Downtown El Paso's signature hotel has gone by many names, but this week, the hotel was rebranded with its original 1912 name. The Hotel Paso Del Norte is coming to life again!

Patricia Martinez

I've loved this hotel all my life. My grandparents and parents took us there often over the years. We went to wedding celebrations there, and had family dinners and holiday brunches at the hotel. So many generations of El Pasoans have gone through those doors. The Henry Trost designed hotel opened in 1912, and cost $1.5 million to build. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. After the hotel was bought from a Mexican group that owned it for years, the Meyers group announced a multi-million dollar makeover.

The hotel has seen its ups and downs over the years. The 357 room hotel fell into major disrepair under the Grupo Empresarial Angeles, the Mexican company that sold out to the Meyer Group. El Paso lost out on many conventions because people didn't want to stay at the Camino Real due to its sad condition.

On December 13, 2016, the words 'Camino Real Hotel' glowed purple for the last time. The signage was removed the next day. Sorry to say, but I was glad to see it go. The Camino Real Hotel had come to represent a once beautiful hotel that had grown quite shabby.

The Meyers Group says they will be redoing the entire lobby level, the famous dome bar and restaurant, and the 10th floor ballroom and terrace which has been housing mechanical systems will be restored. The 10th floor is set to feature a luxurious full-service spa, state-of-the-art gym, and a pool and pool deck. Renovation plans for the hotel also include updating all 356 hotel rooms and suites, as well the second-floor Grand Ball room, and meeting and conference rooms.

I cannot wait to see what the Meyers Group does with the Hotel Paso del Norte. I'm beyond thrilled to see what they've done to the outside.

Patricia Martinez