Overlooked by the Franklin Mountains, El Paso, Texas, is set on the border with Mexico, across the Rio Grande from the city of Juarez. El Paso has several border crossings within the city limits, the Good Neighbor and Paso del Norte bridges being the busiest. El Paso’s downtown, where most hotels are set, is a five-minute drive from the Rio Grande crossings. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs issued a travel warning in September 2010 advising caution for travelers visiting Cuidad Juarez because of violence associated with the drug trade.
Camino Real Hotel
Housed in a 1912, 16-story landmark building with 359 bedrooms in downtown El Paso, the Camino Real Hotel El Paso is a five-minute drive from both the Good Neighbor and Paso del Norte international bridges. The double-height, marbled lobby is topped by a spectacular dome with ornate stained glass. Leisure facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and a gym. The hotel offers two on-site dining options; The Dome serves a fine-dining menu and Azulejos offers Mexican and international dishes. Guests enjoy a complimentary airport shuttle to and from El Paso International Airport, 14 miles from the hotel.
Doubletree El Paso Downtown/City Center Hotel
Twelve blocks from the main international border-crossing bridges, the Doubletree El Paso Downtown/City Center Hotel is set in a modern 12-story building in downtown El Paso. The hotel has an outdoor pool and fitness room. The on-site Fire Restaurant serves a menu with Southwestern specialties and the M Bar offers self-service convenience. The seventh-floor Sunset Terrace Bar features views across the El Paso cityscape. A few steps from the hotel, El Paso Museum of Art features visiting exhibitions and a collection of Mexican, American and European art.
Featuring its original early 20th-century furniture, the budget Gardner Hotel in central El Paso is a five-minute drive from the main bridges crossing the Rio Grande into Mexico. The Gardner offers standard hotel rooms, family rooms and hostel-style accommodations. Nearby dining options include Rulis’ International Kitchen, which serves a menu including soups, salads and paninis, and Leo’s Mexican Food Restaurant. In the notorious 1930s, outlaw John Dillinger stayed here shortly before he was captured in Tucson.
Hilton Garden Inn El Paso
Set in a 110-bedroom, contemporary building rising eight stories above El Paso’s downtown, the Holiday Inn Express El Paso-Central is a seven-minute drive from the Good Neighbor International crossing to Cuidad Juarez. The hotel has a fully equipped fitness room and an outdoor pool. A complimentary breakfast is provided and authentic Mexican fare can be found at La Malinche, a five-minutes’ walk away. Cafe Central, a 10-minute walk from the hotel, serves a fine-dining, seasonal menu with Southwestern influences.