Our Historic Hotel

Our History

The Gardner Hotel is the oldest continually operating hotel in the city of El Paso. The hotel was opened in 1922 by Preston E. Gardner. Stepping inside the lobby of the Gardner Hotel, guests are transported from busy Downtown streets to a place that is reminiscent of another era. Its marble staircase leads to rooms that have seen countless guests. One such guest was bank robber John Dillinger and two members of his gang checked into the Gardner Hotel. Dillinger signed the name John D. Ball on the registry and stayed in room 221. Find out what happened to him in our About Us.

Our Stylish Rooms

Our Rooms

The Gardner Hotel offers all the amenities you could need during your stay. We have a variety of hotel rooms including family rooms. The Gardner Hotel has a unique sense of old world charm and the western frontier. The reception is lavishly decorated with well-maintained memorabilia dating back to the 1930s. All the rooms are maintained to the highest modern standard. Many of our rooms still have their original antique furniture, with the exception of a few necessary upgrades, to give you a small taste of the history we have to offer.

Our hostel rooms

Our Hostel

Welcome to the El Paso Hostel at the Gardner Hotel! The hostel opened in 1984 and has been serving travelers from around the globe since then. We have dormitory rooms and communal areas for those traveling in groups or backpackers on a budget. The El Paso Hostel is located in the historic Gardner Hotel so you have the benefit of their history while enjoying affordable accommodation. We have 4 bed dormitories in addition to private rooms. Our hostel guest kitchen and common room areas are rated as superb for their design and cleanliness. We have been recognized for excellence by Lonely Planet and Harvard University (Let’s Go) along with many other awards.


See our antique styled rooms, facilities, hostel rooms and more here.


Yes, we have high speed internet for guest use
No, we do not have allocated parking.
Yes we have hot wash laundry.
Check our 'directions' page for information on arriving via Greyhound, Amtrak, the Airport or driving from 1-10 East and 1-10 West.


  • “I'd stay again and highly recommend this hotel!” This is the second time I've stayed here at Gardner and again, I really enjoyed my stay! I'd stay again and highly recommend this hotel. Very clean and service was wonderful! I've already recommended to many!

    Ryan F, Texas
    Via Tripadvisor
  • “Very nice staff, nice room, great value” Yes, the building is quite old (has a lot of character though) but the location is great, the price is more than competitive, the staff is very friendly and the rooms are nice

    Cecile 2407, Dublin, Ireland
    Via Tripadvisor
  • “Historical building, excellent location” The same ownership has been here for decades, and they take an obvious pride in that. This building, nearing the century mark, was built to last with solid cement construction, including the walls. I did hear a rumor of a haunting here, but so far, I haven't been lucky enough to feel that. I do feel an ambiance of a time gone by. Some of that ambiance means that yes, as to the fixtures being mostly original, there are some examples of ageing appearances. They also work perfectly, which is all that matters. As for the cleanliness, the cleaning staff here are as thorough as I've seen."

    Herbert S, Texas
    Via Tripadvisor
  • “Good for the price” Ideal for a night's stay in El Paso. I stayed here and enjoyed my stay at the Gardner Hotel. I will be back for sure. Great location great price. Friendly staff and accommodating. Room and hotel was clean!

    Brett W from Boston, Massachusetts
    Via Tripadvisor
  • “Historic, Clean, Friendly and a Little Atmospheric” ..It's very clean and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. It's still owned and operated by the same family that has held the property for most of its' existence. The place is obviously still loved by its' owners. It has a great central location for exploring El Paso and its' sister city across the border, Ciudad Juarez. The hotel is walking distance to everything, and public transportation is steps away. The gangster John Dillinger once stayed there, and it seems like he might have just left. The rooms have much of the original furniture. There was a time when every major city had lots of hotels like it. There's not too many left. Four stars for fun and atmosphere. Free WiFi is screaming fast.

    srsjones825, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Via Tripadvisor


The Gardner Hotel.311
Avenue, East Franklin
El Paso Texas USA 79901

Contact Us

Phone : (915) 532-3661
Email: info@gardnerhotel.com


We are located only 7 blocks from Greyhound and only 1km from Amtrak.