Camino Real’s Upscale Western Theme to Transform El Paso

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Camino Real; Photo Credit: Kobi Karp Architecture and Design

A renovation of Camino Real—more widely known as the original Hotel Paso del Norte in El Paso, Texas—will put a contemporary American Western spin on a historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1912, the hotel’s rooftop once served as the perfect spot to view battles happening during the Mexican Revolution. This history will meld perfectly with the upscale property-wide renovation of all 356 hotel rooms and suites as well as the second-floor grand ballroom and conference rooms.

Camino Real’s reception area will be highlighted by a stained-glass dome accentuated with ornate plaster details. A restoration of the original 10th-floor rooftop will connect the ballroom to the pool lounge area, which will be surrounded by a full-service spa and gym. Attendees will want to meet and mingle in the bar room adjacent to the rooftop terrace, which will be expanded to offer panoramic views of the Franklin Mountains, the Rio Grande and the Mexican border.

Meyers Group hired Kobi Karp Architecture and Design to complete the renovation. Kobi Karp, founder and principal at Kobi Karp Architecture and Design, the firm in charge of the project, says that the restoration will feature natural materials of white terra-cotta, red brick, natural vein stone marble and three-dimensional plaster reliefs as the inspiration for the hotel’s interiors. It will also include local materials such as copper, brass and leathers in contrast with worn rough wood finishes to blend the old with the new.

Construction on the $50 million renovation will begin this March and is expected for completion in spring 2018. When it debuts, it will be one of El Paso’s only full-service, 4.5-star hotels.

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