The Gardner Hotel is located in an expanding area of the city…downtown El Paso. Back in 2000, the city had a population over 550,000. Fast forward about 13 years; the population is starting to get within reaching distance of 700,000. And with the population growing that much over a decade, the city is making an emphasis to bring more people and tourists to the downtown area.
This past year, construction started on the baseball stadium that will be the new home of the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate. Union Plaza, just down the street from the stadium is home to a couple of shops, restaurants and emerging nightlife of the city.
Events are being put on throughout the year at the museums and in the convention center district. Chalk the Block, Last Thursdays, Alfresco Fridays and the Downtown Arts & Farmers Market are mainstays in the area. The Plaza Classic brings thousands of filmmakers, actors and movie enthusiasts to the area in early August.
And with the holidays coming up, downtown El Paso is a popular place to catch the annual parade of lights and the Christmas tree at San Jacinto Plaza.
In addition to these happenings in the area, plenty of restaurants are located throughout the region that is making this area of the city a popular place for tourists.
Kipps Cheesesteak, Lucy’s Restaurant and House of Pizza Downtown are a couple of notable places to grab a bite to eat.
Earlier this year, the city revealed the message ‘El Paso. It’s all good.’ It’s really not a slogan or tag that the city is trying to make but a reminder that with the happenings and emerging state of the community, that the city indeed is moving in the right direction.