Camino Real El Paso
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We're hoping to get a permit to visit the open, unguided area tomorrow. It seems to be more difficult than I'd ever imagined. There are about only 6-7 rigs here and they allow 70 folks per day. I believe it is so restricted due to the fact that it is a Sacred Site to the Native Americans. I can appreciate that, but surely would like to see some stone paintings and petroglyphs. We shall see.. More on that tomorrow.
Alive and kicking at 6.00am. Quick shower and off for my last free brekkie, compliments of the Quality Inn Airport, Tucson.
Got picked up by a taxi that resembled a car shell in a backyard in Otara. That being said, it was a pretty fast trip to the Amtrak station thanks to a Mexican driver by the name of Jamie Whincup I think !
I arrived alive at the Tucson Amtrak station, checked in, and made my way to my window seat on ...
... is so hot in the compartment but I have to keep quiet while the border workers check the car for immigrants. They end up having to keep the car overnight because the license plates are expired. The car is in a parking lot with a lot of other cars. It is night time now. I have just decided that I will leave in a few minutes. This is the parking lot I had to stay in for the past few hours.
... year and he had brought three young men from N.C. that were all born in the Ukraine. We settled in as much as we could and ate some dinner. Then I headed back to the airport with Quinn to pick up one of the other groups our friends from NY state Laney and his grandson Isaiah and get our bags. We had to make a stop off at Home depot first to get some lumber and electrical fittings. We got all our lumber and parked the cart out of the way to ...
... Lomaland. I give the front desk clerk my name, and he directs my focus to a small board behind the desk. There was my name on the welcome board!! Out of all the guests checking into La Quinta on a Tuesday night, they chose to put my name on the board. I was so honored! I had to snap a picture, but the desk clerk, Daniel, one-upped me by offering to take my picture with it. It was such a random, hilarious experience!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Camino Real El Paso
Everything you read in the other reviews is true of this hotel, with the exception of the carpet. I believe the carpet has been replaced. Ours was new and dark green. Anyway, this hotel is in downtown El Paso. There's really nothing close by (we were there on the weekend). However, it is very close to Juarez, so if you're venturing over to the market, it's great. I booked the room off of the Camino Real website, and it was around $80. I feel like I got what I paid for. If someone went in and cleaned up the rooms a bit, they could charge more, I believe. The room wasn't nasty, but there were a few hairs on the bathroom floor, and the electric plug in the bathroom was covered with grime. The lobby is beautiful, as is the dome bar. There were signed Picasso prints and Muro paintings (along w/ other renowned artists) on display which helped the ambiance very much. Our room was facing Juarez and the view especially at night was gorgeous. We ate at the restaurant, the one closest to the bar (can't remember the name). Service was excellent, food just mediocore. The older piano player in the restaurant seemed to be having a hard time competing w/ the jazz band playing outside the restaurant at the bar. We visited the club, which had a fair djay. I have the impression that this hotel is in dire need of new management. If someone went in and tweaked a few of the problems, it could be a top notch hotel. However, that said, for $80 bucks, I'd stay here again.
This hotel is a MUST SEE! El Paso sits on the Mexican Border, just across the Rio Grande River from Juarez, Mexico. This city is RICH in Old West History. This is where John Wesley Hardin, an old west criminal, was finally killed. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Concordia Cemetery in El Paso. The city's proper name is "El Paso del Norte", or translated, "the Pass of the North". The Butterfield Stage line ran through town, and is responsible for El Paso's existence. The main stop for the Butterfield Stage is not very far from the hotel. San Jacinto Plaza is 2 blocks away.
I used to live in El Paso and the Camino Real was the most talked about hotel--the place to have your wedding reception or formal dinner party. Yes, I attended many events at the hotel and had a positive image until I stayed at the Camino Real. I moved from El Paso and upon returning for homecoming event at UTEP my fiance and I decided to stay at this hotel. BIG MISTAKE. The room had a dingy not quite clean look and smelled musty. The bathroom was dirty and the floors looked as if they had never been mopped. Heck, I was afraid to touch the light switches. I spent a good hour cleaning the bathroom with my own disinfectant wipes. Then the housekeeping broke my bottle of perfume and the hotel reimbursed not even the full price that I paid for it. Also, it took room service 3 hours to bring us extra toilet paper--as I had to use my own from my emergency travel kit. Forget about talking to the hotel staff. Yes, go to the dinner party but don't stay there. I'm a seasoned traveler and this hotel was not a First Class place to stay.
Just walking into the hotel gives you an awesome feeling. Our room was clean an spacious. The employees were anxious to help with anything we needed. The best part of the hotel is the lobby bar with its magnificent domed ceiling. Our experience in the Dome Restaurant was one of rare complete ultimate service--worth the high price. It was close enough to the Mexican border that we took the trolly into Juarez and walked back. The hotel was very reasonable for its beauty, location and service.
Filthy Rooms great service
Great service, beautiful lobby, good food, but filthy rooms. Carpets stained, wallpaper peeling, bathrooms were terrible. Staff was accommodating and pleasant. Love El Paso.
Beautiful on the Outside - Horrible in the Inside
I thought this was the place to stay - How wrong could I be! It looks nice on the outside, but the rooms are horrible. They were large, but way outdated. Carpet looks like 20 years old, tears, and stains, just disgusting. Bar is great - enjoyed having drinks and nice entertainment. Food was OK in the restaurants, I think way overpriced.
Nothing to do around the area, very dark and kinda scary. Wouldn't stay here - Next time in town I'll stay by the airport.
Had a wonderful night's stay here. This is a wonderful hotel that seems to far exceed its price -- particularly as it appears to be the only full service hotel downtown. The rooms are nice and well apppointed, though it is clearly an older hotel (one pet peeve: my glorious, huge, marble-topped desk was far away from the phone, rendering it almost useless for work).
The casual restaurant downstairs is great and features an outstanding buffet option.
The beauty of this hotel is primarily in the lobby. There is a circular dark wood bar below a gorgeous, enormous tiffany glass dome. There was good live jazz one night that we were there. The lobby/bar furnishings are elegant and comfortable. I imagine this hotel was the hieght of elegance at one time, and it retains quite a bit of this.
I had excellent service, clean rooms, only faux pas were that my room service tray stayed in the hall for a long time and the casual dining room let tables sit un-bussed for quite a while. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. I forgot my eyeglasses, have left a message with Lost and found. We'll see if they can help me. Otherwise, great place to stay.
Terrible Service & Filthy Room
1) Carpets stained & bathrooms dirty2) Minibar not stocked3) Roomservice wouldn't answer the phone Although we had reservations for 3 nights, we checked out the next morning. Simply awful. El Paso itself however was delightful. Friendly people, an easy walk across the bridge to visit Mexico. A nice town for a long weekend trip.