A Piece of Downtown, El Paso History

Jun - 04 2014

Historical Downtown El Paso Hotel

The Gardner Hotel is a unique and enchanting place full of history and class. It has been a functioning downtown El Paso hotel since 1922, built by Preston E. Gardner, who was a lawyer and oilman from Missouri. Originally intended to be 5 stories high, the construction was stopped when Gardner’s budget was exceeded by $50,000. For this reason, it remains only 3 stories high. The construction was so expensive due to the fact that the structure is entirely made of steel, making it virtually fireproof, as fire was a great fear in cities during the 1920’s. This is one of the many reasons that it is a distinct piece of El Paso history.

All of the rooms, including the lobby, contain the original antique furniture from the time the structure was first built. Although The Gardner is the oldest downtown El Paso hotel, all amenities have been updated. We offer our guests the sense of traveling through time without losing any of our modern day conveniences. Our facilities include a kitchen and dining area, laundry machines, pool table, cable TV, high speed Internet, and even an exchange library. Guests are welcome to entertain themselves within our walls, or to explore our gorgeous southwest region. Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable on surrounding attractions, both in El Paso, Juarez, and New Mexico.

With our central downtown location, guests are welcome to explore other attractions nearby. We are walking distance from many local pubs, venues, restaurants, parks, and museums. The hotel is open 24/7, so our guests can come and go as they please. Our staff are ready and available at all times for inquiries about the area and its activities. For more information, please call our front desk at (915)-532-3661 or walk in and visit us at 311 East Franklin Avenue 79901.

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