Our Historic Hotel

Our Hotel History

Gardner Hotel was opened in 1922 by Preston E. Gardner and still retains its charm. 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 at Gardner Hotel

All the rooms are maintained to the highest modern standard and many have been recently renovated. Many of our rooms still have their original antique furniture and features, along with moderrnized bathrooms and suites.

Our hostel rooms

Our Shared Hostel Rooms

The El Paso Hostel is located in the historic Gardner Hotel so you have the benefit of their history while enjoying affordable accommodation. Enjoy our newly renovated kitchen & dining facilities, shared communal areas and en suite bathrooms.


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


Please note that we are located in a prime downtown location area. Noise may be present at times, go out, have some fun, and make good use of your guest discounts perks with our neighbours. However, if you are all partied out, we have earplugs available at the front desk.
We have two FREE parking spaces in front of the hotel reserved for guests only, on a first come first serve basis. On street metered parking is also available. The meters are FREE after 6:00 P.M to 8:00 A.M. Monday-Friday and all day Sunday. About a 2 minute walk away is a parking lot that charges per 8 hours. The Gardner Hotel is not responsible for any tickets or towing of your vehicle.
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.
Our elevator is original therefore it is very delicate and not currently operational. All of our rooms are located one or two levels up so you will need to use our stairway to access your room. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
We have a free luggage storage available behind the front desk before check-in and after check-out!
For the safety of all guests The Gardner Hotel has a no visitor policy. All guests are welcome in the lobby.


  • “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
  • "I stayed in a hostel room with bunk beds... it was very clean, had an attached bathroom and the bed was comfortable" "I was here briefly but definitely liked the place. It was well maintained, but has retained a lot of its historic aspects for a unique feel. My room had a functional transom window and a 1920s-era push button light switch, and the lobby has an old hex tile floor, a marble staircase and a phone booth. I stayed in a hostel room with bunk beds. It was very clean, had an attached bathroom and the bed was comfortable... Otherwise, a nice place in a quirky historic building, and a great location right downtown. I'm female and was traveling alone and arrived at 2am (bus was delayed) ... having never been to El Paso I was worried the hotel would be in a unsafe area but it really seemed fine. It was well lit and it is in the central business district of the city."

    via Tripadvisor
  • "Historic Hotels for the Win" "The Gardner was everything I expected it to be: a fantastic historic hotel that seems to be working hard to become an elegant and enjoyable place to stay in El Paso. It's true that we could hear music too late and too loud through the walls, but the room was clean and well-furnished, and we were happy to endure a bit of next-door revelry for the opportunity to stay in a lovely building surrounded by interesting venues and good food. I will definitely give it another chance."

    Reviewed by florycanta
    via Tripadvisor
  • "Great place!" "Carrie and Stephanie at the front desk were very friendly and accommodating! The rooms are very clean and smell great! I like the old fashioned feel of the place, takes you back in time. The shower was perfect, with hot water quick to come out. I recommend this place! Derek" https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g60768-d288559-Reviews-The_Gardner_Hotel-El_Paso_Texas.html

    Reviewed by Derek K
    via Tripadvisor


Gardner Hotel
311 E Franklin Ave El Paso, TX 79901

Contact Us

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


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