dome bar, redo the lobby, lounge areas, outdoor courtyard and more, according to Meyers Group officials. A steakhouse also will be added.

"The Hotel Paso Del Norte is a beloved historical landmark in Downtown El Paso, and restoring a property like this requires diligence and commitment," Stuart Meyers, founder and CEO of the Meyers Group, said in a statement.

Vic Kolenc may be reached at 546-6421; vkolenc@elpasotimes.com; @vickolenc on Twitter.

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